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About the Author

Dr. Steven Liu is the fourteenth Master of the Dragon Gate School of Taoism-centered on inducing the spontaneous and free flow of chi and the development of numerous Taoist art forms, including meditation, martial arts, dream yoga, feng shui, and the five Taoist Arts.
Jonathan Blank is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and creative technologist. He has spent over 25 years studying high-level martial arts, meditation, Eastern philosophy and esoteric metaphysical practices with many remarkable teachers in the US, Asia and Europe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585428434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428434
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sonny Boy on September 23, 2012
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As someone who's been exposed to Quanzhen Taoism and Qigong for a few years (as a student/practitioner of Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine), I've felt that this book is not only a great introduction to Taoist alchemy, but it helps the intermediate student as well. It's very easy to read and easy to understand, and the exercises given are explained very well. What a wonderful book!!!
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ralph E Stevens on April 23, 2011
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I have applied a 5-star rating for this book because it deserves it. The book was well researched, written, organized and executed and I came away from reading it with wonderful exercises and a new vision that will stay with me forever. I had always been peripherally aware of Taoism with a vague interest in exploring its mysteries and all that it may have to offer me. I feel that "Secrets of Dragon Gate" was the perfect book for introducing me to this philosophical way of life. It is loaded with anecdotes, clear explanations and basic exercises organized into a step-by-step format that takes the reader from a basic background and understanding in Tao to a gradual life-changing conclusion. The powerful, yet humble wisdom of Tao is not only tangible but can be incorporated into my life now through simple exercises and through memorable anecdotes like... "It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized" Mr. Blank and Dr. Liu have written a lucid book that entertains and enlightens. I have always believed that it is not enough to simply read and intellectually relate to a profound philosophy but, there needs to be some sort of mechanism and/or exercise that one can unitize to transform the wisdom and knowledge from the cerebral to the practical. In other words, to put concepts into motion and to see it really make a difference in your world - to live a more mindful life and to get closer to the goal of achieving your life's fullest potential. The Secrets of Dragon Gate is all about that. I feel fortunate to have read this book by way of recommendation and hope that this review has encouraged others to read it and to recommend it as well - The more people that follow the path of Tao the better off this world will be.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By xman on May 12, 2012
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After having read some more in-depth, yet both practical accessible to beginner Taoist or Nei Gong works, this book seems shallow...

For example, some of the "Keys" are breathing deeply and gently, drinking enough water,...etc...

There are fairly good number of basic exercises, that I give them credit for...but they are described in a few pages...From what I have seen in other books, there are enough nuances that are significant, that describing them with a few blocks of text and a few simplistic diagrams is not nearly enough..

This book is lightly better than Internal Martial Arts Nei-gong: Cultivating ...
Bill Bodri

I reccomend these authors: Mantak Chia, B.K. Frantzis, Wong Kew Kit, Damo Mitchell, C.K. Chu. God, do I appreciate those authors now more than ever...
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Colby Devitt on April 6, 2011
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When I think about the depth and scope of what I learned from this book I'm amazed, because it's such an easy, fun read. I suppose my experience of reading the book mirrors the spirit of the teaching it elucidates - that powerful Taoist secrets are simple, clear, in harmony with nature, and enjoyable to practice. The book gives an excellent overview of the Dragon Gate tradition. It's part of the reason why I think it will become a classic, because I know of nowhere else where this teaching is so well described. It is also full of great exercises for how to apply these Dragon Gate secrets, including tips for healthy living, sexual yoga, dream yoga and raising your energy level. The book is well illustrated and contains beautiful calligraphy. It's a jewel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.R. Getches on March 17, 2011
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I have read a great deal of "new age" literature. "Secrets of Dragon Gate" is a compelling and engaging description of a fascinating form of Taoism. I have read few non-fiction books that are so difficult to put down. It's a practical and well written guide to a secret spiritual tradition that few in the western world have discovered. The exercises are powerful, but easy to do - even the ones for dream yoga and sex yoga. The illustrations are clear and helpful. I highly recommend this book to those interested in Taoism and those seeking more enjoyment and fulfillment from their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By manofshine on June 5, 2012
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After reading this book it gave me an insight that I have not had before. The depth in which Mr Blank and Dr. Liu get into Taoism are truly amazing. I have not read a book that has opened my eyes like this that was so enjoyable and simple to read and understand in a long time. One will gain quite a bit more than expected from this read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon on May 17, 2011
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I highly recommend this book. It is so rare to encounter information that is both so new and so useful. The practices, concepts and philosophy in this book are at once extremely accessible and highly intellectual. Use these concepts or simply read about them and your life will be enriched - maybe a little, probably a lot.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Missbfc on March 17, 2011
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Finally a book that is accessible, insightful and a truly great read. So often these books become overly heady and intellectual. I love the way it reads. I can pick it up anytime for 5 minutes or 5 hours.
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