By Thomas Cleary
This is an advent to the paranormal and mystical realm of Taoism via biographical and old sketches of Taoist adepts over thousand years. This panoramic view of the numerous faces of Taoism and its intimate reference to chinese language tradition and society contains exciting money owed of the Taoist mystery societies that performed mystical routines and robust consciousness-altering strategies, together with sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration.
This selection of sketches, compiled by way of Zhang Tianyu, a Taoist priest within the fourteenth century, and translated via popular translator Thomas Cleary, portrays a couple of hundred amazing participants from the 11th century B.C.E. to the 13th century C.E. It introduces us to a wide and interesting variety of personalities together with philosophers and students, magicians and mediums, alchemists and physicians, seers and soothsayers, and artists and poets, between many others.
Cleary’s specialist translation and informative footnotes make this assortment a full of life and obtainable learn.
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Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians: Stories of Taoist Mystics by Thomas Cleary