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Chinese Mysticism

Ancient Mysticism Emerges Later In Daoist Texts

"[T]he five tones originate in the breath blown in and out from the mouth.… Spread out energy forms the six roots of the senses." Mystical practice as described in fifth-century Daoist text "Xisheng jing." Note the reference to ritual music, similar to the deep context of the earlier, non-religious "Wenyan" commentary to Yi jing.

SOURCE: Taoist Mystical Philosophy: The Scripture of Western Ascension, translated by Livia Kohn. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991, p. 237.

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