The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life

The Secret of the Golden Flower A Chinese Book of Life The ancient Taoist text that forms the central part of this book was discovered by Wilhelm who recognized it as essentially a practical guide to the integration of personality Foreword and Appendix b

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  • Title: The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life
  • Author: Richard Wilhelm C.G. Jung Cary F. Baynes
  • ISBN: 9781850630050
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • The ancient Taoist text that forms the central part of this book was discovered by Wilhelm, who recognized it as essentially a practical guide to the integration of personality Foreword and Appendix by Carl Jung illustrations Translated by Cary F Baynes.A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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    1. Secret of the Golden Flower is an ancient Chinese book from an esoteric religious sect. In “Memories, Dreams, Reflections” Jung wrote this about it: “I devoured the manuscript at once, for the text gave me undreamed-of confirmation of my ideas about the mandala and the circumambulation of the center. That was the first event which broke through my isolation. I became aware of an affinity; I could establish ties with something and someone.” I don’t like rating a book like this by stars. [...]

    2. Μόνο και μόνο για το σχολιασμό του Jung αξίζει να διαβαστεί. Είναι ένας οδηγός προς την ένωση

    3. برای من توضیحات بخش اول کتاب که شامل ترجمه و تفسیر ریچارد ویلهم است، کم بود و ابهام‌آمیز. بخش دوم که تفسیر یونگ است تا حد زیادی به بینش غرب و واکنشش در برابر دین و ذهنیت شرقی پرداخته که بازهم قابل انطباق برای من نبود. یونگ تاکید زیادی روی اروپا و مواجه‌اش با دین شرقی و یوگا دارد [...]

    4. The poetry and symbolism in this ancient text shed light in my life during a shadowy time. Real transformational symbolism.

    5. A fascinating work of Taoist literature and the first in the genre that I've read so far which even came close to being understandable in English (a credit to the translator Richard Wilhelm).

    6. Great little manual of meditation and philosophy. Each time you read it you are sure to discover something new.

    7. This lovely book is a description of an ancient Chinese meditation technique, and the underlying philosophy. Cleary also translated this work, but I find his rendition more pedantic than Wilhelm's. By practicing this straightforward meditation, many people have found many benefits. Not only does it quiet the mind and focus inner being, it also works to bring the body into a harmonic state.

    8. Είναι η δεύτερη φορά, τα τελευταία 3-4 χρόνια που νιώθω ότι κρατώ ένα βιβλίο στα χέρια μου, που απαντάει με ακρίβεια και σαφήνεια σε κάποια από τα πιο βαθιά και -μέχρι πρότεινως- ενοχλητικώς αναπάντητα ερωτήματά μου. Αυτή την φορά το ένιωσα με το Μυστικό του Χρυσού Λουλουδιού, [...]

    9. The best translation of this great mystical classic! It changed my life forever. I am working now as meditation teacher and therefore I created a new transcription: the extremely valuable explanations and comments by Thomas Cleary are placed now following the original text directly after each section as footnote. This helps incredibly the immediate understanding of this practice! ( contact me if you are interested - peter@todesco - petertodesco

 ) My transcription can help you for the simpl [...]

    10. This is an excellent book. This isn't a religious text. It's a Taoist Method Text. It's related to advanced Fire, Water, Air path breathing and internal meditation. See Taoist texts about Tai Chi and internal arts.-For Philosophy I would recommend Lao Tzu. Also the Tao Teh Ching. -My favorite translation of the Tao Teh Ching is the small hardback from Shambhala written by John C. H. Wu.

    11. Worth it for the articulation of the Host/Guest alone (which is in the Afterword). Cleary's knowledge and experience of Zen and Taoist praxis informs his "notes" and they are an invaluable guide to the text itself. A true classic of simplicity.

    12. What? That was mostly my thoughts on this. There may be a lot in here of use, but it wasn't necessarily written for anyone's use.

    13. June's commentary is great. The second part makes more sense if you're interested in Taoism or esoteric practices. I found it hard to grasp since I had no previous knowledge of such things.

    14. Jung’s marvelous commentary is balm for the writer’s psyche. He warns us against being enthralled to “… the secret objective of gaining power through words” He explains how this ancient text guides one through disentanglement. Here is the context in which Jung makes his statement:“It is really my purpose to push aside without mercy the metaphysical claims of all esoteric teaching; the secret objective of gaining power through words ill accords with our profound ignorance - which we s [...]

    15. A great, new translations of an old classic which combines ideas from both Taoism and Ch'an Buddhism. The basic idea being to cultivate the practice of 'turning back the light', 'reverse seeing' and other allusions pointing to self-investigation and direct-pointing style meditation. This style of meditation is popular in Zen Buddhism, and certain other nondual traditions as a means of directly approaching reality. This little treatise sums up the benefits of the approach, and some tips on how to [...]

