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This book contains a complete translation of one of the main works by the eminent Taoist master Liu Yiming (1734-1821). Divided into 26 short chapters and translated here for the first time, Cultivating the Tao is at the same time a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of Taoism and an introduction to Taoist Internal Alchemy, or Neidan, written by one of the greatest representatives of this tradition.

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The Way of the Golden Elixir: A Historical Overview of Taoist Alchemy

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ABSTRACT: Chinese alchemy has a history of more than two thousand years, recorded from the 2nd century BCE to the present day. Its two main branches, known as Waidan (External Alchemy) and Neidan (Internal Alchemy), share in part their doctrinal foundations but differ from one another in the respective practices.

Who Wrote the "Cantong qi"?

Submitted by Fabrizio Pregadio on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:29
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"Who Wrote the Cantong qi"?

A slideshow presentation based on a lecture given at the 8th International Conference of Daoist Studies (Utting, June 6-10, 2012). The slideshow is available here.

The Essential Cantong qi

Submitted by Fabrizio Pregadio on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 17:57
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This is an abridged version of the full translation found in The Seal of the Unity of the Three, containing 32 of the 88 poems. Available only in PDF. See this web page.

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Fabrizio Pregadio, The Seal of the Unity of the Three.  Vol. 2 — Bibliographic Studies on the Cantong qi

Golden Elixir Press is pleased to announce the publication of Vol. 2 of The Seal of the Unity of the Three, subtitled Bibliographic Studies on the Cantong qi: Commentaries, Essays, and Related Works, by Fabrizio Pregadio.

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"The Cantong qi is the forefather of the scriptures on the Elixir of all times. Its words are ancient and profound, arcane and subtle. No one can fathom their meaning." Thus begins a preface found in one of the commentaries to the Cantong qi (The Seal of the Unity of the Three). These words express several significant features of the work translated in the present book: the charm of its verses, the depth of its discourse, its enigmatic language, and its intimate relation to the Taoist alchemical traditions.

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This book contains four essays on Internal Alchemy, originally published in French and translated here for the first time into English. The essays are concerned with the alchemical principle of "inversion"; the devices used by the alchemists to "give form to the Formless by the word, and thus manifest the authentic and absolute Dao"; the symbolic function of numbers in Taoism and in Internal Alchemy; and the original meanings of the terms "External Elixir" (waidan) and "Internal Elixir" (neidan).

The book is available in paperback and PDF editions.

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Golden Elixir Press has just published Foundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan, by Wang Mu, in paperback and PDF editions.

Awakening to Reality (Wuzhen pian)

Submitted by Fabrizio Pregadio on Wed, 11/25/2009 - 05:37
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Awakening to Reality: The "Regulated Verses" of the Wuzhen pian, a Taoist Classic of Internal Alchemy
viii + 102 pp.
Golden Elixir Press, 2009
ISBN 9780984308217

Paperback, US$ 15.95

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Introduction, translations of Poems 3 and 7, and preview:

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