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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Chinese Secrets Revealed: For Those Who Are Ready
This book is based on an ancient Taoist text written by Lao Tzu. It is about changing oneself ... creating and maintaining internal harmony, despite external circumstances. Due to its esoteric nature, i.e., internal alchemy ... the author, a Chinese American, was guided by a Taoist master when learning from the original text. With this book, the author becomes our very...
Published on 21 Oct 2004 by Erika Borsos

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1.0 out of 5 stars Let down
I bought this title because I was curious to examine the differences (if any) between Taoism and Buddhism. The book is so obscure in its language that I have given up on it entirely. Despite earlier reviews, I found no clear thoughts at all. I am sure that the translator did her best, but it is so opaque that I doubt anyone will use it other than as a reference book...
Published on 11 May 2004 by R. F. Smith


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Chinese Secrets Revealed: For Those Who Are Ready, 21 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Cultivating Stillness: Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind (Paperback)
This book is based on an ancient Taoist text written by Lao Tzu. It is about changing oneself ... creating and maintaining internal harmony, despite external circumstances. Due to its esoteric nature, i.e., internal alchemy ... the author, a Chinese American, was guided by a Taoist master when learning from the original text. With this book, the author becomes our very own "master", as she guides us in understanding the path to "cultivating stillness."
One gets a good description of the Chinese philosophy and underpinnings of the text via a wonderful explanation of the symbols ... we learn about the I Ching, the three treasures, the stove and the cauldron, microcosmic circulation, and cleansing all of which occur within the twelve terrestrial branches. We learn of the symbolism of "the Golden Raven, "the Jade Rabbit","the Golden Palace", "the North Sea", "the Winding River", and "the Southern Mountain." Using breath as the catalyst, the student will eventually experience the regeneration of personal energy into vital energy ... The state of "wang chi", the intermediate state between "wu chi" and "tai chi" is discussed. We learn, "wu chi" is the state of the Void, or Tao. We learn, "tai chi", is the state of differentiating yin and yang, when yin encompasses yang, and yang encompasses yin. On many levels this is a complex book. However, if the reader wants to learn Chinese philosophy, the accompanying symbolism, as well as how this knowledge can transform the human spirit this book is definitely the place to start.
This is a poetry book, a book of free verse, filled with statements by Lao Tzu which precede each chapter. On another level, it is a depth psychology book for the reader who applies some of the techniques in learning about themselves. On yet a separate level, it is a history book about how the Chinese philosophers, primarily Lao Tzu, viewed mankind and the universe ... a place of energy and form, in an eternal dance ... and lastly, it is an artistic book, filled with wonderful explanations about Chinese ideagrams. Although it is a highly complex read, therefore not for everyone, it is a thoroughly enjoyable book for those who are patience and interested in experiencing a unique culture and understanding its viewpoint. Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living from a Spiritual State of Being, 18 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Cultivating Stillness: Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind (Paperback)
Cultivating Stillness is a text from the Taoist canon. Its Chinese name is the T'ai Shang Ch'in-ching Ching. Cultivating stillness is a short text of twenty-four segments. An exoteric interpretation will produce a reading of Taoism that focuses on the ideas of wu-wei, simplicity, and peaceful and harmonious living. An esoeric interpretation will reveal hidden instructions on internal alchemy and meditation, nd will offer advice on a lifestyle that is conducive to the cultivation of health and longevity.

Taoist methods of health, longevity, and immortality were often presented in the esoteric terminology of alchemy, which was intended both to reveal and to hide. To those initiated in the practice, the symbolism revealed a world of inner experience. To the uninitiated, the terminology would appear confusing if not meaningness.

This book does use the language of alchemy which will be more suitable for those who are actually practicing Taoist Inner Alchemy (being familiar with I Ching will also help), but it also contains commentaries on the benefits of cultivating stillness, practicing the experience of "nothingness", and points out the obstacles on the path which need to be dealt with.

The contents of the book point the way to raising one's conscousness, merging with the spirit / Tao.

"The teachings presented in Cultivating Stillness
Are suitable for men and women, young and old alike.
When the golden metal and the jade ston merge as one substance,
Ch'ien and k'un will acend to the highest realm of heaven.
Hurry and find the center of true stillness,
Tame your nind and recover your original nature,
Distance yourself from the east and return to the west,
Gather the herbs and complete the alchemical transformation of the pill,
Let your body shed its mortal shell and ascend to the realm of heaven.
The book Cultivating Stillness and its associated illustrations
Are a raft that carries us across the sea of suffering,
The text helps to see through the illusion of lif and eath,
The commentary is a shaft of light through the dark well of ignorance."
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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book can help you find The Mystery within yourself, 7 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Cultivating Stillness: Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind (Paperback)
Eva Wong's translation of the Ch'ing-Ching Ching has been a constant source of elucidation to me. The text is full of traditional Daoist metaphors, but a dedicated student can burn through these with sincere effort. For the most serious practitioner, the plates in Mandarin Kaishu reveal even more than the English text - a virtual roadmap to the Way of the Sages. This is not a quick read at the beach...it is a resource that will grow more meaningful as your practice deepens. Or, maybe it is most useful at the beach...watching the action of the waves, sitting and forgetting, entering stillness...
If you're serious about living a gentle life in a gentle world, make "Cultivating Stillness" a part of your living library. LISTEN to the meaning as you read the words. LOOK at the diagrams and plates. FEEL the movement of your original nature at this time. BE Wu-Chi. UNDERSTAND Wu-Wei. Use this book and FIND the Gate to Stillness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 1 Sep 2014
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12 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Let down, 11 May 2004
This review is from: Cultivating Stillness: Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind (Paperback)
I bought this title because I was curious to examine the differences (if any) between Taoism and Buddhism. The book is so obscure in its language that I have given up on it entirely. Despite earlier reviews, I found no clear thoughts at all. I am sure that the translator did her best, but it is so opaque that I doubt anyone will use it other than as a reference book for the original tangential quotes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hocus Pocus, 4 July 2004
This review is from: Cultivating Stillness: Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind (Paperback)
This is the kind of hippy hogwash that does nothing other than foster the atmosphere of credulity that allows astrologers to make a mint out of waterheads. Avoid.
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