The Way of the Golden Elixir

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The Way of the Golden Elixir

An Introduction to Taoist Alchemy

Fabrizio Pregadio

 

"Occasional Papers" Series, No. 3
Third edition, revised and expanded

72 pp.
Golden Elixir Press, 2019

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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 — Waidan (External Alchemy) and Neidan (Internal Alchemy) — share in part their doctrinal foundations but differ in the respective practices.

Taoist alchemy has a history of more than two thousand years, recorded from the 2nd century BCE to the present day. This PDF outlines its history, lineages, and main doctrines and practices.

Introduction
1. Origins of Waidan
2. The Taiqing (Great Clarity) Tradition
3. Taoist Meditation and the Origins of Neidan
4. The Cantong qi (Seal of the Unity of the Three)
5. Waidan After the Cantong qi
6. Main Neidan Lineages and Masters
7. Neidan: General Perspectives
8. The Internal Elixir and the Neidan View of the Human Being
9. The Practice of the Internal Elixir

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