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Vitality, Energy, Spirit: A Taoist Sourcebook (Shambhala Dragon Editions)by Thomas Cleary
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The “three treasures” of human lifevitality, energy, and spiritare envisioned in Taoist thought as the source of creativity, capability, and intelligence. This comprehensive anthology traces the teachings on these three treasures through the long history of Taoism, highlighting the quintessential works on their practical application for mental and physical well-being. Along with brief selections from the classic sources of Taoism by Lao Tzu and Chang-tzu, the book presents a rich selection of tales and sayings from Taoist literature, as well as a broad range of writings from the Complete Reality school, including essays and commentary from such figures as Lü Yen, Chang Po-tuan, and Liu I-ming.
This is the richest sourcebook of Taoist teachings ever to appear in the English language. It focuses on vitality, energy, and spiritthe “three treasures” of human life as envisioned in Taoist thought. The three treasures are understood to be the source of the creativity, capability, and intelligence of which humankind is capable, and Taoist adepts developed techniques for working with the treasures for health, strength, and wisdom. This volume traces the teachings on these three treasures through the long history of Taoism up to the present century, highlighting quintessential texts on the practical application of these principles to mental and physical well-being.
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