Introduction to Qigong
The Buddhist Master Bodhidharma, an Indian Prince before his renunciation, went to the Shaolin Monastery 1500 years ago and meditated in solitude for nine years. At the end of his retreat, he taught several systems of Qigong (Energy Yoga) to the monks at the Shaolin Monastery so that their constitution was fortified, to give rise to heightened vitality, for Dharma practice. These Qigong systems include ‘Yi Gin Ching’ – Sinews Changing Classics – which strengthened the health of the monks and empowered their physique, and ‘Shii Soei Ching’ – the Marrow Washing Classics – which deals with qi cleansing, marrow rejuvenation, and the fusion of energy for enlightenment. Pathgate.org
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- How does Qi travel within the Human Body?
- How can Qi be disruptive to Health and Harmony?
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- What is the Relationship between Nature and Qi?
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A major theme in Buddhist Mindfulness practice is insight into impermanence. There is a deep link between the experience of impermanence in Mindfulness and the Taoist concept of Qi (Chi) as used in East Asian medicine and martial arts. In a sense, they approach the same phenomenon from opposite yet complimentary points of view. In Mindfulness practice, we simply pay attention to ordinary experiences: mental images, internal talk, physical and emotional body sensations. As the result of this, it sometimes happens that ordinary experiences become extraordinary. Thoughts and sensations break up into a flowing energy that expands, contracts, undulates and vibrates.
Qigong (and Inner Alchemy) practice starts from the other end. It involves exercises that activate the experience of flowing energy. To combine the two practices, then, is to invoke the best of both worlds. The Buddhist Mindfulness training increases our awareness skills, allowing us to detect the energy/vibratory nature underlying ordinary experience. On the other hand, the Qigong subtly activates that energy – and since we have the magnifying glass of mindfulness we’re able to better detect that subtle activation.
In Chinese medicine, health is associated with a smooth, abundant and balanced flow of qi through the meridians. Dis-ease, on the other hand, appears when there is a deficiency, stagnation or imbalance of this flow of Qi. Qigong practice works to supplement energetic deficiencies, as well as to move stagnation and create a harmonious flow of life-force through our body-mind’s channels of awareness (meridians). Since Mindfulness trains us to open to – rather than congeal around – internal mind/body experience, it perfectly compliments and deepens these processes initiated by Qigong practice. The combination of these Buddhist and Taoist practices therefore amplifies the potential for profound healing and insight into our True Nature.
Qigong (pronounced “chee-gung,”) is translated from the Chinese to mean “energy cultivation” or “working with the life energy.” Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations. Its techniques are designed to improve and enhance the body’s qi. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, Qi is the fundamental life energy responsible for health and vitality.
In Chinese thought, qi, or chi, is the fundamental life energy of the universe. It is invisible but present in air, water, food and sunlight. In the body, qi is the unseen vital force that sustains life. We are all born with inherited amounts of qi, and we also get acquired qi from the food we eat and the air we breathe. In qigong, the breath is believed to account for the largest quantity of acquired qi, because the body uses air more than any other substance. The balance of our physical, mental, and emotional levels also affect qi levels in the body. Continue reading ☯ Buddhism and Qigong
If the mind becomes absorbed in the Heart, the ego or ‘I’, which is the center of the multitude of thoughts finally vanishes and pure Consciousness or Self which subsists during all the states of the mind, alone remains resplendent. ~Ramana Maharshi
“When you discover the Here which is beyond geography and the Now which is beyond time, then you are reintroduced to your own freedom. You become so empty that you can accommodate the presence of God.” – Mooji
The life force and the mind are operating, but the mind will tempt you to believe that it is “you.” Therefore, understand always that you are the timeless, spaceless witness. And even if the mind tells you that you are the one who is acting, don’t believe the mind. Always keep your identity separate from that which is doing the working, thinking and talking. That which has happened—that is, the apparatus which is functioning—has come upon your original essence, but you are not that apparatus. This is to be firmly kept in mind. ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
There’s a mantra at the end of (The Heart Sutra)
It is called “The Mantra which Calms All Suffering” …
“Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha!“
What does it mean?
It has been translated in many ways …
One of the beautiful ways is a commentary extracted from “The Heart of Understanding” by Thich Nhat Hanh, He says:
“Through mindfulness we experience “Inter-being” which means everything is in everything else. Therefore, one should know that Perfect Understanding is a great mantra, is the highest mantra, is the unequaled mantra, the destroyer of all suffering, the incorruptible truth.”
Other interpretations include but are not limited to:
- Going, going on beyond, always going on beyond, always becoming Buddha.
- Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond. Oh what an awakening! All hail!
- Gone, gone, gone beyond altogether beyond, Awakening, fulfilled!
- Gone, gone, gone to the Other Shore, attained the Other Shore having never left.
- Gone, gone, totally gone, totally completely gone, enlightened, so be it.
- “Oh, you have done! You have done! You have completely crossed the margin. This is Enlightenment! Congratulations!”
- “Homage to the Awakened Mind which has crossed over to the other shore – which has gone altogether beyond freed from suffering”
- Gone … Gone Beyond Which has gone altogether beyond, Freed from Suffering … or What an Awakening!
((((((((((((“Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha!”))))))))))))
See Also: Lama Dondrop Dorje’s Heart Sutra Demonstration