His Holiness the Dalai Lama is to visit London in May 1999.
Tickets for his Holiness the Dalai Lama's three day teachings in London in May 1999 have already sold out four months ahead of the event. The London based Tibet House Trust has invited his Holiness the Dalai Lama to give a two and a half day teaching called Transforming the Mind at Wembley Conference Centre, as well as a public talk called Ethics for the New Millennium at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
forming the Mind is perhaps the most important text from the genre of Tibetan spiritual writings. It was written in the 11th century. This short work has exerted a powerful influence on the ways of thinking of the Tibetan people.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will arrive in London from Brussels on the 7th of May. During his visit his latest book, Ancient Wisdom, Modern World Ethics for a New Millennium will be launched.
At the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, his Holiness will deliver the 10th Lambeth Interfaith Lecture at the Lambeth Palace in London on the 11th of May.
He will also consecrate a new eight foot tall statue of Buddha at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in South London and open the Tibetan Peace Garden adjacent to the Imperial War Museum.
Finding the Way Back Home
This is not an easy letter for me to write in more ways than one, but having read your editorial about respect for our teachers, and the Wu Deh code on page 46 in the latest Qi Magazine, I felt I had to.
Last year my hospital consultant persuaded me to try a new course of treatment for my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) I didn't have much hope that it would work, and in order to prove the point I did a very stupid thing. I am ashamed to say that I stoped doing my Qigong exercises. I did this because I knew that it was Qigong that was keeping me going and didn't want this new treatment to get any of the credit. Of course, you can guess what happened -I had a relapse. As a result, I have had to take early retirement from work. To be honest, that may have happened anyway, as I have only been well enough to work part-time for the last couple of years, even with my daily Qigong, and my employers were looking to cut down on staff. I am still much better than when
I first came to see you, but I now have a big hill to climb to get back to where my health was.
I have now stopped the treatment and have started practising my exercises again. However, each day as I do them and I feel the Qi starting to flow again, I feel so guilty to have treated the wonderful gift you have taught me so badly and been disloyal. Ever since I first came to you I have had the utmost respect for you both as a person, a teacher and for your skill. And even when I was not actually doing the exercises myself, I would encourage others to try Qigong as I still strongly believed in it. I have, I believe, always spoken well of you, but having given me so much, and I wanted to confess my foolishness. Yours sincerely, DR, London
I am always happy to see my students come back to me if they have been away for awhile. Sometimes we do things which seem right at the time but in looking back, we realise it may have been better to have done something different. The best is to not look back but look forward and keep trying to do better everyday. Keep practising and I know you will start feeling better soon. Yours sincerely, M.T.
I have been studying qigong for about 9 months using your book. I do all of the routines daily and never miss a day. I am a breast cancer patient and now appear to be in total remission and am feeling wonderful. I want to go further in my studies and become an instructor so that I may help others. sincerely B.D, Maine
I am very gald to hear that you are recovering well.
Qigong can help many different problems. The main thing is regular practise, then you will get the most benefit.
Thank you for your email, I hope it will inspire all our readers!. M.T.
New Music from New
This Summer New World Music have will be launching a series of music for the Mind, Body & Soul. The series includes titles such as Tai Chi, Feng Shui, Yoga, Reiki and Shiatsu with future releases planned.
The sleeve notes produced for these recordings include background information on each subject by the professional practitioner or teacher, suggested reading and details of contact for related organisations. The recording itself serves not only as an accompaniment to the practice but also as music for pure relaxation (RRP CD £12/MC £7.95 + £1.95 p+p).
Contact New World Music, The Barn, Becks Green, St Andrews, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8NB. Tel 01986 781 645. Email [email protected] pipex com
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The spiral is one of the unique attributes of Chen Taijiquan. It is perhaps the key innovation that Chen Wangtingmade when he developed the Chen family Taijiquan.
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What is a Spiral ?
Chen Wangting's other innovations include: the incorporation of Daoyin (a Taoist method of circulating Qi through body movements) and Tuna (a deep breathing exercise from the Taoist traditions), the development of push hands and the use of yin yang strategy. However, it is the spiral that co-ordinates everything else to become the unifying principle of Chen Taijiquan. It is the symbol of Chen Wangting's genius.
