Early Daoist Dietary Practices

In other words, Daoist dietary regimens are key complex self-cultivation practices aimed at manipulating and transforming the body's subtle energies to facilitate and maintain health, wellbeing, and longevity. A detailed examination of ...


Author: Shawn Arthur

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739178935

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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Focusing on the early medieval herbal recipes found in the Lingbao Wufuxu (The Preface to the Five Lingbao Talismans of Numinous Treasure), this study analyses Daoist asceticism and ideas regarding the body, health, grain avoidance diets, the Three Worms, and immortality.

Ancient Daoist Diets for Health and Longevity

To contextualize my findings, this project first examines the historical, social, and cultural environments in which the text was redacted, and discusses the importance of its presentation as a cosmically generated, authoritative scripture ...


Author: Shawn Arthur


ISBN: OCLC:156957095

Category: Diet

Page: 288

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Much as the modern Western world is concerned with diets, health, and anti-aging remedies, many early medieval Daoists also actively sought to improve their health and increase their longevity. This study focuses on the fifth-century dietary practices as presented in the second chapter of the Taishang lingbao wufuxu (The Preface to the Five Most High Numinous Treasure Talismans; DZ 388)---a technical manual of herbal-based, immortality-oriented recipes. I argue that examining Daoist self-cultivation diets is integral to understanding Daoist religious practice; its concepts of the body, health, and immortality; and its soteriological goals. To contextualize my findings, this project first examines the historical, social, and cultural environments in which the text was redacted, and discusses the importance of its presentation as a cosmically generated, authoritative scripture within the developing Lingbao (Numinous Treasure) Daoist school. Utilizing my own annotated translations of the text's recipes throughout the dissertation, I then perform a detailed analysis of the text's contents: the dietary regimens themselves; their expected benefits, which range from improved physical health to extraordinary abilities and longevity; and the specific herbal constituents of the diets. From this investigation, new understandings of important Daoist ideas regarding the body's composition and mutability, health and disease, the parasitic Three Worms, the spirit realm, grain avoidance diets, and immortality are proffered. Examining these themes also illustrates the ways that fifth-century Daoists developed a new worldview that systematically synthesized Daoist religion, Chinese medicine, cosmological correlative logic, and alchemical symbolism. Additionally, my analysis of sesame, poke, and other herbs in the text, using Western scientific and pharmacological research, concludes that the herbs do have healing properties, many of which reflect the text's ancient claims, and it would be possible to improve one's health while living on a reduced diet of only these substances. The dissertation ends with a discussion of modern Daoist perspectives of the diets and an evaluation of the relevance of this study to understanding religiously oriented food related issues more generally as well as modern Western dietary concerns.

Dao Companion to Xuanxue Neo Daoism

“Life without Grains: Bigu and the Daoist Body.” In Livia Kohn, ed., Daoist Body Cultivation: Traditional Models and Contemporary Practices, 91–122. Magdalena: Three Pines Press. Arthur, Shawn. 2013. Early Daoist Dietary Practices: ...


Author: David Chai

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030492281

Category: Philosophy

Page: 529

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This comprehensive volume surveys an important but neglected period of Chinese intellectual history: Xuanxue (Neo-Daoism). It provides a holistic approach to the philosophical and religious traits of this movement via the concepts of non-being, being, and oneness. Thinkers and texts on the periphery of Xuanxue are also examined to show readers that Xuanxue did not arise in a vacuum but is the result of a long and continuous evolution of ideas from pre-Qin Daoism. The 25 chapters of this work survey the major philosophical figures and arguments of Xuanxue, a movement from the Wei-Jin dynastic period (220-420 CE) of early-medieval China. It also examines texts and figures from the late-Han dynasty whose influence on Xuanxue has yet to be made explicitly clear. In order to fully capture the multifaceted nature of this movement, the contributors brilliantly highlight its more socially-oriented characteristics. Overall, this volume presents an unrivaled picture of this exciting period. It details a portrait of intellectual and cultural vitality that rivals, if not surpasses, what was achieved during the Warring States period. Readers of the Yijing, Daodejing, and Zhuangzi will feel right at home with the themes and arguments presented herein, while students and those coming to Xuanxue for the first time will acquire a wealth of knowledge.

Daoism in Japan

... Health and Longevity: Examining Early Daoist Dietary Practices. New York: Lexington Books, 2013. Bumbacher, Stephan Peter. “Zu den Körpergottheiten im chinesischen Taoismus.” In Noch eine Chance für die Religionsphänomenologie?, ed.


