PATH OF DAOIST QIGONG


THE PATH OF DAOIST QIGONG

from the

Primordial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen)

Standing Qigong (Yiquan Zhangzhuan)

 

With Eva Wong,

offered exclusively at or under the auspices of Shambhala Centers

 

THE NINE STAGE PATH OF DAOIST QIGONG

 

This page contains the overview of the path of Daoist Qigong. Below you will find a description of the various stages of the path. The diagram explains how these stages are connected.

  

THE BEGINNING STAGES 

LEVEL 1

  • Talk: The Xiantianwujimen and Yiquan Qigong Lineages
  • Introduction to Xiantianwujimen and Yiquan Zhangzhuan
  • No prerequisites

LEVEL 2

  • Talk: The Triplex Unity and the Energetic Map of the Body
  • The Nine Self-Massage System
  • Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing System
  • Prerequisite: Level 1

LEVEL 3

  • Talk: The Gourd and the Cauldron - The Interactive Influences Between Chinese Medicine and Taoism
  • Hua Tu's Animal Forms
  • Begin Immortal's Guide to Self-Massage and Breath Regulation
  • Begin Red Phoenix Calisthenics
  • Continue with Yiquan Zhangzhuan
  • Prerequisite: Level 2

LEVEL 4

  • Talk: The Taoist Path of the Dual Cultivation of Body and Mind - The Union of Xiantianwujimen, Yiquan, and Wudang Shan Lineages
  • Begin Wudang Five Animals Form
  • Continue with Immortal's Guide to Self-Massage and Breath Regulation
  • Continue with Red Phoenix Calisthenics
  • Complete Yiquan Zhangzhuan
  • Prerequisite: Level 3

LEVEL 5

  • Talk: External and Internal Strengthening in Taoist Internal Alchemy
  • Complete Wudang Five Animals Form
  • Complete Immortal's Guide to Self-Massage and Breath Regulation
  • Complete Red Phoenix Calisthenics
  • Prerequisite: Level 4

THE INTERMEDIATE STAGES

  • Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive
  • Animal Forms Intensive
  • Breath Regulation Intensive
  • Standing Qigong Intensive
  • Wudang Shan Animals Long Form Intensive
  • LEVEL 6

Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive

  • Talk: The Warrior Qigong Lineage and Practice
  • The Eight Basic Wudang Warrior Qigong Forms
  • Special focus on tendon-changing and marrow-washing forms in the Twelve Devas, Hua Tu's Five Animals, Immortal's Guide to Self-Massage and Breath Regulation, Red Phoenix Calisthenics, and Wudang Five Animals Forms
  • Prerequisite: Levels 1 through 5
  • This is a prerequisite for Level 6

The traditional Chinese Qigong Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive:
Talk: The Warrior Qigong Lineage and Practice


The Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive is an intermediate qigong program that focuses on further strengthening of the muscular-skeletal system - tendons, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine.


In this program students will learn:

  1. The Eight Basic Wudang Warrior Qigong Forms. These qigong postures were used traditionally by the warrior Taoist monks of Wudang Shan monastery to build muscular-skeletal strength and endurance for the practice of the martial arts.
  2. To apply the 12 Devas and Animal Forms specifically to regain tendon strength and elasticity, revitalize bone marrow, and build endurance by enhancing bone and tendon strength.
  3. To apply selective forms from the Immortals’ Guide to Self-Massage and Breath Regulation and the Red Phoenix Calisthenics that use breath regulation and control to direct internal energy toward healing and enhancing the muscular-skeletal system.

The prerequisite for Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing is Levels 1-5.
This program is a prerequisite for Traditional Chinese Qigong Level 6 and the Breath Regulation Intensive and Standing Qigong Intensive.


Animal Forms Intensive

  • Special training in Hua Tu's Five Animals, Wudang Five Animals Forms,and selected animal forms in the Twelve Devas
  • Prerequisite: Levels 1 through 5, Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive
  • This is a prerequisite for Level 6

The traditional Chinese Qigong Animal Forms Intensive:
Talk: The Shamanic Origins of Qigong


Many Taoist qigong forms are derived from observing the behavior of animals and understanding how animals preserve, collect, transform, circulate, and store internal energy. The ancient Chinese shamans were the first to practice the art of “becoming” an animal to embody the power of that animal. The techniques of embodying animal energy were developed further by Taoist practitioners as ways of enhancing health and longevity. In this program students will learn to embody the form and essences of the animals through Hua Tu’s Animal Forms, the Wudang Five Animal Forms, and selected forms from the 12 Devas.

