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Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

Fabrizio Pregadio


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 how alchemy contributed to and was tightly integrated into the elaborate body of doctrines and practices that Daoists built at that time, from which Daoism as we know it today evolved. It also clarifies the origins of Chinese alchemy and the respective roles of alchemy and meditation in self-cultivation practices. The book contains full translations of three important medieval texts, all of them a ... More

Keywords: Chinese alchemy, Daoist traditions, early medieval period, Daoist doctrines, Daoist practices, Daoism, meditation, self-cultivation practices, medieval texts, Chinese alchemical corpus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804751773
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fabrizio Pregadio, author