Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Inner Teachings of Taoism” as Want to Read:
The Inner Teachings of Taoism
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Inner Teachings of Taoism

by
3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Taoist inner alchemy is a collection of theories and practices for transforming the mind and refining the self. The Inner Teachings of Taoism includes a classic of Chinese alchemy known as Four Hundred Words on the Gold Elixir. Written in the eleventh century by a founder of the Complete Reality School, this text is accompanied by the lucid commentary of the nineteenth- ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by Shambhala (first published November 12th 1986)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Inner Teachings of Taoism, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Inner Teachings of Taoism

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Zoubir
Oct 12, 2015 Zoubir rated it liked it
من كل الكتب الفلسفية و العقائدية التي قرأتها هذا أكثر كتاب غموضا بالنسبة لي (قبل كتاب شجرة الكون لابن العربي) . لكن الفكرة المحورية في الطاوية ( و هي الترجمة الحرفية للطُرقية فكلمة "طاو" تعني بالصينية "طريق") هي استخراج الإكسير الذهبي, و لكن ليس بالمعني الفيزيائي الذي يقصده الخيميائيون, بل هو بالرجوع للحالة الأولى و هي حالة ما قبل البداية, أي التجرّد من الحواس و الارتباط الأرضي.
ربما هذا آخر كتاب سأقرؤه عن الطاوية :D
Shari
May 04, 2017 Shari rated it really liked it
This is great for someone wanting to delve further into Taoism. I had difficulty getting through some parts of the book, but overall it was a good reference for me, and one book that I will always keep
Benjamin
Dec 18, 2015 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: taoism, china
A decent English translation on the daoist alchemical practices. Importantly, it covers how the metaphoric language used by sages of the past has been misinterpreted (often literally) by certain "ignorant" religious adepts. It's a product of the Complete Reality School of Daoism.

Only a part of this book is the work of Chang Po-Tuan - part 1, which dates to 11th century. A commentary is then provided by Liu I-Ming (18th century daoist scholar). Sections 2 and 3 are Liu's own complementary work wh
...more
David
Dec 30, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: shing-yi, philosophy
I had to slow to a snail's pace reading this book and in spite of that still understood only a small portion of its contents. The difficulty for me came in reading this as my introduction to Taoism rather than being a clarification to the more familiar texts. A friend recommended this when I asked for a good "primer" to Taoism, and though he was clearly wrong I still believe this will be a book I refer back to as I read more books in this genre. Nonetheless, there is still enough to glean on thi ...more
Robert Francisco
Feb 20, 2008 Robert Francisco rated it it was amazing
Another great treatise on internal alchemy as presented by the immortal Chang Po-Tuan with commentary by Lui I-Ming.
Thomas Dyhr
Thomas Dyhr rated it liked it
Apr 13, 2013
Joseph
Joseph rated it it was amazing
Nov 06, 2012
Michael Lloyd-Billington
Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2016
Terry Littleton
Terry Littleton rated it really liked it
May 11, 2014
Joshua
Joshua rated it really liked it
Sep 07, 2016
Simon Carter
Simon Carter rated it it was amazing
Jul 12, 2012
Koi
Koi rated it really liked it
Jun 04, 2015
Kelly Nezat
Kelly Nezat rated it it was amazing
Nov 12, 2013
David
David rated it it was amazing
Aug 07, 2012
Barbelo
Barbelo rated it it was amazing
Dec 14, 2012
Michael Giotis
Michael Giotis rated it liked it
Sep 07, 2011
Sloan Poe
Sloan Poe rated it liked it
Feb 07, 2015
Terry Newberg
Terry Newberg rated it it was amazing
Jan 17, 2014
Brian Rothbart
Brian Rothbart rated it really liked it
Dec 16, 2015
Doug
Doug rated it really liked it
Mar 31, 2013
Steven Strasnick
Steven Strasnick rated it really liked it
Jun 04, 2016
Shinji007
Shinji007 rated it really liked it
Apr 19, 2015
Jack
Jack rated it really liked it
May 14, 2012
Gabriel
Gabriel rated it it was amazing
Oct 03, 2016
Ian Williams
Ian Williams rated it liked it
Apr 23, 2009
C. Townsend
C. Townsend rated it liked it
May 09, 2016
David
David rated it liked it
Mar 11, 2011
Jeremy
Jeremy rated it liked it
Mar 23, 2012
Christian Northe
Christian Northe rated it it was amazing
Jun 16, 2012
Golnar
Golnar rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2017
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book