What Other Words Do You Expect Me to Add?
Writings in Memory of Alfredo M. Cadonna
Quali altre parole vi aspettate che aggiunga? (What more words am I supposed to say?) is a collection of essays dedicated to the memory of Alfredo Cadonna (1948-2020), philologist, translator and scholar of religions in China. The eleven chapters of this volume, authored by scholars who studied under Alfredo Cadonna, offer annotated translations of excerpts of texts belonging to different historical periods and religious and cosmological traditions. They are representative of a variety of literary genres and linguistic styles. Texts collected here include writings from archaic China, religious-themed literature composed by literati of the Empire, various types of medieval and late imperial Daoist and Buddhist works, as well as corresponding modern and contemporary examples. More precisely, the reader will find in this volume translations from the Buddhist meditation manual Shi chan boluomi cidi famen 釋禪波羅蜜次第法門 by Tiantai master Zhiyi 智顗 (538-97); religious instructions on the kan huatou 看話頭 method of meditation by Chan master Laiguo 來果 (1881-1953); one passage of the Guoyu 國語 (5th-4th centuries B.C.) dealing with the role of ‘shamans’, the relationship between spirits and human and the final ‘separation of Earth and Sky’; nineteen poems by Tang dynasty poet Wei Qumou 韋渠牟 (749-801) containing a description of the poet’s journey beyond the world of mortals; passages from the Taishang Lingbao zhicao pin 太上靈寶芝草品 and from Ge Hong 葛洪’s Baopuzi 抱樸子 (4th century) on the Daoist tradition of natural drugs zhi 芝; two chapters of the Hanlongjing 撼龍經, a fengshui classical text belonging to the School of Forms (10th century); passages from the Xiuzhen biannan 修真辨難 by Daoist master Liu Yiming 劉一明 (1734-1821); part of the Daoist text Tianxian xinchuan 天仙心傳 attributed to Min Yide 閔一得 (1758-1836) and dealing with self-cultivation and ritual practice; the Baojing sanmei 寶鏡三昧, a liturgical chant of the Chan Caodong Buddhist school attributed to the Dongshan Liangjie 洞山良价 (807- 869); a key section of the influential Buddhist Mahāyāna scripture Dasheng qixin lun 大乘起信論, an indigenous Chinese composition dating from the 6th century; and, finally, works of Liu Yiming on the specific topic of female alchemy.
Tōzan Ryōkai • Yang Yunsong • Immortality • China • Zutang ji • Dhyāna pāramitā • Chan Buddhism • Guoyu • Spirits • Chinese religions • Geography • Heavenly Transcendent • Ge Hong • Qing dynasty • Self-cultivation • Nüdan • Zhi • Poetry • Cosmology • Caodong Chan • Enlightenment • Mind • Beidou • Chan • Buddhist meditation • Liu Yiming • Suchness • Astronomy • Internal Alchemy • Kan huatou • Chinese Literature • Baojing sanmei • Human nature • Buddhism • Neidan • Tathāgatagarbha • Zhiyi (538-97) • Tiantai • Wei Qumou (749-801) • Min Yide • Tang Dynasty • Daoist alchemy • Daoism • Hanlongjing • Mythology • Shamanism • Laiguo (1881-1953) • Alfredo Cadonna • Longevity • Fengshui • Critical phrase • Female alchemy • Nortern Dipper • Awakening of Faith • Longmen Daoism