basically two lineages: the Wenshi School and the Shaoyang School . Wenshi School is considered
highest but there are only very few practitioners of this lineage.
Most of the Taoist schools we know today are derived from the
According to the
famous 11th century immortal Zhang Sanfeng , the lineage of the Wenshi
School have been passed on from Lao-tzu Guan
Yinzi Li Huo,
the sack-clothed Chen Xiyi Fire Dragon, the man of
Zhang Sanfeng, who
is also famous as the founder of the inner school of Chinese
martial arts and Tai Chi
Chuan. Zhang Sanfeng had also
learned the Shaoyang School approach, so later on
Wenshi School became mixed with the Shaoyang
School. To my opinion, the original Wenshi School approach
should be that of the golden elixir.
lineage of the Shaoyang School was passed on from
Xuanfu Zhong Liquan Lu Dongbin . And from Lu Dongbin blossomed into the many
Taoist Schools of the North and South
The North sect is the Quanzhen School
founded by Wang Chongyang , with many
schools passed on by his seven disciples, and out of which the Longmen School
biggest (even nowadays).
The South sect
was from Lu Dongbin Liu Haichan Zhang Ziyang , who is being honoured as the
founder of the South sect.
these, there are also the East, West and Middle Schools, the
Wuliu School ,
(founded by Zhang Sanfeng), Qingcheng School . These are the major Taoist Schools of