Th e Empress and the Heavenly Masters

This book uncovers the history of imperial ordinations through a detailed examination of the scroll's transcriptions and the meticulouslypainted images of celestial beings, as well as the influences of the Daoist leaders known as the ...

Author: Luk Yuping

Publisher: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

ISBN: 9789629966539

Category: Religion

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Over twentyseven meters long, the Ordination Scroll of Empress Zhang (1493) is an important Ming Dynasty Daoist artifact from the San Diego Museum of Art's collection that records the imperial ordination of Empress Zhang (1470–1541), consort of the Ming Dynasty Hongzhi emperor (r. 1488–1505), by Zhang Xuanqing (d. 1509), the fortyseventh Heavenly Master of the Zhengyi institution. This book uncovers the history of imperial ordinations through a detailed examination of the scroll's transcriptions and the meticulouslypainted images of celestial beings, as well as the influences of the Daoist leaders known as the Zhengyi Heavenly Masters.
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Heavenly Masters

In this ambitious work, Vincent Goossaert traces the Heavenly Master bureaucracy from medieval times to the modern Chinese nation-state as well as its expansion.

Author: Vincent Goossaert

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ISBN: 0824889029

Category: Religion

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The origins of modern Daoism can be traced to the Church of the Heavenly Master (Tianshidao), reputedly established by the formidable Zhang Daoling. In 142 CE, according to Daoist tradition, Zhang was visited by the Lord on High, who named him his vicar on Earth with the title Heavenly Master. The dispensation articulated an eschatological vision of saving initiates--the pure, those destined to become immortals--by enforcing a strict moral code. Under evolving forms, Tianshidao has remained central to Chinese society, and Daoist priests have upheld their spiritual allegiance to Zhang, their now divinized founder. This book tells the story of the longue durée evolution of the Heavenly Master leadership and institution. Later hagiography credits Zhang Daoling's great-grandson, putatively the fourth Heavenly Master, with settling the family at Longhushan (Dragon and Tiger Mountain); in time his descendants--down to the present contested sixty-fifth Heavenly Master living in Taiwan--made the extraordinary claim of being able to transmit hereditarily the function of the Heavenly Master and the power to grant salvation. Over the next twelve centuries, the Zhangs turned Longhushan into a major holy site and a household name in the Chinese world, and constructed a large administrative center for the bureaucratic management of Chinese society. They gradually built the Heavenly Master institution, which included a sacred site; a patriarchal line of successive Heavenly Masters wielding vast monopolistic powers to ordain humans and gods; a Zhang lineage that nurtured talent and accumulated wealth; and a bureaucratic apparatus comprised of temples, training centers, and a clerical hierarchy. So well-designed was this institution that it remained stable for more than a millennium, far outlasting the longest dynasties, and had ramifications for every city and village in imperial China. In this ambitious work, Vincent Goossaert traces the Heavenly Master bureaucracy from medieval times to the modern Chinese nation-state as well as its expansion. His in-depth portraits of influential Heavenly Masters are skillfully embedded in a large-scale analysis of the institution and its rules, ideology, and vision of society.
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Celestial Matters

Celestial Masters is the first book in any Western language devoted solely to the founding of the world religion Daoism.

Author: Terry Kleeman

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781684170869

Category: History

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In 142 CE, the divine Lord Lao descended to Mount Cranecall (Sichuan province) to establish a new covenant with humanity through a man named Zhang Ling, the first Celestial Master. Facing an impending apocalypse caused by centuries of sin, Zhang and his descendants forged a communal faith centering on a universal priesthood, strict codes of conduct, and healing through the confession of sins; this faith was based upon a new, bureaucratic relationship with incorruptible supernatural administrators. By the fourth century, Celestial Master Daoism had spread to all parts of China, and has since played a key role in China’s religious and intellectual history. Celestial Masters is the first book in any Western language devoted solely to the founding of the world religion Daoism. It traces the movement from the mid-second century CE through the sixth century, examining all surviving primary documents in both secular and canonical sources to offer a comprehensive account of the development of this poorly understood religion. It also provides a detailed analysis of ritual life within the movement, covering the roles of common believer or Daoist citizen, novice, and priest or libationer.
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Heavenly Mountain Resort Master Plan Amendment 2005

April 20 , 2004 Page 2 5 - YEAR UPDATE OF THE HEAVENLY CWE MODEL USING FIELD DATA COLLECTED BY THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE Since the certification of the Heavenly Master Plan EIR / EIS in 1996 , Heavenly has been constructing / implementing ...

