This is a fantastic book. I will re-read again soon. It looks a Neidan, internal Taoist alchemy, from a western-friendly perspective and translates a lot of relevant text and commentary. It is a formidable subject done well. It is formidable because the Taoist texts are deliberately obscure. At one point, in the Maoist era, it was outlawed as superstition and unfit for the workers.
The only problem I had with it was figuring out what I know about the Taoist Three Treasures of jing (essence), chi (breathe, and shen (spirit) and realizing that was what he is talking about. I had to look at the occasion phoneticized Chinese names to figure this out.
The next time I will take notes because there are a lot of words that seem to mean more or less the same, and few of them mean technically what I thought they meant.
- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Golden Elixir Press (5 March 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984308253
- ISBN-13: 978-0984308255
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 290 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)