Luohan Qigong, Lohan Qigong, Luohan Gong, Lohan Gong, 18 Buddha Hands
Shaolin Buddhist Qigong
Resources, Lessons, History, Links, Bibliography, Notes, Research
"One tradition is that the Buddhist teacher, Bodhidharma
(448-527 CE), a famous Grand Master of Chan (Zen),introduced a set of
18 exercises to the Buddhist monks at the Shaolin Temple. These are
known as the Eighteen Hands of the Lohan. This Shaolin Lohan Qigong
(i.e., the art of the breath of the enlightened ones), "is an internal
set of exercises for cultivating the "three treasures" of qi (vital
energy), jing (essence), and shen (spirit)," according to Howard Choy. The Kung Fu master, Sifu Wong Kiew-Kit, referring to the Shaolin Wahnam style, says "the first eight Lohan Hands are the same
as the eight exercises in a famous set of chi kung exercises called the
Eight Pieces of Brocade." There are numerous versions,seated and
standing, of Bodhiidharma's exercise sets - including the related
"Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing" qigong set. Some versions of the
18 Lohan (Luohan) Hands have up to four levels, and scores of movement forms for qigong and martial purposes."
- Michael P. Garofalo, Eight Section Brocade (330Kb)
For a comparison of some of the exercises in the Lohan Qigong with the Eight Section Brocade see my chart on the topic.
The Luohan Qigong includes a massage or patting training methods, and this is especially popular among Yin Fu Bagua enthusiasts. Master Xie Pei Qi has a DVD out on the topic.