The first English translation with commentary of three classic Taoist texts on immortality
• Translates The Jade Emperor’s Mind Seal Classic, The Immortals, and The Three Treasures of Immortality
• Defines the Taoist concept of immortality and examines the lives and practices of Taoists who achieved this state
• Reveals the steps needed to achieve immortality in our modern society
Taoist mystics claim that it is possible to achieve immortality: “Within each of us dwells the medicine to cure the affliction of mortality.” Now Western readers can access the wisdom of Taoist masters on the subject of immortality through the first English translations of three classic Taoist treatises: The Jade Emperor’s Mind Seal Classic; The Immortals, from the Pao P’u Tzu by Ko Hung of the Sung Dynasty; and The Three Treasures of Immortality, from the Dragon Gate Sect.
The Jade Emperor’s Mind Seal Classic teaches that one can attain immortality through the cultivation of the three treasures of Taoism: ching (sexual and physical energy), qi (breath and vital energy), and shen (spirit and mental energy). Chinese history is sprinkled with accounts of individuals who applied the lessons of the Jade Emperor and lived up to 200 years. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Taoism, martial arts, and Chinese history and culture, Stuart Alve Olson accompanies his translations with informative commentary that explains the historical context of the texts as well as demonstrates the practical applications of their teachings in contemporary life.
Stuart Alve Olson
Revised & enlarged
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The translation of an ancient text and commentaries provided in this book bring forth some invaluable treasures for the attentive readers. Jade Emperor's "Mind Sealing Classic" is probably the most useful short manual of Taoist Alchemy I found after reading many, many books and pursuing the lineage Taoist teachings for years. Every sentence of this short text radiates the deep meaning, while the arrangement of the verses and the words within verses hide the precious internal structure. Olsen does a masterful work in its translation and commentary, opening the initial gate towards the pragmatic integration of the underlying wisdom.
There was obviously a lot of work and heart invested into this book. I am always very grateful when author provides the Chinese original for the old scriptures, as this immensely helps the serious study. I also fully enjoyed the first-hand experiences that author shared with us. The old saying that an ounce of practice is worth the tone of the...
This is a wonderful book written by an author with both a scholar's understanding of the origins these Taoists classics and a practitioner's insight that these are living growing Taos (paths), not meant to be slavishly copied. I especially applaud his recognition that practicing Taoist techniques with a motivational mindset from Mahayana Buddhism called Bodhichitta, results in a "warmer" type of personal growth then traditional Taoism. Historically, the highest attainments of Taoism were expressed by wild, solitary Taoist hermits with little interest in teaching or passing on their knowledge. Their writings were often intentionally obscure with personal instruction clarifying them nearly unobtainable. Buddhist adepts on the other hand with their commitment to help all sentient beings concentrated on developing clear and obtainable sutra teachings.
Most of the presently available modern Taoists texts come from those sects that combined teachings and philosophies from China's...
In my opinion, this book should be one of the main pre-requisites to reading more advanced Taoist literature. Olson goes into in-depth explanation of some of the major, and most prominent terminology within Internal Alchemy schools of Taoism. A lot of the concepts within the Mind Seal Classic are mentioned in major Taoist texts (including some texts translated by Eva Wong,) making this an excellent reference point for any serious student of Taoism.
The book presents a translation of the Jade Emperor's Mind Seal Classic along with a phonetic version for those wishing to recite in Mandarin (if I am not mistaken,) instructions for recitation in front of a Jade Emperor shrine, an overview of the Jade emperor from a historical perspective, and in-depth commentary on each stanza of the Classic.
Being an author who spent his lifetime translating classical Chinese texts, as well as an apprentice to a well known Taoist master (Tung Tsang Liang,) Olson's views on the...
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