Chen Wangting was the ninth generation ancestor of the Chen family and he was a soldier at the end of the Ming Dynasty. In 'The Annals of Wen County' Chen Wangting is mentioned as the chief of the civil troops in 1661. After the downfall of the Ming Dynasty Chen Wangting is believed to have retired from public life and studied Taoism. This is shown in part of a poem he wrote near the end of his life:
'Recalling past years, how bravely I fought to wipe out enemy troops, and what risks I went through! All the favours bestowed on me are now in vain! Now old and feeble, I am accompanied only by the book of Huang Ting. Life consists in creating actions of boxing when feeling depressed, doing field work when the season comes, and spending the leisure time teaching disciples and children so that they can be worthy members of society."
The great achievement of Chen Wangting was to make his Taijiquan a complete system with a unified logic. The
system incorporated the best martial practices of his day, traditional Chinese medical theory, as well as Taoist theories and principles.
The spiral movements of Chen Taijiquan are graceful to watch. They not only symbolise, but literally embody the movement of yin to yang and yang back to yin. The way that the spirals connect with each other combines elegantly with jingluo theory (the theory of the meridians) to increase the transportation of Qi around the body with particular emphasis on the ren, du, dai and chong channels.
Although the spiral movements occur throughout the Chen system the way that they use the various channels to transport Qi is most clearly seen in the Chan Si Gong or Silk Reeling exercises. The effect of transporting Qi in this way is to build up the body and enable the explosive other the two kidneys are alternately tightened and loosened encouraging the Qi to flow. The Qi is collected in the lower Dantien area and then pressed throughout the body by rotating the Dantien and twisting the waist. When the waist is twisted correctly the spine becomes an internal spiral. The twisting motion of the spine is extended outwards along the limbs pushing Qi to the extremities of the fingers and toes and then allowing it to return to the Dantien.
Using the spine in this way relates to the Daoyin practices which traditionally used back bending exercises to squeeze the Qi about the body. The adaptation of Tuna - deep breathing exercises from Taoist and medical traditions - was also important. They utilise abdominal breathing for relaxation, health preservation and increased circulation of Qi. For Chen Wangting the Tuna breathing meant on the one hand that the Taijiquan practitioner's body would be helped to relax and on the other
When the waist is twisted correctly the spine becomes an internal spiral."
delivery of force. With this innovation Chen Wangting not only used traditional Chinese medical theory but advanced it in the development of his Taijiquan.
The spiral movements of Chen Taijiquan alternately open and close, expand and contract. They switch from full to empty, soft to hard and slow to fast. These combinations of movements greatly facilitate the transportation of Qi around the body. By constantly twisting one way and then the that an increased volume of Qi would be available in the Dantien for circulation to other parts of the body.
The innovation of combining these techniques with martial arts allowed Taijiquan to develop into a complete system of exercises, which are both a powerful martial art and have the effect of preserving health. In Chen Taijiquan inner and outer movements are fully co-ordinated, or as Chen Wangting put it "practising a breath inwardly, and the muscles, bone and skin outwardly". Using the spiral, movements, breathing and consciousness are subtly combined together^
by Glenn Gossling Glenn can be contacted on glenn @qimagazine. com
In the previous two issues, I have explained the basic theory ofTCM relating to the treatment of cancer This included the differentiation between different types of breast cancer and two of the most commonly used Chinese herbal patents in the treatment of cancer
In this article, I would like to present two case studies to my readers:
CANCER & TCM
Case 1: "cancer is curable"
This is about a gentleman who is 50 years old. He first visited me in February 1994. At the time he had bad stomach cancer (diagnosed 2 years previously) and he had an operation 1 year ago. One month after surgery, it was found that the cancer had transferred to his liver. Examination by scan confirmed that there were over twenty tumours, the larger ones measuring up to 30mm. The gentleman was very wary and depressed, had back pain in the liver area, was very tired, did not sleep well, had no appetite, had constipation and severe night sweats. He had very red lips and a red tongue with no coating on it; his pulse was weak and rapid. Doctors only gave him six months to live.
I prescribed two weeks of Chinese herbal medicine, mainly to detoxify the liver heat (Ban Bian Lian, Ban Zhi Lian etc), to soothe the liver Qi (Chuan Lian Zi, Fu Shou Gan etc), to nourish the liver Tin (Tian Hua Feng, Sheng Di Huang etc), to strengthen the immune system (Ling Zi, Ren Shen etc).
