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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MIT Qigong: December 5, 2011

Subject: MIT Qigong Info


     We are getting close to the end of another productive semester of Yiquan Qigong @ MIT.  I am going to push everyone limits with some longer stands these last few weeks so be prepared for some simple yet challenging sets!  In Yiquan Qigong we cultivate Zheng Qi (proper or true qi) .  The road to enter the door of Zheng Qi requires the practitioner to loosen the body and quiet the mind.  Zhan Zhuang is the most direct way to achieve loose & quiet.  So, just stand, relax & breath and nature will take care of the rest!

Below you will find some information written by Wang Xiang Zhai Shirfu (Yiquan Qigong founder):
"Confucius cultivated the character and trained the Qi in order to be able to govern.  Xianyuan trained the spirit and promoted the flow of Qi in order to live happily with the Tao.  Damo meditated, came to the East to preach, started teaching the method of developing the marrow and changing the muscles and tendons.  From ancient times, from among the famous great Confucians, the great sages , and warrior attendants, there is no one who did not cultivate the temperament or train the Qi."

"The Tao of one's nature and life cannot be expressed in words.  Moreover, the Tao is beyond words, what can be expressed in words is not the Tao.  Thus Mencius said: Difficult to say.  Nowadays what is difficult to say is said by force, but one's nature and the Tao are void.  Voidness is the fountainhead of heaven and earth, and origin of the myriad things.  People have birth and death, all things get broken, but the Tao exists forever.  So, when you want to nourish the Qi and cultivate life you must calm your mind and spirit.  When the mind is quiet, only then is truth produced!"
Time: 7:00-8:00

Location: Student Center/Room 491

Cost: Free

See you in a few hours!