By Zhongxian Wu
Trade paperback book
Lineage holder Master Zhongxian Wu uses story-telling and a wealth of practical examples to introduce this powerful 24-movement Qigong form, which combines the traditions of ancient shamanism, Confucianism, Daoism, classical Chinese medicine, and the martial arts.
Vital Breath of the Dao is a fully illustrated guide to the historical background, practical application, underlying principles and techniques of Qigong, a way of physical and spiritual cultivation, and a way of life. Chinese Shamanic Tiger Qigong is a uniquely potent practice designed to bolster health and deepen spiritual connection to universal energy. Lineage holder Master Zhongxian Wu uses story-telling and a wealth of practical examples to introduce this powerful 24-movement Qigong form, which combines the traditions of ancient shamanism, Confucianism, Daoism, classical Chinese medicine, and the martial arts.
An excellent introduction for Qigong beginners, the book will also be of interest to experienced practitioners, students of classical Chinese Medicine and anyone interested in Classical Chinese culture and anthropology.
About the author:
Master Zhingxian Wu, a lifelong Daoist practitioner, is the lineage holder of four different schools of Qigiong and martial Arts. Since 1988, Master Wu has instructed thousands of students, both Eastern and Western, in his unique and professionally designed courses and training programs. He has authored 12 books (five in Chinese) on Chinese wisdom traditions. Along with his wife, Dr. Karin Taylor Wu, he founded Blue Willow World Healing Center and QinJian Akademin to preserve and promote the classical Chinese arts throughout Europe, North America and China.
Praise for Vital Breath of the Dao
“In this beautiful book, Master Zhongxian Wu communicates to us his great understanding of, and experience with Qigong – not as a mere technique but as a perspective on life itself. He presents this material in a timeless way that engenders open awareness and ease of being in the reader. I recommend this book to all practitioners who have a serious interest in the deepest traditions of Chinese Medicine.”
-Lonny S. Jarrett, author of Nourishing Destiny and the Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine
“Delivers the authentic teaching of Shamanic Qigong and at the same time provides the cultural context that gave it birth. This sort of knowledge and understanding is rare nowadays, even among Chinese masters.”
-Red Pine (Bill Porter), author of The Road to Heaven
“Zhongxian Wu has performed a great service in deepening our knowledge of Qigong, offering both the form itself and his understanding of how to lead a harmonious Qigong life.”
-Peter Deadman, author of A Manual of Acupuncture and founder of Journal of Chinese Medicine
“Provides a fascinating glimpse into the correlative and symbolic thinking of a traditionally trained Qigong master. The book weaves a fabric rich in traditional stories, concepts, and terms, applied in a variegated pattern to the complexities of modern life.”
-Livia Kohn, Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies, Boston University, author of Daoism and Chinese Culture and Early Chinese Mysticism
“A remarkable blend of interesting scholarship, valuable healing practices, and a gateway into the deep authentic tradition of Chinese Shamanism and the internal martial arts. It would take the journey of a lifetime in China to find such teachings and sincerity.”
-Michael Mayer, Ph.D. licensed Psychologist, Qigong teacher and author of Secrets to Living Younger Longer. The Self-Healing Path of Qigong Standing Meditation and Tai Chi
“This energetic presentation of the worldview that informs the theory and practice of Shamanic Qigong is practical, easy to follow, and astonishingly comprehensive. Master Wu’s contemporary prose provides a valid passport to China’s central province of healing: the appropriate regulation and deployment of the body.”
-John Beebe, Jungian analyst, author of Integrity in Depth
“A seminal work in the field of Qigong. For Westerners interested in this fascinating healing art, it opens a window into the little-known Shamanic roots of Qigong. Master Wu’s compassionate heart and sincere spirit offers readers a trusted guide through the cultural history of Chinese Shamanic Qigong and the practice of personal cultivation.”
-Francesco Garri Garripoll, author of Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance
“This lovely book explores the symbolism, numerology, and theory of Chinese Shamanic Qigong in a way that will expand the horizons of both qigong beginners and long-time practitioners alike.”
-Dennis Lewis, author of The Tao of Natural Breathing and Free Your Breath, Free Your Life