Author: Jeffrey L. Richey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317662860

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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Like an ancient river, Daoist traditions introduced from China once flowed powerfully through the Japanese religious landscape, forever altering its topography and ecology. Daoism’s presence in Japan still may be discerned in its abiding influence on astrology, divination, festivals, literature, politics, and popular culture, not to mention Buddhism and Shintō. Despite this legacy, few English-language studies of Daoism’s influence on Japanese religious culture have been published. Daoism in Japan provides an exploration of the particular pathways by which Daoist traditions entered Japan from continental East Asia. After addressing basic issues in both Daoist Studies and the study of Japanese religions, including the problems of defining ‘Daoism’ and ‘Japanese,’ the book looks at the influence of Daoism on ancient, medieval and modern Japan in turn. To do so, the volume is arranged both chronologically and topically, according to the following three broad divisions: "Arrivals" (c. 5th-8th centuries CE), "Assimilations" (794-1868), and "Apparitions" (1600s-present). The book demonstrates how Chinese influence on Japanese religious culture ironically proved to be crucial in establishing traditions that usually are seen as authentically, even quintessentially, Japanese. Touching on multiple facets of Japanese cultural history and religious traditions, this book is a fascinating contribution for students and scholars of Japanese Culture, History and Religions, as well as Daoist Studies.


L. Kohn , Daoist Body Cultivation : Traditional Models and Contemporary Practices ( Magdalena , N.M .: Three Pine Press , 2006 ) . 10. S. Arthur , Early Daoist Dietary Practices - Examining Ways to Health and Longevity ( Lanham ...


Author: Dr. Joseph Mercola

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401957636

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 218

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New in paperback, from one of the world's foremost alternative health authorities: a guide to using time-restricted eating and ketogenic principles to promote weight loss, treat disease, and optimize well-being. "You can always trust Dr. Joseph Mercola to be on the cutting edge! Follow this enjoyable read to do keto and fasting the right way, and avoid the common pitfalls, many of which will shock you." -- Steven R. Gundry, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of The Plant Paradox series; Medical Director, The International Heart and Lung Institute We all know that food is medicine--yet going without food is one of the single best things you can do for your health. Short, doable fasts, when strategically timed, are an incredibly powerful metabolic intervention, dovetailing perfectly with a ketogenic diet to activate your body's fat-burning mode. This in turn can ward off insulin resistance, reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, optimize brain function, prevent neurological problems, support weight loss, and more. In this in-depth yet accessible guide, now available in paperback, New York Times best-selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola explores the profound health benefits that result when ketogenic living and well-planned fasting are combined. Topics include: How our food is making us sick and what we can do about it The physiology and mechanisms of fasting, including stem cell activation How the cyclical ketogenic diet--with fasting included--differs from the conventional keto diet How fasting works and how safe it is for you How regular one-day fasts support fat burning and detoxification while minimizing hunger and side effects How to monitor your progress with lab tests And much more

Transhumanism and the Body

Daoist bodygods and ritualare expressions of bothcosmic energy in different forms and ofthe traditional popular ... For details of the practice, see Shawn Arthur, The Way to Health and Longevity: Examining Early Daoist Dietary Practices ...


Author: C. Mercer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137342768

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

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This collection of original articles, a sequel of sorts to the 2009 Religion and the Implications of Radical Life Extension (Palgrave Macmillan), is the first sustained reflection, by scholars with expertise in the faith traditions, on how the transhumanist agenda might impact the body.

Food Sacrifice and Sagehood in Early China

To name one, the abstention from cereals among early medieval Daoists tallies with macrobiotic practices such as those illustrated in a text on grain abstention recovered at Mawangdui.62 Some dietary practices and food lore derived its ...


Author: Roel Sterckx

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139495448

Category: History


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In ancient China, the preparation of food and the offering up of food as a religious sacrifice were intimately connected with models of sagehood and ideas of self-cultivation and morality. Drawing on received and newly excavated written sources, Roel Sterckx's book explores how this vibrant culture influenced the ways in which the early Chinese explained the workings of the human senses, and the role of sensory experience in communicating with the spirit world. The book, which begins with a survey of dietary culture from the Zhou to the Han, offers intriguing insights into the ritual preparation of food - some butchers and cooks were highly regarded and would rise to positions of influence as a result of their culinary skills - and the sacrificial ceremony itself. As a major contribution to the study of early China and to the development of philosophical thought, the book will be essential reading for students of the period, and for anyone interested in ritual and religion in the ancient world.

The Pursuit of Human Well Being

Shawn's first book, Early Daoist Dietary Practices: Examining Ways to Health and Longevity (Lexington Books 2013), focuses on a fifthcentury Daoist text that contains recipes for achieving immortality. In addition to looking at the ...


