BOOK DESCRIPTIONS


BOOKS BY EVA WONG

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Being Taoist

Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life

 

By Eva Wong

Paperback

Shambhala Publications | 03/03/2015

Pages: 200 | Size: 6 x 9

ISBN: 9781611802412

 

Taoism isn’t a spiritual extracurricular activity, it’s an integral practice for living all of life to the fullest. The modern Taoist adept Eva Wong is your guide to living well according to the wisdom of this ancient system. She uses the ancient texts to demonstrate the Taoist masters’ approach to the traditional four aspects of life—the public, the domestic, the private, and the spiritual—and shows how learning to balance them is the secret to infusing your life with health, harmony, and deep satisfaction.

 


The Shambhala Guide to Taoism

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback

Shambhala Guides | 12/01/1996

Pages: 280 | Size: 6.00 x 9.00

ISBN: 9781570621697

 

This guide to the spiritual landscape of Taoism not only introduces the important events in the history of Taoism, the sages who wrote the Taoist texts, and the various schools of Taoist thinking, but also gives the reader a feel for what it means to practice Taoism today. The book is divided into three parts:

"The History of Taoism" traces the development of the tradition from the shamans of prehistoric China through the classical period (including the teachings of the famous sage Lao-tzu), the beginnings of Taoism as a religion, the rise of mystical and alchemical Taoism, and the synthesis of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

"Systems of Taoism" explores magical sects, divination practices, devotional ceremonies, internal alchemy, and the way of right action.

"Taoist Practices" discusses meditation, techniques of cultivating the body, and rites of purification, ceremony, and talismanic magic.

A comprehensive bibliography for further study completes this valuable reference work.


Taoism

An Essential Guide

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Publications | 03/08/2011

Pages: 280 | Size: 6.00 x 9.00

ISBN: 9781590308820

 

For the first time, the great depth and diversity of Taoist spirituality is introduced in a single, accessible manual.

Taoism, known widely today through the teachings of the classic Tao Te Ching and the practices of t'ai chi and feng-shui, is less known for its unique traditions of meditation, physical training, magical practice, and internal alchemy. Covering all of the most important texts, figures, and events, this essential guide illuminates Taoism's extraordinarily rich history and remarkable variety of practice. A comprehensive bibliography for further study completes this valuable reference work.


Teachings of the Tao

Readings from the Taoist Spiritual Tradition

 

translated by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Publications | 02/01/1996

Pages: 160 | Size: 5.00 x 7.50

ISBN: 9781570622458

 

"The Tao that can be spoken of is not the real Way," reads a famous line from the Tao-te-ching. But although the Tao cannot be described by words, words can allow us to catch a fleeting glimpse of that mysterious energy of the universe which is the source of life. The readings in this book are a beginner's entrée into the vast treasury of writings from the sacred Chinese tradition, consisting of original translations of excerpts from the Taoist canon. Brief introductions and notes on the translation accompany the selections from the classics; books of devotional and mystical Taoism; texts of internal alchemy; stories of Taoist immortals, magicians, and sorcerers; ethical tracts; chants and rituals; and teachings on meditation and methods of longevity.


Lieh-tzu

A Taoist Guide to Practical Living

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Dragon Editions | 12/01/2001

Pages: 264 | Size: 6.00 x 9.00

ISBN: 9781570628993

 

The Lieh-tzu is a collection of stories and philosophical musings of a sage of the same name who lived around the fourth century BCE. Lieh-tzu's teachings range from the origin and purpose of life, the Taoist view of reality, and the nature of enlightenment to the training of the body and mind, communication, and the importance of personal freedom. This distinctive translation presents Lieh-tzu as a friendly, intimate companion speaking directly to the reader in a contemporary voice about matters relevant to our everyday lives.


Nourishing the Essence of Life

The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBoo

Shambhala Publications | 02/01/2004

Pages: 112 | Size: 5.50 x 8.50

ISBN: 9781590301043

 

The teachings of Taoism, China's great wisdom tradition, apply to every aspect of life, from the physical to the spiritual—and include instruction on everything from lifestyle (a life of simplicity and moderation is best) to the work of inner alchemy that is said to lead to longevity and immortality.

Here, Eva Wong presents and explains three classic texts on understanding the Tao in the macrocosm of the universe and the microcosm of the body that provide an excellent overview of the three traditional levels of the Taoist teachings—Outer, Inner, and Secret. The Outer teachings are concerned with understanding the Tao as manifested in nature and society. They are easily accessible to the layperson and consist of the Taoist philosophy of nature and humanity, advice on daily living, and a brief introduction to the beginning stages of Taoist meditation. The Inner teachings familiarize the practitioner with the energetic structure of the human body and introduce methods of stilling the mind and cultivating internal energy for health and longevity. The Secret teachings describe the highest level of internal-alchemical transformations within the body and mind for attaining immortality.


