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

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Tuttle Publishing, Sep 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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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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As a Taoist/Buddhist practitioner who was an initiate in the Chen version of the School of Complete Reality, I found this book to be an absolute gem. There are things it does not explain fully but which you could sus out if you knew something about the practice but many things are explained beautifully. I will read it a second time and take extensive notes. It should be required reading for Taoist studies, easily replacing other books we were required to read which had far less information. 

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This book is a very deep journey into Taoism.
I recommend this for practitioners who want
to understander deeper into the mysteries of
the universe.

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About the author (1998)

Cheng Kaiguo and Zheng Shunchao are students of the modern Taoist master Wang Liping and live in Beijing. Translator Thomas Cleary is considered the foremost translator of Chinese Taoist and Buddhist texts.

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