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  The Daodejing, Daoism, and the Restoration of Humanity in the Asian Healing Arts: With Translation and Commentary on the Text
The Daodejing and the Restoration of Humanity
The Daodejing, the Healing Traditions of Ancient China, and the Restoration of Humanity
 
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The Daodejing, Daoism, and the Restoration of Humanity in the Asian Healing Arts

The Daodejing may be the most important book ever written. It contains in seminal form all of the important concepts for natural healing and is the foundational text for all of Daoism, acupuncture, and the internal arts of ancient China including Taijiquan and Daoist meditation. This book presents Dennis Willmonts original translation complete with Pinyin, Chinese characters, and Chapter commentaries. The extensive introduction makes this important text accessible to healers, scholars, practitioners, and the interested public and reveals all of the secrets hidden within the text so that its power is made clear to all those who wish to practice it. This book includes a translation, chapter commentary and introduction for the complete text. It explains how and why the Daodejing is THE most important book on natural healing ever written as well as the most significant of ancient Chinese texts. It is the oldest book of Chinese Daoism and has profoundly influenced all of the Chinese arts including painting, calligraphy, poetry, architecture, cooking, love making, politics, warfare, and especially the healing arts of acupuncture, meditation, Qigong and Taijiquan. The Daodejing comes from a time before philosophy and religion were separated. Its basic message states that in order to fulfill human Destiny we must remain grounded in Spirit and Source while manifesting ourselves in the world.

More than a complete translation and commentary on the text, this work includes an in-depth study of the relevant cultural background that helps to explain the meaning of the text on the profound level it deserves. This includes other Daoist and Confucian texts of the period and, most significantly, its connection to Ancient Chinese Medicine that was also being practiced at this time, a correlation that has never been previously explored.

These cross-cultural comparisons help to elucidate the unique and immensely important worldview of the Dodjīng, a worldview that stands in stark contrast to the one prevalent in modern western society and one that leads the Way to Restoring Humanity and the possibility of attaining One Peaceful World. At the foundation of this thinking is the interrelationship between the underlying philosophy of the Dodjīng and the Three Levels of Healing first propounded by To Hngjǐngthe Lowest (Symptomatic), the Mediocre (Preventive), and the Highest (Fulfilling Inner Potential).

The attainment of this Highest Level is dependent upon restoring Balance and Harmony to the Five Virtues (the d of the Do-d-jīng), which involves healing the psycho-emotional imbalances that split the Body/Mind and fragment the unity inherent to All Things. When this integration occurs, we automatically reconnect with Do as Source and become a Model (Sage) for the rest of the world. When we can all understand these simple principles and put them into practice, the age of Great Peace is at hand!

This priceless accomplishment is something one can attain only through merit. It is not something that can be bought and sold. Because of the negative materialistic direction of present day humanity the message of the Daodejing is more important now than ever before.


