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Tweet Based on the Introduction of: The Seal of the Unity of the Three: In addition to a complete translation, this book contains a detailed introduction to the history and teachings of the Cantong qiexplanations of each of its sections, and notes on its verses. This page is part of a series on the Seal of the Unity of the Three. See the complete index. Authorship The Cantong qi is the most important Chinese text on alchemy.
Index of this article 1. Besides this one, there has been, within the Taoist tradition, a second way of reading the text: For about a millennium, the authorship of the Cantong qi has been attributed to Wei Boyang, who is said to be a cantkng alchemist iq to come from the Shangyu district of Kuaiji, in the region of Jiangnan his birthplace would correspond to present-day Fenghui in Shangyu, about 80 km east of Hangzhou.
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According to this record see a translationWei Boyang was the son of a high-ranking family. He and three disciples retired to a mountain and compounded an elixir. When they tested it on a dog, the dog died. Despite this, Wei Boyang and one of his disciples decided to ingest the compound, and they also died.
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After the two other disciples had left, Wei Boyang came to life again. He poured some of the elixir into the mouths of the dead disciple and the dog, and they also revived. Thus Wei Boyang and his faithful disciple attained immortality.
With an abrupt change in tone and language, the account ends with a final paragraph, which mentions Wei Boyang’s authorship of the Cantong qi and of another work entitled The Five Categories Wu xiangleicriticizing at the same time those who read the Cantong qi as a work concerned with cosmology instead of alchemy.
He cultivated the truth in secret and silence, and cwntong his mind in Empty Non-being. Calm and tranquil, he guarded simplicity and followed nothing but the Dao.
He always looked upon ceremonial garments as things of no value. With Peng Xiao, Wei Boyang becomes a learned master who is competent in prose and poetry, is versed in the esoteric texts, cultivates ccantong Dao “in secret and silence,” and nourishes himself “in Empty Non-being. Wei Boyang secretly disclosed his book to Xu Congshi, a native of Qingzhou, who wrote a commentary on it keeping his name hidden.
At the time of Emperor Huan of the Later Han r. Since then, [the Cantong qi cantonb has circulated in the world. Elsewhere in his work, moreover, Peng Xiao reveals a different view on the authorship of the Cantong qi: While Wei Boyang was a southern alchemist, Xu Congshi and Chunyu Shutong qqi representatives of the cosmological traditions of northern China. Xu was a native of Qingzhou, in the present-day region of Shandong.
His disciple, Chunyu, was a “master of the methods” fangshi specialized in cosmology, prognostication, and the related sciences. To give one example, an anonymous commentary to the Cantong qidating from ca. Xu Congshi transmitted it to Master Chunyu Shutong.
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Chunyu was the first to transmit the whole text to Master Wei Boyang. Elsewhere, the same commentary ascribes the Cantong qi to Xu Congshi alone. For example, the notes on the verse, “He contemplates on high the manifest signs of Heaven” Taking this point into account, the final paragraph in the Shenxian zhuan ‘s account may have been added at a later time to further the second view.
With the possible exception of Ge Hong, the first author known to caantong 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.
Two centuries later, another alchemist, Peng Xiao, cites and praises Liu Zhigu’s discussion, and becomes the first major author to promote the same view. With the development of the Neidan traditions, this view became established. Since then, there has been virtually unanimous consent that the Cantong qi was not only transmitted, but also entirely composed, within the context of the alchemical tradition.
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