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A qualitative analysis of the Taiyi Jinhua Zongzhi

Cott, Christopher 2010, A qualitative analysis of the Taiyi Jinhua Zongzhi, in 2010 : Daoism today: science, health, ecology : Proceedings of the Daoist Studies 2010 International conference, Daoist Studies, [Los Angeles, Calif.].

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Title A qualitative analysis of the Taiyi Jinhua Zongzhi
Author(s) Cott, Christopher
Conference name Daoist Studies.International Conference (6th : 2010 : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Conference location Los Angeles, Calif
Conference dates 2 - 6 Jun. 2010
Title of proceedings 2010 : Daoism today: science, health, ecology : Proceedings of the Daoist Studies 2010 International conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Daoist Studies 2010 International Conference
Publisher Daoist Studies
Place of publication [Los Angeles, Calif.]
Keyword(s) Secret of the Golden Flower
Quanzhen
huiguang meditation
Daoism
psychology
analysis
Summary The Taiyi Jinhua Zongzhi (太一金華宗旨) is an important Daoist text, in particular to the Longmen branch of the Quanzhen movement. It is attributed to Lü Dongbin and describes a form of meditation called huiguang (回光 – turning around or reversing the light). The text was popularized in the West through a commentary by Carl Jung on Richard Wilhelm’s translation. However, the accuracy of both Jung’s commentary (e.g., Cott & Rock, 2009) and Wilhelm’s translation (e.g., Cleary, 1991) have been questioned. While the Taiyi Jinhua Zongzhi tends to express its message in much clearer language than many Daoist texts, it is still may not be immediately accessible to most readers on first viewing. Thus, the results presented herein are intended to clearly present the main messages of the Taiyi Jinhua Zongzhi for those unfamiliar with the text, while attempting to avoid committing the same errors as, for example, Jung. To do this, the present analysis extracted all the prominent constructs discussed in the text, descriptions of their nature, and the relationships between them. This resulted in five overarching themes, two of which describe the general process of turning the light around, and a further three that describe a stage-like progression resulting from this general process. The constructs and relationships that constitute each theme are discussed in detail with the aid of diagrammatic representations, as are the relationships between the five themes.
It is hoped that this analysis will make the general teachings of the Taiyi Jinhua Zongzhi more accessible to psychologists wishing to pursue studies in the area of Daoism.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055916

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