Heavenly Essence Qigong® System


Heavenly Secrets Diagram by Grandmaster Zhang

Qigong (Chi Kung), widely known for its healing effects and spiritual empowerment, combines movement, meditation, and breathing to regulate and enhance the flow of the body’s vital energy, improve blood circulation, strengthen the immune system, and calm the mind. Its primary goal is to achieve better health, promote healing for self and others or life preservation. Its highest goal is to realize the spiritual enlightenment or immortality and achieve the “complete emancipation of body and mind”.

Heavenly Essence Qigong® (HEQ) is the main part of Qi Dragon® Life Preservation and Dao Cultivation Training Program, a training program for carrying on Grandmaster Zhang’s authentic teachings that covers many different aspects of Qigong including the mind training, breath training, a full range of Te Yi Medical Qigong training and a unique Internal Alchemy (Nei Dan ) training refined and simplified from many traditional Buddhist and Daoist essential practices. It is one of the most comprehensive Qigong training programs available.

Heavenly Essence Qigong® was developed by Grandmaster Zhang in 1987 in China and brought to the west by Master Liping Zhu. It integrates the essence of the Daoist Qigong, Medical Qigong, Buddhist Qigong, Martial Qigong and Confucian Qigong and is one of the most comprehensive Qigong systems available. It is well known for its powerful healing effects, comprehensive theories, easy-to-follow practices, successful life science experiments and enlightening spiritual cultivation methods. The system reveals some of the most esoteric Qigong cultivation methods through its easy-to-understand modern language and techniques and makes the orthodox traditions accessible to the general public. Heavenly Essence Qigong emphasizes In-the-world Cultivation Methods (入世修炼法) and inspires the dual cultivation of both the body and the mind (性命双修). Through the progressive formal study of the system students will learn how to expel sick Qi, nourish good Qi, project External Qi with dynamic Qigong exercises and perform Qi healing on self and on others with the Te Yi (Special Medicine) or Medical Qigong healing methods. The complete system also includes teachings on Daoist alchemical practices of Microcosmic Orbit (Xiao Zhou Tian), Macrocosmic Orbit (Da Zhou Tian), Embryonic Breathing (Tai Xi), Internal Elixir (Nei Dan) and Spiritual Enlightenment Meditation Methods.

Heavenly Essence Qigong® is one of the few Qigong training programs available that offers the thorough training of this most comprehensive and advanced Qigong system outside China. This systematic and advanced study of Heavenly Essence Qigong provides a rare opportunity to receive profound healing and authentic teachings.

Qi Dragon® Qigong Programs are different training programs for studying the life science through Qi Dragon’s different lineages but mainly through Grandmaster Zhang’s Heavenly Essence Qigong lineage. Heavenly Essence Qigong (HEQ) is a comprehensive Qigong system that covers many different aspects of Qigong such as the mind training, body training, breath training, a full range of Te Yi Medical Qigong training and a unique Internal Alchemy or Nei Dan training that are distilled from the traditional Buddhist, Daoist, Martial, Medical Qigong schools.

Qi Dragon® Life Preservation and Dao Cultivation Training Program now offers the following training programs:

  • Qi Dragon Heavenly Essence Qigong Training Programs

    • Heavenly Essence Qigong Formal Study Program: This program entails the full formal instructional courses of Heavenly Essence Qigong system Level 1-4 and its advanced teachings beyond levels. It is the progressive and complete study of this particular Qigong lineage from its beginning level, intermediate levels to its advanced levels.
      Level 1 Qigong Formal Study Program (click for online and live seminar details)
      Level 2 Qigong Formal Study Program
      Level 3 Qigong Formal Study Program
      Level 4 Qigong Formal Study Program
      Level 1-4 Comprehensive Guide: Zong Fu Dao
      Advanced Qigong Meditation Intensive: Jing Xiu
      Bi Gu (Qigong Fasting) (now is offered in Level 1&2 Certificate Program Retreat Training)
    • Heavenly Essence Qigong Certificate of Completion Program: This program is the intensive and comprehensive practice and study of the Qigong Formal Study Program Level 1 & Level 2. It is offered as a 9-day residential retreat for each level for the optimal immersion and healing experience.  This program alone does not certify a student to teach. The Certificate of Completion Program is the prerequisite training for the Certified Qigong Instructor Program and Certified Te Yi Medical Qigong Practitioner Program.

      This program is perfect for you if you:

      • Need more motivation and discipline in your Qigong practice
      • Want to deepen your knowledge of Qigong
      • Enjoy more intensive practice with the support of a Group Qi Field
      • Desire more guidance from an experienced and dedicated teacher
      • Aspire to become a Qi Dragon Certified Qigong Instructor or Te Yi Medical Qigong Practitioner

      Level 1 Qigong Certificate of Completion Program Retreat
      Prerequisite: Level 1 Qigong Formal Study Program

      Level 2 Qigong Certificate of Completion Program Retreat
      Prerequisite: Level 1 Qigong Certificate of Completion Program and Level 2 Qigong Formal Study Program

    • Qi Dragon Certified Qigong Instructor Program: This program gives the specific training on how to teach and certifies one to teach our Level 1 Part I, Part II and Part III Formal Study Program. The prerequisite for this training is the Level 1&2 Certificate Program and Level 3&4 Formal Study Program.
    • Qi Dragon Te Yi Medical Qigong Certification Program: This program certifies a student in Te Yi Medical Qigong professional practice. The prerequisite for this training is the Level 1&2 Certificate Program with the certificate of completion received.

Qi Dragon Full Teaching Schedule

Please check Class Schedule Pages periodically for an updated list of Qigong teachings or join our Newsletter to receive monthly updates. Find out our Class Schedule by month or by subject.