Cultivating Stillness

A Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind

 

by Lao Tzu

translated by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Publications | 11/01/1992

Pages: 184 | Size: 5.50 x 8.50

ISBN: 9780877736875

 

Equanimity, good health, peace of mind, and long life are the goals of the ancient Taoist tradition known as "internal alchemy," of which Cultivating Stillness is a key text. Written between the second and fifth centuries, the book is attributed to T'ai Shang Lao-chun—the legendary figure more widely known as Lao-Tzu, author of the Tao-te Ching . The accompanying commentary, written in the nineteenth century by Shui-ch'ing Tzu, explains the alchemical symbolism of the text and the methods for cultivating internal stillness of body and mind. A principal part of the Taoist canon for many centuries, Cultivating Stillness is still the first book studied by Taoist initiates today.


Cultivating the Energy of Life

A Translation of the Hui-Ming Ching and Its Commentaries

 

by Liu Hua-Yang

translated by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Publications | 02/01/1998

Pages: 120 | Size: 5.00 x 7.25

ISBN: 9781570623424

 

Here is the Hui-ming Ching, a classic Taoist manual on the circulation of internal energy by means of meditation and the inspiration for many techniques of Qigong. It is one of the few Taoist treatises to describe the landmarks of spiritual development and document the process of spiritual transformation from start to finish.


Harmonizing Yin and Yang

The Dragon-Tiger Classic

 

translated by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Publications | 06/18/2013

ISBN: 9780834828858

 

To age with the sun and moon and be renewed by spring and summer, to conserve the seeds of growth in autumn and winter and to be nourished by the eternal breath of the Tao—these are the goals of the Taoist alchemists, the masters of the arts of health, longevity, and immortality.

This book is a translation of a concise Taoist alchemical manual known as the Dragon-Tiger Classic, along with its two most important commentaries. The classic, written in ancient times by an unknown author and published during the fifteenth century BCE, is regarded by contemporary Taoist practitioners as the most complete guide to spiritual transformation. It covers the three forms of Taoist practice:

External alchemy, concerned with the ingestion of minerals, herbs, and other substances to attain health, longevity, and immortality

Sexual alchemy, in which the practitioner uses the energy of a sexual partner to cultivate his or her own energy

Internal alchemy, the practice of meditation, calisthenics, and yogic postures to cultivate mind and body

An extensive introduction by the translator and the inclusion of two commentaries by traditional Chinese authors aid the reader in understanding this concise, symbolic text.


The Tao of Health, Longevity, and Immortality

The Teachings of Immortals Chung and Lü

 

translated by Eva Wong

Paperback

Shambhala Publications | 12/01/2000

Pages: 144 | Size: 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN: 9781570627255

 

Here is a classic Chinese text on the Taoist arts of longevity and immortality. The text dates from the Five Dynasties (907–960 C. E.) and is attributed to Chungli Ch'uan and Lü Tung-pin—two of the most popular figures of Taoism and Chinese culture. This text focuses on Taoist inner alchemy, a theory and method for transforming the mind from within by using practices such as breath control, calisthenics, meditation practices, and sexual alchemy (the method of gathering energy from a sexual partner).

The teachings address the following topics:

·         The nature of immortality and how it can be attained by realizing the laws of the Tao within us

·         The art of health

·         The art of longevity

·         How to deal with obstacles and recognize spiritual progress

The Art of Health, Longevity, and Immortality will be of interest to both beginning students of Taoism and scholars. Wong's introduction includes a concise overview of the evolution of Taoist longevity practices as well as an elucidating section for readers who are unfamiliar with the teachings and practices of Taoist inner alchemy. She also includes a list of helpful hints for reading and understanding each section of the text.


Holding Yin, Embracing Yang

Three Taoist Classics on Meditation, Breath Regulation, Sexual Yoga, and the Circulation of Internal Energy

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Publications | 06/01/2005

Pages: 192 | Size: 5.50 x 8.50

ISBN: 9781590302637

 

In Holding Yin, Embracing Yang, Eva Wong presents translations of three key texts containing the highest teachings of the Eastern and Western schools of Taoist internal alchemy—the discipline of cultivating health, longevity, and immortality by transforming the energetic structures of body and mind. The texts are primarily concerned with meditation, breathing practices, and sexual yoga with a partner—all as means for developing within ourselves the same life-giving energy that sustains and nourishes the universe.

The texts in this collection offer a clear view of the physical, mental, and spiritual methods of Taoist practice, showing why they are important and how these methods all can work together in the cultivation of mental peace, radiant health, and longevity. This collection will provide inspiration and the essential foundation necessary to begin Taoist practice under the guidance of a teacher.

