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Author Komjathy, Louis, 1971- author.

Title Taming the wild horse : an annotated translation and study of the Daoist horse taming pictures / Louis Komjathy
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 241 pages)
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Illustrations and Tables -- Abbreviations -- Part I. Introduction -- 1. In Search of the Wild Horse -- 2. Of Stallions, Steppes, and Stables -- Part II. Translations -- Horse Taming Poems -- Commentary on the Horse Taming Poems -- Part III. Exegesis -- Being with Horses -- Appendix 1. Hagiography of Gao Daokuan (1195-1277) -- Appendix 2. Song of Pure Awakening -- Appendix 3. Horse-Related Technical Terminology in the Horse Taming Pictures -- Notes -- Character Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary In thirteenth-century China, a Daoist monk named Gao Daokuan (1195-1277) composed a series of illustrated poems and accompanying verse commentary known as the Daoist Horse Taming Pictures. In this annotated translation and study, Louis Komjathy argues that this virtually unknown text offers unique insights into the transformative effects of Daoist contemplative practice. Taming the Wild Horse examines Gao's illustrated poems in terms of monasticism and contemplative practice, as well as the multivalent meaning of the "horse" in traditional Chinese culture and the consequences for both human and nonhuman animals. The Horse Taming Pictures consist of twelve poems, ten of which are equine-centered. They develop the metaphor of a "wild" or "untamed" horse to represent ordinary consciousness, which must be reined in and harnessed through sustained self-cultivation, especially meditation. The compositions describe stages on the Daoist contemplative path. Komjathy provides opportunities for reflection on contemplative practice in general and Daoist meditation in particular, which may lead to a transpersonal way of perceiving and being
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English; some Chinese translation
In English
Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 25, 2018)
Subject Gao, Daokuan, 1195-1277 -- Criticism and interpretation
Taoism in literature.
Horses in literature.
NATURE -- Animal Rights.
Horses in literature
Taoism in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Gao, Daokuan, 1195-1277. Poems. Selections. English
LC no. 2017010358
ISBN 0231543522
Other Titles Annotated translation and study of the Daoist horse taming pictures