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 from the Mt. Emei tradition, 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. Master Wu’s sixth book – his first in English – is a seminal work in the field of Qigong, and it opens a window into the little-known Shamanic roots of Qigong.
Introduction; Part I. Pin Ming Lun Dao – Tea and the Dao; 1. Dao Fa Zi Ran – The Dao Models Itself on the Way of Nature; 2. Tian Want Hui Hui – The Universal Network; 3. Don Xi Yuan Tong – The Pathway of Yin Yang; Part II. Han San He Yi – Holding Three in One: The Fundamentals of Chinese Shamanic Qigong; 4. Xiang – Symbolism; 5. Shu – Numerology; 6. Li – Theory; Part III Laohu Gong – Chinese Shamanic Tiger Qigong Form; 7. Men (Doorway) – Learn the Name. 8. Gen (Root) – The Background; 9. Dou (Shaking) – The Ritual of Heart; 10. Fa (The Way) – Shamanic Tiger Qigong Movements; Afterword; Index.
“A remarkable blend of interesting scholarship, valuable healing practices, and a gateway into the deep authentic tradition of Chinese Shamanism and the internal marital 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