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The Taoist Classics Series

Thomas Cleary
The Taoist Classics, Volume One by Thomas Cleary
The Taoist Classics, Volume Three by Thomas Cleary
The Taoist Classics, Volume Four by Thomas Cleary

The Taoist Classics Series : Titles in Order

Book 4
This collection of Taoist texts includes:

   •  The Taoist I Ching: The classic "Book of Change" illuminated by the commentary of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Taoist adept Liu I-ming. The first part of the book is the text of I Ching proper with Liu’s commentary. The second part is Liu’s commentary on two additional sections—known as the Overall Image and the Mixed Hexagrams—added to the I Ching by earlier commentators, believed to be members of the original Confucian school. In total, the book illuminates the Taoist inner teachings as practiced in the School of Complete Reality.
   •  I Ching Mandalas: A traditional program of study that enables students of the I Ching to achieve a deeper understanding of the meaning of this great classic. I Ching Mandalas presents diagrams as tools for whole-brain learning that help the student to visualize patterns and interrelationships among the trigrams and hexagrams of the I Ching.
Book 3
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.
Book 2
This collection of translated texts includes:

   •  Understanding Reality: A Taoist Alchemical Classic: A tenth-century text on the principles of inner alchemy.
   •  The Inner Teachings of Taoism: The essentials of self-transformation according to the Complete Reality School of Taoism, with commentary by Liu I-ming.
   •  The Book of Balance and Harmony: These essays, conversations, poetry, and songs about the secrets of Taoism teach how to live a centered and orderly life.
   •  Practical Taoism: A collection of the most accessible of the texts on inner alchemy.
Book 1
This collection of translated texts includes:

   •  Tao Te Ching: Cleary’s original translations of the great classic of Taoism, accompanied by his commentary illuminating the text and its context.
   •  Chuang-tzu: The “Inner Teachings” of a widely influential compendium of wisdom stories, fables, and anecdotes.
   •  Wen-tzu: Understanding the Mysteries: Another core text of Chinese Taoism, containing teachings also attributed to the author of the Tao Te Ching.
   •  The Book of Leadership and Strategy: Lessons of the Chinese Masters: One of the great Chinese teachings on the subtle arts of management and leadership at all levels.
   •  Sex, Health, and Long Life: Manuals of Taoist Practice: The techniques contained in these five texts reveal the transformative influence sex can have when wisely practiced.

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