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Opening the Dragon Gate: The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard

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This authorized biography of the contemporary Taoist expert Wang Liping (1949 -) tells the true story of his apprenticeship in Taoist wizardry, as well as Taoist principles and secrets of inner transformation. The 18th-generation transmitter of Dragon Gate Taoism, Wang Liping is heir to a tradition of esoteric knowledge and practice accumulated and refined over eleven cent ...more
ebook, 290 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Tuttle Publishing (first published November 1st 1996)
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Dewi Kirana
Nov 28, 2010 Dewi Kirana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
When halfway through this book, I thought to myself, "Yeah yeah yeah, although the Tao is really inspiring, to be immersed fully in the Way, one must go into complete seclusion, namely live the rest of your life in a mountain or a forest. Definitely not for ordinary people like me, who still have worldly affair to attend to." But then when nearing the end of this book, I'm delightfully read that Master Wang Liping continue the practice of Tao among his family, in the ordinary world! To me, this ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book has greatly expanded my view on Taoism. Everyone who is interested in the Way, ancient Chinese culture, or magic should read this. For instance, any student of Western magic will instantly feel familiar when in the beginning Wang Liping attunes himself to the energies of the sun, the moon and the planets of our solar system. However, the book can also show how much Western magic still has to advance to recover from Christianity's impact, that is the destruction of most living p ...more
While there's no attempt to pretend that the authors of the book are not followers of the titular wizard, there is actually a sense of a fair amount of real information about his training. Very interesting if you study the internal arts, and in an odd way comforting--if even this guy is still holding down a day job, having a family, borrowing chairs from his neighbors when guests come, etc., you can probably feel okay about your own attempts to balance your practice with your everyday life.
Jeffrey Powanda
The story of how a 15-year-old Chinese boy became a Daoist wizard after years of rigorous training and physical abuse. It's a tale of pain, suffering, and humility. Three other Daoist masters select the boy and then proceed to physically abuse and torture him for several months. Afterward, they take the boy and wander through China during the period of the Cultural Revolution. Finally, he returns home, marries, has a child, and lives a very humble life, until much later he is recognized as a Dao ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Jeremy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

A bunch of superstitious hogwash. Homeboy did not levitate or remember his infancy through wizardry. Lots of super boring lists of esoteric “knowledge” such as the 5 energies, the 8 directions, the 14 scrolls of so-and-so that were hidden and later found, and the however-many combinations of ways the position of the sun and moon can align with the 5 energies and where those are located in different organs at certain seasons of the year… Zzzz


Taoists say there are three harmful morbidities
Apr 14, 2011 Umul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When i was through reading this book i just love and would tell anyone who want to learn about Chinese heritage that is affected by Taoism to read this book. Not only that I will recommend to them but also to anyone who aspire to understand more about metaphysic. Because this book has opened my eyes in understanding more about those kind of things related metaphysic.

Since the book is a biography, the chronological progress of Wang Liping represent the ascending of our knowledge as it should be
Aug 05, 2011 Velvetea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Well I took my sweet time reading this bit by bit over the last year.... perhaps so prolonged because of the strong feeling of tranquility I would have while reading it. Taoism is such a peaceful art and practice, and this made for serene contemplation. I like how it's a biography in story format, tracing Wang Liping's life story back to the very beginning through narration like a fable, though it's no secret those who've compiled this text are quite smitten with him. It's exciting yet calming, ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Joanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lemmed
I bounced off this book pretty early. I had picked it up in the cyber Monday ebook sale. I had hoped that it would help me gain a greater understanding of Taoism. I have found that a simplified form of Taoism seems to be compatible with my Christian faith. But perhaps I am ethnocentric or something. A lot of terms were used that I didn't understand and a lot of claims were made about abilities of practitioners that I had a hard time accepting. And when someone uses the term "secret history of [a ...more
May 18, 2015 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a challenging book to read, and won't be for everyone. However for those interested in or exploring Taoism, it offers a fantastic insight into a whole new way of thinking. It is the sort of book that will require multiple rereadings, as it seems unlukely anyone could absorb everything from it in one sitting.
Jeannette Bland
May 29, 2008 Jeannette Bland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opening the Dragon Gate: The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard

Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 288 Pages, Tuttle Publishing, September 1998

Author: Kaiguo, Chen / Shunchao, Zheng
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Reading the book for the third time. It is not a book that you can read without reading other classics first. The time is right for the widespread dissemination of the Great Way.
Jun 27, 2008 Rah~ri marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
How about this one ?
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Aug 28, 2008 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great! Taoist philosophy including meditation, Chinese medicine, other spiritual work. Very inspiring.
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