After two weeks he felt less depressed and was sleeping better. He had started chemotherapy treatment and was feeling sick and had a poor appetite. On the same prescription, I added Shang Zha and Bai Zhu to improve digestion.
When he came to see me three weeks later, he said he was generally feeling well, the sickness had gone, he was not sweating at night, had more energy and there was no feeling of discomfort in the liver and stomach area.
After taking the above Chinese herbs for three months, a further scan showed that the tumour was shrinking. He continued the treatment for another three months and remained feeling generally well, with a healthy and bright complexion. Five years later, he is now living a normal, happy life and enjoys walking a few miles every day.
Apart from taking Chinese medicine, cancer patients should avoid taking anything too greasy which can easily cause dampness, such as cheese, chocolate and lamb. They should drink fresh green Chinese tea (Sang
Cha), instead of normal brown tea and coffee.
Sang Cha is a famous green tea, the main ingredient being Sang Ye - the mulberry leaf. The book by Dr Shizen Li (Ben Cao Gan Mu), states that "Mulberry leaf can be drunk long term. It cleanses the body, is good for health and anti-ageing; it is called magic leaf'.
"Chinese herbal medicine can prolong cancer patient's life and relieve the distress"
A lady, 56 years old, suffered from left breast cancer for five years. She first visited my clinic in July 1994. At the time, her left breast and arm were very swollen and purple in colour. There were three large tumours in her left breast. She was in a lot of pain, could not sleep, was extremely tired and unable to walk unaided. She had no appetite, constipation and a dark complexion. Doctors told her family she had less than five months to live.
I prescribed the following herbal powder:
Ling Zhi, Ren Shen, Dong Chong Xia Cao, Li Zi He, Bai Shao Yao, Dan Shen, Han Lian Cao, Wang Bu Liu Xiang, Yi Yi Ren, Fu Shen, Lei Fu Zi, Chuan Lian Zi.
After two weeks of taking the above herbal powder her left breast and arm were a lot less painful, the lumps were becoming softer and she was able to sleep better. After continuing the treatment for two months, she had a lot more energy, her complexion looked healthier and she was able to go out for walks and breathe fresh air.
Due to the travelling distance involved, her son came to get the Chinese herbal medicine on a regular basis. He said "Mum likes to take it because when she takes it she feels confident. One day , she had a dream that the cancer fell off her body after taking Chinese herbs". Three years later, her friend came to tell me that one day she invited her friend for tea. When she was sitting with
her friend and drinking tea, she died peacefully with a smile on her face and without any pain.
This case study shows that Chinese herbal medicine helped this patient in her fight against cancer, relived her distress and prolonged her life ^
by Dr. Shulan Tang For further informationplease contact Dr Shulan Tangat Shulan Clinic, 5-Sandy Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8TN. Tel: 0161 881 8576.
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Qigong is the study of energy in the universe and our relationship with it. It is a form of meditation which seeks to make us aware of our bodies and how they are affected by internal and external forces. Qigong also teaches us to listen to our body and its messages and then provides techniques to help insure that we remain in a balanced condition.
Qigong igong meditation as a study is on an evolutionary journey. In ancient Itimes Qigong was a closely guarded "secret". Teachings were confined Ito inner sanctums of monasteries, passed from father to child or teacher 'to disciple and so forth. Today there is an ever-increasing supply of books and information on the subject and people are studying Qigong i, self-fulfilment, spiritual goals, to become healers, and the list goes on. Qigong is emerging as a well-respected tool in the increasing array of techniques available to assist wellness; it is also becoming an important part of integrative medicine (the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medicine). I welcome this new found acceptance of a very old friend. The current interest in Qigong has provided wide spread interest and an expanded student base. The increased focus and attention must, over time, result in advancement in Qigong techniques through increased interest in Qigong as a field of study, a science and an art.
In ancient times the search for a wellness elixir began through the search for a magic elixir, herb or pill which, when consumed, would insure health and longevity. However as time passed, it was discovered that an elixir could not be found in an external process or product, rather it was concluded that the elixir could only be found within. It was realised that each person contains a personal internal elixir that can be \ "V identified, strengthened, balanced and used to create wellness and increase longevity. Qigong meditation is one of the best methods of accessing our internal elixir and helping us to identify our personal internal strengths. Through Qigong's ability to link the Qi and the mind, a person can learn to guide the body to turn to wellness and longevity.
