This work also employs a range of cross-disciplinary scientific and medical research to analyze the healing properties of Daoist self-cultivation diets and to consider some natural explanations for better understanding Daoist asceticism and ...
Author: Shawn Arthur
Publisher: Lexington Books
Focusing on the early medieval herbal recipes found in the Lingbao Wufuxu (The Preface to the Five Lingbao Talismans of Numinous Treasure), this study analyses Daoist asceticism and ideas regarding the body, health, grain avoidance diets, the Three Worms, and immortality.
In Livia Kohn, ed., Daoist Body Cultivation: Traditional Models and Contemporary
Practices, 91–122. Magdalena: Three Pines Press. Arthur, Shawn. 2013. Early Daoist Dietary Practices: Examining Ways to Health and Longevity. New York: ...
4 Numbers in the Daoist canon (Dàozàng 道藏) are cited according to Schipper
and Verellen, The Taoist Canon. 5 On body gods in Daoism, see ... Way to Health
and Longevity: Examining Early Daoist Dietary Practices. New York: Lexington ...
Author: Jeffrey L. Richey
Category: Social Science
Like an ancient river, Daoist traditions introduced from China once flowed powerfully through the Japanese religious landscape, forever altering its topography and ecology. Daoism’s presence in Japan still may be discerned in its abiding influence on astrology, divination, festivals, literature, politics, and popular culture, not to mention Buddhism and Shintō. Despite this legacy, few English-language studies of Daoism’s influence on Japanese religious culture have been published. Daoism in Japan provides an exploration of the particular pathways by which Daoist traditions entered Japan from continental East Asia. After addressing basic issues in both Daoist Studies and the study of Japanese religions, including the problems of defining ‘Daoism’ and ‘Japanese,’ the book looks at the influence of Daoism on ancient, medieval and modern Japan in turn. To do so, the volume is arranged both chronologically and topically, according to the following three broad divisions: "Arrivals" (c. 5th-8th centuries CE), "Assimilations" (794-1868), and "Apparitions" (1600s-present). The book demonstrates how Chinese influence on Japanese religious culture ironically proved to be crucial in establishing traditions that usually are seen as authentically, even quintessentially, Japanese. Touching on multiple facets of Japanese cultural history and religious traditions, this book is a fascinating contribution for students and scholars of Japanese Culture, History and Religions, as well as Daoist Studies.
L. Kohn , Daoist Body Cultivation : Traditional Models and Contemporary
Practices ( Magdalena , N.M .: Three Pine Press , 2006 ) . 10. S. Arthur , Early Daoist Dietary Practices - Examining Ways to Health and Longevity ( Lanham ,
Author: Joseph Mercola
Publisher: Hay House
Topics include: how our food is making us sick and what we can do about it; the physiology and mechanisms of fasting, including stem cell activation; how the cyclical ketogenic diet - with fasting included - differs from the conventional keto diet; how fasting works and how safe it is for you and more
For details of the practice, see Shawn Arthur, The Way to Health and Longevity:
Examining Early Daoist Dietary Practices (New York: Lexington Books, 2013). 6.
For more details on the different forms of meditation and their Daoist application,
Author: C. Mercer
Category: Social Science
This collection of original articles, a sequel of sorts to the 2009 Religion and the Implications of Radical Life Extension (Palgrave Macmillan), is the first sustained reflection, by scholars with expertise in the faith traditions, on how the transhumanist agenda might impact the body.
Eating Your Way to Immortality Early Daoist Self - Cultivation Diets SHAWN
ARTHUR Abstract This paper examines ... for a healthy body , what techniques
were used to attain this ideal , and what goals were sought using these practices
Chuang - tzu is full of allusions to these practices.2 Eternal life was the standard
purpose of Taoist teaching and discipline ... 3 But while other early Daoist sects
focussed on physiological and dietary practices in order to attain immortality , the
The Inner Transformation Having looked at the relationship between Daoism and
the natural environment as codified by the early Daoist communities , there is still
one question we have to discuss : What was the community framework of ...
indications are given for personal religious practice , these are breathing
exercises , dietary practices ( “ cutting the cereals ” ) , prayer , burning incense ,
and the like .
Author: Roger T. Ames
Publisher: Harvard Univ Ctr for the
The authors in this volume consider the intersection of Daoism and ecology, looking at the theoretical and historical implications associated with a Daoist approach to the environment. They also analyze perspectives found in Daoist religious texts and within the larger Chinese cultural context in order to delineate key issues found in the classical texts.
