Martin’s College (UK), Philosophy, Theology & Religion: http://philtar. Ever desireless, one can see the mystery; ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations. After several attempts on his life by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), ZHB tired to gain asylum when he came to the U. The power of ordaining priests and discerning the spir-its is given to the Celestial Master ( t’ien-shih) of Lung-hu Shan mountain, a successor of Chang Tao-ling. For good analysis of schools and cults of Taoism, see “Taoism” section at website Overview of World Religions, St. ), Shambhala, 1990; The Supreme Way: Inner Teachings of the Southern Mountain Tao (T.
), Chuang Tzu: Genius of the Absurd, NY: Ace, 1971 (James Legge’s 1891 transl. adept Liu I-ming), 1988; The Book of Balance and Harmony, 1989; Back to Beginnings: Reflections on the Tao, 1990 (by 16th cent. (Note: in the continuing crackdown by the CCP, qigong teacher Shen Chang, said to have as many as 5 million followers, was arrested on anti-cult charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2001 for tax evasion. They address many topics, not just spirituality, including botany, astronomy, etc. We need to just allow things to work out in divine order. adept Huanchu Daoren); Practical Taoism, 1996; Taoist Meditation: Methods for Cultivating a Healthy Mind and Body, 2000; all published by Shambhala (available in book-sets).
The Chinese embassy wanted to extradict him to China, where it was almost certain he would be executed for his dissidency. A recent report tells of 1,700 active Taoist temples-monasteries in China, with 26,000 priestly/monastic initiates, a third of them women. Yan Xin (1950- ), born in a small village in Sichuan province, was trained from age 4 by a series of some 30 masters... ... .