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The Growth and Spread of Daoism 61 ThE GREAT PHARMACOPOEIA B y the 16th century Daoist experimentation with minerals, plants, and animals— part of the search for good health and the elixir of life (the search for immortality) —had produced 52 chapters on medicinal drugs, together known as the Great Pharmacopoeia. This volume demonstrated Daoism’s eﬀect on science and medicine. Throughout the Qing period (1644–1911) individual Daoist masters like Liu Yiming (ca. 1737–1826) continued to study ancient works and to write commentaries on them.
He wrote essays, stoit this way: ries, and parables to illustrate and explain Heaven and Earth have great beauty Laozi’s teachings to others. Zhuangzi’s but no words. message is much like that of Laozi, but The four seasons follow their regular path his style is very different. Instead of short, but do not debate it. compact sayings about life and its meanAll forms of life have their own distinct ing, Zhuangzi wrote chatty stories that natures but do not discuss them. people could relate to easily.
On the whole life in the Daocracy was substantially better than life in much of imperial China. The Growth and Spread of Daoism 45 DEmon-sLayIng sWorD Z hang Daoling is said to have received a sword and a seal from heaven. With these, and with magic charms he had received from Laozi, he was able to capture and slay demons. At the end of his earthly life Zhang Daoling became immortal and the sword passed to his descendants for their use in protecting the people from evil. His son Zhang Heng and then his grandson Zhang Lu took over the leadership of the Celestial Masters, establishing a line of spiritual leaders who are often referred to as the popes of Daoism.
Daoism by Paula R. Hartz, Joanne O'Brien, Martin Palmer