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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 Ritual Sequence

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/9780804751773.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

In Chapter 4 it was shown that compounding an elixir restores the state prior to the emergence of time. When the ingredients are placed in the crucible, matter reverts to its state of essence, which ... 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


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