Foundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan

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TitleFoundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsWang, M.
EditionPaperback and PDF
Pageviii + 144 pp.
Date Published03/2011
PublisherGolden Elixir Press
Place PublishedMountain View, CA

Originally written for Chinese readers, this book provides a clear description of the Taoist practice of Internal Alchemy, or Neidan. The author outlines the stages of the alchemical practice and clarifies several relevant terms and notions, including Essence, Breath, and Spirit; the Cinnabar Fields; the "Fire Times"; and the Embryo. The book is based on the system of the Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality), one of the main sources of Internal Alchemy, and contains about two hundred quotations from original Taoist texts.