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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Elixir Press (5 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984308253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984308255
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wang Mu (1908-92) received the Longmen ordination in his youth. He taught Internal Alchemy (Neidan) and, in his own country, was held in high regard by both practitioners and Taoist scholars. He served as a board member of the China Taoist Association and was for some time in charge of its research activities. He is known outside China mainly for his annotated edition of the "Wuzhen pian" (Awakening to Reality), the text at the basis of the outline of Internal Alchemy that he provides in the present book.

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I only give 3 stars, why, because as usual a lot of hints but no meat or techniques but it does have a lot of useful info though.....NOW, there is one book that has been available for over 40 years in English on Internal Alchemy that is unsurpassed to this day that contains all the actual practices ones needs in Daoist Internal Alchemy that leaves nearly all the unnecessary philosophy out, no talk of trigrams & the Yi Jing & so forth, just do this & that happens, when that happens then do this & so forth. A lot will complain one needs all the philosophy, well that`s bovine scatology as one will see after reading the book I`m referring to, and the book is ......Taoist Yoga, Alchemy and Immortality by Lu K`uan Yu ..... I have a 1970 hardback Rider Edition I`ve had for nearly 30 years, and NOTHING and I mean NOTHING comes even close to this book as a practical manual. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I implore you to buy said book, you will thank yourself for doing so & possible save a lot money when on courses learning "ancient secret techniques never before revealed in English" that`s been available from this book for 40 years, I suspect a lot of famous Chi Gong Masters (I shall mention no names but you can probably guess some famous ones) have taken or owe a lot to this book but have kept quiet about it .... so before you spend a fortune on other books, get the one I`m talking about, you will not regret it. I Promise ! I shall repeat this same review on all Daosit Internal Alchemy books I buy on Amazon until ones comes along that equals Lu K`uan Yus` book. Thanks for reading.
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This is a lovely translation of a 20th century book about internal alchemy and it's practice. It draws on lots of older sources. It is however definitely not something that should be read by people not already familiar with the practices as it is not a general introduction, despite the name, but rather detailed discussions of the practices and ideas of the neidan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterwork of Alchemy and Qigong 27 July 2012
By Henry McCann - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a translation of a modern text, originally published in the 1980s and 90s in China. In it the author gives a very detailed analysis of the process of Daoist inner alchemy. I have been a practitioner of Daoist inner alchemy and Qigong for about 20 years, and this is the type of book I wish I had when I first started learning. The descriptions are very detailed and broken down clearly into the various stages of cultivation. The translation is extremely well done and the author includes the relevant key Chinese terms in pinyin romanization and original complex Chinese characters for those interested in that as a reference.

One thing to note however is that this is not a book for beginners. This would be appropriate for advanced meditation and qigong practitioners who have had direct transmission of these methods from a teacher. It would also be useful to professional doctors of Chinese medicine like myself to give them an appreciation for the differences in medical theory and Daoist practice. However, even for them it will be a difficult read without some direct transmission of the knowledge. For the right people though, this book is like a precious piece of gold. A must have.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, must buy book by Prof. Pregadio! 4 Nov. 2011
By Michael R. Saso - Published on Amazon.com
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Prof. Fabrizio Pregadio, one of the world's leading Daoist scholars, offers in this translation with commentary, a very readable and clearly explained version of an extremely important inner alchemy work called "Can tong qi" (Pronounced "tsan tong chi" in modern accent). In a very readable introduction (pp. 1-63) the origin and content of the present text is examined, after which the text itself is translated, pp. 69-126. The most important contribution of Pregadio's work is found in the extensive notes, pp. 130 to 244, which are easily understood by the lay person, and serve as a wonderful source of learning for upper division university and graduate seminars as well.The book concludes with tables and figures (245-260), the Chinese text (269-285), two indices (286-301), and bibliographical references (303-308). A must read! Recommended for university courses as well as the general public!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Precise 6 Dec. 2013
By Don Quickoats - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful translation -- clear and precise. Although Wang Mu is a Daoist practitioner, this book has a clear, objective tone which helps to understand the terms and concepts for anyone who wants to know the material. I have been waiting a very long time for this kind of book to come out, which discusses the ideas of the practice of Daoism (not the "philosophical" speculations which have been promulgated in the US for so many years but its religious core) in a comprehensible, academic and accessible manner. Very good work. It is like having a knowledgeable teacher by my side to explain the ideas.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best! 7 Jan. 2013
By Tom Cheng - Published on Amazon.com
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There is profound scholarship behind everyone of Pregadio's books but it's his ability to make accessible these complicated and sometimes ineffable ideas that make these translations simply the best available.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 20 April 2013
By Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a good book book but very hard to understand, author quotes a lot of poems from other works, but I am finding that no one wants to just directly be straight forward with a how to...to do...the author is very insightful in explaining and trying to say directly what is meant by the teachings, but I am still having difficulty in understanding the knowledge being passed on. This is definitely a book I will have to read a few times to begin to understand completely, only because I am still learning meditation and the purpose of it. I hope I will be able to apply these teachings with actual abilities and results in meditation, being that I actually want to learn my mind body spirit, and how to be a part of it's growth and shape who I am, what I can do, at will. So if anyone knows more direct approaches please send me a message or link. I like this book so far and kinda grasp it. It will take a few readings to get it.
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