The Zhouyi cantong qi JUMrHfp]^ (“Token of the Agreement of the Three in Accordance with the Book of Changes”) illustrates another facet of the links between. The Zhouyi cantong qi 周易參同契 “Token for the agreement of the Three according to the Book of Changes”, shortly called Cantongqi, is the most important. To Yoshiko Contents Preface, ix Introduction, 1 The Title of the Cantong qi, 2 A At least thirty-eight commentaries to the Cantong qi written through the end of.

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Cantong qi – Wikipedia

The University of Massachusetts Press, Elsewhere, the same commentary ascribes the Cantong qi to Xu Congshi alone. Zhu Xi —dating from Cangong the remarkably more complex neidan practice, part of the work consists of recovering Primordial Essence by cycling its material counterpart semen backwards. According to this record see a translationWei Boyang was the son of a high-ranking family.

The first series emphasizes stages of cyclical Pages are omitted from this Sample www. Similar cryptograms were both a pastime of Han canong and a technique of divination documented in the apocrypha and elsewhere Wang Ming,discusses this passage and provides some examples drawn from apocryphal textsbut the final portions of the Cantong qi are among those most likely to have been added after the Han.

Despite this, Wei Boyang and one of his disciples decided to ingest the compound, and they also died.

After the two other disciples had left, Wei Boyang came to life again. According to another explanation, based on some lines of zh. They are also reproduced in the alchemical process, with the important difference that here the practice mirrors—and therefore reverses—the stages of cosmogony dantong gestation in order to reintegrate each stage into the previous one.


Foundations of Internal Alchemy: This reversal makes for the inversion that takes place with the shift from xiantian to houtian.

Anna Andreeva and Dominic Steavu. Divination, magie et politique dans la Chine ancienne: The later history canhong the Cantong qi will be the object of a separate study. With the possible exception of Ge Hong, the first author known to have attributed the composition of the whole Cantong qi to Wei Boyang is Liu Zhigu, a Taoist priest and alchemical practitioner who was received at court by Emperor Xuanzong around CE.

The Seal of the Unity of the Three

In the genera- tive sequence of the agents, Metal generates Water, and Wood gener- ates Fire. Sentences of the Book of.

The River Chariot of the northern direction. While the waidan practice accelerates time and brings it to an end, neidan takes the opposite path, leading an adept backward along the stages of the time cycles and receding to the inception of time. Water then stabilizes Fire: The corresponding trigrams and hexagrams are symbolic forms xiang used to represent those principles.

An introduction to the life, works, and teachings of one of the greatest masters of Internal Alchemy. Schipper, Kristofer, and Wang Hsiu-huei.

On the application of the shier xiaoxi device in the Cantong qi see Suzuki, ; Wang Ming, ; and Imai, The relation of the Cantong qi to this corpus will be examined below; as we shall see, it is not entirely clear whether the relation has textual grounds, or only lies in the background that the Cantong qi shares with the cosmological traditions.

As he pointed out, no extant alchemical work dating from the Han period is based on the doctrinal principles of the Cantong qior uses its cosmological model and its language Chen Guofu, Their winding courses oppose the Nine Capitals. Cosmologie et divination dans la Chine ancienne. The Secret of Everlasting Life: Releasing the hidden principle, or perceiving that, in the words of the Cantong qi, “it is there since before Heaven and Earth were born,” is the task of waidan and neidan alchemists.


My comments are in two forms: The main subjects of the cosmological portions of the Cantong qi are the following references are to the numbers of sections: The ten thousand things owe their beginning to him.

The liver is green and is the father. Second, the same can be said with even more confidence about Neidan, since no text belonging to this branch of Chinese alchemy has existed—or has left traces of its existence—until the eighth century” Pregadio, Sections written in either prosodic form follow one another without any order or regularity; the only noticeable feature in this regard is that the five-character verses prevail in Book 1, while Book 2 is almost entirely made of four-character verses.

Several poems written in either meter mirror one another in subject matter and vocabulary. Here Water is again the symbol of the return of Qian and Kun to the state of Unity, the very instant in which a new life is generated.

Cantong Qi – The Triplex Unity – The Scholar Sage

Therefore the precelestial Breath is to be sought within Water. Presses Universitaires de France, In the conditioned state, the union of the essences of the sun and the moon at the end of a time cycle produces the next cycle.

In waidan as well time is brought back to its origin by recreating within the crucible conditions similar to those prevailing before manifestation.