    16. This is a Taoist classic in many ways. But the primary reason is because of the crystal clear translation from Richard Wilhelm and the commentary of Carl Jung. Transparent with their understanding, it gives the reader deeper insight into Chinese philosophy and spiritual practice.

    17. Though it is not easy to comprehend at first glance it is a book that I will open time and time again. This is going to be an important guide for me and my personal growth.

    18. I live in Australia, my origins are European and yet am part of the Australasian community downunder and have grown up with eastern influences usually discerned through the arts. As a devotee of all spirit and peace I found this work a piece of "Tao" and a point where the east and west meet. It was originally published in 1931 and is one of the clearest things I have read about the topic. If you want to discern an original message about being free of opposites and be what the Hindu termed nirdva [...]

    19. This book is a fairly recent translation of a Taoist classic text on meditation, usually attributed to Liu Dongbin of the late Tang Dynasty (though the validity of this has been disputed). The book is an interesting mix of Taoist spiritual alchemy and Buddhist meditation technique. Specifically the northern Chan Buddhist school that was the precursor to Zen Buddhism. The book itself describes silent meditation that is the corner stone of Chan and Zen. A technique in the book that is referred to [...]

    20. I just finished reading this book and am not sure how to take it. The premise is good, but I'm left confused on what is the actual translated text, and what is Clearys own materials. I also purchased the Richard Wilhelm/Baynes version and will read that once it arrives.Early on in this translation I started having doubts on Clearys intent. In the intro he constantly belittles the Wilhelm/Baynes translation, while at the same time thanking Wilhelm for introducing the text to the West. He also tha [...]

    21. The man who lives his instincts can also detach from them, and in just as natural a way as he lived them.I am not the only master in my own house.It is not I who live, it lives me.To live mingling with the world and yet in harmony with the light.Action through non-action. Non-action prevents a man from becoming entangled in form and image (materiality).If, when stimulated by external things, one moves, it is the impulse of the being. If, when not stimulated by external things, one moves, it is t [...]

    22. This is a collection of the teachings of Taoism in the form of poetry. It is written beautifully and the teachings still apply to life today. It is available at the Geisel library. I remember that when I carried this book around with me, strangers would start conversations with me about the book, and more than once, I was asked if that was the first book I had read on Taoism. What I learned from this book: It is ok to just simply be.

    23. Not bad as a meditation manual and all, but Jiminy Cricket, people! Trying to find workable English/Chinese translations is like reclining in a lawnchair next to collapsing train tracks with popcorn in one hand and a time dilation device in the other, listening for the impending whistles and bells.

    24. واقعا همچين متني از حكمت چيني نايابهمقاله ي يونگ هم مكمل باارزشيه كه خوندنش براي ذهن امروزي لازمه. دوتا نقل قول توي متن اومده كه درباره ي آموزه هايي از قبيل اين كتاب صدق ميكنه، يكي اينكه:"مرد حكيم با انگشت به سمت ماه اشاره ميكنه، مرد نادان محو تماشاي انگشت ميشه" و ديگري كه ميگه: [...]

    25. Mostly worth it for Jung's extraordinary commentary, putting in so much perspective over Eastern practices, especially in the light of their usefulness, not to mention their maladaptations in the West.Yes, this is an imperfect translation--and I like it better than the "more accurate" renditions. Its accidents are responsible for creating whole new systems of practice that nonetheless work.

    26. If Wilhelm had not written his interpretation of the I-Ching (preface by Jung, also), I would never have discovered this fascinating way of life that has also become MY way of life. I´ve read this book dozens of times and always have in near, just in case.

    27. The translation of the text is good but, in Translation Notes (which comprises 50% of the book), Cleary focuses too much on slamming the interpretations of others (esp. Wilhelm and Jung) at the expense of elaborating more on his own interpretations.

    28. This was the only translation available before Thomas Cleary's translation. There are errors and misunderstanding. If you are serious about studying the Secret of the Golden Flower, I recommend starting with Clearly's translation first.

    29. Critiques of the Wilhelm translation and Jung Commentary :"What Jung did not know was that the text he was reading was in fact a garbled translation of a truncated version of a corrupted recension of the original work." - Thomas Cleary, introduction, The Secret of the Golden Flower.*************"In Europe the Golden Flower opened slightly some forty years ago when Richard Wilhelm, prefaced by C. G. Jung, revealed its "secret." [1] It is not the least of the contradictions attaching to this work [...]

    30. Interesting to find parallels between Daoism and yogic philosophy, not surprising since they probably shared a common evolutionary origin. More interesting is the language and the metaphors used, as those are influenced by the prevailing culture.

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