The three classics translated here are: Treatise on the Mysterious Orifice by Xuanweilun (sixteenth century), Discussion on the Cavity of the Tao by Daojiaotan (nineteenth century), and Secret Teachings on the Three Wheels by Sanjubizhi (nineteenth century). Included is an introduction in which Wong discusses the various schools of internal alchemy, as well as their main practices.


Seven Taoist Masters

A Folk Novel of China

 

translated by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Classics | 10/01/2004

Pages: 208 | Size: 6.00 x 9.00

ISBN: 9781590301760

 

History and legend are interwoven in this folk novel that both entertains and instructs. Written by an unknown author, Seven Taoist Masters is the story of six men and one woman who overcome tremendous hardships on the journey to self-mastery. These characters and their teacher, Wang Ch'ung-yang, are all historical figures who lived in the Southern Sung (1127–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties. Wang is regarded as the greatest patriarch of the Complete Reality school, a highly purified branch of Taoism having a strong affinity with Zen Buddhism. The novel brings to life the essentials of Taoist philosophy and practice, both through the instructions offered by Wang—on topics such as the cultivation of mind and body, meditation techniques, and overcoming the obstacles to enlightenment—and through the experiences of the characters.


Tales of the Dancing Dragon

Stories of the Tao

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback

Shambhala Publications | 11/13/2007

Pages: 176 | Size: 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN: 9781590305232

 

Here, Taoist practitioner Eva Wong offers a colorful treatment of the history and evolution of Taoism, told through traditional teaching tales. These tales, which Wong first heard as a child growing up in Hong Kong, are gleaned from the local storytellers and the uncensored chronicles known as yeshi—the wild history of China, not monitored by the official imperial scholars and historians. The stories are by turns mysterious and intriguing, passionate and violent, and they are peppered with colorful characters, including hermits, politicians, social activists, revolutionaries, scholars, scientists, and mystics.

Arranged chronologically from prehistory through the early twentieth century, these stories introduce the schools in the Taoist lineages, and capture the defeats and victories of Taoism, its periods of decadence and decay, and its renewal, maturation, and spiritual triumph. Wong puts these stories into context, and shows that Taoism is a dynamic spiritual tradition, constantly changing—and being influenced by—history.


Tales of the Taoist Immortals

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback + eBook

Shambhala Publications | 06/01/2001

Pages: 176 | Size: 5.50 x 8.50

ISBN: 9781570628092

 

As a girl growing up in Hong Kong, Eva Wong heard and memorized many tales told to her by Hong Kong's finest professional storytellers, by actors on the radio, and by her grandmother. These popular tales of the Taoist immortals were also often dramatized in Chinese operas.

The stories are of famous characters in Chinese history and myth: a hero's battle with the lords of evil, the founder of the Ming dynasty's treacherous betrayal of his friends, a young girl who saves her town by imitating rooster calls. Entertaining and often provocative, these tales usually include a moral. The immortals are role models in Chinese culture, as well as examples of enlightenment. Some of the immortals were healers, some were social activists, some were aristocrats, and some were entrepreneurs. The tales chosen by Eva Wong here are of the best-known immortals among the Chinese. Their names are household words and their stories are told and retold by one generation to the next.


Feng-shui

The Ancient Wisdom of Harmonious Living for Modern Times

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback

Shambhala Publications | 07/01/1996

Pages: 288 | Size: 8.12 x 9.25

ISBN: 9781570621000

 

The first complete, in-depth course in the traditional Chinese art of harmonious design for interiors, buildings, and sites—including instructions for making your own geomantic compass for feng-shui readings. Deeply rooted in Taoist and shamanic origins, feng-shui is not simply a list of directives for building auspicious structures or arranging interiors for good luck. It is the art of reading the patterns of the universe and living in harmony with the environment. With 200 photos and diagrams.


A Master Course in Feng-shui

 

by Eva Wong

Paperback

Shambhala Publications | 06/01/2001

Pages: 416 | Size: 8.12 x 9.25

ISBN: 9781570625848

 

This fully illustrated, comprehensive workbook is designed primarily for homeowners, renters, architects, and business owners who want to put feng-shui to practical personal use—to choose a home, build a house, select an office, or find a retail space. Real estate agents, interior designers, and architects will also find it useful as a reference manual. The text and exercises proceed in systematic fashion from basic principles to specific projects, covering the following lessons:

·         Evaluating the landscape and external environment by using the techniques of the Landform School

·         Using the geomantic compass to chart patterns of energy within a building

·         Planning the usage of space

·         Matching occupants to a house

·         Deciding on the placement of furniture

·         Improving the feng-shui of a building with countermeasures, enhancers, and renovations

·         Building a new house

·         Choosing or designing an apartment, business suite, or retail space