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20 Nov, 5 tweets, 3 min read
One of the more interesting resources of Daoism is the FYSK Daoist Culture Centre Database
It is available in Chinese zh.daoinfo.org/wiki/%E9%A6%96…
And English en.daoinfo.org/wiki/Main_Page versions
The Chinese version is far more complete than the English one, but then again, considering how vanishingly little there is on Daoism in English, this project is one of the better compilations-- and it seems to be growing, like a wiki.
Particulary useful pages are this one which contains short articles on major Daoist scriptures
and rituals
notable are these articles o
The Big dipper en.daoinfo.org/wiki/The_Big_D…
The book of the Five Dippers en.daoinfo.org/wiki/The_Book_…
Pacing the Dipper en.daoinfo.org/wiki/Pacing_th…
Daoist dress
Some translations, though, are rather odd:
eg, this article on
"S-shaped Ornamental Objects"
This is an article on the Ruyi 如意 , a kind of ornamental sceptre. The english literature usually transliterates the name

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21 Nov
I like these Chinese descriptions of deep time.

Another nice eg of immense eons is the story behind the idiom 滄海桑田- “The emerald sea becoming a mulberry field"
The story is recorded in Ge Hong's famous "Biographies of the Immortals" 《神仙传》, in which one of the immortals remarks that she has seen the Bohai turn from sea to land and back again, thrice
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21 Nov
The Classic of Pure tranquility.
The present text is taken from here:
Some texts (eg the one here zh.m.wikisource.org/zh/%E5%A4%AA%E…) omit the last three sections, which are comments on the scripture by other immortals
English translations are accessible here
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I am presently translating some Daoist texts; and at times I am nervously veering towards using Buddhist-influenced English translations for the some Chinese terms...
This is not to say that Daoism and Buddhism are not closely interlinked-- of course they are. Just take a look at the first line of this "Precious notice of the Jade Purity" 玉清宝诰, a hymn in praise of the Daoist deity the Jade Purity:
This line is a description of the Jade Purity, which goes:
"Atop the three worlds, With a Brahma梵 Qi in the highest heaven.", a meaning supported by the commentary sohu.com/a/211948317_63…
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21 Nov
For a lunar mansion talisman at least 3 things must be fulfilled:
1 The moon must be in the mansion
2 she must not be combust
3 she must not be in a hard aspect with Saturn or Mars.

Given these parameters, it is interesting to work out how quickly you can make a complete set.
Condition 1 sets a lower bound to the number of days this can be done. As the moon takes ~28 days to travel round the zodiac- and hence the mansions, a complete set cannot be made in less time than 1 lunar month.
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William Lilly's autobiography uses the word "Set a figure"
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Lilly's Christian astrology uses "Erect a figure of heaven"
books.google.com/books?id=WZwEa… Image
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In this thread I will display a bilingual edition of the rather notorious "Blood Basin Sutra" 血盆經. This work has been studied by many scholars of Buddhism, in particular its relation to women.
The text of the sutra for this edition has been taken from the Baidu page baike.baidu.com/item/%E8%A1%80…, but you can find a substantially identical text here.
The English translation featured here comes mostly from Beata Grant and Wilt. J. Idema’s "Escape from Blood Pond Hell" (University of Washington press, 2011). Their translate most of the relatively short sutra (~400 chars), but one or two passages they leave untranslated...
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