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This collection of translated texts includes:    •  Vitality, Energy, Spirit: A Taoist Sourcebook: An extraordinarily rich and diverse collection of Taoist writings from the fifth century BCE to modern times.    •  The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life: Essentially a practical guide to the integration of personality—hailed by C. G. Jung as a l This collection of translated texts includes:    •  Vitality, Energy, Spirit: A Taoist Sourcebook: An extraordinarily rich and diverse collection of Taoist writings from the fifth century BCE to modern times.    •  The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life: Essentially a practical guide to the integration of personality—hailed by C. G. Jung as a link between the insights of the East and his own psychological research.    •  Immortal Sisters: Secrets of Taoist Women: The writings of six distinguished Taoist women adepts writing between the fourth and twelfth centuries.    •  Awakening to the Tao: Another treasure from Liu I-ming, this is a collection of one hundred forty-two of the master's brief but admirably lucid essays on living according to the Tao.


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This collection of translated texts includes:    •  Vitality, Energy, Spirit: A Taoist Sourcebook: An extraordinarily rich and diverse collection of Taoist writings from the fifth century BCE to modern times.    •  The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life: Essentially a practical guide to the integration of personality—hailed by C. G. Jung as a l This collection of translated texts includes:    •  Vitality, Energy, Spirit: A Taoist Sourcebook: An extraordinarily rich and diverse collection of Taoist writings from the fifth century BCE to modern times.    •  The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life: Essentially a practical guide to the integration of personality—hailed by C. G. Jung as a link between the insights of the East and his own psychological research.    •  Immortal Sisters: Secrets of Taoist Women: The writings of six distinguished Taoist women adepts writing between the fourth and twelfth centuries.    •  Awakening to the Tao: Another treasure from Liu I-ming, this is a collection of one hundred forty-two of the master's brief but admirably lucid essays on living according to the Tao.

30 review for The Taoist Classics, Volume 3: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stan

    Actually, this comment is only about The Secret of the Golden Flower, but apparently the stand-alone version is out of print. I guess it is included in this volume. This is a tough book, but it is truly a classic in psychological/mental development, both from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective. An important sub-theme of this book is the debunking of the well known Richard Wilhelm version, which is apparently highly inaccurate and incomplete, and which therefore makes Jung's theori Actually, this comment is only about The Secret of the Golden Flower, but apparently the stand-alone version is out of print. I guess it is included in this volume. This is a tough book, but it is truly a classic in psychological/mental development, both from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective. An important sub-theme of this book is the debunking of the well known Richard Wilhelm version, which is apparently highly inaccurate and incomplete, and which therefore makes Jung's theories about Eastern spirituality rather suspect. I'm no expert on Jung, so I won't comment further on that. This is probably the third or fourth time I've read it, though it has been over 10 years since the previous time, I believe. As I said, it is a bit tough going, but well worth it. Anyone with the slightest interest in Taoist and Buddhist approaches to mind matters will get a lot out of it. For those with no background in Taoism or Buddhism it might be a bit tougher going, but should be well worth it. It's funny to give it five stars and yet confess I don't grasp everything in the book, but... hey, that's the way it is.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam Cummings

    This volume of Taoist Classics shows the blending of the Tao with Buddhism and Confucism to form a variety of schools and philosophies. Assuming you've read the volumes in order, you can see the mastery of Thomas Cleary's editting where in the first volume he lays the groundwork and highlights the primary texts, then, in the second volume, illustrates the transitional departure from ancient taoism and the reinterpretation (and in many cases misinterpretation) that would occur, and ending at the This volume of Taoist Classics shows the blending of the Tao with Buddhism and Confucism to form a variety of schools and philosophies. Assuming you've read the volumes in order, you can see the mastery of Thomas Cleary's editting where in the first volume he lays the groundwork and highlights the primary texts, then, in the second volume, illustrates the transitional departure from ancient taoism and the reinterpretation (and in many cases misinterpretation) that would occur, and ending at the taoist revival which is very much a part of what the third volume shows as the blend with confucism and buddhism. Finishing three volumes puts you at about 1600 pages of text, alegories, metaphor, and very confusing parables, but what I had found, as a first time reader of the Tao, was that the Tao reveals itself, and the texts simply recommend what to look for. My advice: "Don't worry about 'getting it'. If you're worried about understanding it, then you might miss the purpose of the text itself. This is becoming more and more apparent as I read the fourth volume which is entirely the I Ching and I Ching Mandalas. I've already read the first 150 or so pages and felt like none of it has stuck, but then, and a nice walk home, it all makes sense at once. That is the power of the texts herein. So take your time, savour it, and remember you can always reread parts. As much as it's been a huge, sometimes daunting undertaking, it has been immensely rewarding, and I can't wait to read it all again after allowing it to set in.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Fraser

    Invaluable

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