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Lake Tahoe Basin Heavenly Ski Resort Master Plan Regional Plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Douglas County NV El Dorado County CA Alpine County CA

It was also determined that the Phase I 1966 Master Plan would in actuality be a Reduced Project alternative . The Phase I 1966 MP contains all of the projects as the Heavenly Master Plan proposal except the gondola and associated lifts ...

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Taoist Meditation

In 317, when Loyang of the Western Chin dynasty fell, the great families of the north, together with the imperial court, took refuge in the south and brought with them the Han religious doctrine of the Heavenly Masters (t 'ien-shih).

Author: Isabelle Robinet

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438417530

Category: History

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Isabelle Robinet’s Taoist Meditation is the first and only scholarly study to discuss the ancient Mao-shan Taoist tradition of visionary meditation while, at the same time, helping to clarify the little understood relationship among the early Taoist classics, the Buddhist tradition, and the later Taoist religion. Most importantly, Taoist Meditation is a pioneering study that fully and accurately describes the unique visionary cosmology, bodily symbolism, astral journeys, internal alchemy, meditational techniques, and ritual practices of the Mao-shan or Shang-chi’ing (Great Purity) movement—one of the most important foundational traditions making up the overall Taoist religion. This English version of Robinet’s work is more than a simple translation.Taoist Meditation presents a significantly expanded edition of the original French text which includes up-to-date bibliographies of Robinet’s work and other Western scholarship on Taoism, additional illustrations, and a newly compiled list of textual citations.
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Christ and Other Masters

was under the necessity of checking one of the most early manifestations of that ethnic spirit which ere long expanded into Gnosticism , and threatened to degrade the Gospel of his heavenly Master into one of the effete philosophies .

Author: Charles Hardwick

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ISBN: UCR:31210011247739

Category: Christianity and other religions

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Demon Hordes and Burning Boats

feature heavenly codes (t'ien-lu' if?) listing punishments to be meted out to religious specialists and deities who ... Should the Divine Empyrean movement as it existed before its absorption into Heavenly Master Taoism be considered ...

Author: Paul R. Katz

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438408484

Category: Marshal Wen (Chinese deity)

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God s Mysterious Ways

Colossian 3:2225 “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it,not only when their eyeison you and to win ... My question is if our earthly masters find favour with us how many times our heavenly Master can find us?

Author: Josephine Taffy Kuthembamwale

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781490863481

Category: Religion

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Josephine would like to share inspiration and encouraging stories, including teachings of God that need to be spread to the whole world and help His chosen people to live the way he wants. God has mysterious ways—God is working in ways the human race may not understand. God was doing miracles during Abraham’s days and is still doing miracles today. In a chapter of testimonies, God healed a woman with cancer, and she has survived two times with cancer of the cervix and the throat. She is a living testimony in the world of hopeless. Indeed, God is working in mysterious ways. God is teaching us to live the way he wanted us to live as visitors on the Earth. We should prepare ourselves a home in heaven. This book will help us to prepare for heaven, where we will live with God forever and ever.
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Sword Stirs the World

This sudden turn of events was just too fast, and none of the other Heavenly Masters present were mentally prepared for it. By the time they had regained their senses, Zhao Jin Lou had already died on the spot. It was too late.

