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Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Fabrizio Pregadio

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This book examines the religious aspects of Chinese alchemy. Its main focus is the relation of alchemy to the Daoist traditions of the early medieval period (third to sixth centuries). The book shows ... More


The Early History of Chinese Alchemy and the Way of the Great Clarity

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter reviews available evidence on the earliest history of alchemy in China. It considers the ambiguity of historical data on Zou Yan (ca. 350–270 bce), who is traditionally considered to be ... More


Introduction

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This book introduces the earliest identifiable tradition in the history of Chinese alchemy. Named after the celestial domain from which its teachings had descended and to which they promised ascent, ... More


The Later History of Chinese Alchemy and the Decline of the Great Clarity

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Taiqing scriptures are the first ones to be based on the view of the alchemical process described in Chapter 4. This view is the main legacy that they left to the later traditions in the history ... More


Gods, Demons, and Elixirs: Alchemy in Fourth-Century Jiangnan

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the relation of the Taiqing tradition to the contemporary religious legacies of Jiangnan. It considers the relationship of waidan to the fourth-century legacies of Jiangnan ... More


The Great Clarity Corpus

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter presents the fourteen extant sources that belong, or may be deemed to be very closely related, to the Taiqing corpus in its expanded version. These sources are divided into six groups, ... More


The Way of the Great Clarity and Daoism in the Six Dynasties

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines three phenomena that occurred in the context in which alchemy developed after the Daoist revelations. These are the encounter between the Taiqing and Shangqing traditions; the ... More


The Crucible and the Elixir

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter focuses on the doctrinal features of Taiqing alchemy. The central act of the alchemical process involves the reversion of matter to its state of “essence” (jing), or prima material. When ... More


The Medicines of Great Clarity

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines certain aspects of the methods for making elixirs in the Taiqing scriptures. The goal is to illustrate the nature and the main features of Taiqing elixirs, within the limits and ... More


Scripture of the Golden Liquor

in Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804751773
eISBN:
9780804767736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter presents the English translation of a text found in the first chapter of the Baopu zi shenxian jinzhuo jing (Scripture of the Golden Liquid of the Divine Immortals, by the Master Who ... More


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