Introduction – Heavenly Essence Qigong


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:

CEU Credits: Our programs are open to the general public as well as health-care professionals for their continued education. We are a approved CE Contact Hour provider for Registered Nurses for all our workshops. As a RN, you may submit your CE hours for any workshops you take with us no matter the course is listed for CEU hours or not since RN Board recognizes us as its provider.  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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Qi Dragon™ Qigong Formal Study Program does not certify a student to teach Heavenly Essence Qigong system. To be a Qi Dragon™ Certified Qigong instructor or Te Yi Medical Qigong Practitioner, you will need to take the Qi Dragon™ Qigong Certificate Program and the Qi Dragon™ Certified Qigong Instructor/Te Yi Practitioner Programs. For a list of our certified instructors, please check our Instructor Referral page.

Support Qi Dragon Qigong:
This special system is the legacy Liping’s teacher Grandmaster Zhang left behind for the benefit of the world.  Unfortunately all his books were not available in English and were originally only given to his disciples.  Qi Dragon carries the authentic transmission directly from Grandmaster Zhang and has been working diligently to translate and bring  Grandmaster’s original teachings to the west through Qi Dragon Qigong Formal Study Program and Qigong Certificate Program. To support Qi Dragon’s Translation Project and Teaching Project, please visit our Donate Page.

Qi Dragon® Qigong Virtue Cultivation Practice

Some of the known health benefiting effects of  Qigong:

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.

Bio of Main Instructor:

Liping Zhu L.Ac., founder of Qi Dragon Healing Center and gold medalist in the 1996 International Martial Arts Tournament, received her Qigong master level training in China and is a certified instructor. She has received direct transmission and is a disciple of both the Heavenly Essence Qigong lineage and Tai Yi Swimming Dragon Gong Sect.  Mrs. Zhu has more than 20 years of experience in teaching Taichi and Qigong. She is the Qigong Professor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2010, she became a Shuso in the Soto Zen tradition after a 10-year residency at the San Francisco Zen Center. Mrs. Zhu is an acupuncturist licensed in California and nationally and currently practices acupuncture, herbal medicine and Qigong healing in San Francisco.

Bio of Facilitator:

Philip Brown, Rolfer, a graduate of Qi Dragon Level 1, 2, 3 Certificate Program & Certified Level 1 Part I instructor


“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