The Golden Elixir: Taoism and Taoist Alchemy

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Taoist Internal Alchemy

Taoist Internal Alchemy:
An Anthology of Neidan Texts

Fabrizio Pregadio
xiv, 290 pp.
Golden Elixir Press, 2019


This anthology presents complete or partial translations of sixteen important works belonging to the Taoist tradition of Neidan, or Internal Alchemy. The selections are representative of the main Neidan lineages and branches. Texts are arranged chronologically, in order to provide a historical overview of the Neidan discourses and practices. Read more on this book.

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Liu Haichan

“Golden Elixir is another name for one’s fundamental nature. There is no other Golden Elixir outside one's fundamental nature. All human beings have this Golden Elixir complete in themselves: it is entirely realized in everybody. It is neither more in a sage, nor less in an ordinary person. It is the seed of the Immortals and the Buddhas, the root of the worthies and the sages.”

Liu Yiming (1734-1821)