The Qigong meditative practice, like all studies, has progressive levels of execution and understanding. When a person begins Qigong practice they first learn what the energy is, how it flows in the body, how to access the energy and connect the mind and Qi and so forth, in order to produce balance. At the intermediate level the student e e expands this knowledge and continues to learn to lead and focus the energy throughout the body. At advanced levels j students' attention often turns to higher level physical and spiritual goals. I believe that all students should begin at the beginning, progress slowly and proceed step by step through advancement in Qigong study at a pace appropriate for them. A teacher is needed and should be the critical guide on this journey. Generally Qigong exercises move from the general to the specific, that is in the initial practice larger areas and more general approaches to the energy are learned. As experience is gained through practice the student then is able to focus on more specific energy(ies), areas, circulations and goals.
The broad phases of Qigong study are often defined in terms of the three treasures. The three treasures simply defined are Jing/ essence, also related to sexual energy; Qi/vitality; and Shen/ spirit. Each of these exists in the prenatal (that with which a person was born) state and the acquired (that which is obtained after birth) state. The process of nurturing and moving between the three treasures on their two states leads to the ultimate goal of meditation - the obtainment of the void, their return to nothingness: Jing (essence) becomes Qi
Qi (vitality) becomes Shen Shen (spirit) becomes nothingness (the void)
A person affects their prenatal and acquired Jing, Qi and Shen positively based in the choices they make in living their life. It is important therefore that we choose how we live wisely so as not to damage any of the three treasures.
Qigong at all levels directs attention to the nurturing of the three treasures. In addition through the progressive study of Qigong, a student works to move through the three transitions noted above. One stage should be successively achieved prior to moving to the next. Therefore students at the beginning levels first work on issues related to nurturing and balancing of Jing and Qi in terms of their prenatal and acquired states. Then as experience is gained as students move on to the more advanced levels of dealing with Qi and Shen and finally moving from Shen to nothingness. Further in moving through the process outlined above a person needs to take each step at a time (e.g. Jing becomes Qi) and insure that they are well and balanced at each stage prior to moving to the next.
Students generally begin Qigong study working with a meditative practice that allows them to work on issues related to Jing and Qi. It is primarily the beginning practice that will be discussed for the remainder of this article. Qigong practice can be considered to be a meditation on several levels. First as practices inXuan Ming Dao Qigong. Qigong as a whole is a meditation. In addition within the Qigong practice there are active (Yang) and passive (Yin) aspects. The Yin aspect can be thought of as a specific meditation segment within the total practice. On a larger scale, as Qigong becomes part of a person's life and accessible and usable in daily situations, the Qigong meditation becomes an ongoing method of establishing and maintaining balance throughout the day - or more appropriately Qigong becomes an approach to living. At this level life itself can be thought of as a meditation because the individual has come into harmony and balance with the universe and is therefore one with everything around them, adjusting and adapting naturally as needed.
In Xuan Ming Dao Qigong study, prior to beginning the Qigong practice, students strive to attain a level of relaxation, quiet and naturalness. This approach assists students in preparing for the practice by beginning to physically and mentally prepare themselves for the meditative practice session.
Relaxation means not being in a stressed or nervous condition. Many factors can prevent relaxation; for example, weakness or fatigue can prevent one from relaxing (since the mind has more difficulty controlling the body when one is fatigued). Three things are necessary to relax completely:
1) the mind and emotions must relax;
2) the joints of the whole body, especially the waist, the neck, and the shoulders, must relax;
3) the internal organs must relax.
Quiet can be thought of as a state which is peaceful, free from disturbance of noise, emotions, the mind's chatter and so forth. Three types of quiet can be considered: a quiet environment; and physical quiet of the body; and a quiet of the mind. Many practitioners pay attention to the environmental and mental quiet, ignoring the lack of physical quiet in the body. A serious practitioner must pay attention to all three kinds of quiet.
Naturalness is to be in our essential form, unaltered, not artificial, in harmony with nature and the environment. Four aspects of naturalness can be considered:
1) the surroundings must be natural;
2) the posture must be natural;
3) the breathing must be natural;
4) the thoughts (one's mind and mood) must be natural. During the practice of Qigong, everything has to be natural.
