Garofalo , All Rights Reserved. Introduction to Shaolin Temple Luohan Qigong. The essential insights and tenets of the Buddhist religion were formulated and taught by Siddhartha Gautama , the Buddha, in India. The Buddha lived from BCE.

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Garofalo , All Rights Reserved. Introduction to Shaolin Temple Luohan Qigong. The essential insights and tenets of the Buddhist religion were formulated and taught by Siddhartha Gautama , the Buddha, in India. The Buddha lived from BCE.

The City of Luoyang in Henan Province in China is especially known for early Buddhist translators, teachers and temples. By CE, many Buddhist scriptures had been translated into Chinese.

One Chan Buddhist master, Bodhiharma Da Mo , circa CE, is the source of many legends related to his spiritual and physical conditioning involvement with the monks at the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province. The Shaolin Temple has traditionally been associated with vigorous physical training, qigong, meditation, Chan philosophy, and martial arts Kung Fu.

The native religion of China, Daoism , and the native social philosophy of China, Confucianism, antedate the arrival of Buddhism by over years. These three viewpoints have often conflicted with one another, with Buddhism often characterized as a "foreign" influence, and at other times the three schools have blended together as in Complete Reality Daoism.

The Daoist scholar, Livia Kohn , has researched the history of Taoist and Chinese medical practices using exercise methods as a cornerstone. There is documentation back to BCE regarding these practices, although specific movement descriptions are often lacking. Clearly these Daoist Daoyin practices and secular medical exercise methods for health and longevity influenced and were influenced by the qigong and martial arts practices of Buddhists at places like the Shaolin Temple.

Numerous other authors, listed above , have explained the intertwining and cross fertilization of the related qigong practices of the Buddhists, Daoists, and traditional Chinese medicine doctors: Liang Shou-Yu, Yang Jwing-Ming, Andy James, and Kenneth Cohen. In the Buddhist religion, there are a group of enlightened holy men who act as guardians and protectors of the Buddhist faithful. They are called Arhats Sanskrit or Luohan Chinese. Stories about these liberated and wise holy men had been told since the days of the Buddha.

Statues and paintings of these holy ones and spiritual protectors the Bodhisattvas , are often found in Buddhist temples and in home Buddhist altars. A famous set of paintings by the Buddhist monk Guan Xiu, in CE, based on his dreams, and supported by imaginative writings regarding eighteen of the Luohans, became quite popular with Chinese Buddhist believers.

Combined with seated or standing meditation, Luohan Qigong can also contribute to steady spiritual progress. There is little nor no written documentation of Luohan Qigong methods prior to CE. The critical importance of learning this mindbody practice with a qualified teacher, the benefits of a Master and "Cultivator" relationship, and direct Mind to Mind transmission of insight are thoroughly expounded by Reverend Bright-Fey.

I think this book is essential reading for Eighteen Luohan Hands students. A number of reputable martial arts historians Tang San Sheng, Matsuda Takatomo, and Kang He Wu have questioned the role of Da Mo in the development of Shaolin martial arts, and have dismissed the stories about Da Mo as the fancies of true believers. For me, the practice of the contemplative arts is more like a Great Mind-Body-Spirit Tree with many roots and branches philosophy, religion, medicine, art, poetry, etc.

I just keep on practicing and playing, and I don't let the fact that what we might think about ancient history is often largely a function of our selective imaginations, deep desires, ignorance, playing with archetypes, unquestionably following a tradition, and keeping our teachers happy.

It is really more about You and Now, rather than Them and Then. Sometimes, thinking outside the box reveals a lot about ourselves. Open your mind and smile. His descriptions and illustrations of the Luohan Gong then practiced at the Shaolin Temple were influential in the Shaolin Kung Fu community.

I have noted elsewhere the similarity of the Eight Section Brocade Qigong to the first eight movements of the 18 movement Luohan Qigong form. My research into the texts, instructional DVDs, and webpages on the Luohan Qigong have revealed to me that the exercise movements and sequences vary considerably from teacher to teacher of "Luohan Qigong.