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Table of Contents

Part I: Cultural Background of the Dodjīng 20

Basic Meaning of the Text 20

Thematic Context 20

Integration of the Ancient Schools 21

Thematic Context Outline 22

Thematic Context Terms 27

Early Culture 30

Dynastic Periods 30

Xi Dynasty (2205 BCE-1818 BCE) 30

Shāng Dynasty (1766-1122 BCE) 30

The Zhōu Dynasty (1122-256 BCE) 31

The Warring States Period (403-222 BCE) 33

Qn Dynasty (221-207 BCE) 35

Hn Dynasty (206 BCE220 CE) 36

Period of Disunity (220-618 CE) 39

Southern and Northern Dynasties (420 to 589 CE) 40

Su Dynasty (589-618 CE) 40

Tng Dynasty (618-905 CE) 41

Sng Dynasty (960-1279 CE) 42

Yun Dynasty (1271-1368 CE) 43

Mng Dynasty (13681644 CE) 45

Thematic Overview of Chinese Cultural History 46

Important Early Daoist Texts 52

Guǎnzi (400-200 BCE) 52

Zhuāngzǐ (399-295 BCE) 52

Huinnzǐ (139 BCE) 52

Lizĭ (300 CE) 53

Dozng (1016-1607 CE) 53

Important Early Confucians 55

Confucianism in General 55

Confucius (551-479 BCE) 55

Mzǐ (479-381 BCE) 57

Mencius (371-289 BCE) 58

Xnzǐ (340-245 BCE) 58

Daoist Background of the Dodjīng 60

Philosophical and Religious Daoism 60

Political Alliance 61

Timelines 61

Lineages 62

General 62

Celestial Masters (Tiān Shī Do 天師道―142 CE) 64

Highest Purity (Shngqīng 上清―304 CE) 65

Numinous Treasure (Lngbǎo 靈寶―400 CE) 69

Complete Perfection (Qunzhēn 全眞―1159 CE, Sng Dynasty) 69

Summary 73

Historical Basis of the Author 74

Lǎozi in History 75

Source Text 75

Pre-Hn Dynasty Texts 77

Hn Dynasty Texts 78

Post-Hn Dynasty Texts 78

Summary 78

Lǎozi in Myth 78

Overview 78

Magical Practitioners 79

Political Elite 84

Supernatural Status 84

Relationship with Buddhism 84

The Yǐn Xǐ Geneology of Early Daoism 86

Place and Date of Birth 87

The Deification of Lǎozi 89

The Disappearance of Lǎozi 98

A Normal Death 98

Journey to the West 99

Important Places 102

Dragon Horn Mountain 102

Hngǔ Pass 102

Lugun 102

Historical Basis of the Text 103

About the Text 105

Original Form 105

Organization: Section and Chapter Divisions 106

Style 106

Transmissions 106

Mǎwngduī 107

Guōdin 107

Differences Between the Mǎwngduī and Guōdin Transmissions 107

Western Translations 107

Dating of the Text 108

Variations on Dodjīng Themes 109

Historical Use of the Text 110

Importance of the Text for the General Public and Daoism 110

Use by Daoist Sects 111

Major Historical Commentaries 112

General 112

Hshng Gōng 113

Wngb 115

The Dodjīng as Core Daoist Healing Text 115

Political Rule and Daoism in Ancient China 121

Influence of the King 121

Source of Authority 121

Ruler of the Heart 122

When Lǎozi Becomes a God 123

Body/Mind/Spirit Methods and Applications 127

Natural Healing and Worldview 127

Dual Cultivation and the Unique Principle of Yin and Yang 131

Body: Food and Herbs 139

Traditional Approach 139

Modern Applications: Georges Ohsawa and the Macrobiotic Way of Life 141

Mind: Virtue/Empowerment, Worldview, and Daoist Psychology 144

Etymology and Definition of D 144

Confucian Conceptions of Virtue as Morality 145

Daoist Conceptions of Virtue 147

The Five Constant Virtues 149

Zh/Wisdom and Gratitude 150

Rn/Humanity and Infinite Freedom 152

Lǐ/Appropriateness and Eternal Happiness 153

Xn/Accountability and Faith 154

Y/Righteousness, Justice, and the Seven Levels of Judgment 155

Virtue and the Mandate of Heaven 158

Spirit: Meditation, Qgōng, and Alchemy 160

Meditation 160

Methods 162

Breath 163

Stretching and Relaxing 164

Mantra and Chanting 164

Visualization 165

Talismans 166

Asceticism 168

Healing 168

Qgōng 170

Definition 170

Dǎoyǐn 170

Other Forms 171

Examples 1721

History 173

Timeline of Events 175

Fǎln Gōng 177

Inner Alchemy 180

Definition 180

Goals 182

History 1821

Texts and Schools 183

First Texts 183

Celestial Masters (142 CE in the Hn Dynasty) 185

Highest Purity (304 CE) 186

Three Caverns 186

Complete Perfection (1159 CE in the Sng Dynasty) 186

Modern Times 187

Methods 187

Outer Alchemy 187

Inner Alchemy 190

Stages of Inner Alchemy 192

Preparation: Creating the Cauldron and the Inner Smile 192

The Microcosmic Orbit 193

Five Phase Fusion 194

Meditational Alchemy 198

Macrocosmic Orbit 205

Greater Macrocosmic Orbit 207

Transformation of the Three Treasures 209

Lǎozi as a Profound Symbol of Chinese Culture 215

An Historical Perspective of Lǎozi 215

The Yellow Emperor (Hungd 黃帝) 215

