NATHAN BRINE

Teaching Taoist Alchemy

Welcome

For centuries high in the mountains of China spiritual adepts explored what it was to be human. Known as Taoist alchemists, these practitioners developed and refined systems of energetic practice that allow us to experience our true nature. The knowledge was passed down through chains of transmission called lineages. Now, I would like to share the Dragon Gate Lineage (Longmenpai) of Taoist teacher Wang Liping.

The Dragon Gate Lineage is a complete system of energetic transformation. The core of the practice is internal alchemy (neidan), a form of meditation that focuses on the body and the cultivation and transformation of energy, or qi.

Taoist

Taoist Alchemy

Taoism (Daoism) refers to the constellation of Chinese spiritual teachings focused on returning to the source of our being, or Tao.

Internal alchemy is a tool to help us return to the Tao. It is an esoteric form of Taoist mediation that is often shared privately between teacher and student. Internal alchemy takes the body and its energies as foundation and leads the practitioner on a journey of self knowledge and transformation.

Taoist

Taoist Alchemy

Taoism (Daoism) refers to the constellation of Chinese spiritual teachings focused on returning to the source of our being, or Tao.

Internal alchemy is a tool to help us return to the Tao. It is an esoteric form of Taoist mediation that is often shared privately between teacher and student. Internal alchemy takes the body and its energies as foundation and leads the practitioner on a journey of self knowledge and transformation.

Nathan Brine

Nathan has been teaching Chinese internal arts for over twenty years. In 1997 Nathan began his Taoist practice, immersing himself in Taoist temple arts, martial arts, meditation, internal work (neigong), energy work (qigong), and internal alchemy. For several years Nathan lived in China and trained with a number of teachers; as well as learning Mandarin Chinese, and honing his already formidable chopstick skills. After China, Nathan returned to Canada to pursue academic study of Taoism, where he learnt Classical Chinese and began close reading of the Taoist canon.

After meeting Wang Liping, Nathan left graduate school and devoted himself wholly to learning Taoist alchemy (neidan). In 2015 Wang Liping authorized Nathan to teach. Nathan now leads regular workshops through out the year, both in Vancouver, Canada and internationally.

Nathan Brine

Nathan has been teaching Chinese internal arts for over twenty years. In 1997 Nathan began his Taoist practice, immersing himself in Taoist temple arts, martial arts, meditation, internal work (neigong), energy work (qigong), and internal alchemy. For several years Nathan lived in China and trained with a number of teachers; as well as learning Mandarin Chinese, and honing his already formidable chopstick skills. After China, Nathan returned to Canada to pursue academic study of Taoism, where he learnt Classical Chinese and began close reading of the Taoist canon.

After meeting Wang Liping, Nathan left graduate school and devoted himself wholly to learning Taoist alchemy (neidan). In 2015 Wang Liping authorized Nathan to teach. Nathan now leads regular workshops, both in Vancouver, Canada and internationally.

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Wang Liping

Wang Liping is responsible for passing on the Dragon Gate Lineage (Longmenpai) to the next generation. Wang Liping’s lineage is a traditional Mountain Taoist lineage (shandao). These Taoists are fully engaged in self transformation and the pursuit of transcendence.

Born in China’s northeast in 1949, Wang Liping was chosen by three masters of the Dragon Gate Lineage to become the 18th heir, holder, and transmitter of the lineage. Wang Liping’s arduous training was described in the book Opening the Dragon Gate: The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard.

In 1985 Wang Liping began teaching publicly. Since then he has trained many students throughout China and abroad. He continues to live in China and teach.

Wang Liping

Nathan-Brine

Wang Liping is responsible for passing on the Dragon Gate Lineage (Longmenpai) to the next generation. Wang Liping’s lineage is a traditional Mountain Taoist lineage (shandao). These Taoists are fully engaged in self transformation and the pursuit of transcendence.

Born in China’s northeast in 1949, Wang Liping was chosen by three masters of the Dragon Gate Lineage to become the 18th heir, holder, and transmitter of the lineage. Wang Liping’s arduous training was described in the book Opening the Dragon Gate: The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard.

