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Early Quanzhen Textual Corpus

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The early Quanzhen textual corpus is defined as the works associated with Wang Chongyang and his first-generation disciples, consisting of a diverse and wide-ranging collection of writings. This chapter proposes the following typology: (1) Literary Anthologies; (2) Discourse Records; (3) Didactic Texts; (4) Exegeses; and (5) Histories, Hagiographies, and Epigraphy. Selections from these and other relevant texts are translated in the author's forthcoming anthology of Quanzhen writings, tentatively titled The Way of Complete Perfection. Familiarity with and reflection on the early Quanzhen textual corpus raises a number of issues. First, dating and authorship are often difficult to determine. The least problematic texts in this respect are the literary anthologies, but, as most of these were compiled after a given adept's death, the provenance of individual poems requires some consideration.

Keywords: didactic texts; discourse records; exegeses; literary anthologies; Quanzhen textual corpus



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