Fxī 伏羲 215

Record Keepers and Astrologers 215

Immortality Practices 216

The Buddha 217

The Hngǔ Pass 217

The Meaning of Lǎozi Riding the Ox through the Hngǔ Pass 218

The Conversion of the Barbarians 218

The Ox in the Cycles of the Five Phases 218

The Ox in the Chinese Zodiac 219

The Weaving Maiden and Cowherd Boy 219

The Birthing of the Immortal Fetus in Inner Alchemy 220

The Meaning of These Legends in Terms of Lǎozi as the Old Child 220

Acupuncture 225

Principles 225

The Manifestation Sequence and the Seventy-One Meridians of Acupuncture 225

The Three Levels of Healing in Acupuncture 227

The Symptomatic and Preventive Levels 227

The Spiritual Level 228

Reciprocal Imagery Between the Points and Themes of the Text 229

Identification between Lǎozi and the Shn/Spirit of the Heart 230

Oneness and the Navel Center 232

Receiving Nourishment from the One 235

Polarization Legends Common to the Meridian System and the Dodjīng 237

Daoist Divinities and the Acupuncture Points 241

Eight Acupuncture Do Formulas 242

General Principles 242

Yang Treatments 243

(1) Do Treatment: Builds the Yang of the Main Supporting Organs (12 Points) 243

(2) The Golden Elixir Treatment (12 Points) 244

Yin Treatments 248

(3) Seven Emotions Treatment: Builds Yin of the Main Organs (13 Points) 248

(4) The Great One Treatment (14 Points) 249

Balanced Treatments 253

(5) The Virtue/Empowerment Treatment (14 Points) 253

(6) The Big Bell Treatment: Fulfilling Inner Potential (16 Points) 255

(7) The Heavenly Ancestor Treatment: God as Lǎozi is Within (10 Points) 262

(8) Deities as Ancestors Treatment (9 Points) 264

The Classical Chinese Language as Worldview 267

General 267

History 268

The Spoken Language 269

Symbolism in Language 270

Challenges in Translating 272

Chapter Titles 277

Part II: The Text and Commentaries 280

Book One: The Book of Do 280

Chapter 1 (1:1)―The Do that Has No Name 280

Translation 280

Commentary 280

Chapter 2 (1:2)―The Hidden Perfection of Yin and Yang 286

Translation 286

Commentary 287

Chapter 3 (1:3)―Acting with Non-Action 288

Translation 288

Commentary 288288

Chapter 4 (1:4)―The Pattern/Template of the Lord 292

Translation 292

Commentary 292

Chapter 5 (1:5)―Straw Dogs 294

Translation 294

Commentary 294

Chapter 6 (1:6)―The Spirit of the Valley 298

Translation 298

Commentary 298

Chapter 7 (1:7)―Leaving Yourself Behind 302

Commentary 302

Translation 302

Chapter 8 (1:8)―The Highest Good is like Water 304

Translation 304

Commentary 305

Chapter 9 (1:9)―Filling a Hall with Gold and Jade 308

Translation 308

Commentary 309

Chapter 10 (2:1)―Mysterious Virtue 310

Translation 310

Commentary 311

Chapter 11 (2:2)―The Thirty Spokes of a Single Wheel 314

Translation 314

Commentary 314

Chapter 12 (2:3)―The Belly of the Sage 316

Translation 316

Commentary 316

Chapter 13 (2:4)―Valuing Great Suffering 318

Translation 318

Commentary 319

Chapter 14 (2:5)―Knowing the Ancient Beginning 322

Translation 322

Commentary 323

Chapter 15 (2:6)―The Simplicity of a Woodcutter 328

Translation 328

Commentary 329

Chapter 16 (2:7)―Returning to Destiny 332

Translation 332

Commentary 332

Chapter 17 (2:8)―Accountability 334

Translation 334

Commentary 334

Chapter 18 (2:9)―Confusion and Disorder in the Kingdom 336

Translation 336

Commentary 336

Chapter 19 (3:1)―Limiting Desire 338

Translation 338

Commentary 339

Chapter 20 (3:2)―The Infant Child Who has not Laughed 340

Translation 340

Commentary 341

Chapter 21 (3:3)―The Accountability of the Vague and Elusive 342

Translation 342

Commentary 343

Chapter 22 (3:4)―Becoming the Model for Everyone 346

Translation 346

Commentary 347

Chapter 23 (3:5)―The Whirlwind and the Thunderstorm 350

Translation 350

Commentary 350

Chapter 24 (3:6)―Excess Nourishment and Useless Activities 352

Translation 352

Commentary 352

Chapter 25 (3:7)―The Mother of the World 354

Translation 354

Commentary 355

Chapter 26 (3:8)―Showing Your Lightness to the World 356

Translation 356

Commentary 356

Chapter 27 (3:9)―Depending on the Good 358

Translation 358

Commentary 359

Chapter 28 (4:1)―The Greatest Tailor Never Cuts 362

Translation 362

Commentary 362

Chapter 29 (4:2)―The Spirit Vessel of the World 364

Translation 364

Commentary 364

Chapter 30 (4:3)―Using Strength through Weapons 366

Translation 366

Commentary 367

Chapter 31 (4:4)―Abiding with the Funeral Rites 368

Translation 368

Commentary 369

