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Immortal Sisters: Secret Teachings of Taoist Women Second Edition Paperback – Nov 11 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; New edition edition (Nov. 11 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556432224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556432224
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #492,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas Cleary is highly regarded as one of the greatest contemporary translators of Asian texts. Among his translations are many classic texts of Buddhism, Taoism, and I Ching studies, including The Essential Tao, Awakening to the Tao, and The Buddhist I Ching. His works have been retranslated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, Hebrew, Spanish, Czech, Thai, Indonesian, Mandarin, and other modern languages.

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As mentioned in the Translator's Introduction, Sun Buer is one of the most beloved figures of Chinese folklore, standing with her teacher's teachers among one of the favorite groups of popular immortals. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisbeth West on Dec 10 2002
Format: Paperback
The poetry of Sappho has been read as THE example of women from ancient times, but this text shows us that the rarest of the jewels come from the Eastern civilization. These works are like a Chinese brush painter's stroke; from the heart of the spirit to the characters on the page. Each stroke reads as if it is found in a great brushpainter's' tradition of "having the bamboo completed in your chest" -- or seeing with one's inner eye and then simply writing what one sees.

What an exceptional find for students of daoism who are interested in learning the true beauty and wonderful myth of the Taoist Immortals and their jouneys! The Immortals include women but seldom do we get the chance to learn of them -- or in this case -- read their actual "bamboos of the chest."

Yes, Cleary follows his tradition of translating rare and visionary material, but since I have yet to master the language, I cannot say how true his translations are to the original words. This poetry is as simple as a final brushstroke in the holy spot on a sheet of rice paper. But these interpretations are filtered by what men perceive in these women's writing, and how their lives shape this text.

I wait to hear the translations from wonderful contemporary daoist women like we find in the mastery of Eva Wong. Clearly, the author notes that few works were written for both women and men. These ancient women were clear that much of the poetry was written for women only.

Do not hesitate to purchase a copy of this amazing gift to the world of beauty. Each page is fresh with new readings and is a staple of my bedside library. The works shape meaning into paths I follow and into the nature I seek as I live in solitude on the side of a mountain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 18 2011
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Immortal Sisters presents life stories and teachings of distinguished female Taoist adepts who lived from the third up to the twelfth century.

Through poems, stories, teachings and commentaries, Immortal Sisters sheds light on the spiritual methods taught and practiced by these women.

The book is about Taoist Alchemy and it uses the symbolism from the Taoist Alchemy. As such, it would appeal the most to female practitioners of Taoist Alchemy.

The poems themselves contain instructions for practice, but even with the commentaries included, but again, they will make most sense only to the practitioner of Taoist Alchemy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dantao on March 24 1999
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Cleary again has done an incredible job of translating from the writing of a modern taoist master Cheng Yinling who was the head of the China Taoist Association. Master Cheng's wrote the comentary based on the ancinet text of several woman taoist masters who gave very detail instruction in the image rich langauge of taoist oral tradition. Cleary is able to tease out some of the more unique terminology like the spirit water as salivia. Having read the original Chinese text, I have to say that Cleary did a great translation job once again.
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By Brian Griffith TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 24 2012
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Cleary gives a ringing tribute to some of the world's greatest women. He shows us a vast tradition of religion created by women, for women. It revolves around their values, their realities, and their inner continents. These traditions are passed down ear to ear in teaching lineages as long as China's history. Cleary displays the beauty and sanity of these women's spiritual paths, and shows why their wisdom has seemed invisible to grasping little emperors.

--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 23 1999
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Very practical information regarding women and the practice of Taoism. The commentaries are extreamly valuable in uncovering the underlying messages within the text.
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