The Book of ChangesI Ching, a Chinese book of wisdom and oracles, dating from the transition period between the Yin and Chou dynasties.
|↑1||According to religious tradition of Taoism called “Outer Elixir,” liberation from worldly life may be gained by transforming human body and thus ascending to Heaven in broad daylight. The art of transformation consists of an alchemical process, during which the most important ingredients, cinnabar and gold, are prepared to produce a pill of immortality.|
|↑2||By “rabbit” or “jade rabbit,” it refers to the moon where, according to religious Taoism, the elixir of life is believed to be frequently prepared by an immortal named T’ai-shang lao-chün.|
|↑3||I Ching, a Chinese book of wisdom and oracles, dating from the transition period between the Yin and Chou dynasties.|
|↑4||Skt. vajra, a symbol of the indestructible. Here it stands for true reality, śūnyatā or emptiness, the essence of everything existing. This emptiness is indestructible like diamond, that is, imperishable and unborn or uncreated.|
|↑5||Skt., sukhavatī, the realm where followers of the Pure Land school are said to be reborn to continue with their cultivation of Perfect Enlightenment under Buddha Amitābha.|
|↑6, ↑7||Another designation of the Pure Land.|