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Taoist Mystical Philosophy
The Scripture of Western Ascension
Taoist Mystical Philosophy
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Livia Kohn - Author
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
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Hardcover - 345 pages
Release Date: April 1991
ISBN10: 0-7914-0542-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0542-0

Out of Print
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Paperback - 345 pages
Release Date: April 1991
ISBN10: 0-7914-0543-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0543-7

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"What I like best about this book is its comprehensiveness and solidity. The topic is significant for the study of Chinese religion and philosophy because it presents a detailed discussion of Taoist philosophy by practitioners of Taoist religion. It moves our understanding of later Taoist philosophy to a new level. It clearly defines its terms and topics, traces the historical background, and discusses the author and the history of the text in its various versions. All the salient themes of the text are dealt with in detail, and in the end a complete, annotated translation is provided. It is well-written and based on sound scholarship." -- Daniel L. Overmyer, University of British Columbia

The Scripture of Western Ascension is a central text of medieval Taoist mysticism. Written by an unknown author in the fifth century A.D., it closely resembles the Tao te ching in structure and contents. Edited and commented on several times until the twelfth century, the text played an important role in Taoist religious thought.

Kohn presents the first Western introduction to this aspect of traditional Chinese religion and culture. Through her careful textual study and fully annotated translation of the Scripture of Western Ascension, she delineates the history, structure, and contents of what mystical thought meant within the Taoist religion. She also discusses the religious background of the text and provides detailed analyses of the philosophical concepts of "The Physical Universe," "Mind, Knowledge, Language," and "The Way of the Sage."

"Livia Kohn's work is impressive in that she combines the best aspects of technical sinological scholarship (drawing upon both French and Japanese scholarship) with a deft interpretive facility for elucidating an important Taoist text. Kohn's technical abilities and analytic skills are brilliantly in evidence in this work." -- Norman Girardot, Lehigh University

Livia Kohn is Assistant Professor of Religion at Boston University. She has also written Seven Steps to the Tao, Sima Chengzhen's Zuowanglun, and Taoist Meditation and Longevity Techniques.


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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Mystical Philosophy in the Taoist Tradition

Part I: The Text

2. The Xisheng Jing in History

3. Structure and Contents of the Text

4. The Mythological Framework Narrative

Part II: The Worldview

5. The Physical Universe

6. Mind, Knowledge, Language

7. The Way of the Sage

Part III: The Thinkers

8. The Life and Thought of Wei Jie

9. Li Rong and the Chongxuan School

Conclusion

10. Taoist Mystical Philosophy

Appendices

The Xisheng Jing: Scripture of Western Ascension
Citations of the Xisheng Jing

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Chinese Text

Index



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