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Taixuangjing 太玄經 "The Classic of the Supreme Mystery"


The Taixuangjing 太玄經 "Classic of the supreme mystery" is a metaphysical treatise written by the mid-Han period 漢 (206 BCE-220 CE) scholar Yang Xiong 揚雄. In the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書 it is called Taiyuanjing 太元經 in order to avoid the personal name of the Kangxi Emperor 康熙 (r. 1661-1722), Xuanye 玄燁. The meaning of xuan is "obscure" or "impenetrable", but the term also means the refined basic nature of the Daoist dao 道.
The Taixuanjing imitates the structure of the Book of Changes (Yijing 易經), one of the Confucian Classics. Accordingly, the Taixuanjing is written as a kind of prognostication or mantic book based on the philosophies of Yin-Yang and the Five Processes, and contemporary astronomical knowledge. Beyong the objective of progonistication, the Tianxuanjing designs a whole cosmic worldview. In complexity it surpasses the Yijing. While the latter has a binary worldview, the Taixuanjing has three originary realms (fang 方) in space, divided into the nive provinces (jiuzhou 九州), 27 departments (bu 部) and 81 "families" (jia 家). Concerning the aspect of time, Yang Xiong developed 81 tetragrams (shou 首), analogous to the 64 hexagrams in the Yijing. Each tetragram is described in nine commends ( 贊), corresponding to the explanations of the hexagram lines (yao 爻) in the Yijing. The Taixuanjing also includes, very consistently, a series of nine separate commentaries similar to the "wing" commentaries in the Yijing.
There is a commentary written by the Jin period 晉 (265-420) scholar Fan Wang 范望, the Taixuanjing zhu 太玄經注, which is included in the collectaneum Sibu congkan 四部叢刊. Another commentary has been written by Sima Guang 司馬光 from the Northern Song period 北宋 (960-1126), the Taixuan jizhu 太玄集注, which is included in the Sibu beiyao 四部備要.


Source: Chen Keming 陳克明 (1987). "Taixuan 太玄", in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zhexue 哲學, vol. 2. p. 861-862. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe.

Contents
Juan 1
1.𝌆ZhongCentre
2.𝌇ZhouFull Circle
3.𝌈礥(賢)XianMired
4.𝌉XianBarrier
5.𝌊ShaoKeeping Small
6.𝌋LiContrariety
7.𝌌ShangAscent
8.𝌍GanOpposition
9.𝌎{爻+疋} (𤕠)ShuBranching out
10.𝌏XianDefectiveness or Distortion
11.𝌐ChaiDivergence
12.𝌑TongYouthfulness
13.𝌒CengIncrease
14.𝌓RuiPenetration
15.𝌔DaReach
16.𝌕JiaoContact
17.𝌖ShuaHolding Back
18.𝌗XiWaiting
19.𝌘CongFollowing
20.𝌙JinAdvance
21.𝌚ShiRelease
22.𝌛GeResistance
23.𝌜YiEase
24.𝌝LeJoy
25.𝌞ZhengContention
26.𝌟WuEndeavour
27.𝌠ShiDuties
28.𝌡GengChange
29.𝌢DuanDecisiveness
30.𝌣YiBold Resolution
31.𝌤ZhuangPacking
32.𝌥ZhongLegion
33.𝌦MiCloseness
34.𝌧QinKinship
35.𝌨LianGathering
36.𝌩QianStrength
37.𝌪SuiPurity
38.𝌫ShengFullness
39.𝌬JuResidence
40.𝌭FaLaw or Model
41.𝌮YingResponse
42.𝌰YuGoing to Meet
Juan 2
43.𝌯YingEncounters
44.𝌱ZaoStove
45.𝌲DaGreatness
46.𝌳KuoEnlargement
47.𝌴WenPattern
48.𝌵LiRitual
49.𝌶TaoFlight
50.𝌷TangVastness or Wasting
51.𝌸ChangConstancy
52.𝌹DuMeasure
53.𝌺YongEternity
54.𝌻KunUnity
55.𝌼XianDiminishment
56.𝌽JinClosed Mouth
57.𝌾ShouGuardedness
58.𝌿XiGathering in
59.𝍀JuMassing
60.𝍁JiAccumulation
61.𝍂ShiEmbellishment
62.𝍃YiDoubt
63.𝍄ShiWatch
64.𝍅ChenSinking
65.𝍆NeiInner
66.𝍇QuDeparture
67.𝍈HuiDarkening
68.𝍉MengDimming
69.𝍊QiongExhaustation
70.𝍋GeSeverance
71.𝍌ZhiStoppage
72.𝍍JianHardness
73.𝍎ChengCompletion
74.𝍏ZhiClosure
75.𝍐ShiFailure
76.𝍑JuAggravation
77.𝍒XunCompliance
78.𝍓JiangOn the verge
79.𝍔NanDifficulties
80.𝍕QinLabouring
81.𝍖YangFostering
太玄衝Taixuan chongCoincidence of the Supreme Mystery
太玄錯Taixuan cuoAlternation of the Supreme Mystery
太玄攡(摛)Taixuan chiArrangement of the Supreme Mystery
太玄瑩Taixuan yingIllustration of the Supreme Mystery
太玄數Taixuan shuNumbers of the Supreme Mystery
太玄文Taixuan wenSymbols of the Supreme Mystery
太玄掜Taixuan niComparisons of the Supreme Mystery
太玄圖Taixuan tuCharts to the Supreme Mystery
太玄告Taixuan gaoExplanation to the Supreme Mystery
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