Qi Dragon Certified Qigong Instructor Referral List

Qi Dragon Certified Te Yi Medical Qigong Practitioner Referral List

CEU Credits: Our programs are open to the general public as well as health-care professionals as licensed acupuncturists for their continued education.  For a licensed acupuncturist, you need to make sure that the course is specifically listed as an approved CEU course. Upon approval, most of our Qigong for Health and Level 1-3 Qigong Formal Study Program and Level 1&2 Certificate Program workshops have CEU credits in Category I for Licensed Acupuncturists. Please check each workshop description to verify CEU availability and hours.

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Heavenly Essence Qigong Institute is a California granted 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission of preserving the original teachings of the Heavenly Essence Qigong lineage developed by Grandmaster Zhang, creating a community of health and spiritual awareness and wellness, reviving ancient Chinese culture, providing education on Heavenly Essence Qigong for life preservation and Te Yi Medical Qigong for healing .

Our initial stage of work is to translate many volumes of books used as the textbooks for different levels of students in training.
Please support us in our vision of benefiting the world. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

To make a donation, you can either send a check to Heavenly Essence Qigong Institute, 2831 E St, Eureka, CA95501 or use the Paypal button below.

Some of the known health benefiting effects of Qigong in general:

1. Improves Qi and Blood circulation and balance;
2. Strengthens digestive functions, sexual functions and endocrine system;
3. Revitalizes body function and slows down aging process;
4. Releases toxicity and stress, refreshes the mind and calms the spirit;
5. Stimulates potential body functions;
6. Develops sensitivity to Qi and promotes healing for self and others;
7. Enhances immune system and increases body’s natural healing ability;
8. Cultivates spiritual growth.


Heavenly Essence Qigong is not related to Essence Qigong.
Xiaoping Critchlow Lu, who registered ‘Essence Qigong Association’, is the trademark (U.S. Registration No. 4478674) holder of ‘Essence Qigong’.
Qi Dragon Healing Center, registered by Master Liping Zhu, is the trademark holder of ‘Heavenly Essence Qigong’. Essence Qigong Association is not related to or affiliated with Qi Dragon Healing Center.


“A truly deep, insightful and nourishing seminar! –Sarah H.”
“Liping is a master of the subject and a wonderful teacher! –Joseph S.”
“The best CEU course I have taken thus far. —Francis L.”
“One time health investment, Life time health benefit! –Rui, Z.”

“I personally have benefited from this workshop experience far beyond what I had imagined! Thank you! — Cherie K.”

“This program has been excellent not only just for the practice but for having 20 people with whom I can actually work with. We are all focusing as much as we can on this practice, watching each other grow, and helping each other filling in the blank spots in our understanding… just having a community.” —Darren H, computer programmer

It is such a rare opportunity in life to come across a teacher like Liping. She is so inspiring and amazing in so many ways and really loves this practice. Liping keeps us all motivated. It is such a special opportunity to be able to study under someone like her. Heavenly Essence Qi Gong is a really amazing practice and I am so thankful that she has created the certificate program to allow all of us to deepen our study and heal friends, our family and ourselves. I am very grateful for this.” —Maya M, 2nd year acupuncture student

“It has been a wonderful program for me and if you have a Qi Gong practice already and are interested to deepen it more, I would strongly encourage you to join this program. If you are novice to Qi Gong and are interested in it and are willing to make the kind commitment it requires, I think it is a great program. We have a wonderful wonderful teacher. I am extremely thankful and have a lot of gratitude for Liping for bringing this style here, for translating all the work that she has done with the students, and with all the materials she provides. It is a fantastic program. I can’t speak highly enough about it….” —Andy L, licensed acupuncturist

“… as a cancer survivor in my late teens, followed by clinical depression in my 20s and 30s, I have always searched for some kind of practice that would make my life a little better. After I moved to the US and met Liping, I learned a great deal about myself and how I could grow spiritually. Thanks to the certificate program now I have tools that I can use to help others the same way they help me to recover. For that I am very grateful. Thank you Liping.” —Valerie B, accounting professional

“Being in this program for me was like opening a different and exciting world and, so far, I can say that it brought me more discipline in my life and I was able to create an almost regular practice. It made me appreciate what a good teacher Liping is. So it is really great and I am thankful.” —Marie H, Yoga teacher

“I really enjoy the continuity of having these workshops monthly and the way they are deepening the teachings, getting more a regular practice as well as going really more in depth. I appreciate the program and I think it is really really a valuable experience. I recommend it.” –Sarah H, Licensed acupuncturist

“It has been very very helpful for me to establish a regular practice and also the amount of knowledge that I have gotten through this program has been tremendous. I can’t say enough good things about it. It has been very very beneficial to me and I hope this will carry on in my life.” —Philip B, certified rolfer

“…I was more than thrilled to find out about the certificate program. Health wise, I got a lot better, but more importantly; by just being able to deepen my practice I realized that this particular method of Qi Gong is completely comprehensive and extremely deep. If you are interested at all in that, I would strongly suggest that you try it.” —Graham L, 3rd year acupuncture student

“…I have done Liping’s workshops before but, with a group effort and commitment, I feel we have all explored content that we are familiar with in great new ways.. I think it is the most regular my practice has ever been because of the group and the support of everybody, and I really encourage people who are interested to check it out.” —Doug M, a proud Dad and Zen practitioner

“..I come to the workshop to recuperate from stress and to soak in the good Qi. Plus, there’s always new information to be learned. More importantly, it’s because Liping is an amazing teacher and healer. Her teaching is authentic. Do I want to become a Qigong Instructor or a Medical Qigong Practitioner? Perhaps. But ultimately, I want to deepen my practice and improve my health.” —Chi N, office manager