Qi & Tea
Embracing Vital Ener-Qi
LAO SHAN ("OLD MOUNTAIN")
Thank you for holding an NQA Day event in your neighborhood
Oct 2012, 2013.
Our Eastern Regional venue is Central Park in NYC.
Write for information.
See you there next year,
QIGONG? TAIJI (TAI CHI)?
WHAT ARE THEY? ARE THEY THE SAME....?
© 2012 Center for Taiji & Qigong Studies –used by permission
Practitioners frequently ask about the relationship between taiji and qigong. Different people have differing opinions. And the same person might have different understandings as their study deepens. I would like to share my thoughts on this issue. This topic could easily fill a book, but I will try to be succinct.
The word qigong was not popularly used until the mid 20th century. Before then, different qigong exercises were known by the myriad names, or categories, of exercises. Qigong literally means to exercise, or nurture, qi, which is the energetic intermediary between physical essence (jing, 精) and spirit (shen, 神). But a simple literal interpretation of the word qigong is insufficient to convey the full meaning. Qigong is mind/body/spirit integrative exercise—any mind/body/spirit integrative exercise is qigong. Taiji form (if practiced correctly) is one type of qigong, but other basic qigong exercises are also essential components of traditional taiji training. Yoga is qigong; simple exercises such as walking or riding a bicycle, or even many daily life activities, if done in awareness and understanding of qigong principles, can be qigong.
Literally, wu (无) means “no” and ji (极) means “extreme.” In contrast with taiji, which means “grand extreme,” in wuji there is no differentiation of yin and yang: no good/bad, happy/sad, attraction/aversion. Wuji is a subtle void, but it is not empty—it is full of undifferentiated energy from which arise yin and yang and the “10,000 things.”
“Wuji is the mother of taiji” (or “taiji comes from wuji”) is a very famous saying in taiji practice. But few people understand how to translate this saying into practice. As a result, some, if not most, practitioners spend their time practicing taiji forms but never experiencing wuji, the foundation of taiji practice....
Past is Prologue
Workshops, Milford & Fairfield
WTCQD (World Tai Chi Qigong Day) on Milford Green, CT
NQA NATIONAL CONVENTIONS
(THE 2014 CONVENTION
WILL BE JULY 25-27 IN KING OF PRUSSIA, PA.)
Chungliang Al Hwang Taiji Dancer, Keynoter 2011
NQA Day, Central Park, New York City
Firepit Qigong, Purple Bamboo Park, Milford
Next Firepit, Dec. 21, 2013.
Photos on Lamont's & NQA's Facebook