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Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians: Stories of Taoist Mystics

Thomas Cleary


PUBLISHED: 13th January 2009
ISBN: 9781590306598
ANNOTATION:
Offers a panoramic view of the many faces of Taoism and its intimate connection with Chinese culture and society. This title presents intriguing accounts of the Taoist secret societies that carried out mystical exercises and powerful consciousness - altering techniques, including sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration.
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PUBLISHED: 13th January 2009
ISBN: 9781590306598
ANNOTATION:
Offers a panoramic view of the many faces of Taoism and its intimate connection with Chinese culture and society. This title presents intriguing accounts of the Taoist secret societies that carried out mystical exercises and powerful consciousness - altering techniques, including sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration.

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Offers a panoramic view of the many faces of Taoism and its intimate connection with Chinese culture and society. This title presents intriguing accounts of the Taoist secret societies that carried out mystical exercises and powerful consciousness - altering techniques, including sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration.

Publisher Description

Here is a panoramic view of the many faces of Taoism and its intimate connection with Chinese culture and society - with intriguing accounts of the Taoist secret societies that carried out mystical exercises and powerful consciousness - altering techniques, including sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration. "Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians" is a collection of sketches portraying more than one hundred remarkable individuals associated with exceptional knowledge, uncommon artistry, and spiritual leadership over a period of more than two millennia, from the eleventh century b.c.e. to the thirteenth century c.e.Compiled by Zhang Tianyu, a Taoist priest in the fourteenth century, the book introduces a broad range of personalities, professions, and pastimes of China's esoteric elite, from the most illustrious to the obscure. Among them are philosophers and scholars, strategists and statesmen, recluses and courtiers, magicians and mediums, philanthropists and educators, alchemists and physicians, seers and soothsayers, priests and paupers, artists and poets. Cleary's expert translation and numerous, informative footnotes make this collection a lively and accessible read.

Author Biography

Thomas Cleary is the translator of "Opening the Dragon Gate" by Chen Kaiguo and Zhen Shunchao and "The Story of Chinese Zen" by Nan Huai-Chin, as well as "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "The Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi, "The Japanese Art of War," and dozens of other titles on martial philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism, religion, and philosophy. He was born in 1949 and lives in Oakland, CA.

Product Details

Short Title
ALCHEMISTS MEDIUMS & MAGICIANS
Pages
194
Publisher
Shambhala Publications
Language
English
ISBN-10
1590306597
ISBN-13
9781590306598
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2009
Publication Date
2009-01-31
Author
Thomas Cleary
Subtitle
Stories of Taoist Mystics
Country of Publication
United States
Translator
Thomas F. Cleary