INTRODUCTION: 內業 Nèiyè (Inner Cultivation), or HUMANKIND IS ALMOST READY IN 2018

As far as I can see, humanity is not ready yet to print out this text in Classical Chinese (as it was not ready a few years ago) and Pinyin with tones with two or three translations into English with unique numeration of every line under one cover. Probably, editors and readers will be inspired to do it soon. So people just keep printing ancient Chinese texts without tones and sometimes without Pinyin, and electronic dictionaries built inside reading apps sometimes work, work partially from time to time, or do not work on a whim. At least, Chinese characters don’t look like foreigners in the white frames on the display. But four (!) translations here made by professionals (1999, 2005, 2011, and 2018) prove that readiness is somewhere close to me, and I am going to bring it closer to you too. Readers, read the blog.

This fresh project 2018 will include original Classical Chinese text 內業 Nèiyè (Inner Cultivation) chapter by chapter with all emendations made by Harold D. Roth and glossary pages will follow A Student’s Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, Paul W. Kroll, 2015.

Principal books jam session

1 Original Tao: Inward Training (Nei-yeh) And The Foundations of Taoist Mysticism by Harold D. Roth, Columbia University Press, 1999, 276 pages paper book (Inward Training pp. 46-97: Traditional Chinese with line numeration and English translation, no Pinyin and tones, ancient pronunciation to show last character in the line only).

2 Translation by Robert Eno (2005) was googled and rewritten following chapters from Harold D. Roth edition.

3 Translation by Bruce R. Linnell (2011) was googled and rewritten following chapters from Harold D. Roth edition.

4 The Thread of Dao: Unraveling Early Daoist Oral Traditions in Guan Zi’s Purifying the Heart-Mind (Bai Xin), Art of the Heart-Mind (Xin Shu), and Internal Cultivation (Nei Ye) 2018, Center Ring Publishing, Montreal, QC, Canada. Electronic book. Translation, annotations, and commentary by Dan G. Reid.

5 Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar by Edwin G. Pulleyblank, UBC Press, Vancouver, Canada, 1995. Fifteen chapters from Introduction and Some Basic Principles of Classical Chinese Syntax to Complex Sentences, 194 pages.

6 Du’s Handbook of Classical Chinese Grammar (An Introduction to Classical Chinese Grammar) Contributors: Archie Barns, Don Starr, and Graham Ormerod, 2009, Great Britain. Absolutely wonderful reference book including small dictionary for grammar section (1,189 characters and five short stories with grammar explanation for beginners).

7 A Student’s Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese by Paul W. Crawl, BRILL Leiden/Boston edition 2015, 714 pages: that was nice reading page by page during some months in winter and making synopsis of entries you liked the best of all, duh!

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