I argue that examining Daoist self - cultivation diets is integral to understanding Daoist religious practice ; its concepts of the body , health , and immortality ; and
its soteriological goals . To contextualize my findings , this project first examines ...
distinct from physicians who practiced medicine as a livelihood.5 The first clear
articulation of Chinese medical ethics comes not from a Confucian physician but
from a Daoist: Sun Simiao's (581–682) “On the Absolute Sincerity of Great
Physicians” ... These views informed Warring States accounts of dietary practices,
exercise regimens, breath meditation, sexual cultivation techniques, and other
Author: Sor-hoon Tan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies presents a new understanding of the changing methods used to study Chinese philosophy. By identifying the various different approaches and discussing the role, and significance of philosophical methods in the Chinese tradition, this collection identifies difficulties and exciting developments for scholars of Asian philosophy. Divided into four parts, the nature of Chinese philosophical thought is illuminated by discussing historical developments, current concerns and methodological challenges. Surveying recent methodological trends, this research companion explores and evaluates the methodologies that have been applied to Chinese philosophy. From these diverse angles, an international team of experts reflect on the considerations that enter their methodological choices and indicate new research directions. The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies is an important contribution to the education of the next generation of Chinese philosophers.
Nutrition, Medicine, and Culture Nancy N. Chen. Rice poRRidge Ingredients: rice
and water you ... Another foundation of early Chinese medicine is based on Daoist philosophy and ritual practice. This strand of practice has been referred to
Author: Nancy N. Chen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
What we eat, how we eat, where we eat, and when we eat are deeply embedded cultural practices. Eating is also related to how we medicate. The multimillion-dollar diet industry offers advice on how to eat for a better body and longer life, and avoiding harmful foods (or choosing healthy ones) is considered separate from consuming medicine another multimillion-dollar industry. In contrast, most traditional medical systems view food as inseparable from medicine and regard medicinal foods as the front line of healing. Drawing on medical texts and food therapy practices from around the world and throughout history, Nancy N. Chen locates old and new crossovers between food and medicine in different social and cultural contexts. The consumption of spices, sugar, and salt was once linked to specific healing properties, and trade in these commodities transformed not just the political economy of Europe, Asia, and the New World but local tastes and food practices as well. Today's technologies are rapidly changing traditional attitudes toward food, enabling the cultivation of new admixtures, such as nutraceuticals and genetically modified food, that link food to medicine in novel ways. Chen considers these developments against the evolving food regimes of the diet industry in order to build a framework for understanding diet as individual practice, social prescription, and political formation.
Religion, Culture, and the Quest for Perfection: Body Problems, Body Modifications analyses these concerns and perceived problems, asking us to examine our biases, and provides insights into why we think about our bodies in the ways that we ...
Author: Shawn Arthur
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
We are bombarded with messages about our bodies: too thin, not thin enough; not in vogue, not smooth-skinned enough, not the right shape, not covered enough or covered too much.... Religion, Culture, and the Quest for Perfection: Body Problems, Body Modifications analyses these concerns and perceived problems, asking us to examine our biases, and provides insights into why we think about our bodies in the ways that we do and why body modifications are so prevalent among the human community. Introducing readers to major figures in body studies, Shawn Arthur analyses why humans seem so preoccupied with changing the body to meet religious, social and psychological goals. Examples of perceived body problems are taken from the media and specific religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Contemporary Paganism. Specific examples of body modification are explored, ranging from cutting one's hair, painting nails to cosmetic surgeries, transgender surgeries and female genital mutilation. The author shows how attitudes to body modification have changed both culturally and religiously over the past 50 years, and discusses a wide range of current world issues such as the Muslim veil and modesty concerns, and the extreme lengths that many religious ideologies espouse to forcibly modify young men and women's genitalia.
On the one hand , there is clear Buddhist influence in the adoption of certain
dietary and eating practices and in the idea of ... but rather indicates a survival of
the early Daoist model of communitybased clerics who have not left the
These early works that discuss jiaoqi are connected to both Daoist and Buddhist
traditions and to some degree show ... reflect Daoist practices.14 There is no
reason , however , to believe that the health - cultivating and dietary practices in
62 To prepare and transform the modern practitioner ' s body , Chen also
prescribed a dietary regimen that tapered off in both volume and frequency as the practice progressed : In the first year , take two meals of food dishes ( fan chai B2
* ) ...
