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Xingming guizhi – Wikipedia

Text Overview: – Full title: Xingming shuangxiu wanshen guizhi – Translation: Principles of the Joint Cultivation of Inner Nature and Vital Force and of the […]

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Text Overview:
– Full title: Xingming shuangxiu wanshen guizhi
– Translation: Principles of the Joint Cultivation of Inner Nature and Vital Force and of the Ten Thousand Spiritual Forces
– Emphasis on spiritual aspects over physiological practices
– Prefaces by She Yongning, Zou Yuanbiao, You Tong, and Li Pu
– Published in 1615 with subsequent editions in 1622, 1669, and 1670
– Authorship remains unknown, tentatively linked to Ming dynasty scholar Gao Di

Key Concepts:
– Xìng (性): inborn nature, fundamental being, predisposition
– Mìng (命): orders, decree, confer a title
– Zhǐ (旨): purport, aim, directive

Authorial Hypotheses:
– Possible dictation by Daoist master Yin Zhenren
– Association with Yinxi, Yin Zhiping, and Yin Pengtou
– Author’s name combines the surname Yin with Zhenren honorific

Text Contents:
– Includes illustrations and explanations of nine stages of transformation
– Quotes from Confucian, Lao-Zhuang, Daoist, and Buddhist sources
– Aims to guide adepts in the true path of neidan
– Classified within Beizong or Zhongpai lineages of neidan
– Illustrations depict alchemical symbolism and inner landscapes of the body

Scholarly Contributions:
– Interpretations by John Dudgeon, Richard Wilhelm, and Carl Jung
– Misconceptions by Western sinologists discussed
– Detailed coverage of Daoist Internal Alchemy
– Scholarly reviews emphasize historical context understanding
– Importance of accurate interpretation of ancient texts highlighted

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