 

A new Wudang Shan form, the Combined Five Animals, will be introduced. The goal of the program is to train practitioners to embody the essence of the bones of the tiger, the tendons of the leopard, the spine of the snake and the dragon, the ligaments of the monkey, the stamina of the bear, the generative energy of the deer, and the vital energy of the crane. The prerequisite for Animal Forms Intensive is Levels 1-5 and Tendon- Changing Intensive.

 

This program is a prerequisite for Traditional Chinese Qigong Level 6.


Breath Regulation Intensive

  • Talk: Breath, Vital Energy, and Vapor
  • Instruction in Fish Breathing and Fetal Breathing Techniques from Immortal's Guide to Self-Massage and Breath Regulation and Red Phoenix Calisthenics
  • Prerequisites: Levels 1 through 5 and Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive
  • This is a prerequisite for Level 6

Standing Qigong Intensive

  • Talk: Zhou Dunyi's Treatise on the Taiji Principle
  • The Twelve Wudang Standing Qigong Forms
  • Individualized instruction in the eight postures of Yiquan Zhangzhuan.
  • Prerequisites: Levels 1 through 5 and Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive
  • This is a prerequisite for Level 6

Wudang Shan Animals Long Form Intensive

  • The long forms of Wudang Shan Tiger, Dragon, Leopard, Snake, and Crane
  • Prerequisites: Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive, Animal Forms Intensive
  • This is a prerequisite for Level 6

Qigong and Meditation Retreat - a 5 day program

 

Qigong and meditation mutually support and enhance and each other. Meditation stabilizes qi and qigong relaxes the body for deep meditative experiences. This program focuses integrating qigong and meditation into a balanced practice for the simultaneous cultivation of body and mind.

 

Meditation instruction will be given, qigong practices from levels 1-5 are reviewed deepened, and new qigong forms are introduced.

 

Prerequisites - qigong levels 1-5. This program is one of the requirements for qigong level 6.


LEVEL 6

  • Talk: The Chinese Calendar and the Seasonal Movement of Energy
  • The Dragon-Tiger Frolics
  • Chen Xiyi's Twenty-four Seasons Qigong
  • Wudang Shan Seven Stars Qigong
  • Specialized forms from Immortals Guide to Self-Massage and Breath Regulation and Red Phoenix Calisthenics for internal strengthening
  • Prerequisites: Levels 1 through 5 and all five intensives

 

THE ADVANCED STAGES

 

LEVEL 7

  • Talk 1: The Three Treasures - Jing, Qi, and Shen
  • Talk 2: The Cultivation, Preservation, and Circulation of Generative Energy
  • Techniques of arousing the fire of the lower dantien for the transmutation of generative energy (jing) into vital energy:
    • Cultivating the lower dantien
    • Stoking the warrior fire for the transmutation of Jing
    • Stoking the scholar fire for the storage of Jing
  • Prerequisites: Levels 1 through 5, all four intensives, personal interview, and written permission from the lineage carriers or senior teachers
  • This level is conducted in retreat format incorporating sleeping qigong and sitting qigong

LEVEL 8

  • Talk 1: The Cultivation, Preservation, and Circulation of Vital Energy
  • Talk 2: The Jade and Golden Elixirs
  • Techniques of the transmutation of vital energy (Qi) into spirit energy (Shen)
    • Cultivating the middle dantien
    • Stoking the warrior fire for the transmutation of Qi
    • Stoking the scholar fire for the storage of Qi
  • Prerequisites: Level 7, personal interview, and written permission from the lineage carriers or senior teachers
  • This level is conducted in retreat format incorporating sleeping qigong and sitting qigong

LEVEL 9

  • Talk 1: The Cultivation, Preservation, and Circulation of Spirit Energy
  • Talk 2: The Microcosmic Orbit
  • Techniques of the transmutation of spirit energy (Shen) to return to the Void
    • Cultivating the upper dantien
    • Returning to the Void
  • Prerequisites: Level 8, personal interview, and written permission from the lineage carriers or senior teachers
  • This level is conducted in retreat format incorporating sleeping qigong and sitting qigong