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Great ClarityDaoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China$
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Fabrizio Pregadio

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804751773

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.001.0001

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

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

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Great Clarity
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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 attribution of alchemical knowledge to Zhang Daoling (the beginner of the Way of the Celestial Masters); and the formation of a supplement to the Daoist Canon named after the Great Clarity. It is shown that these events are all closely related to each other even though they spanned more than one hundred years—from the late fourth to the end of the fifth century. The chapter begins with some remarks about the relation of Shangqing and Lingbao Daoism to waidan.

Keywords:   Chinese alchemy, Daoist Canon, waidan, Taiqing, Shangqung, Zhang Daoling

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