Human beings are an inseparable part of the universe, not distinct entities existing apart from nature. In practising Qigong, a person strives to become aware of and sensitive to this connection to the universe, to understand the relationship. The ultimate goal of Qigong practice is for the body, mind, spirit and universe to become one.
Developing this connection cannot be forced. It can only be achieved with patience, time and practice.
These preparations - relaxation, quiet and naturalness, A assist the practice, however they are achieved over time and while they are considered as a preparation for practice they continue to deepen during the course of the practice session.
After preparing the self, the Xuan Ming Dao Qigong practice begins with a mental wash. The wash brings water into the body and moves it through the body cleansing the organs. The wash helps to begin to organise the energy and achieve a deeper state of relaxation, quiet and naturalness.
After the wash a series of physical and/or mental exercises are completed (the more Yang stage of the exercise). Common mental images (sun, water, and so forth) are often used to assist the student in grasping the energies and movement patterns of the exercises. As a whole this phase of the practice is considered more Yang as compared to the meditative period which follows.
After the active (Yang) portion of the practice, the more passive or Yin meditation section of the practice begins. While the meditation is relatively still, this does not mean that nothing is happening during this process. In fact the still mediation is the time when the energy tonifies and adjusts the body. It is noted that at the beginning and intermediate levels the meditation focus is concentrated on the energy in the Dantien energy centre, located just below the navel area inside the body. At advanced levels the meditative focus can involve
When a person ends meditation must take the necessary time to re-acclimate themselves & allow themselves to reawaken "
additional energy centres and imagery. A variety of experiences can occur during meditation. Specific focuses, experiences and goals of the meditation depend on the level of the individual student. For example at early levels of study students often see various images in the meditation. A simple interpretation of images might be made by considering them in terms of 5 Element Theory:
Wood - Liver, Gallbladder, Deer, Green, Anger Fire - Heart, Small Intestine, Bird, Red, Joy Earth - Spleen, Stomach, Monkey, Yellow, Worry Metal - Lung, Large Intestine, Tiger, White, Sadness Water - Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Bear, Black (Blue/Purple), Fear.
Naturally in order to make specific interpretations of visualisation experiences in meditation it is best to interpret the individual student and their energy, but the above examples from 5 Element Theory are one approach that maybe useful in interpreting meditation visualisation experiences. For example seeing water might indicate a need for accessing of Kidney energy.
--to end the practice session. The close serves as the bridge between the deep quiet of the Qigong meditative practice and everyday activities. In meditation the focus and concentration are in the Dantien (or other energy centre). During this process the body becomes very still. It is important therefore that when a person ends meditation they take the necessary time to re-acclimate themselves to the environment and allow their body and senses to "reawaken" prior to returning to activity.
When learning Qigong exercises (i.e. meditation exercises) students should also learn theoretical and practical information designed to acquaint the student with important principles and ideas related to Qigong study. Understanding the process as well as executing it makes Qigong a richer study for students.
Qigong is an experience that must, to a large extent, be experienced individually. While a teacher is a useful and necessary guide, each student will find that Qigong is a personal path that requires patience, practice and discipline. It is similar to walking in the woods. The first time a person passes there is barely a disturbance in grass, but as each day passes and the person continues to move through the same area the path becomes more distinct, the road clearer and easier to travel. Students should not become frustrated if Qigong results are not immediate or quickly apparent; trust in the method and the path will lead to positive results as the Qigong road widens and becomes a tool for wellness and a positive aspect of everyday life g
By Huang Yu-Cheng, LAc Adapted to English by Laurie Manning and Robert Poile &photography by
About the Author: Huang Yu-Cheng, LAc. has a background that combines aspects ofboth traditional Chinese healing and Chinese Martial Arts. He is a 31st generation disciplefrom the Shaolin Temple in China, Qigong Advisor atthe South China University, NCCA certified in the US,asanauthorandlecturerinhisfieldandMasterofthe JingYingTai Qi Kung Fu Association in Stickie, IL. He istheauthorofChange The Picture, A Xuan Ming Dao Qigong Workbook (Level I & II), Think the Good Thing, A Xuan Ming Dao Qigong Workbook (Level III & IV), and other works and articles on Qigong and TCM. He can be contacted at POB 166851, Chicago, IL 60616-6851 or email at
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