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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 20 years. He began Taoist practice in 1997, 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 full-time with a number of masters, as well as learning Mandarin Chinese. Afterwards, Nathan returned to Canada to pursue academic study of Taoism, where he received an honours degree in Asian Languages and Culture and worked towards an MA at the University of British Columbia, extending his knowledge of Classical Chinese and the Taoist canon.

After meeting Wang Liping, Nathan left graduate school and devoted himself wholly to learning Taoist alchemy. In 2015 Wang Liping authorized Nathan to teach and write a series of books detailing Dragon Gate alchemy. From 2016 to 2020 Nathan lead classes and workshops in Vancouver, Canada and internationally. After his first book was published In 2020, Nathan opened an online program and stopped in-person teaching to focus full-time on book writing and personal practice.

Nathan Brine

Nathan has been teaching Chinese internal arts for over 20 years. He began Taoist practice in 1997, 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 full-time with a number of masters, as well as learning Mandarin Chinese. Afterwards, Nathan returned to Canada to pursue academic study of Taoism, where he received an honours degree in Asian Languages and Culture and worked towards an MA at the University of British Columbia, extending his knowledge of Classical Chinese and the Taoist canon.

After meeting Wang Liping, Nathan left graduate school and devoted himself wholly to learning Taoist alchemy. In 2015 Wang Liping authorized Nathan to teach and write a series of books detailing Dragon Gate alchemy. From 2016 to 2020 Nathan lead classes and workshops in Vancouver, Canada and internationally. After his first book was published In 2020, Nathan opened an online program and stopped in-person teaching to focus full-time on book writing and personal practice.

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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.

Online Program Now Open

The Taoist Alchemy Online Program is now open: Taoist Alchemy Online

Distance training is easily the most common request I receive. Many do not have the time or money to travel and train. The online program is offered as a starting point for training in Taoist alchemy.

The Taoist Alchemy Online program focuses on the basics and first level of neidan training. The Intro Course shows students how to build foundation and develop the basic skills needed for Taoist alchemy. The Intro Course is also a complete package of Taoist meditation in its own right. Level One presents methods to work with the body, and build and transform energy.

Each course is based on a series of video talks and guided sessions. Students also have access to a private Facebook group for questions and guidance from myself and other experienced practitioners. 

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.

Online Program Now Open

The Taoist Alchemy Online program is now open: Taoist Alchemy Online

Distance training is easily the most common request I receive. Many do not have the time or money to travel and train. The online program is offered as a starting point for training in Taoist alchemy.

The Taoist Alchemy Online Program will focus on the basics and first level of neidan training. The Intro Course shows students how to build foundation and develop the basic skills needed for Taoist alchemy. The Intro Course is also a complete package of Taoist meditation in its own right. Level 1a presents methods to work with the body, and build and transform energy.

Each course is based on a series of video talks and guided sessions. Students also have access to a private Facebook group for questions and guidance from myself and other experienced practitioners.

Book Announcement

The Taoist Alchemy of Wang Liping, Vol. 1
by Nathan Brine
Foreword by Wang Liping
Available on Amazon

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. Available on Amazon.

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