By Stephen Eskildsen
An summary of Daoist texts on passive meditation from the Latter Han via Tang periods.
Stephen Eskildsen deals an outline of Daoist non secular texts from the Latter Han (25–220) via Tang (618–907) sessions, exploring passive meditation equipment and their expected results. those tools entailed staring at the strategies that spread spontaneously inside of brain and physique, instead of actively manipulating them by means of capacity universal in medieval Daoist faith resembling visualization, invocations, and the swallowing of breath or saliva. during the ensuing deep serenity, it used to be claimed, you will reach profound insights, adventure visions, think surges of significant strength, triumph over thirst and starvation, be cured of illnesses, ascend the heavens, and achieve everlasting life.
While the texts mentioned keep on with the legacy of Warring States interval Daoism reminiscent of the Laozi to an important measure, in addition they draw upon medieval immortality equipment and Buddhism. An knowing of the passive meditation literature presents very important insights into the next improvement of Neidan, or inner Alchemy, meditation that emerged from the tune interval onward.
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