Refining the Elixir is one of the clearest and most in-depth analyses on Internal Alchemy (Neidan) in English. Aside from the excellent translation work, Stuart Alve Olson provides extensive introductory sections and commentaries on the texts-a wonderful guide for practicing and learning the meditation art and science of Internal Alchemy. Stuart Alve Olson addresses the mystical terminology of Internal Alchemy by explaining it in understandable, detailed, and practical terms. Anyone, no matter the tradition of meditation followed, will find this book inspiring and enlightening.
Four important works by Zhang Sanfeng (Three Peaks Zhang) are provided, along with commentaries:
- The Great Process for Refining the Elixir Treatise
- Verses on Seated Meditation
- The Sleeping Immortal
- Zhang Sanfeng's Commentary on Lu Zi's One Hundred Word Discourse