Daoism ~ Chinese Esoterica

Chinese Mysticism ~ YiJing ~ Daoism

The Mystical state implies an altered state something other than normal waking consciousness; meaning that the body is somewhat fixed and apart from the conscious control. This altered state is often some sort of trance state of varying degrees; such as a waking dreamlike state. These altered states seem a universal human condition which opens us to a somewhat alternative perception of reality.

Certainly this was the experience of earlier culture, who were very likely more open and receptive to the unusual nature of these alternative states.

Therefore in addressing any mystical tradition I feel it’s essential to recognize the importance of those states and experiences in order to bring these traditions more closely allied with our own experience. It seems especially so important in addressing Daoism, a tradition which I am not so deeply steeped in as I may be in some others. So no matter what the tradition, if we what to taste its essence, its sweetness, we must touch it with our tongue, by that I mean we must take it in assimilate it experience it directly, make it a real part of who we are. For that reason in address Daoism I feel compelled to bow my head upon the ground of yin recognizing its oneness with yang. And give a blissful nodding smile to YiJing; which to me seems surely must be the first formal flowering of Chinese mysticism and the alchemy of transformation

Wiki says:
Traditionally it was believed that the principles of the I Ching originated with the mythical Fu Xi (伏羲 Fú Xī).[7] In this respect he is seen as an early culture hero, one of the earliest legendary rulers of China (traditional dates 2800 BC-2737 BC), reputed to have had the 8 trigrams (八卦 bā guà) revealed to him supernaturally. By the time of the legendary Yu (禹 Yǔ) 2194 BC – 2149 BC, the trigrams had supposedly been developed into 64 hexagrams (六十四卦 lìu shí sì gùa), which were recorded in the scripture Lian Shan (《連山》 Lián Shān; also called Lian Shan Yi). Lian Shan, meaning “continuous mountains” in Chinese, begins with the hexagram Bound (艮 gèn), which depicts a mountain (¦¦|) mounting on another and is believed to be the origin of the scripture’s name.

FuHsi was a seer who recognized relationships and cycles which led to the development of YiJing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tao

Dao or Tao (道, Pinyin: Dào (help•info) ) is a Chinese word meaning ‘way’, ‘path’, ‘route’, or sometimes more loosely, ‘doctrine’ or ‘principle’. Within the context of traditional Chinese philosophy and religion, Tao is a metaphysical concept originating with Laozi that gave rise to a religion (Wade–Giles, Tao Chiao; Pinyin, Daojiao) and philosophy (Wade–Giles, Tao chia; Pinyin, Daojia) referred to in English with the single term Taoism. The concept of Tao was later adopted in Confucianism, Chán and Zen Buddhism and more broadly throughout East Asian philosophy and religion in general. Within these contexts Tao signifies the primordial essence or fundamental nature of the universe. In the foundational text of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching, Laozi explains that Tao is not a ‘name’ for a ‘thing’ but the underlying natural order of the universe whose ultimate essence is difficult to circumscribe. Tao is thus “eternally nameless” (Dao De Jing-32. Laozi) and to be distinguished from the countless ‘named’ things which are considered to be its manifestations.

http://www.atmajyoti.org/spirwrit-taoism.asp

http://www.maps-of-china.net/a_sacredm.html

Five Sared Mountains in China


The Eastern Mountain-Taishan Mountain

Towering in the central part of Shandong Province, Mt.Taishan, with its elevation of 1545 metres above sea level, is the first of China’s five sacred mountains and one of the national major famous scenic areas. In1987,MtTaishan was listed in the World Natural and Cultural Heritages by UNESCO.

In history, emperors and many scholars stepped on the mountain to view its magnifi cent scenery,having left quite a many famous poems and inscriptions.

The main scenic spots are Wangmu ( Heavenly Mother ) Pool, Doumu Palace, Jingshi ( Sutra Rock ) Valley, Heilong (Black Dragon)Pool,Shanzi(Fanshaped)cliff,Changshou(Longevity)Bridge.Daimiao Temple, situated in Tai’an City at the southern foot ofthe mountain, was first built in the Han Dynasty, and large-scale additions were made during the Tang and Song Dynasties. It is a key cultural heritage under state protection.

Mt.Taishan Map

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Mt.Taishan Map

The Sounthern Mountain-Hengshan Mountain

 


The Western Mountain-Huashan Mountain

Standing in Huayin County , 120 km east of Xi’an City , the mountain is noted for its sheer cliffs and tower ing peaks.It is one of the five great mountains in China and the sacred mountain to Taoists . It is known as the Western Sacred Mountain . Mt. Huashan has five famous peaks , namely, East Peak West Peak , South Peak , North Peak and Central Peak , of which South Peak soaring 2200 metres above sea level , is the highest. The peaks are connected by a series of sharp ridges , generally only wide enough to accommodate one person at a time Along the touring route , tourists can visit many amazing ancient buildings perched on the knife-sharp edges .

Mt.Huashan Map

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The Western Mountain-Huashan Mountain

The Northern Mountain-Hengshan Mountain

Situated in the central part of Hunan Province, Mt.Hengshan is known as the Southern Sacred Mountain, one of the five great mountains in China, and has been praised as lithe first for its beauty among the five famous mountains”. It boasts beautiful natural sceneries, with peaks rising one upon another. Among the 72 towering peaks, Zhurong Peak is the highest, rising to 1290 metres above sea level.

Mt. Hengshan has ancient cultural origins. According to historical records, there were nine emperors of the past dynasties visiting Mt. Hengshan and many scholars also made their tours of the mountain having left many inscriptions and poems. The main scenic spots include Grand Nanyue Temple, Zhusheng Temple, Huangting Taoist Temple, Nantai Temple, Sutra Hall and Yehou Academy,the earliest academy well preserved.

Mt .Hengshan Map

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The Northern Mountain-Hengshan Mountain

The Central Mountain-Songshan Mountain

Located in the northwest of Dengfeng County and reputed as the Central Sacred Mountain among China’s five sacred mountains, Mt. Songshan Stretches more than 60 km across from east to west. It consists of two mountains-Taishi and Shaoshi,with 36 Deaks alto ether.

Mt.Songshan Map

The Central Mountain-Songshan Mountain

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