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The Map of the Qigong and T'ai Chi Universe (part 2)
By Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD: It is estimated that there are 10,000 various methods of Qigong (Chi Kung), including many forms of T'ai Chi (Taiji). There are forms named for nature--heaven, earth, the five elements (fire, earth, wind, water, wood). Many forms of Qigong focus on gathering Qi from trees, mountains, rivers and oceans. There are forms named after the immortals and myths as in Yellow Emperor Qigong, Laozi Qigong. Some are based on the insights of recent teachers. Others are historic developments with roots that lead to actual people and actual lineages. While it is not necessary to give an exhaustive catalog of the 10,000 forms, it is quite inspiring to explore a simple system for thinking about the kinds of Qigong.
Translating The Xi Sui Jing
By Kevin Siddons and Ying Liang: This will be the first of several articles about our authors' effort to translate Xi Sui Jing (Essence Cleansing Scripture) to English. Historically, copies of the Xi Sui Jing are thought to have been lost, but they found a copy of it contained within another document they were translating. It is a significant contribution to the growing practice of Qigong and other internal disciplines.
Everybody Wants Kungfu Fighting
By Prof. Jerry Alan Johnson, Ph.D., D.T.C.M (China): The discipline of Chinese kungfu training has a long, ancient history; which is full of meaningful rituals and martial arts protocols, sometimes lost today among modern kungfu practitioners. This is quite unfortunate, because nothing in Chinese martial arts ever exists without a specific reason, or a special application. However, if understood and sincerely applied, these important martial arts courtesies will often open many closed doors; and provide a way for the beginning student to receive deeper, more advanced training.
English Translation of the Taijiquan Lun
By Yonatan Vexler: The Taijiquan Lun is a short composition about the theory and practice of the traditional Chinese martial art known as taijiquan. Within the English-speaking community of enthusiasts, this text is sometimes referred to as the Taijiquan Treatise. Throughout the generations, this treatise has been a core pillar of the tradition. Even today, all around China, students learning taijiquan are directed by their masters and their instructors to memorize and recite the Taijiquan Lun. It is one of the few ancient traditions passed down to this day... the one that the martial art, with all its many variations, is based on.
Departments include "Women & the Dao--Why Do Women Practice Differently?" by Sharon Smith; "Gold Has A Value; Jade Is Invaluable"; "Treat Your Kidneys Well" by Morakot Piyakesin; "Ancestral Cavity (Zu Ziao)" by Adrian Chan-Wyles, Ph.D., as well as our typical news and cultural tidbits.
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