Awakening to Reality

The "Regulated Verses" of the Wuzhen pian,
a Taoist Classic of Internal Alchemy

Fabrizio Pregadio


Awakening to Reality


viii + 102 pp.
Golden Elixir Press, 2009
ISBN 978-0-9843082-1-7

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Awakening to Reality (Wuzhen pian) is one of the most important and best-known Taoist alchemical texts. Written in the 11th century, it describes in a poetical form, and in a typically cryptic and allusive language, several facets of Neidan (Internal alchemy). This book presents the first part of the text, consisting of sixteen poems that contain a concise but comprehensive exposition of Neidan. In addition to the translator's notes that clarify the meaning of the more obscure points, the book also contains selections from Liu Yiming's commentary (late 18th century), which is distinguished by the use of a lucid and plain language.

Introduction (web page or PDF file)
Wuzhen pian, Poem 3 (web page)
Wuzhen pian, Poem 7 (web page)

Readers' Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A fine and delicate work of translation. — The work done by the translator is very careful and can only be feasible by someone who knows the subject matter deeply. It is fortunate that Dr. Pregadio devotes so much personal energy to the question of translating core Daoist texts into English. . . . Congratulations! (A.G. - Read the original review in Spanish)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This is a basic text of chinese alchemy presented in a clear and structured manner without over-simplification or banalisation of the content which remains nevertheless a personal experience for each reader to explore. (K. — Read the original review)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ One of the 4 Greatest Qi Gong Classics — This is a very good book, about a very old, Chinese Classic Poem, of Celestial Immortality, Qi Gong and Meditation. It is a very beautiful and wonderful poem . . . This book is perfect in its own. (H.O.M. — Read the original review)


Preface, vii
Introduction, 1
Translation, 21
Selections from Liu Yiming's Commentary, 75
Textual Notes, 89
Glossary of Chinese Characters, 95
Works Quoted, 101