Below you will find an overview of Wang Liping’s Dragon Gate system of Taoist alchemy training: The Internal Art of Penetrating to the Numinous Treasure and Wisdom Ability (Lingbaotong zhineng neigong shu 靈寶通知能內功術).
Wang Liping teaches internal alchemy (neidan) and the Taoist five arts (fate calculation, discern appearances, divination, practices, and medicine). Internal alchemy powers the five arts. The core of Wang Liping’s teaching has three components:
1 Yinxian Methods (meditation)
2 Three Immortals Practice (internal alchemy)
3 Celestial Eye Practice
Yinxian Methods (Yinxian fa 引仙法) are the way of silent meditation used in the Dragon Gate Lineage and form an essential platform for the practice of internal alchemy. Before we can practice alchemy we need to prepare. The 12 methods are a collection of techniques and principles used throughout the alchemical process to regulate the mind and body and enter stillness.
- Gather the Mind and Sit Quietly
- Regulate the Body
- No Seeing, No Hearing
- Gather in the Vision and Return the Hearing
- Regulate Normal Breathing
- The Three Step Practice of Calming, Creating, and Gathering In the Spirit
- Regulate the True Breath
- Sealing up the Body
- Inner Vision and Return the Hearing
- Concentrate the Spirit and Begin Quiet Illumination
- Listen and Follow the Breath
- Nourish the Heart to Bath and Cleanse
The first three methods are core of the practice, and the remaining nine are supplemental. The methods are not meant to be followed sequentially. But to be applied as needed.
Methods 1 to 7 are for restoring us to our original healthy state.
Methods 8 to 9 are for repairing energetic leakages in the body.
Methods 10 to 12 are for building foundation.