What's in the Autumn 2022 Issue?

Shaolin Eighteen Lohan Palm Qigong

Neil Ripski

Shaolin 18 Lohan Palm is considered one of the Shaolin tradition's foundational practices alongside the muscle/tendon change and the bone marrow washing practice. The muscle/tendon changing practice requires a great deal of muscular power and energy while the bone marrow washing method is performed slowly and deals with intention and internal energy exclusively. The 18 Lohan Palm therefore is the balance point between the two practices. It is not a dangerous qigong unlike the other two nor is it necessary to have decades of deep training in other practices to understand it. By Neil Ripski

 Tian Zhaolin and Yang Taiji

Tian Zhaolin and Yang Taiji

The experience of k'un, i.e., the life changing experience of learning via painstaking, excruciating effort, conditioned all the inquiries of Luo Qin Shun, philosopher who lived 1465 to 1547 AD. Like the philosophical endeavors of friend and colleague philosopher, Wang Yang Ming, these slowly, painstakingly come to maturity only through the "one hundred deaths and one thousand sufferings". In a real sense, such also was the knowledge and experience surrounding early taiji boxing and the lives of Yang Luchan and his son Yang Jianhou and Jianhou's adopted son Tian Zhaolin. Translated by Tian Yun and Yuan Yongrong; Compilation & Edits by LeRoy Clark


Understanding Qigong from the 'Daodejing'

Understanding Qigong from the Daodejing

Did you know that Laozi's teaching in the Daodejing offers deep understanding about how to work with our Qi? Laozi tells us: "Flowing life energy and becoming supple, can you be like a newborn baby?" When Laozi mentions "flowing life energy"—he means turn around or circulate the Qi. "Can we circulate our life energy so much that we become like a baby." The Daodejing is full of hidden wisdom that can help us make the most of our Qigong and Taiji practice. Once we understand this wisdom, we'll know more about how we're built, where our Qi comes from, and what Laozi meant by becoming soft again. By Master Waysun Liao


LaoZi statueThe Five Organs:
Cosmic Dimensions of the Daoist Body

The five organs form an integral part of body and mind, which in Chinese understanding are different aspects of the same underlying flow of qi, often described as cosmic or vital energy. This is not a bounded substance or limited force that can be explained as a stable structure, but works continuously through relationships and correspondences. Qi is a process, and so are the organs as they function on the interface of body and mind, described less in terms of existing qualities and more through the way things function. By Livia Kohn


Ai Ping Tai Chi class

Departments include "Pulse Analysis in TCM—A Layman's Perspective" by Don M. Tow where he describes why a TCM doctor often ­performs a pulse diagnosis and what they can determine from the results. Mike ­Sigman shares "Jin as part of the Qi", where he examines the ­definition of jin in Chinese literature as "the physical manifestations of qi". Then "Living in Harmony with the Earth Brings Good Fortune: Working with the Five Elements" by Maureen K. Calamia explains the five elements or phases known as WuXing. Brian Anderson describes five basic benefits of studying taijiquan as he shares "5 Practical Health Benefits of Taiji".

I hope you enjoy this, our 127th consecutive issue of Qi Journal.