Taoist Internal Alchemy: An Anthology of Neidan Texts (Golden Elixir Press)
Taoist Internal Alchemy

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Taoist Internal Alchemy

An Anthology of Neidan Texts

Fabrizio Pregadio


xiv, 290 pp.
Golden Elixir Press, 2019
ISBN 978-0-9855475-5-4 (pbk)

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This anthology presents complete or partial translations of sixteen important works belonging to the Taoist tradition of Neidan, or Internal Alchemy. While the selections are far from covering the whole field of Neidan—a virtually impossible task, given its width and variety—they are representative of its main lineages and branches. Texts have been selected in this perspective and are arranged chronologically, in order to provide an overview not only of Neidan, but also of the history of its discourses and practices. Four of the sixteen texts are integrally translated. Six texts and two commentaries are translated here (entirely or partially) for the first time into English. The book is concluded by several tables and by an index of the main terms.

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   1    The Seal of the Unity of the Three
   2    The Hidden Agreement
   3    Mirror for Compounding the Medicine
   4    The Transmission of the Dao from Zhongli Quan to Lü Dongbin
   5    Awakening to Reality
   6    Four Hundred Words on the Golden Elixir
   7    Pointers to the Mystery
   8    Model Images of the Golden Elixir
   9    Questions and Answers on the Golden Elixir
   10  Fifteen Essays to Establish the Teaching
   11  The Harmony of the Center
   12  The Great Essentials of the Golden Elixir
   13  Rectifying Errors for the Seekers of the Golden Elixir
   14  Principles of the Conjoined Cultivation of Nature and Existence
   15  The Secret of the Golden Flower
   16  Discriminations on Difficult Points in Cultivating Reality

Index of Main Terms
Glossary of Chinese Characters
Works Cited


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   1    Cantong qi 參同契
   2    Yinfu jing 陰符經
   3    Ruyao jing 入藥鏡
   4    Zhong Lü chuandao ji 鍾呂傳道集
   5    Wuzhen pian 悟真篇
   6    Jindan sibai zi 金丹四百字
   7    Zazhu zhixuan pian 雑著指玄篇
   8    Jindan faxiang 金丹法象
   9    Jindan wenda 金丹問答
   10  Chongyang lijiao shiwu lun 重陽立教十五論
   11  Zhonghe ji 中和集
   12  Jindan dayao 金丹大要
   13  Jindan jiuzheng pian 金丹就正篇
   14  Xingming guizhi 性命圭旨
   15  Jinhua zongzhi 金華宗旨
   16  Xiuzhen biannan 修真辨難

Chrome bullet ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fantastic text I have enjoyed reading many of Dr. Pregadio’s publications. Taoist Internal Alchemy: An Anthology of Neidan Texts is a wonderful translation of various Taoist nèi dān internal alchemy texts. . . . The commentary along with the footnotes gives the reader an understanding of what is being said. (M.K. - Read the original review)

Chrome bullet ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very thorough As I progressed through the book I certainly began to deepen my understanding of the words and symbols that had changing meanings over the centuries I certainly plan to reread and reflect on this book and no doubt will have further insights. . . . Highly recommend to anyone with a sincere interest in Taoism from a beginner to more advanced students.. (D.S. - Read the original review)

Chrome bullet ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very meticulous translations [The author's] detailed footnotes and cross-referencing to other texts, many of which are in the anthology, are super helpful and make for clear reading. (R.A.P. - Read the original review)

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