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Taoist Inner Alchemy by Ge Guolong & Huang Yuanji

In clear and engaging language, Taoist Inner Alchemy shows us that alchemy is not something one does, but a process that unfolds when one "does nothing"--meaning abiding in one's basic, primordial state. It teaches the entire process of Taoist inner alchemy cultivation through meditation practices and includes authentic explanations of fundamental theories and methods needed to actually start walking the path.

Historically, Taoist teachers borrowed complex terminology from astrology, numerology, and metallurgical alchemy to describe the process of individual transformation that occurs as a result of long-term meditation practice. While that classical terminology may seem arcane, it actually beautifully represents Taoism's straightforward philosophy; in the words of Lao-tzu, "the Great Tao is ultimate simplicity." This thoughtful guide demystifies that classical terminology, illuminating Taoism's straightforward philosophy.

Ge Guolong's vivid explanations of Huang Yuanji's discourses--a Taoist master from the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912)--will surprise readers with their clarity, practicality, and close relationship to the philosophy of such works as the Tao Te Ching and Chuang-tzu.

Huang's teachings synthesize Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and readers will appreciate this book as an excellent entry point to Taoist philosophy and meditation practice.