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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 centu
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Tuttle Publishing (first published November 1st 1996)
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Dewi Kirana
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ian
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
John
Feb 27, 2008 added it
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. ...more
David Parker
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.
Khaled Al-Khawaja
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far the most interesting book I've ever read. Must read if you're into Taoism. Talks about the tale of three wizards and their heir, Master Wang Liping. Filled with wonderful stories and magical abilities. ...more
Eric
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Taking the mystical and miraculous, rendering it pedantic and practical. The world's first collection of sciences sweetly perfumed by the mysterious. A relief to read. ...more
Jeffrey Powanda
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: china
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
Jeremy
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was ok


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


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Umul
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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knoba
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Contents
Translator's Introduction
Part I: Entering the Way
1: The Teachers' Search
2: Refining the Mind
3: Concentrating the Vital Spirit
4: Intensive Cultivation of the Triple World
5: Taking Alchemical Elixir and Fasting
Part II: Rebirth and Refinement
6: Returning to Life After Death
7: Practising the Way
8: Roaming The Four Directions
9: The Five Arts
10: Transcending Time and Space
11: Deliberate Dreaming and Refinement of Spirit
12: Treasure Hunting in the Mountains
13: Skies Beyond the Sky
14: The Drea
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Velvetea
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Joanna Chaplin
Jun 01, 2016 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
Ray Gates
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jeannette Bland
May 29, 2008 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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Rah~ri
Jun 27, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
How about this one ?
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Lauren
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great! Taoist philosophy including meditation, Chinese medicine, other spiritual work. Very inspiring.
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“The Way is not remote from people, but people distance themselves from the Way by trying to nurture life without knowing how. The reason they don't know how is that they don't know the right timing to make effort. The reason they don 't know the right timing is that they have not understood the mechanism of heaven and earth." The "mechanism of heaven and earth" refers to the laws by which the universe operates. Humanity is born between heaven and earth. A human being is a microcosm that is influenced and regulated by the macrocosm. Unless you know natural laws, proper timing, and appropriate method, there is no succeeding in learning the Way. Polish away the temperamental nature of acquired habit, and fundamental essential nature appears of itself. Casting aside the ordinary mind, keep the true mind. Where does the true mind resort? To Nature. The work of collecting the mind to nurture its essential nature was completed in one year. Wang Liping emerged from the dark room, the earth pit, the giant urn, and the graveyard, heading toward Nature itself.” 0 likes
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