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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity: From the Latter Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Author:
Stephen Eskildsen

Publisher:
SUNY Press

Publication Year:
2015




Abstract:

Stephen Eskildsen offers an overview of Daoist religious texts from the Latter Han (25–220) through Tang (618–907) periods, exploring passive meditation methods and their anticipated effects. These methods entailed observing the processes that unfold spontaneously within mind and body, rather than actively manipulating them by means common in medieval Daoist religion such as visualization, invocations, and the swallowing of breath or saliva. Through the resulting deep serenity, it was claimed, one could attain profound insights, experience visions, feel surges of vital force, overcome thirst and hunger, be cured of ailments, ascend the heavens, and gain eternal life.

While the texts discussed follow the legacy of Warring States period Daoism such as the Laozi to a significant degree, they also draw upon medieval immortality methods and Buddhism. An understanding of the passive meditation literature provides important insights into the subsequent development of Neidan, or Internal Alchemy, meditation that emerged from the Song period onward.

Table of Content:

1 Introduction   1

2 The Earliest-Known Daoist Religious Movements   29

3 Dramatic Physical and Sensory Effects   75

4 Integrating Buddhism: Earlier Phase   143

5 Integrating Buddhism: Emptiness and the Twofold Mystery   181

6 Serenity and the Reaffirmation of Physical Transformation   211

7 Serenity Primal Qi and Embryonic Breathing   241

8 Conclusion   277

Notes   305

Bibliography   353

Index   373


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