Chapter 32 (4:5)―The Do that has No Name 370

Translation 370

Commentary 370

Chapter 33 (4:6)―He Who Dies But Doesnt Perish 372

Translation 372

Commentary 372

Chapter 34 (4:7)―Without Acting as their Ruler 374

Translation 374

Commentary 375

Chapter 35 (4:8)―The Pattern/Template of the World 376

Translation 376

Commentary 377

Chapter 36 (4:9)―The Fish Cannot Escape from the Depths 378

Translation 378

Commentary 379

Chapter 37 (5:1)―Quietude 382

Translation 382

Commentary 382

Book Two: The Book of D 384

Chapter 38 (5:2)―High and Low Virtue 384

Translation 384

Commentary 385

Chapter 39 (5:3)―Attaining Oneness 388

Translation 388

Commentary 389

Chapter 40 (5:4)―The Movement of Do is in Returning 392

Translation 392

Commentary 392

Chapter 41 (5:5)―When the Scholar/Warrior Hears of the Do 394

Translation 394

Commentary 395

Chapter 42 (5:6)―The Manifestation Sequence 398

Translation 398

Commentary 398

Chapter 43 (5:7)―The Benefits of Non-Action 400

Translation 400

Commentary 400

Chapter 44 (5:8)―Valuing the Real Self 402

Translation 4042

Commentary 403

Chapter 45 (5:9)―Stillness Rectifies the World 404

Translation 404

Commentary 404

Chapter 46 (6:1)―War Horses Breeding on the Frontier 406

Translation 406

Commentary 407

Chapter 47 (6:2)―Knowing the World without Leaving the Door 408

Translation 408

Commentary 409

Chapter 48 (6:3)―Through Non-Action, Nothing is Left Undone 410

Translation 410

Commentary 411

Chapter 49 (6:4)―Being Good to Those Who are Not Good 412

Translation 412

Commentary 413

Chapter 50 (6:5)―The Tiger Finds No Place to Claw 414

Translation 414

Commentary 414

Chapter 51 (6:6)―Giving Life to the Ten Thousand Things 418

Translation 418

Commentary 418

Chapter 52 (6:7)―The Mother of the World 420

Translation 420

Commentary 420

Chapter 53 (6:8)―Braggers and Thieves 422

Translation 422

Commentary 423

Chapter 54 (6:9)―Cultivating Virtue 424

Translation 424

Commentary 425

Chapter 55 (7:1)―Poisonous Insects and Snakes 426

Translation 426

Commentary 427

Chapter 56 (7:2)―The Mysterious Union 430

Translation 430

Commentary 431

Chapter 57 (7:3)―Self-Rectification 436

Translation 436

Commentary 437

Chapter 58 (7:4)―Making Things Square Without Cutting 440

Translation 440

Commentary 441

Chapter 59 (7:5)―Preventive Medicine 442

Translation 442

Commentary 442

Chapter 60 (7:6)―Cooking a Small Fish 444

Translation 444

Commentary 445

Chapter 61 (7:7)―Seeking the Lowest Level 446

Translation 446

Commentary 447

Chapter 62 (7:8)―Making Obeisance with the Jade Disc 448

Translation 448

Commentary 448

Chapter 63 (7:9)―Taking Care of Things While They are Small 450

Translation 450

Commentary 450

Chapter 64 (8:1)―The Journey of a Thousand Miles 452

Translation 452

Commentary 454

Chapter 65 (8:2)―Returning to the Great Beginning 456

Translation 456

Commentary 456

Chapter 66 (8:3)―Putting Yourself Last 458

Translation 458

Commentary 458

Chapter 67 (8:4)―The Three Treasures 460

Translation 460

Commentary 460

Chapter 68 (8:5)―Using the Force of Others 464

Translation 464

Commentary 464

Chapter 69 (8:6)―Baring Arms without Rolling up the Sleeves 466

Translation 466

Commentary 467

Chapter 70 (8:7)―Keeping Jade in the Bosom 468

Translation 468

Commentary 468

Chapter 71 (8:8)―Being Sick of Being Sick 470

Translation 470

Commentary 470

Chapter 72 (8:9)―When a Greater Majesty Will Arrive 472

Translation 472

Commentary 473

Chapter 73 (9:1)―The Spreading of Heavens Net 474

Translation 474

Commentary 475

Chapter 74 (9:2)―The Official Executioner 476

Translation 476

Commentary 477

Chapter 75 (9:3)―Acting with no Regard for Life 478

Translation 478

Commentary 478

Chapter 76 (9:4)―Disciples of the Living and the Dead 480

Translation 480

Commentary 481

Chapter 77 (9:5)―Handling a Stretched Bow 482

Translation 482

Commentary 483

Chapter 78 (9:6)―Ruler over the Gods 484

Translation 484

Commentary 484

Chapter 79 (9:7)―Holding the Left Tally 486

Translation 486

Commentary 4487

Chapter 80 (9:8)―O for a Small Kingdom 488

Translation 488

Commentary 488

Chapter 81 (9:9)―Being without Contention or Suffering 490

Translation 490

Commentary 491

Appendix 493

Basic Pronunciation 492

Thematic Context According to Terms 493

Important Names 498

People 498

Places 500

Texts 501

Bibliography 504

Index 518

Endnotes 526


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