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The Seal of the Unity of the Three: A Study and Translation of the Cantong qi, the Source of the Taoist Way of the Golden Elixir Paperback – October 7, 2011
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About the Author
Fabrizio Pregadio has taught at different universities in Italy, Germany, the United States, and Canada. He is the author of Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China (Stanford University Press, 2006) and the editor of The Encyclopedia of Taoism (Routledge, 2008). In addition to his scholarly activities, he publishes translations of original texts on Taoism and Taoist Internal Alchemy (Neidan) addressed to a wider audience. These translations, published by Golden Elixir Press, include the Cantong qi (Seal of the Unity of the Three); the Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality); the Ruyao jing (Mirror for Compounding the Medicine); the Yinfu jing (Scripture of the Hidden Accordance); and Cultivating the Tao, a work by the great Taoist master, Liu Yiming.
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I took up the reading of this book as part of a deeper study into the I Ching and taoist philosophy. It has opened up a whole new realm of understanding for me. Most enjoyable read.
One brief aside -- doesn't the figure on the book cover (a painting of a Taoist immortal c. 1300) look a lot like the photo of Pregadio himself shown on this page? Perhaps he chose it as a sly joke?
Understanding Taoist alchemy is a process and Fabrizio Pregadio`s notes are very helpful in this.