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Mystical Being And Mystical Experiencing

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This chapter provides a summary of the interrelationship among views of self, transformative praxis, and religious experience in early Quanzhen Daoism. It gives more details concerning the yang-spirit and the specific characteristics of "immortality" or "perfection" in early Quanzhen. The chapter presents a larger argument concerning the shift in ontological condition envisioned to follow from intensive Quanzhen religious praxis. This is what is referred to as "mystical being" and "mystical experiencing". In the case of early Quanzhen Daoism, training regimens resulted in signs of successful training and numinous abilities. A fundamental aspect of internal alchemy practice and accomplishment is the formation of the "yang-spirit" also referred to as the "perfected form", "unified numen" or "body-beyond-the-body". Immortality or perfection relates to the liberation of the yang-spirit from the ordinary body, including its ascent into the sacred realms, into the multi-tiered Daoist heavens inhabited by immortals, Perfected, and deities.

Keywords: internal alchemy practice; mystical experiencing; Quanzhen Daoism; training regimens; transformative praxis; yang-spirit



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