Shaolin Qi Gong

Shaolin Qi Gong

Energy in Motion

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Authentic qi gong as practiced in the Shaolin Temple where this discipline originated centuries ago

• Reveals the fundamental spiritual principles and includes both a short and long form of the daily exercises

• Explains the benefits of mastering energy in the body, such as organ strengthening

• Includes a 53-minute DVD of exercises performed by the author, a Shaolin monk

The great teacher Bodhidharma is credited with the creation of Shaolin Temple qi gong and kung fu in the 6th century CE. Motivated by the terrible physical condition of the monks who spent all their time meditating or copying scrolls, his two-part system promoted physical as well as spiritual fitness and became the basis for all the martial and meditative arts taught in the Shaolin Temple. These ancient practices increase physical health and vitality, enhance creativity, and can be practiced well into old age.

Author Shi Xinggui, a Shaolin monk, explains the fundamental principle of qi gong--the art of mastering energy (qi) and moving it through the body--and provides clear demonstrations of all the positions and movements. In order to develop qi attentively, it is necessary to cultivate the art of slowness in both movement and breathwork. Shi Xinggui provides both a short form and a long form of the daily exercises, with lessons on heart centering, organ strengthening, and balancing the energy using the three dantians--the three energy centers of the body. A 53-minute DVD of the exercises performed by the author is also included.
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  • Destiny Books | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594772641 | 
  • November 2008
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FROM PART 1

The Eternal Lightness of Being The Essence of Qi Gong


The concept “Qi Gong” (pronounced Chi Gung) is expressed by two Chinese characters:

Qi = life energy

Gong = work

Qi Gong therefore logically means work with life energy, which is known as Qi in China, Prana in India, Odem in some areas of the West, and often simply “energy” in modern language.

According to the Chinese conception, there is a cosmic intelligence living in the Qi. It lives in all things that exist naturally--humans, animals, plants, and minerals. Only its form of vibration changes depending on the... see more

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