Foundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan, by Wang Mu
Golden Elixir Press has just published Foundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan, by Wang Mu, in paperback and PDF editions.
Originally written for Chinese readers, this book provides a clear description of the Taoist practice of Internal Alchemy, or Neidan. The author describes the stages of the 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 this and other Taoist texts.
Wang Mu (1908–92) received the Longmen ordination in his youth. He taught Internal Alchemy (Neidan) and was held in high regard by both Taoist practitioners and scholars. He served as a board member of the China Taoist Association and was for some time in charge of its research activities. He is known outside China mainly for his annotated edition of the Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality), the text at the basis of the outline of Internal Alchemy that he provides in Foundations of Internal Alchemy.
Foundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan
Edited and translated by Fabrizio Pregadio
viii + 144 pp., Golden Elixir Press, 2011
Paperback, US$ 16.95
PDF, US$ 9.95