Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I - II
with Suzann Duquette
March 23 - 25, 2012
Physically, qigong massages, stretches, and strengthens the body. Energetically, it nourishes the internal organs, gathering and conserving energy. Ultimately, qigong dissolves the duality of mind and body to allow us to live a fully engaged and creative life. The practice of sitting meditation will also be introduced during the weekend. There will be talks and time for discussion, and guidance will be give on how to integrate these practices into everyday life. All are welcome.
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems: the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. This is through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong.
Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong." Eva Wong is the 19th-generation carrier (quanren) of this lineage.
The Yiquan School was founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century. Yiquan is best known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan. One of Master Wang's students was the Luhe Bafa master Sun Di. Acharya Suzann Duquette has received the transmissions from Dr. Eva Wong.
In Level 1, students will be in instructed in various techniques of outer and inner qigong. Outer qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system: joints, muscles, tendons, bones, and spinal column. It includes techniques of tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating qi, or internal energy. Students will learn Chen Xiyi's sleeping and walking qigong and Wang Xiangzhai's standing qigong.
In Level 2, the focus will be on tendon changing and self-massage. The Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing System and the Nine Self-Massage System will be taught in their entirety.
The cultivation of body needs to be balanced by the cultivation of mind. Therefore, Shambhala shamatha meditation will be integrated with qigong practice throughout the program.
Program Fee: $355
Price includes meals but not accommodations.
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About Suzann Duquette
During her 40 years as a student in Shambhala, Ms. Duquette has been a leader in protection, governance, and practice and education. She is a member of the Denma Translation Group, whose work resulted in The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and is a Daoist-Qigong instructor. Currently she is Resident Acharya, or Senior Teacher, of Karmê Chöling and is responsible for fostering sacred ritual and form as the basis of culture for the Shambhala community.