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The Metaphysics and the Ideas of Immortality in the Inner Chapter of Gehong's Baopuzi
Gehong;Baopuzi;Daoism;Immortal;Longetivity;Wei-Jin thought;Danding techiques
|Issue Date: ||2014-12-08T04:17:43Z
Gehong's Baopuzi: Inner Chapter incorporates Daoist notions such as Xuan (‘Mystery’), Yi (‘One’), and Dao (‘Way’) to establish and demonstrate his metaphysical ideas. He sees Xuan as the primary concept in his metaphysics, and the Dao depends upon Yi in its functional manifestation and the creation of all things. The whole universe is made up of Qi, and is divided into three realms: Heaven, Earth and Humanity. Qi is capable of transformation; this is the foundation of Daoist immortality techniques of cultivating life.
Besides providing strong testimony to the real existence of immortality, Gehong's immortality thought summarized Daoist techniques of cultivating life in the past, discussed the methodology of Immortality Daoism, and thus came up with a more systematic theory. Therefore, historically, in terms of the development of a metaphysical theory and immortality thought, the Baopuzi occupies an important place. However, in terms of the connection between metaphysical theory and immortality thought, Gehong has left some unresolved issues. Among them, the most crucial is his determinist theory of destiny which is impossible to reconcile with his metaphysics. Another, from the point of view of mutual dependence of body and spirit, is the question about inferior adepts who underwent ‘liberation from the corpse’: are they immortals?
|Relation: ||國文學誌, 7: 163-184|
|Appears in Collections:||[國文學系] 期刊論文|
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