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Chinese Alchemy: Taoism, the Power of Gold, and the Quest by Jean Cooper

By Jean Cooper

Here in a single narrow quantity is a simple creation to chinese language alchemy--a culture that dates again 5,000 years.

Chinese alchemy, mostly linked to Taoism, has a recorded heritage of greater than 2,000 years, yet normally it is going again even extra to just about 3000 BC and the time of the Yellow Emperor. whereas Western alchemy used to be all for the quest for non secular and fabric gold, vintage Taoist alchemy used to be a paranormal quest for immortality with its objective being union with the Absolute.

Jean Cooper describes the heritage and improvement of Taoist alchemy, compares it to comparable traditions in India and Turkistan, and provides it context by means of contrasting it with the reason of the Western airtight culture. As she writes in her concluding bankruptcy: The entire paintings of alchemy is summed up within the word "To make of the physique a spirit and of the spirit a body". . . . The objective of the Taoist alchemist-mystic was once transformation, or maybe extra adequately, transfiguration, of the entire physique till it ceases to "be" and is absorbed into and turns into the Tao.

This is an important advisor for someone drawn to chinese language legend and lore, chinese language magic and medication, and Taoism.

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Chinese Alchemy: Taoism, the Power of Gold, and the Quest for Immortality

The following in a single slim quantity is a simple advent to chinese language alchemy--a culture that dates again 5,000 years. chinese language alchemy, principally linked to Taoism, has a recorded background of greater than 2,000 years, yet regularly it is going again even additional to almost 3000 BC and the time of the Yellow Emperor.

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The word is usually translated as Immortal or Genie, but neither takes on the whole meaning, so the term is best left untranslated. As Giles says, it is ‘a word which in its written form is a character composed of two pictographic elements, “man” and “mountain,” thus it appeared that the name was originally applied to men who had retired from the world in order to live a hermit's life in the mountains. ’ Though, for the most part hsien were associated with the mountains, there were also hsien of the sea connected with the remote Isles where the Immortals dwell and where the herb of immortality grows.

That when a man appears before the Throne of God, to regain the health of his body, he may come with a conscience weeded of all tares, and be changed into a pure temple of God cleansed of all that defiles. There were distinct grades of hsien. The lowest was the ‘corpse free,’ whose body disappeared at death or vanished after being placed in a coffin, which when examined later was usually found to contain only the clothes or identifying objects such as shoes, a sword, a bamboo staff or a bamboo tablet with red writing on it.

There were various paradises in Chinese mythology: for the earthly hsien there was the Earthly Paradise; an account of this is given when Yü the Great lost his way and ‘came to a country which lay on the North shore of the Northern Ocean . . it was called “Northernland” and we don't know what lay on its boundaries. There was neither wind nor rain there, neither frost nor snow. It did not produce birds, animals, insects, fishes, plants and trees the same as ours. ’ In the centre of this land there was a mountain from which streams of water flowed continually.

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