The Way of Complete Perfection: A Quanzhen Daoist Anthology by Louis Komjathy PDF

By Louis Komjathy

ISBN-10: 1438446519

ISBN-13: 9781438446516

ISBN-10: 146193043X

ISBN-13: 9781461930433

An anthology of English translations of fundamental texts of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) college of Daoism.

Originating approximately 1163 CE, Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) Daoism is among the so much very important Daoist events in chinese language background. It is still the dominant kind of monastic Daoism within the smooth international, particularly in its Longmen (Dragon Gate) lineage. This landmark anthology presents entire or partial translations of twenty-one Quanzhen texts. so much have by no means been translated or maybe mentioned in scholarly literature. Louis Komjathy provides specific consciousness to paintings accomplished by means of the Quanzhen movement’s founder, Wang Chongyang (1113–1170 CE), and his first new release disciples. Translations contain consultant works from each significant style of Quanzhen literature, from poetry and discourse files to didactic texts, commentaries, and hagiographies. 3 monastic manuals from the past due medieval and overdue imperial classes of Quanzhen background also are incorporated. An advent to Quanzhen Daoism starts the paintings, and every bankruptcy presents discussions of the heritage and subject matters proper to every translation.

“This is the 1st and purely entire research and translation of key scriptures with regards to the whole recognition tuition of the Daoist culture. just a couple of of those texts have ever formerly been translated into English, and those weren't quite simply available. whole recognition is one among in basic terms Daoist faculties to outlive intact into the twenty-first century, and this paintings is hugely major in making to be had assets to non-Chinese readers for the learn of a dwelling culture. Komjathy is one in every of just a handful of students in the sphere with the services to supply this type of work.” — Jeffrey Dippmann, coeditor of Riding the Wind with Liezi: New views at the Daoist Classic

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For example, in an oft-quoted poem Wang Chongyang explains, [To practice spiritual refinement] you must fully understand the three hundred characters of the Yinfu jing and read up on the five thousand words of the Daode jing. 7b–8a) On a more general level, Wang Chongyang gives the following advice on reading and understanding Daoist texts: The way to study texts is not to strive after literary merit, and thereby confuse your eyes. Instead, you must extract the meaning as it harmonizes with the heart-mind.

Orientations / 11 With the social and cultural disruptions caused by the Communist takeover and Cultural Revolution, Quanzhen has also become a global religious tradition in the contemporary period. 25 With the global dissemination and transformation of Quanzhen, there are increasing disjunctures and incongruities between the official mainland monastic order and its associated diaspora and convert communities. For example, in the case of Longmen, many of the groups are lay and do not adhere to core Longmen ethical requirements, including vegetarianism, abstinence from intoxicants, and celibacy.

The book is organized into seven chapters. Chapter 1, “Poetic Insights,” includes translations of poems by every first-generation adherent whose work is still extant. Especially significant are the four poem sequences by Sun Buer, which are the only extant writings that can be legitimately ascribed to Sun. The selected poems place primary emphasis on Quanzhen cultivational concerns, practice, and attainment. As mentioned earlier, the literary anthologies and corresponding poetry are the most diverse with respect to content.

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