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The Immortal: True Accounts of the 250-Year-Old Man, Li Qingyun
By Yang Sen
Translated by Stuart Alve
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5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
380 pages. Black & White on Cream paper.
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BISAC: Biography / Philosophy / Taoism
In 1927, General Yang Sen invited Master Li Qingyun to Wanxian, China, to teach about health and longevity. Li Qingyun was reported to be 250 years old at the time, and his visit to Wanxian was big news. In 1970, Yang Sen compiled a book of his and other’s accounts of Li Qingyun, titled An Authentic and True Record of a 250-Year-Old Man, which Stuart Alve Olson started translating into English thirty-two years ago.
Beyond the notion of someone in our recent times living to 250 years of age, this book goes well beyond the biography of Li Qingyun’s life. It has great historical value, especially for Westerners who are unfamiliar with much of Chinese history towards the end of the Qing dynasty. It also explains incredible health therapies and provides information on what is now called Medical Qigong. Much is explained about Daoism on meditation, breathing, qigong exercise, food, sex, and philosophy for Daoist living. Another true gem of this book is the two philosophical sections, as much of this material has never been presented in English. The information provided in the book goes well beyond anything previously published on Daoist health practices and philosophy. It is rare to come across a book with such abundance of insights and written with such clarity as this material provides.
Although Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal: The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching-yun was published in 2002, which includes translations from Yang Sen’s book, the entire translation is now finally available. This book belongs in everyone’s library who studies or has interest in Chinese philosophy, qigong regimes, and biographies.