Affinity With Immortals – Poetry on Internal Cultivation

by Taoist Masters Wang Chongyang, Ma Danyang, and Qiu Chuji

Translation and Commentary by Jill Gonet

This selection of the three Masters’ poetry on cultivation presents a host of teachings and touchstones to interested students of the Tao, conveying lifetimes of practice and teaching experience in instructional poems that are also resonant and successful lyrics.

Ms. Gonet’s translations succeed in rendering each Master’s personal style, and the additional commentaries demonstrate the connections between the Masters, as well as highlight some of their differences, offering the contemporary student of the Tao an inspiring immersion into the evolution of the Complete Reality Taoism.

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Affinity with Immortals presents poems on Taoist cultivation by three great Jin Dynasty adepts- Masters Wang Chongyang, Ma Danyang, and Qiu Chuji. All three founded important Taoist schools: Master Wang Chongyang established Quan Zhen, or Complete Reality school; his student, Ma Danyang, assisted him in doing so, and then later founded his own school, the Yu Xian Pai (Meeting with Immortals) school; Qiu Chuji, who was a student of both of the other two Masters, ultimately became a great Chinese cultural hero in the years just prior to the establishment of the Yuan Dynasy, and founded the Dragon Gate school.

This selection of the three Masters’ poetry on cultivation presents a host of teachings and touchstones to interested students of the Tao, conveying lifetimes of practice and teaching experience in instructional poems that are also resonant and successful lyrics.

About the Translator, Jill Gonet, MFA

Jill Gonet earned her B.A. at the University of Massachusetts, and then moved to Seattle where she earned her M.F.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle. She has resided in the Pacific Northwest ever since. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals over the years, including PoetryPloughsharesThe New England ReviewThe Gettysburg Review, and The Best American Poetry, among others. She is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Society of America, as well as grants from the Seattle Arts Commission. Interested in ancient Daoist classics since high school years, she has studied the Dao De Jing-the Way of VirtuesYi Jing-the Book of ChangeLing Shu-the Spiritual Pivot, Zhuang-Zi,and Lie-Zi diligently. A meditator and Qigong practitioner with over 25 years of experience, she has combined her interests in writing, Chinese culture, and the art of internal cultivation by collaborating on many writings with Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun.