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Art of the Bedchamber: The Chinese Sexual Yoga Classics Including Women's Solo Meditation Texts Paperback – Feb 13 1992

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  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr; Reprint edition (Feb. 13 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791408868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791408865
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 653 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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This is a compendium of translations of over 20 classic Chinese texts on Taoist esoteric sexual practice. For those with this particular interest, I highly recommend it. There's no other book like it.
This is not a 'new-age relationships' book, nor a 'light-reading sex-tips' book; it's a scholarly and faithful set of translations of Taoist texts originating from the second century B.C. through the early 1700's.
These might be rather heady for the beginner, but if you've studied alchemical Taoism (especially the sexual aspect) from more modern sources - and would like to peruse some of the classics (from the 1000's of years that the Chinese have been studying this stuff), then this is THE book. It's extremely well written; the introduction alone is worth the price of the book.
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By A Customer on Dec 18 2001
I'm just a beginner on this subject,I started with some photocopies on the subject(nothing special)and found them not very elucidatory. I wanted to know more!...then I bought this book,although I haven't read it all,from the pages I read, I felt I could comprehend easier what was being said.It explained certain doubts that came accross from the other texts I read.
I think(from the little insight I have)that this book is perfect to understand the subject, if one already knows something about Taoist ancient sexual practices.
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This is a work of scholorship and not simply a book about the ancient Chinese view of sex. It's very complete and contains both usuful material for moderns and very interesting historical material regarding alchemy, Qi Gong and Chinese medicine as they relate to sex.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1861e64) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1861144) out of 5 stars Excellent translations on sexual alchemy. Oct. 6 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a compendium of translations of over 20 classic Chinese texts on Taoist esoteric sexual practice. For those with this particular interest, I highly recommend it. There's no other book like it.
This is not a `new-age relationships' book, nor a `light-reading sex-tips' book; it's a scholarly and faithful set of translations of Taoist texts originating from the second century B.C. through the early 1700's.
These might be rather heady for the beginner, but if you've studied alchemical Taoism (especially the sexual aspect) from more modern sources - and would like to peruse some of the classics (from the 1000's of years that the Chinese have been studying this stuff), then this is THE book. It's extremely well written; the introduction alone is worth the price of the book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18981bc) out of 5 stars Very complete. documented and Annotated March 8 2003
By Richard L. Rankin - Published on Amazon.com
This is a work of scholorship and not simply a book about the ancient Chinese view of sex. It's very complete and contains both usuful material for moderns and very interesting historical material regarding alchemy, Qi Gong and Chinese medicine as they relate to sex.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18663e4) out of 5 stars Excellent! Aug. 24 2010
By Prokopton - Published on Amazon.com
If you are practicing any of the modern Chinese-style sexual practices and want to ground your understanding in tradition, don't hesitate -- you will love this book. Scholars of Chinese spirituality won't need to be told, since Livia Kohn endorses strongly on the back. Anyone else (as the 3-star review here demonstrates) might be a little confounded by what they read.

Wile is truly a consummate scholar, and plainly a practitioner as well, and his introduction is priceless. He charts the territory and chronology expertly, mops up past western scholarly mistakes, shows a great appreciation for the subtleties of terminology, and handles cultural clash with aplomb: "For the Christian, sex is for procreation; for the Chinese, orgasm is for procreation, but sex is for pleasure, therapy and salvation." Exactly!

I have no Chinese but I suspect the translations -- copiously annotated -- are very reliable. The texts themselves are full of eye-openers; for example P'eng Tsu's wonderful elaboration on what the Hermetics (after Franz Bardon) call 'sexual larvae', in the Su Nu Ching, is more or less identical to modern understandings. The early herbal recommendations are very interesting. Especially if these kinds of books and practices mean anything to your personal way at all:

Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy
The Tao of Sexology: The Book of Infinite Wisdom [Illustrated] (Hardcover)
Energy-Karezza: How To Make Every Wife Sexually Wild About Her Husband: Fascinating And Powerful Sex For Marital Fidelity And Bliss

... etc., don't miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding. Those first two books are themselves intelligently reviewed by Wile as well, and you will be very interested in his enumeration of the different locations of tan tiens and different terms for the microcosmic orbit that appear over the many, many centuries during which these practices developed.

I can't imagine a better book on this subject.

"The ignorant regard this as indecent, but it is not a teaching that encourages lust and leads people to desire. In reality it is the marvellous art of cultivating life." -- Su Nu miao lun
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1863abc) out of 5 stars An important reference work for the serious student Nov. 26 2004
By AlchemistGeorge - Published on Amazon.com
Here is the largest collection of historical Chinese texts on Taoist sexuality in English, excellently translated and footnoted. A must have reference work for the serious, advanced student.

This is not an introductory text, and I think a beginner would be hard pressed to understand and practice many of the techniques in the book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18662f4) out of 5 stars Simply Fabulous! Oct. 19 2009
By HonestbyDefault - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not going to get into all the details, but for anyone seriously interested in the process of transformation of consciousness - through the reversal of the flow of physiological/reproductive substance and the normally outward flow of mental activity (attained through regular practice, hard work, study and discipline) this book is a highly recommended work of art. It is also written in such a way, that it does not feel like you have to 'huff and puff' to get your way through it. It is as pleasant to read as it is rich in its content. A very worthy book!


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