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    Description"The Secret of Everlasting Life" is the first translation from the Chinese of the second-century "Can Dong Qi". This ancient work, the earliest known text on transformation and immortality, echoes the wisdom and poetry of both the Tao Te Ching and I Ching. "The Can Dong Qi" is also the ancestral text of all Qi Gong exercises in China. This translation reveals for the first time the meditation methods practised for thousands of years by Taoist sages. Presented here with its original Chinese commentaries, the "Can Dong Qi" is full of practical information and advice about the process of human transformation and how to nurture and develop the natural life-energy within us. Richard Bertschinger's additional commentary explains the intricacies of Chinese allegory and symbolism for the Western reader. This book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in Daoist thought, Chinese philosophy and culture, or Chinese medicine.


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    Title
    The Secret of Everlasting Life
    Subtitle
    The First Translation of the Ancient Chinese Text on Immortality
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by Richard Bertschinger
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 173 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848190481
    ISBN 10: 1848190484
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    LC classification: BF
    BIC subject category V2: HRKN5
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25470
    Ingram Theme: RELI/TAO
    BISAC V2.8: REL065000
    DC22: 181.114
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 299.51423
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QRRL5
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
    Imprint name
    Singing Dragon
    Publication date
    15 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Richard Bertschinger studied for ten years with the Taoist sage and Master, Gia-fu Feng. A practising acupuncturist, teacher of Chinese healing arts, and translator of ancient Chinese texts, he lives with his family in the hills of south west England.
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations. Introduction. Wei Boyang's Text.; 1. The Yin and Yang, Inner Vitality and Energy.; 2. The Person of Tru Virtue Who Fully Understands.; 3. Secretly Hidden Away and Forgotten.; 4. The Matching of the Moon-phases.; 5. The Function of the Shifting Lines.; 6. The Ruler and Minister in Managing Government.; 7. Fostering Your Inborn Nature and Securing Your Life.; 8. How the Son and Daughter Need Each Other.; 9. A Lucky Match for Our Good Prince.; 10. Understanding the Double-entranced Cave of Knowledge.; 11. Developing the Self Within to Build a Foundation.; 12. The Wise Sages' Secret Refinery.; 13. The Mild-mannered Maiden and the Yellow Shoot.; 14. The Unstable Pearl and the Golden Flower.; 15. These Four in Makeshift Chaos.; 16. Dawn and Dusk., Penalties and Powers.; 17. You Begin Thinking on Someone You Meet.; 18. Wei Boyang's Own Postface. Xu Congshi's Text.; 19. The Overall Ordering of Great Change.; 20. Heaven and Earth Set the Stage.; 21. The Sun and Moon, Those Suspended Images.; 22. The Wise of Old Observed the Skies Above.; 23. The Three Sages' Former Conceptions.; 24. The Two Seperate Energies Lovingly Transform.; 25. Teh Three Jewels, the real Crux.; 26. Understanding the Perverted and False Paths.; 27. Things of the Same Kind Essentially Join.; 28. The Two Boys of the Dragon and the Tiger.; 29. Gold Reverts Back to its Nature.; 30. Entry by a Side Entrance will see no Result.; 31. The Golden Elixir on a Knife-point.; 32. The Two Soils Complete the Work.; 33. Water and Fire, Their Inner Nature and Feelings. Addendum.; 34. A Model of Successful Achievement.; 35. The Mysterious Use of the Cauldron Vessel. Terms Used in this Book. Translation and History of the Text. Additional Select Bibliography. Index.