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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (24 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804831858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804831857
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..".an an amazing tale, told in a fast-paced and entertaining style. Cleary's masterful translation provides an exceptional prose encounter with one of the most interesting branches of Taoism." --Publishers Weekly

..".filled with magical characters, mysterious goings on, outrageous adventures, and sprinkled throughout with a goodly amount of Taoist alchemical teachings." --The Empty Vessel

" an an amazing tale, told in a fast-paced and entertaining style. Cleary's masterful translation provides an exceptional prose encounter with one of the most interesting branches of Taoism." Publishers Weekly"

" filled with magical characters, mysterious goings on, outrageous adventures, and sprinkled throughout with a goodly amount of Taoist alchemical teachings." The Empty Vessel"

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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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One of the few books you can get that is a translation of a contemory Chinese book about daoism. As such, it is worth reading. It will give you a good background into what daoists 'get up to', or at least what the average Chinese person thinks they get up to. Wang Liping is a real person. A lot of people think he is genuine daoist master, on the other hand the newspapers in China have criticised him as been a fake. Make up your own mind.
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The story line of this book centres completely on the training of a modern day Tao Wizard. It covers the period during the Little Red Book Revolution. If anyone is in doubt about the continuation of Taoism or even wishes to learn the philosophy relating to the Tao this book will certainly steer you in the right direction.
The book has many eye opening situations, clearly explained which definitely holds the readers attention. It is a book that can be read and re-read and one that will not collect dust on your library shelf.
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Absolutely love this book although it does fall short at the end. However this book is very inspiring and it opened my eyes on the subject of the ancient tradition of Taoism. Not only this book is exciting and tells you an adventure story of 3 Taoist wizards training and showing the ways of Ancient Taoism to their young disciple but this book also gives you insights and explains many mysteries in the Taoist tradition. Although this book is not a "how to book" it is a must read to anyone who is reading about Taoism and things a like. This book is the equivalent of "the celestine prophecy" of Taoism. 5/5
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