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Teaching and Curriculum: The Method for Five Numina in the ＂Hagiography of Lord Pei, Perfected Being of Pure Numen＂
Daoism;Shangqing school;Shangqing hagiographies;method for five numina;five planets;Hagiography of Lord Pei
|Issue Date:||2018-03-16 14:07:51 (UTC+8)|
Shangqing hagiographies were lengthy texts that developed in the southeast areas of early medieval China. Not only did these texts recorded stories about the bodily cultivation of Daoist saints, but also the teachings designed for Daoist practitioners in the initial stages of their studies. Given their pedagogical value, the content of these texts has been studied as both manuals for advanced practitioners, as well as teaching materials by which masters taught Daoist history and practices. An interesting feature about these hagiographies is that they contained instructions based on the transmission of knowledge from masters to apprentices of various eras. This research analyzes a visualization method in which adepts meditated on the five numina as described in the Hagiography of Lord Pei, Perfected of Pure Numen as the example to explicate the possibility of coexistence of various textual layers featuring new and old teachings in one work. The textual layers not only reflected the understanding of the old teachings through interpretation on the part of the Daoist priests during different generations in medieval China, but also demonstrated that the ongoing generations of writers and rewriters of this text did not modify previous teachings, but rather preserved the instructions detailed by past masters. In other words, Shangqing hagiographies reflected the apprenticeship of the Daoist priests in the southeast regions of medieval China. In addition, we can acquire how readers and users of these techniques amended older teachings in order to adapt to new Daoist spatial configurations, and in so doing offered alternatives to cope with new challenges and concepts.
|Relation:||華人宗教研究, 1, 109-134|
|Appears in Collections:||[華人宗教研究] 期刊論文|
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