Cultivating Stillness

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  • Copyright: 1992-11-24
  • Publisher: Shambhala
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Equanimity, good health, peace of mind, and long life are the goals of the ancient Taoist tradition known as "internal alchemy," of whichCultivating Stillnessis a key text. Written between the second and fifth centuries, the book is attributed to T'ai Shang Lao-chun-the legendary figure more widely known as Lao-Tzu, author of theTao-te Ching. The accompanying commentary, written in the nineteenth century by Shui-ch'ing Tzu, explains the alchemical symbolism of the text and the methods for cultivating internal stillness of body and mind. A principal part of the Taoist canon for many centuries,Cultivating Stillnessis still the first book studied by Taoist initiates today.

Author Biography

Eva Wong is an independent scholar and a practitioner of the Taoist arts of the Pre-Celestial Way and Complete Reality lineages. She has written and translated many books on Taoism and related topics, including A Master Course in Feng-Shui; Tales of the Taoist Immortals; The Tao of Health, Longevity, and Immortality; and The Shambhala Guide to Taoism.

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Cultivating Stillness
Wu-chip. 1
Wang-chip. 9
T'ai-chip. 15
The Three Realms of Existencep. 21
The Mind (Heart) of Taop. 27
The Human Mind (Heart)p. 33
The Six Thievesp. 39
The Three Obstructionsp. 45
The Nature of Emotionp. 53
Nothingnessp. 61
Emptinessp. 67
Stillness and Original Naturep. 73
The True Wayp. 81
The Mysterious Achievementp. 87
The Sacred Pathp. 93
Waxing and Waningp. 99
Virtuesp. 105
Forgetting the Mindp. 111
The Spiritp. 117
The Myriad World of Ten Thousand Thingsp. 123
Craving and Desirep. 129
Anxiety and Stressp. 139
Life and Deathp. 145
Transcendencep. 151
About the Translator and Fung Loy Kok Taoist Templep. 157
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