Daoist Qigong Levels I and II
with Eric Wilson
March 16 / 9:00 AM - March 17 / 5:00 PM
Levels I and II of the nine-level Daoist Qigong training available exclusively at Shambhala Centers. Open to the public, this two-day retreat will introduce you to this 2000-year-old school of movement meditation.
Daoist qigong is a spiritual discipline that cultivates body and mind simultaneously. Originally called daoyin, which means 'guiding the flow of internal energy (qi), it has been practised for over two thousand years in China. Laozi, the founder of Daoism, was said to have been the first to practice techniques of conserving, gathering, cultivating, nourishing, and transforming energies that are the source of a healthy body and a clear mind. The techniques of Daoist qigong were systematized during the Han dynasty (3rd century BCE to 3rd century CE) by the father of Chinese medicine Hua Tu. From then on daoyin, or qigong, has been incorporated into Daoist spiritual practices up to the present day.
The techniques of Daoist qigong can be divided into three categories - outer, inner, and secret.
Outer qigong focuses on physical strengthening, inner qigong with nourishing the internal organs and gathering and conserving energy, and secret qigong with dissolving the duality of mind and body to merge with the primordial energy of the Dao.
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