dawei

The Thread of Dao

Recommended Posts

This is for Kindle only, for the moment... paperback may come later.  Have a read here:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Thread-Dao-Unraveling-traditions-Cultivation-ebook/dp/B078J7XRBX/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1514906693&sr=1-1

 

 

The philosophy of Lao Zi (c. 550 BC), the great Daoist (Taoist) philosopher and author of the Dao De Jing, is often said to have represented an earlier oral tradition. The works of Guan Zi (aka Guan Zhong, 720-645 BC) may, in fact, be an even earlier record of this oral tradition. Four of the texts in an ancient encyclopedia attributed to Guan Zi bear many similarities to Lao Zi's work, and offer invaluable insights into the esoteric and cultural precedents behind his phrases and teachings. "Thread of Dao" provides an annotated translation of Guan Zi's proto-Daoist texts: Purifying the Heart-Mind (Bai Xin), Art of the Heart-Mind (Xin Shu I&II), and Internal Cultivation (Nei Ye). Dan G. Reid's commentary traces the early Daoist oral traditions that weave throughout these texts, the the Dao De Jing, Heshang Gong's commentary on the Dao De Jing, and the works of other ancient writers, from Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu) to Zen Buddhists. 
Following this ancient thread reveals the meditation and mindfulness traditions that were quietly imparted through wisdom on government and health preservation. Underlying these writings are subtle teachings on "the art of the heart-mind" — the Sages' technique for self purification, cultivating enlightenment and harmony within, and fostering peace and virtue throughout the world.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

51dcU7OFhEL.jpg

 

Back cover description:

 

Quote

(back cover description)

Ancient Chinese meditation and mindfulness traditions were often quietly imparted through wisdom on government policy and health preservation. Underlying these teachings are subtle instructions in "the art of the heart-mind" — the Sages' technique for self purification, cultivating enlightenment and harmony within, and fostering virtue throughout the world.
     While Lao Zi is said to be the founder of Daoism (Taoism) and author of the Dao De Jing, his classic on attaining the way of Nature is believed to have transmitted an earlier oral tradition. Modern scholars now believe that four texts, found in the ancient “Guan Zi” encyclopedia, are likely to have predated the completion of the Dao De Jing. These texts, "Purifying the Heart-Mind (Bai Xin)," "Art of the Heart-Mind (Xin Shu I&II)," and "Internal Cultivation (Nei Ye)," provide exceptionally direct explanations of Daoist spiritual, mental, and energetic cultivation, making them invaluable keys to the teachings of early Daoist masters. Thread of Dao translates and explores these texts alongside comparable teachings in the Dao De Jing and other Daoist and Buddhist sources, tracing their origins to a common thread of wisdom.
     In translating Guan Zi’s "Purifying the Heart-Mind (Bai Xin)," "Art of the Heart-Mind (Xin Shu I&II)," and "Internal Cultivation (Nei Ye)," Reid justifies the “received” version of these texts, rather than adopting revisions commonly accepted by modern scholars, making Thread of Dao a valuable contribution to several fields of Chinese studies, including Daoist and Buddhist Studies, pre-Qin history, Classical Chinese, and Chinese Political Science.

 

 

Dan G. Reid (not to be confused with Daniel P. Reid, author of “The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity”) is the author of a new and potentially groundbreaking book which suggests that the origins of many chapters in the Dao De Jing (including chapters 1, 5, 9, 10, and fragments of numerous others) can be traced to the internal cultivation texts in the Guan Zi.  Reid’s new book, The Thread of Dao: Unraveling early Daoist oral traditions in Guan Zi’s Purifying the Heart-Mind (Bai Xin), Art of the Heart-Mind (Xin Shu), and Internal Cultivation (Nei Ye)

 

 

 

I have an interview with the author to post, see interview section.

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

This last year (2018) I had decided to do some additional reading to help expand my understanding of Laozi and Zhuangzi. I was looking for a connection of those works to a physical practice.

 

It seemed like moving forward, chronologically, from the DDJ, was leading me to increasingly more narrow esoteric subjects and away from foundational/core understandings and practices. 

 

The process of reviewing additional sources led me to three books that have greatly influenced my understanding of Laozi and Zhuangzi ... and are allowing me to develop a more personal and physical connection. These are:

 

The Seal of the Unity of the Three by Fabrizio Pregadio,

The Thread of Dao by Dan G Reid,

Original Tao by Harold Roth.

 

The Seal of the Unity of the Three helped show how different aspects of Daoist activity are all expressions of the same unity. At the same time it did much to breakdown the mystical language found in all sources.

 

The Thread of Dao showed, through the development of the notion of proto-daoist sources, that there was an ongoing tradition that lead up to DDJ and that this tradition included a very real physical process to support Daoist philospohy. It showed the real value and practice of meditation.

 

Original Tao affirms the ideas in The Thread of Dao and does much to strengthen the connection to Laozi and Zhuangzi in a detailed and academically rigorous way.

 

These three works should be at the top of everyones list of study materials. They are foundational and can do much to enhance the later souces in Daoist tradition.

 

 

Edited by OldDog
Minor corrections
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites