The Golden Elixir Taoist Alchemy The Seal of the Unity of the Three

The Seal of the Unity of the Three (Cantong qi)

These materials on the The Seal of the Unity of the Three, the main text of Taoist Internal Alchemy, are excerpted from:

Cantong qi: The Seal of the Unity of the Three

The Seal of the Unity of the Three: A Study and Translation of the Cantong qi, the Source of the Way of the Golden Elixir

Fabrizio Pregadio
Golden Elixir Press, 2011
Paperback ● Hardcover ● PDF (abridged)

Under an allusive poetical language and thick layers of images and symbols, the Cantong qi hides the exposition of the teaching that gave origin to Taoist Internal Alchemy (Neidan). In addition to a complete translation, this book contains a detailed introduction to the history and teachings of the Cantong qi, explanations of each of its sections, and notes on its verses. Read more on this book.

Cantong qi: The Seal of the Unity of the Three, vol. 2

The Seal of the Unity of the Three. Vol. 2 — Bibliographic Studies on the Cantong qi: Commentaries, Essays, and Related Works

Fabrizio Pregadio
Golden Elixir Press, 2011
Paperback

Part 1 of this book contains a bibliographic catalogue of about 150 extant and lost commentaries, essays, and other works related to the Cantong qi, with details on authors, dates, editions, and reprints. Part 2 contains a survey of the textual tradition of the Cantong qi, focused on the composition and contents of about 40 major texts. Read more on this book.

Book Preview

● Preview of The Seal of the Unity of the Three, containing translations of 9 sections, with notes (PDF, 28 pp., free download)

Introduction to the Cantong qi

Authorship
Date
Composition
Cosmology
Taoism
Alchemy
Commentaries

Online Translations and Notes

● Poem 1: Qian and Kun, Kan and Li
● Poem 18: Nourishing Inner Nature
● Poem 22: The Principles of Alchemy
● Poem 68: The Lovely Maid and the Yellow Sprout

Articles

The Title of the Cantong qi (PDF, 5 pp., free download)
The Alchemical Model of the Cantong qi
Two Biographies of Wei Boyang

Online Slideshow

Who Wrote the Cantong qi?

Text and Editions

Index of Main Subjects in the Cantong qi (PDF, 11 pp., free download)
Cantong qi: Chinese Text (PDF, 21 pp., free download)
Cantong qi: A Gallery of Editions (PDF, 46 pp., free download)