Author: Cheng Gang

Publisher: Funstory

ISBN: 9781649356932

Category: Fiction

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The Divine Lands' calamity, the chaotic world, and so many tyrants and tyrants. An ordinary youth who wanted to play this game had unexpectedly obtained a unique book, cultivated peerless martial arts, defeated all sorts of masters, and even wrote a legend in his life. Then, was it a rain of smoke that covered his entire life, or was he trying to draw out a sword and save the lives of all under the heavens? Oh, trouble! It was painful! How should he choose?
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Relax You re Already Home

The current Heavenly Master of the Chang family lives on Taiwan. Indeed, the number of Tao Shih in general has diminished drastically, particularly on mainland ... Zhengyi priests are the modern presence of the Heavenly Masters tradition.

Author: Raymond Barnett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101143650

Category: Religion

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Simple ways to a fuller and more vibrant existence, drawn from the Taoist tradition and shaped to fit our modern lives. Relax, You’re Already Home explores how we can enrich our lives in modern America by incorporating simple habits discovered in the Taoist tradition. We don't have to dramatically reshape our lives or perform time-consuming rituals like meditation, kung fu, or breathing practices. Dr. Raymond Barnett instead shows how we can focus on basic daily Taoist habits through activities like going to the park, gardening, or enjoying a cup of tea. He even helps us create our own rituals around holidays, saints, historical figures or events, or anything else that resonates with us. This warm and accessible book is ideal for anyone whose life seems too fast and complicated, as well as for those who are interested in Eastern religions but don’t have the time or inclination to take up esoteric practices. Complete with “interactives” that suggest exercises and probing questions, Relax, You're Already Home is a perfect primer for Taoism and a philosophy in its own right.
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Voices of a People s History of the United States 10th Anniversary Edition

You thatlive intown are eyeservants behind your master's back. Instead of servingyour masters faithfully, whichis pleasing in the sight ofyour heavenly Master, you are idle, and shirk your work.God sees you.Youtell lies. God hears you.

Author: Howard Zinn

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 9781609805937

Category: History

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Selected testimonies to living history—speeches, letters, poems, songs—offered by the people who make history happen, but are often left out of history books: women, workers, nonwhites. Featuring introductions to the original texts by Howard Zinn. New voices featured in this 10th Anniversary Edition include Chelsea Manning, speaking after her 35-year prison sentence); Naomi Klein, speaking from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Liberty Square; a member of Dream Defenders, a youth organization that confronts systemic racial inequality; members of the Undocumented Youth movement, who occupied, marched, and demonstrated in support of the DREAM Act; a member of the Day Laborers movement; Chicago Teachers Union strikers; and several critics of the Obama administration, including Glenn Greenwald, on governmental secrecy.
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The Writ of the Three Sovereigns

In so doing, they posited Daoism as the ideological motor for political unication and the instauration of a lasting universal theocracy.43 In light of the consequential presence of the Way of the Celestial Masters in the South roughly ...

Author: Dominic Steavu

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824879396

Category: Religion

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In 648 CE, Tang imperial authorities collected every copy of the Writ of the Three Sovereigns (Sanhuang wen) from the four corners of the empire and burned them. The formidable talismans at its core were said not only to extend their owners’ lifespan and protect against misfortune, but also propel them to stratospheric heights of power, elevating them to the rank of high minister or even emperor. Only two or three centuries earlier, this controversial text was unknown in most of China with the exception of Jiangnan in the south, where it was regarded as essential local lore. In the span of a few generations, the Writ of the Three Sovereigns would become the cornerstone of one of the three basic corpora of the Daoist Canon, a pillar of Daoism—and a perceived threat to the state. This study, the only book-length treatment of the Writ of the Three Sovereigns in any language, traces the text’s transition from local tradition to empire-wide institutional religion. The volume begins by painting the social and historical backdrop against which the scripture emerged in early fourth-century Jiangnan before turning to its textual history. It reflects on the work’s centerpiece artifacts, the potent talismans in celestial script, as well as other elements of its heritage, namely alchemical elixirs and “true form” diagrams. During the fifth and sixth centuries, with Daoism coalescing into a formal organized religion, the Writ of the Three Sovereigns took on a symbolic role as a liturgical token of initiation while retaining its straightforward language of sovereignty and strong political overtones, which eventually led to its prohibition. The writ endured, however, and later experienced a revival as its influence spread as far as Japan. Despite its central role in the development of institutional Daoism, the Writ of the Three Sovereigns has remained an understudied topic in Chinese history. Its fragmentary textual record combined with the esoteric nature of its content have shrouded it in speculation. This volume provides a lucid reconstruction of the text’s hidden history and enigmatic practices while shedding light on its contributions to the religious landscape of medieval China.
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Christian Treasury

