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Lineages of Chinese Alchemy Schools

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     There are 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 Shaoyang School.

     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 reality  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.

     The lineage of the Shaoyang School was passed on from Lao-tzu  Wang Xuanfu   Zhong Liquan   Lu Dongbin . And from Lu Dongbin blossomed into the many Taoist Schools of the North and South sect.
     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 is 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.
     Besides these, there are also the East, West and Middle Schools, the Wuliu School , Sanfeng School (founded by Zhang Sanfeng), Qingcheng School . These are the major Taoist Schools of Chinese alchemy.
References:
The Taoist Alchemy Schools Origin and Development Chart  by Wang Zhengzhi of the Huanglong Elixir School  (in Chinese BIG5)
Taoist Alchemy Philosophy  by Zhi-Ren Kuang (in Chinese BIG5)

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