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Originally written for Chinese readers, this book provides a clear description of the Taoist practice of Internal Alchemy, or Neidan. The author outlines the four stages of the alchemical practice and clarifies several relevant terms and notions, including Essence, Breath, and Spirit; the Cinnabar Fields; the "Fire Times"; and the Embryo. The book is based on the system of

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Paperback, 156 pages
Published March 5th 2011 by Golden Elixir Press
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Finbar
This is a really interesting book on internal cultivation. I appreciate the efforts of the author to break down many of the metaphors found in internal alchemy texts and to help simplify the intellectual side of these techniques. It is also very good that he stresses the practice of neidan. This is something that must be experienced rather than read, but this book is a good start to help simplify the intellectual foundation of that practice.
Mel
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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