Author: Xun Liu
Publisher: Harvard Univ Council on East Asian
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This book explores the Daoist encounter with modernity through the activities of Chen Yingning (1880-1969), a famous lay Daoist master, and his group in early twentieth-century Shanghai. In contrast to the usual narrative of Daoist decay, with its focus on monastic decline, clerical corruption, and popular superstitions, this study tells a story of Daoist resilience, reinvigoration, and revival. Between the 1920s and 1940s, Chen led a group of urban lay followers in pursuing Daoist self-cultivation techniques as a way of ensuring health, promoting spirituality, forging cultural self-identity, building community, and strengthening the nation. In their efforts to renew and reform Daoism, Chen and his followers became deeply engaged with nationalism, science, the religious reform movements, the new urban print culture, and other forces of modernity. Since Chen and his fellow practitioners conceived of the Daoist self-cultivation tradition as a public resource, they also transformed it from an "esoteric" pursuit into a public practice, offering a modernizing society a means of managing the body and the mind and of forging a new cultural, spiritual, and religious identity.
Later Daoists also found benefits to their inner alchemical practices from the
practice of bigu , because the practice facilitated the ... correlation informed the
development of both Daoism and Chinese medicine , which utilize dietary practices to meet their goals . ... Furthermore , although early Daoist texts such as
the Baopuzi and Wufuxu indicate that bigu practice should continue Life Without
Grains / 117.
Author: Livia Kohn
Publisher: Three Pine Press
Category: Health & Fitness
Daoist Body Cultivation is a comprehensive volume by a group of dedicated scholars and practitioners that covers the key practices of medical healing, breathing techniques, diets and fasting, healing exercises, sexual practices, Qigong, and Taiji quan. Each presentation places the practice in its historical and cultural context and relates its current application and efficaciousness. Ultimately aiming to energetically transform the person into a spiritual and trancendent being, Daoist cultivation techniques have proven beneficial for health time and again and can make an important contribution in the world today. Daoist Body Cultivation provides a deeper understanding of the practices in their cultural and historical contexts, bridging the gap between healing and religion and allowing both scholars and practitioner to reach a deeper understanding and appreciation. Contributors: Shawn Arthur, Bede Bidlack, Catherine Despeux, Stephen Jackowicz, Lonny Jarrett, Livia Kohn, Louis Komjathy, Michael Winn.
Around 300 B . C . E . , early medical literature began to develop , and the practices of nourishing life became an important part of medical knowledge . ...
Once Daoism emerged as a recognizable religion in the late Han , the practices
were integrated in almost every school or ... forces , also include advice for
everyday life , such as the regulation of sleep , hygiene , food , activities ,
movements and so on .
Author: Livia Kohn
This handbook provides key information on the Daoist tradition in an easily accessible yet highly readable format. It contains a coherent collection of thirty articles by major scholars in the field and presents the latest level of research available today. A highly useful resource for both scholars and students.
2 A god in full This chapter analyzes the early stages of the growth of Zhenwu
worship during the Song period ... in temple, held congregational gatherings, and
observed the calendar and dietary restrictions prescribed in the name of the god.
Author: Shin-Yi Chao
This book focuses on one of the few Chinese deities that can rightfully claim a countrywide devotion, Zhenwu or the Perfected Warrior. Investigating the complicated means by which various social and political groups contested with each other in appropriating cultural-religious symbols, it shows how, in a given historical context, human agents and social institutions shape the religious world.
Again like Confucianism , Daoism draws upon pre - existing , traditional Chinese
concepts , ideals , and practices and synthesizes them into a systematic
expression of the traditional Chinese mentality . In many ... The early Daoist
concept of immortality envisaged imprecisely a quasimundane state of
deathlessness , attained through meditation , techniques of breath control , and a
simple , healthy diet .
Author: N. Ross Reat
Publisher: Jain Publishing Company
Beginning with a brief account of the life of the historical Buddha and his teachings, the book looks into the schism that developed upon the death of the Buddha, the various schools that evolved around his teachings and the spread of these schools in all parts of the world, a process which is still continuing today.
Myth and Meaning in Early Daoism : The Theme of Chaos ( Hundun ) , by
Norman Girardot ( 2008 ) Reprint of Univ . of ... covers key practices of medical
healing , breathing techniques , diets and fasting , healing exercises , sexual practices ...
Author: Friederike Assandri
Publisher: Three Pine Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Introduction -- Historical background : schools and politics -- Major representatives : Daoists of the Liang and Tang -- The sources : commentaries and scriptures -- Key concepts : mystery, Dao, and the greater cosmos -- Salvation : Dao-nature and the sage -- The teaching : mysticism, cultivation, and integration -- Changes in the Pantheon : Laozi and the heavenly deities -- The body of the sage : the three-in-one and the three- -- Fold body of the Buddha