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Opening the Dragon Gate: The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard. by Chen Kaiguo and Zheng Shunchao. 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 centuries. This is the first English translation by noted writer Thomas Cleary of the authorized biography by two longtime disciples of this living master of the Dragon Gate branch of the Complete Reality school of Taoism, which integrated Buddhism and Confucianism into a comprehensive new form of Taoism. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

Opening the Dragon Gate is the authorized biography of Wang Liping (1949- ), a modern Taoist wizard. It is the true story of how a young boy becomes heir to a tradition of esoteric knowledge and practice accumulated and refined over eleven centuries. As told to his students Chen Kaiguo and Zheng Shunchao, the story tells of Liping's arduous fifteen-year apprenticeship with the masters, during which time he enters an ancient realm and learns the true source of health, healing, and long life. by Chen Kaiguo · Zheng Shunchao · Thomas Cleary. 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. Stories of God. by Rainer Maria Rilke · Michael H. Kohn · Christian Kolbe · Thomas Cleary.

Book condition good -Opening the Dragon Gate Opening the Dragon . Additional Product Features. Cheng Kaiguo and Zheng Shunchao are students of the modern Taoist master Wang Liping and live in Beijing.

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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 centuries. This is the first English translation by noted writer Thomas Cleary of the authorized biography by two longtime disciples of this living master of the Dragon Gate branch of the Complete Reality school of Taoism, which integrated Buddhism and Confucianism into a comprehensive new form of Taoism.

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Usic
I bought this book amidst gathering information on the Quanzhen and Longmen sects of Taoism. Of the five books I purchased, this one was by far the most painful read. I forced myself through the first half of the book telling myself that it would be a worthwhile read. Sadly by 2/3rd of the book, I lost all interest.

I believe in large part, my objection has to do with the way the book is written. From the introduction, it appears to be compiled by Wang Liping's two students, who on almost every page go on to praise their teacher for overcoming all sorts of difficulties during his training. This makes the read very predictable and very dry.
1. Taoist Wizards present a difficult training regimen
2. Wang Liping because of his superior personality perseveres
3. Taoist Wizards are delighted, because Wang Liping is clearly the chosen one
Repeat

This seems to be a very "traditional" means to write such biographies, especially by student about master, but for me this became very repetitive. Additionally, in the later parts of the book where certain techniques are mentioned, they are only listed as a vague outline of a practice, with the specifics seemingly omitted.
1. Wizards show Wang Liping how to do a certain mystical method
2. He performs a set of techniques not fully described
3. He now more enlightened and can proceed to the next phase of his training

Overall, this is not a bad book for someone looking to obtain some overview of the Longmen sect, but if you are looking for specific information and practices, you are better off reading the following:

Opening the Dragon Gate- Stephen Liu
The Way of Complete Perfection- Louis Komjathy
Teachings and Practices of Early Quanzhen Masters- Stephen Eskildsen
SmEsH
This book seems like a very sincere account, full of information that fills in answers to questions one might have in reading about the mysteries of Taoism, lifestyle, physical and mental exercises and philosophy for training the mind. It's like the reader is on a journey with three wise masters and their student. Many details of Chinese life back in the 1960s and their cultural revolution interwoven with esoteric teachings and what one might describe as supernatural feats. I've dabbled in Tai Chi and Chi Gong, I study Buddhism and have studied Taoism, I've studied Ayurveda and Yoga -- so this was a really great read that touches on all those philosophies and indepth explanations of Taoist thinking. The fact that the Taoist Master (I'm not remembering his name at the moment) is available and teaching today is amazing.
Beardana
I loved it. If you enjoy spirituality and resonate with Taoism but don't like rule-based books or non-fiction styled then narrative form is a great way to deepen understanding and encourage your practice. This book 'shows' the path and hardships a student is taken through to develop his self.

Another recommendation of a student training to be a master story is Raymond E Feist's, The Magician.
Auridora
Very interesting , I have been studying qi gong for over 20 years and I have learned and experienced a few of the things in this book.
VizoRRR
This is a biography of Master Wang Liping written by two of his longtime students. The story is simply amazing. Highly recommended.

Other reviewers made some negative remarks about the literary style, especially because it gives the impression that every method the master learned from his teachers came to fruition immediately and surely. Since the authors obviously have tremendous respect for their master, it is not surprising that they didn't want to emphasize his weaknesses in their biography of him. If we read with that in mind we can more easily appreciate the magnitude of the struggle in the story this book narrates.
Gold Crown
I think many western readers will be disappointed at this rather dull tale. If, like me, you are expecting anything like the ripping (fictional) adventure story "Wandering Taoist" trilogy by Den Ming Dao you will be sorely disappointed.

This is one of those "the quest for enlightment: my journey" stories. This is the most detailed one published in English about a Taoist path. I have read a lot of these so I did not experience the wonder that some readers will on discovering someone's personal quest for spiritual growth, or some of the profound philosophy of Taoism. My main complaint about the book is in "the telling" - it is in a very Chinese mode so the whole thing reads like a Sunday School story - every exercise he tries works, no one is as virtuous as his teachers, he grows stronger and wiser every day. No real conflict, no human interest. This is some of the most fascinating material possible made dull. If you wish to contrast this with another relentless positive tale in the same genre, read "Autobiography of A Yogi"

In keeping with the strong Taoist traditions on secrecy, there is very little technical information in the book. Although compared with other accounts he actually does describe small amounts about some of his practice(s).

This is one of those "insight into history and culture" books that describes a way of life, a time, a place, a way of thinking that has been rarely described or is not accessible to western readers.
Samulkree
Great book.
Interesting.
Opening the Dragon Gate: The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard download epub
Philosophy
Author: Chen Kaiguo,Zheng Shunchao,Thomas Cleary
ISBN: 0804831858
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (September 15, 1998)
Pages: 288 pages