A Walk in the Night with Zhuangzi: Musings on an Ancient Chinese Manuscript (Paperback)

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At the heart of "All Things Flow into Form" (Fan wu liu xing), an ancient Chinese manuscript recently salvaged from the black market, is a concern with the process of self-cultivation, particularly the advancement through the incremental stages and the outcome that awaits one in the end: enlightenment, transparency, and self-possession. Critical to this discussion is a conception of a mind within a mind, the unity of which is obtained through the isolation of an innermost core free from extraneous distractions. Such a state is presented as an ideal for kingship, and the text, despite its possibly very ancient roots, is focused on the ruler's ethical training rather than his political maneuvers, his obligation to Heaven and the spirits rather than his dominance over his subjects. Probing deep into this text, we may observe heretofore unappreciated aspects of many of the transmitted literary sources, and in turn, come to more definite conclusions about the manuscript itself. To the extent that this analysis is successful, it illustrates an approach that can be tested against future efforts to read ancient Chinese texts in the light of newly unearthed documents.

About the Author

Kuan-yun Huanglives and teaches in Taiwan, where he is Research Fellow and Director of the Research Center in Taiwan, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781438491769
ISBN-10: 143849176X
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2023
Pages: 161
Language: English

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