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The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life Paperback – 13 Dec 1993
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From the Back Cover
The brilliant new translation of the classic Taoist guide to meditation that Carl Jung made famous.
'Thomas Cleary's translation is like an island of peace in the troubled sea of today's world. His beautifully lucid translation of the classic Chinese text transcends the limitations of its culture to reveal universal and timeless practices that awaken awareness and clarity of mind.'
JUNE SINGER, author of 'Seeing Through the Visible World'
'This text, like all of Cleary's work, shows that these Eastern classics have a depth of intelligence that can enrich any serious Western person. Until Cleary, these books have too often been shrouded in a mist of mystical allure and vague sentiment. Cleary is finally making them authentically available. In giving this particular text of extraordinary density and subtlety its first definitive presentation in English, Cleary has done a great service in opening 'The Secret of the Golden Flower' to as much true understanding and application as diligent attention can allow.'
JACOB NEEDLEMAN, author of 'The Heart of Philosophy'
'Thomas Cleary's new and inspiring translation of one of the great mystical classics is most welcome in these times of great spiritual hunger.'
CHARLES T. TART, Ph.D.>, author of 'Open Mind, Discriminating Mind' and 'Transpersonal Psychologies'
THOMAS CLEARY, Ph.D., East Asian Studies, Harvard University is editor and translator of 'The Essential Tao', 'The Essential Confucius' and the bestselling 'The Art of War'.
About the Author
Thomas Cleary earned his Ph.D. in East Asian studies at Harvard University and is renowned for his translations of classic Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali and Arabic religious texts. His translations include the bestselling ‘The Art of War’, ‘The Essential Tao’, ‘The Essential Confucius’, ‘The Essential Koran’, and ‘The Secret of the Golden Flower’. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
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This excellent translation by Cleary is simple and clear, unlike the poor and misleading translation with which Carl Jung was struggling.
We refer to this book in our meditation group; it is particularly helpful in finding the right kind of 'effort'.
I highly recommend.
The "Song to Inspire the World" contained within it is beautiful.
vagary that is also to be found in here, you will be left with one of the most insightful and direct approaches to the process of recognising the innate quality of awakening that lies within us all. Read it from the heart, for it is to the heart that it speaks. But beware. Do not interllectualise or get too wrapped up in the minutia here. Both the aurthor and the translator get confused at times, but that is how it is with most of these Taoist texts. There is however a deeper and more immediate wisdom that pours from between the lines that may just open you up in unexpected ways. Definately a text to keep returning to.
Claery's translation shows very clearly that it is a classic Buddhist meditation method, rather than a Daoist one as such. Wilhelm confused two traditions and merged them, to the detriment of both.
If you have the Wilhelm / Jung version, get this for a different and, perhaps, more valid take on the the "Golden Flower".
I am speaking from the point of view of a Buddhist/ Daoist (there is no incompatibility), that knows not to confuse methods as Wilhelm seemed to.