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Taoism and Taoist Alchemy

Foundations of Internal Alchemy

Foundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan

Wang Mu
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This book provides a clear description of the Taoist practice of Internal Alchemy, or Neidan. It is based on the system of the Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality), one of the main sources of Internal Alchemy, and is enriched by about two hundred quotations from original Taoist texts. Read more.

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
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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.

The World Upside Down

The World Upside Down: Essays on Taoist Internal Alchemy

Isabelle Robinet
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Four essays on Taoist Internal Alchemy translated for the first time into English. Their subjects are: (1) The alchemical principle of "inversion"; (2) The devices used by the alchemists to "manifest the authentic and absolute Dao"; (3) The role of numbers in Taoism and in Internal Alchemy; (4) The meanings of the terms "External Elixir" and "Internal Elixir". Read more.

Wuzhen pian

Awakening to Reality: A Taoist Classic of Internal Alchemy

Translated by Fabrizio Pregadio
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The Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality) is one of the most important and best-known Taoist alchemical texts. Written in the 11th century, it describes in a poetical form several facets of Neidan, or Internal Alchemy. Read more.

Pregadio, 'The Book of the Nine Elixirs'

The Book of the Nine Elixirs: An Early Chinese Alchemical Text

Fabrizio Pregadio

A complete translation of the Book of the Nine Elixirs (Jiudan jing), the main extant text of the Great Clarity (Taiqing) tradition of External Alchemy. Read more.

Pregadio, 'Chinese Alchemy: An Annotated Bibliography'

Chinese Alchemy: An Annotated Bibliography

Fabrizio Pregadio
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This bibliography contains about 300 titles of books and articles, with short annotations on their contents. Read more.

Fabrizio Pregadio, 'Index of Zhonghua Daozang (中華道藏書目總錄)'

Index of Zhonghua Daozang

Fabrizio Pregadio
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Part 1 of this index contains a list of texts in the Zhonghua Daozang (Taoist Canon of China, published in 2003). Part 2 contains several lists of texts used as "base editions" in the Zhonghua Daozang. Read more.

Pregadio, 'Index of Zhengtong Daozang (正統道藏書目總錄)'

Index of Zhengtong Daozang

Fabrizio Pregadio

Free DownloadThis PDF contains an index of texts found in the Zhengtong Daozang (Taoist Canon of the Zhengtong Reign-Period), printed ca. 1445. Read more.

Pregadio, 'The Way of the Golden Elixir'

The Way of the Golden Elixir: An Introduction to Taoist Alchemy

Fabrizio Pregadio
Third edition
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Free DownloadTaoist 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. Read more. (Note: The PDF and iBook editions are for free download.)

The Longmen Lineage

The Longmen Lineage: Historical Notes


Free DownloadThis PDF contains a short history of the Longmen lineage, to which many masters of Neidan (Taoist Internal Alchemy) are affiliated. Read more.

9 Taoist Books on the Elixir

9 Taoist Books on the Elixir


Free DownloadThis bibliography contains the main data on nine important original texts of Taoist alchemy. It includes two texts on Waidan (External Alchemy) and seven texts on Neidan (Internal Alchemy). Read more.

Hinduism and Buddhism

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 'Hinduism and Buddhism'

Hinduism and Buddhism

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
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First published in 1943, this outstanding book represents in several senses the most complete achievement of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), one of the main modern representatives of the Hindu tradition. Read more.

D.T. Sukuzi, 'Manual of Zen Buddhism'

Manual of Zen Buddhism

D.T. Suzuki

Free DownloadThis famous book, now in the public domain, contains an excellent selection of Chinese and Japanese texts on Chan / Zen Buddhism. Read more.


Jami, 'Flashes of Light'

Flashes of Light: A Treatise on Sufism

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The renowned Persian thinker and poet 'Abd al-Rahman al-Jami (1414-92 CE) wrote this work to explain "the intuitions and verities displayed on the pages of the hearts and minds of men of insight and divine knowledge." Jami provides one of the best, synthetic introductions to Sufi spirituality. Read more.

Shaikh Sharfuddin Maneri, 'Letters from a Sufi Teacher'

Letters from a Sufi Teacher

Shaikh Sharfuddin Maneri
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This book consists of the translation of extracts from the Maktubat-i-Sadi ("The Hundred Letters," or rather brief essays on different subjects), the most elaborate and comprehensive work by Shaikh Sharfuddin Maneri (14th century). Read more.