cosmology - Main concepts in pre-Buddhist Chinese...

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Chinese view of the universe: an organismic whole. 1. Phenomena reveal the mysteries of a higher realm through signs, especially through signs that can be interpreted through a system of logic or mathematical relations. This is not unique to Chinese cosmology and divination practice. This is similar actually both to modern science, as well as to certain prophetic traditions such as we find in Revelations, and in the kabala. 2. Associational or correlative thinking--in particular, the yinyang- oriented logic of correlative duality--are ways of thinking, of reasoning. Allegory, analogy, the use of numerological and other kinds of relational symbolism are important components of the traditional Chinese way to compose an argument and convince a listener or reader. 3. The use of metaphor, allusion, and appeals to intuition are much more central to the Chinese way of thinking than they are in the Western intellectual tradition.
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Unformatted text preview: Main concepts in pre-Buddhist Chinese cosmology: yin/yang qi Great Ultimate (taiji) Five phases (wuxing): wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. System of correspondences: Five organs, (heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, spleen), five planets, five directions (north, south, east, west, and center), five colors (red, yellow, blue/green, black, white), five musical tones, and so on. All these "fives" are analogs of one another. Lungs correspond to the element "fire," the color "red," the direction "south," and the planet Mars, while the spleen corresponds to the element "earth," the color "yellow," the direction "center," and the planet Saturn. Cycles and Calculations: 10's and 12's (hours, days, months, years) 12 lunar months 3x10-day periods. 60-day and 60-year cycle: 12 animals, Celestial Stems and Earthly Branches...
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