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Here is an introduction to the magical and mystical realm of Taoism through biographical and historical sketches of Taoist adepts over two thousand years. This panoramic view of the many faces of Taoism and its intimate connection with Chinese culture and society includes intriguing accounts of the Taoist secret societies that carried out mystical exercises and powerful ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Shambhala (first published 2001)
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Carolyn
Jul 20, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was ok
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A translation of a book of biographical sketches of (primarily) Taoist masters (11th century BCE - 13th CE) which was compiled by Zhang Tianyu in the 14th century when, evidently, history was not a discipline which is to say there's very little depth or finesse in the telling. I found it very tedious to read and wasn't sure what the point was. The interesting bits are buried in repetitive recounting of names, places, rank and dynasty. Although amply footnoted, there's really nothing in the way ...more
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p.1 ...he went into the Gobi desert with Lao-Tzu & ate black sesame seeds. No one knows where he ended up.

p.13 Undertakings can succeed only when they are coordinated with heaven and earth.

p. 26 Mystic infinity, absolutely silent, combines yin & yang. -->Dongfang Shuo
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