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 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

In 1997 I began my Taoist practice, immersing myself in Taoist temple arts, martial arts, meditation, internal work (neigong), energy work (qigong), and internal alchemy. For several years I lived in China and trained with a number of teachers; as well as learning Mandarin Chinese, and honing my already formidable chopstick skills. After China I returned to Canada to pursue academic study of Taoism. This is when I began studying the Classical Chinese language and reading the Taoist Canon.

After meeting Taoist teacher Wang Liping I choose to leave graduate school and wholly devote myself to learning Taoist alchemy (neidan). In 2015 Wang Liping told me to teach. I now teach regular workshops throughout the year, both in Vancouver, Canada and internationally.

Nathan Brine

In 1997 I began my Taoist practice, immersing myself in Taoist temple arts, martial arts, meditation, internal work (neigong), energy work (qigong), and internal alchemy. For several years I lived in China and trained with a number of teachers; as well as learning Mandarin Chinese, and honing my already formidable chopstick skills. After China I returned to Canada to pursue academic study of Taoism. This is when I began studying the Classical Chinese language and reading the Taoist Canon.

After meeting Taoist teacher Wang Liping I choose to leave graduate school and wholly devote myself to learning Taoist alchemy (neidan). In 2015 Wang Liping told me to teach. I now teach regular workshops throughout the year, both in Vancouver, Canada and internationally.

Nathan Brine

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.

An Evening of Taoist Alchemy

With Nathan Brine

Next Date: Thursday January, 9th 2020 7:00-9:30
2020 Dates: Feb 13, June 11, Aug 13, Oct 8

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
Location: Vancouver
Cost $20

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.

Nathan-Brine-Book

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
  • Aug 13-16, Phase One
  • Aug 16-18, Phase Two
  • Oct 8-11, Phase One
  • Oct 11-13, 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
No refund within 30 days of event
Registration closes within 7 days of event
Register through email: nathanbrine@gmail.com

International

  • --2019--
  • Houston, TX, USA- Oct. 4, Friday 9-5pm. Intro Workshop
  • Houston, TX, USA- Oct. 4-6, Fri. 7:00pm to Sun. 4:00pm. Phase One
  • --2020--
  • Brooklyn/NYC, USA- March 5-8
  • Houston TX, USA- Spring (TBA) Phase One
Phase One $895 USD ($595 after first time)
Phase Two $795 USD
Phase One and Two $1295 USD
No refund within 30 days of event
Registration closes within 7 days of event
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.