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MISC. ANCIENT DAOIST TEXTS
Other ancient Daoist texts have been translated into English, and some of them can be both inspirational and educational. Most of the later Daoist texts deal with the religious aspects which have been attributed to the Daoist ideology. The main school of religious Daoism is the School of Complete Reality, and many books have been written throughout the centuries about the masters, lineage, and disciples of that school.
The books Yuan Dao and Original Dao are early texts which were written before the formation of the School of Complete Reality, but they deal with physical and spiritual cultivation in a way that is more ritualistic that the Daoism spoken about in the Laozi and Zhuangzi.
The books written by Thomas Cleary reflect the thoughts of those who extended the ideology of Laozi’s and Zhuangzi’s Dao into the framework of rituals and religious beliefs of the School of Complete Reality’s Daoism.
The following is only a list of books in my library. There are links below each book to pages where you can find more information on the book and purchase it if desired.
> Yuan Dao (Tracing Dao to Its Source) by D. C. Lau and Roger T. Ames
Translation and commentary on the opening treatise of the Huainanzi. The Huainanzi can be dated to about 139 BCE, and it is believed that the text was presented to Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty by his uncle, Liu An, the king of Huainan. The purpose of the gift was to teach the young emperor how to understand the world around him.
Yuan Dao (Tracing Dao to Its Source) by D. C. Lau and Roger T. Ames at Amazon
> Original Tao (Inward Training [Nei-yeh] And the Foundations of Taoist Mysticism) by Harold D. Roth
Translation and commentary on an ancient Daoist text dated to the fourth century BCE which Roth has titled the Nei-Yeh due to the fact that the first two Chinese characters of the text are Nie “inner, inward” and Yeh “work, deed, achievement.” The Nei-Yeh consists of lyrical verses on self-cultivation, and Roth believes the text shows the connection between religious and philosophical Daoism.
Original Tao (Inward Training [Nei-yeh] And the Foundations of Taoist Mysticism) by Harold D. Roth at Amazon
> The Book of Balance and Harmony by Thomas Cleary
Translation and commentary of an anthology of writings by a thirteenth-century Daoist master of the School of Complete Reality. Composed many centuries after the writings of the ancient masters, this book is an attempt by the author to connect the religious beliefs of modern Daoism to the words of the ancients.
The Book of Balance and Harmony by Thomas Cleary at Amazon
> Vitality, Energy, Spirit (A Taoist Sourcebook) by Thomas Cleary
Translation and commentary on a collection of Daoist writings from the sixth century BCE to modern times. This book shows how the ideologies of the Daoist religion evolved through the centuries.
Vitality, Energy, Spirit (A Taoist Sourcebook) by Thomas Cleary at Amazon
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