Author: Richard J. Estes

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319391014

Category: Social Science

Page: 808

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This handbook informs the reader about how much progress we, the human race, have made in enhancing the quality of life on this planet. Many skeptics focus on how the quality of life has deteriorated over the course of human history, particularly given World War II and its aftermath. This handbook provides a positive perspective on the history of well-being. Quality of life, as documented by scientists worldwide, has significantly improved. Nevertheless, one sees more improvements in well-being in some regions of the world than in others. Why? This handbook documents the progress of well-being in the various world regions as well as the differences in those regions. The broad questions that the handbook addresses include: What does well-being mean? How do different philosophical and religious traditions interpret the concept of well-being within their own context? Has well-being remained the same over different historical epochs and for different regions and subregions of the world? In which areas of human development have we been most successful in advancing individual and collective well-being? In which sectors has the attainment of well-being proven most difficult? How does well-being differ within and between different populations groups that, for a variety of socially created reasons, have been the most disadvantaged (e.g., children, the aged, women, the poor, racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities)?

Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam

Titles in the Series: Early Daoist Dietary Practices: Examining Ways to Health and Longevity, by Shawn Arthur Dancing Culture Religion, by Sam Gill Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania, by Melissa Browning Dancing ...


Author: Mary Thurlkill

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780739174531

Category: Religion

Page: 212

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Medieval scholars and cultural historians have recently turned their attention to the question of “smells” and what olfactory sensations reveal about society in general and holiness in particular. Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam contributes to that conversation, explaining how early Christians and Muslims linked the “sweet smell of sanctity” with ideals of the body and sexuality; created boundaries and sacred space; and imagined their emerging communal identity. Most importantly, scent—itself transgressive and difficult to control—signaled transition and transformation between categories of meaning. Christian and Islamic authors distinguished their own fragrant ethical and theological ideals against the stench of oppositional heresy and moral depravity. Orthodox Christians ridiculed their ‘stinking’ Arian neighbors, and Muslims denounced the ‘reeking’ corruption of Umayyad and Abbasid decadence. Through the mouths of saints and prophets, patriarchal authors labeled perfumed women as existential threats to vulnerable men and consigned them to enclosed, private space for their protection as well as society’s. At the same time, theologians praised both men and women who purified and transformed their bodies into aromatic offerings to God. Both Christian and Muslim pilgrims venerated sainted men and women with perfumed offerings at tombstones; indeed, Christians and Muslims often worshipped together, honoring common heroes such as Abraham, Moses, and Jonah. Sacred Scents begins by surveying aroma’s quotidian functions in Roman and pre-Islamic cultural milieus within homes, temples, poetry, kitchens, and medicines. Existing scholarship tends to frame ‘scent’ as something available only to the wealthy or elite; however, perfumes, spices, and incense wafted through the lives of most early Christians and Muslims. It ends by examining both traditions’ views of Paradise, identified as the archetypal Garden and source of all perfumes and sweet smells. Both Christian and Islamic texts explain Adam and Eve’s profound grief at losing access to these heavenly aromas and celebrate God’s mercy in allowing earthly remembrances. Sacred scent thus prompts humanity’s grief for what was lost and the yearning for paradisiacal transformation still to come.

Shotokan Katas vol 1 Heian Shodan in Daoist Eyes

Shawn Arthur Early Daoist Dietary Practices: Examining Ways to Health and Longevity (2013) 97. Bruce D. Clayton Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins (2004) 106. Neil Ripski Secrets of Drunken Boxing 3: ...


Author: Adam Dobrzynski

Publisher: Adam's Shotokan Karate Books

ISBN: 9781736344712

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 53

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My book contains grammatical mistakes, and for that I am deeply sorry. This is the first book in a series, which is intented to examine the links between Shotokan Karate and the three teachings - Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. The book deals with Heian Shodan (aka Pinan Shodan) and the rest of Heian katas. We can learn a lot from the Chinese origins of Karate. Daoism (Taoism) in particular has been forgotten in modern times, as a tool for understanding Karate and improving it. There are very practical conclusions that we can come to, using Daoism. In order to achieve that, we must develop a deep understanding of the Heian katas using Chinese philosophy. The book explains how Yin and Yang and the Five Elements (Wuxing) theories are connected to the Heians. We especially concentrate on the Wood Element, which is the element of Heian Shodan, and has profound implications on the kata. Topics from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are brought up, including the relations between the basic katas and the organs and meridians. Then we turn to Emotional Karate, and observe the psychological benefit, that one could derive from Karate. Karate can contribute to our mental well-being. And our state of mind, as proven, effects our body - including chronic pains. After understanding the distinguishing qualities of Heian Shodan, we can understand why it is a particularly good kata for releasing a repressed anger. As for other issues: Some techniques are presented, in order to improve the kata and our benefit from it. We also learn how other katas may recuperate Heian Shodan. A mathematical formula of the five Heians is suggested, with an application to Heian Shodan's movements. Other Shotokan katas are also mentioned - as well as specific Karate moves and stances. Finally, we warn about excessiveness, and explain how to prevent it. By the way, several interesting topics are discussed: the far and the relatively modern history of Karate and of other martial arts, our Karate ancestors and even Chinese and Japanese characters and words. In conclusion, although the book deals with Chines philosophy, it has many very applicable sides.