In 1985 Wang Liping began teaching publicly. Since then he has trained many students throughout China and abroad. He continues to live in China and teach.

Book Announcement

The Taoist Alchemy of Wang Liping, Vol. 1
by Nathan Brine
Forward by Wang Liping
Available Feb. 12th, 2020.

This book is an introduction and instructional guide to the internal alchemy of my teacher, and is first in a series of books bringing the practices of the Dragon Gate Lineage to the English language. Vol. 1 focuses on foundation, basic techniques, refining jing into qi, and forming the lesser reverted elixir, as well as supplemental practices.

Taoist alchemy is hard to understand. As a system of spiritual practice it is deep, subtle, and highly sophisticated. And just to keep things interesting the practice is often cloaked in a language of mystery. Because of this many of my students and fellow practitioners have been asking for a clearly written guide on neidan practice.

To date all books about Wang Liping’s practice in English are translated texts from Chinese. These books are invaluable resources for our practice, but can lack clarity and the ability to connect with a Western audience. To complement these translations Wang Liping recommended that I write a book from the ground up in English based on my own experience.

So here it is. After countless afternoons spent in my local coffee houses the first volume is finally finished.

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An Evening of Taoist Alchemy

With Nathan Brine

Next Dates
Vancouver: February 13
Brooklyn, NY: March 5

Come to an evening of talk and practice exploring an ancient system of energy cultivation. Taoism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on the body and energy as a way of returning to the source of our being. Internal alchemy (neidan) is a powerful qigong practice done in seated meditation. While the ultimate goal is spiritual, there are numerous benefits including increased health, vitality, and overall wellbeing. Over the course of the evening we will explore the Taoist perspective together. There will be a talk, followed by a guided alchemy session. The evening is also the first class of an optional three day workshop.

To register email: nathanbrine@gmail.com
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Vancouver location: Centre for Peace, 1825 W. 16th Ave. (Fireside Room)
Brooklyn, NY, location: 2 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Cost $20

New Class: Liuhebafa

Time: Wednesday nights 7:30 to 9:00 (Starts Jan. 22, 2020)
No classes: Feb.19 and March 4 to April 15
Location: Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Ave. Vancouver, Canada
$20

To the uninitiated liuhebafa might be mistaken for a dynamic form of tai chi. The movements are slow, but work the body deeply and thoroughly. The liuhebafa practitioner engages the deep sinews of the body by coordinating the Five Centres (two feet, two hand, and top of head) in a dynamic spiralling motion. With sustained practice the art changes the body by realigning muscles and bones, massaging organs, and circulating internal energy.

In each class we will work on foundation exercises, the 66 move main form, and the 12 animal forms. The focus will be on developing the unique liuhebafa method of internal skill (neigong). Liuhebafa is a martial art, however the benefits to health and spiritual development are profound, especially as a means to build foundation for internal alchemy. I teach the liuhebafa of Chen Yiren as passed on by Nelson Ma. Everyone is welcome.

Workshop Schedule

Vancouver, Canada

  • --2020--
  • Jan 9-12, Phase One
  • Feb 13-16, Phase One
  • Feb 16-18, Phase Two
  • June 11-14, Phase One
2020 workshops are now three full days (instead of two)
Phase One $795 CAD ($495 after first time)
Phase Two $695 CAD
Phase One and Two together $1095 CAD
Space is limited. Please register early to ensure a spot.
Register through email: nathanbrine@gmail.com

International

  • --2020--
  • Brooklyn/NYC, USA- March 5-8
  • Houston TX, USA- April 30 to May 3, Phase One
Phase One $895 USD ($595 after first time)
Phase Two $795 USD
Phase One and Two $1295 USD
Space is limited. Please register early to ensure a spot.
Register through email: nathanbrine@gmail.com
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EXPLORE THE SITE

The Workshops Page has workshop information and a description of the current curriculum.

The Practice Page is for students of Wang Liping. It is a resource outlining Wang Laoshi’s traditional system of Taoist internal practice.

The blog is for practitioners of Taoist alchemy. Here I unpack terms and concepts based on my experiences practicing with Wang Liping.