The way I look at the matter is that there are hundreds of Luohans working in support of the Buddha and we should celebrate the diversity and good efforts by these holy men and women to help people stay healthy and vital, follow the Way, and do good in the world. Return to the Index for this Webpage. Alphabetical Index to the Cloud Hands Website.

Arhat Chinese: Luohan - Wikipedia. By Wong, Kiew Kit. Charles E. Tuttle, ISBN: Authentic Shaolin Martial Arts. Authentic Teachings of Shaolin Qigong. By Sifu Dan Freeman. Create Space, Awaken the Dragon: Chi Cultivation Techniques. Michael Steward Sr. Trafford Publishing, The Bodhisattva Warriors. Boston, MA, Weiser Books, Index, bibliography, extensive notes, pages. Breathing Techniques: Qigong, Yoga, Taijiquan. Chen Style of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.

Chi Kung: Health and Martial Arts. By Yang, Jwing-Ming. Glossary and terms. By Livia Kohn. University of Hawaii Press, History of Daoist health practices. Chinese Self-Massage and Acupressure.

The Complete Book of Zen. By Wong Kiew Kit. Boston, Tuttle Publishing, Index, pages. Dharma, Qigong and Martial Arts. Provides information about the history and purpose of this popular Chi Kung practice.

This document is updated as new information is discovered. This Wikipedia webpage includes a valuable chart of all 18 of the Chinese Buddhist Luohans, with information about their origin.

By Maoshing Ni, Ph. With a preface and commentaries by Hua-Ching Ni. Index, glossary, pages. Produced by White Elephant Monastery, By Larry Johnson, O. Creston, Colorado, White Elephant Monastery.

This book provides a very detailed examination of the I Ching hexagrams in relation to each of the Lohan Qigong forms. There is a brief description of each form with photographic illustrations. This Chi Kung is designed to improve the martial arts proficiency which makes it adaptable for persons wishing to increase their prowness in any sport where coordination, strength, balance, and power are important. Master Su Yu Chang has been in the martial arts for more than 50 years and has been a doctor of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for over 40 years.

Plum Publications. In ancient times these techniques were thought to hold the secrets to longevity and possibly immortality. While we can't promise either, we believe that the practice of these exercises should lead to improved strength, balance and power in both martial arts and in any activity where these qualities are important.

Learn to absorb and employ the energy around you. Learn to improve your ability to relax in stressful situations. Increase your physical stamina. Maintain your health and experience a richer and more vibrant quality of life. These tapes are from lectures and demonstrations by Master Su and his assistant. They are lively, interesting and informative. Plum recommends them for anyone interested in Ch'i Kung specifically from the martial arts standpoint.

Master Su YuChang has been a martial arts practitioner for over 50 years and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine for over 40 years. Master Su is also a fine instructor and expert in such styles as Preying Mantis and Ba Ji in his own right. He travels the world teaching principles of Chinese physical culture. Overdubbed in English. A clear and nicely made tape by a top notch expert. His insights into the logic of Ch'i Kung are quite interesting and worth the price of the package.

Five Animal Frolics Qigong. By Shifu Yan Lei. Yan Lei Press, U. An oversize book with color photos by Manuel Vason. Includes theory, stances, stretches, routines, and a Shaolin version of the Ba Duan Jin. By Master John Funk.


Luohan Gong

This very old and interesting form of Qigong originates form the Shaolin Temple and is named after the 18 legendary guards of Buddhism. In this form of Qigong the various influences from Indian Yoga are still clearly visible. Luohan Gong is the mother of numerous popular Qigong routines. The exercises strengthen the muscles, bones and sinews — the whole body is filled with Qi. Luohan forms part of Wai Dan — the outer elixir. The exercises intentionally create a Qi congestion at the desired spots, initially by means of willful contraction and stretching. This excess of Qi is then set free by accentuated releasing to flow along the meridians to the internal body areas to nurture the organs.


History of Qigong: The 18 Luohan Hands




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