Daoist Qigong and Meditation: a genre overview from Robert Coons

August 1, 2023 1 Min Read

Robert Coons presentation from the event on 29th July from the Penglai Internal Alchemy Fellowship: Decoding Daoist Qigong and Meditation.

In this lecture Robert will explain the current scholarly consensus in China about the major styles of Daoist Qigong and Meditation and what this means to students of the genre.

The class will include:

  • an overview of Daoist energy practices with an emphasis on why Daoists have historically preferred stillness gongfu (静功) over active gongfu (动功),
  • a description of Daoist meditation styles from Zhuangzi to modern times with an emphasis on Zuo Wang, Ding Guan, Tai Xi and Neidan,
  • an explanation of Daoist Qigong focusing on Tu Na, Fu Qi (swallowing Qi) and its substyles, Visualization, Xing Qi (moving Qi), and the relationship between breathing practice and meditation styles such as Tai Xi.
  • A brief discussion about how medieval Daoist Qigong impacted modern Qigong, the boundaries of Qigong and Meditation and more.
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