Awakening to Reality (Wuzhen pian)

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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: http://www.goldenelixir.com/press/trl_01_wuzhenpian.html

Awakening to Reality (Wuzhen pian) is one of the most important and best-known Taoist alchemical texts. Written in the eleventh century, it describes in a poetical form, and in a typically cryptic and allusive language, several facets of Neidan, or internal alchemy. The present book presents the first part of the text, consisting of sixteen poems, which contain a concise but comprehensive exposition of Neidan. In addition to notes that intend to clarify the meaning of the more obscure points, the book also contains selections from a commentary dating from the late eighteenth century, which is distinguished by the use of a lucid and plain language.