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The Taoist Classics, Volume 2

The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

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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.
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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.
Product Details
Paperback (560 pages)
Published: February 11, 2003
Publisher: Shambhala
Imprint: Shambhala
ISBN: 9781570629068
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    Lessons from Japan's Warrior Culture
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