words : “ A son honoureth his father , and a earthly master ; yet you will not do a hand's servant his master : if then I be a father , | turn for your heavenly Master . God is the where is mine honour ? and if I be a master ...

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Devastating Beauty

After confirming the baby's appearance, his smile froze and he heard what Master Hua Kong said outside the Green ... From ancient times until now, all the prophecies of the previous generations of Heavenly Masters had always been true.

Author: Gu YueQiMo

Publisher: Funstory

ISBN: 9781649208972

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Ever since she was young, she had disguised herself as a man, and at the age of ten, she was repudiated by the heavens and earth. At the age of fourteen, she was bestowed with the name of a king, and was given the name of the king. Accept his fate? Accept your fate! Why not? You all regard yourself as the fiend of a country who lost. You all agreed to the words of heaven's will and were defeated by you all! The people of the world viewed him as a bloodthirsty demon, and thus, he had conformed to the will of the world and slaughtered him for the people of the world to see! So what if he was a monster? In this world of extreme flames, it was called the Burning Fire Cave. She grew up in the Burning Fire Cave, and after going through countless hardships, she created a peerless martial art called the Raging Flames Soul. The coldest place in the world was called the Valley of Ice. He grew up in the Valley of Ice, and after experiencing countless hardships, he created a peerless martial art called the Breaking Ice Soul. Wishing? This King never makes a wish! Only those who are incompetent will have a wish. Everything This King asks for, will be given to you! For example ... It commanded the whole world to be in chaos, to prostrate themselves within the Six Paths. He was the complete opposite of her, yet so similar! Ice and fire mutually restrained each other. Were those two fated to fall in love and kill each other as well? He had come from the nine heavens to descend into the mortal world. He was originally an unintentional person without desire or desire, and that person named Cang Qu had overturned the very essence of his life. Before I met you, I was unreal, but now, you are my unreal self! Bloody saffron, the love of this life, how could she let him? He was a man of martial arts, a man of great stature. He was the world's greatest tyrant ... Join Collection
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Clotel

A. 'Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, ... Is a servant who is an eye-servant to his earthly master an eye-servant to his heavenly master?

Author: William W. Brown

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 9780307419279

Category: Fiction

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The first novel published by an African American, Clotel takes up the story, in circulation at the time, that Thomas Jefferson fathered an illegitimate mulatto daughter who was sold into slavery. Powerfully reimagining this story, and weaving together a variety of contemporary source materials, Brown fills the novel with daring escapes and encounters, as well as searing depictions of the American slave trade. An innovative and challenging work of literary invention, Clotel is receiving much renewed attention today. William Wells Brown, though born into slavery, escaped to become one of the most prominent reformers of the nineteenth century and one of the earliest historians of the black experience. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition reproduces the first, 1853, edition of Clotel and includes, as did that edition, his autobiographical narrative, "The Life and Escape of William Wells Brown," plus newly written notes.
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Daoism in the Twentieth Century

According to Master Wu Tianshen , his ancestors were Zhengyi daoshi and practiced Daoist ritual in their native county ... Equally significant is the unexpected occurrence that helped to restore the contact between the Heavenly Master's ...

Author: David A. Palmer

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: UCSD:31822039391222

Category: Philosophy

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In this volume an interdisciplinary group of scholars explores the social history and anthropology of Daoism from the late nineteenth century to the present, focusing on the evolution of traditional forms of practice and community, as well as modern reforms and reinventions both within China and on the global stage. Essays investigate ritual specialists, body cultivation and meditation traditions, monasticism, new religious movements, state-sponsored institutionalization, and transnational networks.
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