Sunday, October 29, 2017

Eight Treasures Chi Kung

"All students should learn the Eight Treasures first, because many people have serious energy blocks and the Eight Treasures are more effective in quickly breaking through them that the more subtle Tai Chi."
- Hua-Ching Ni, "Workbook for Spiritual Development," Tao of Wellness Press, 1992, p. 138

An excellent book to read regarding a seated version of the Eight Treasures is by Stuart Alve Olson, "Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal: The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching-Yun.  

Eight Section Brocade Qigong

Eight Silken Treasures Qigong

Ba Duan Jin Qigong
History, Instructions, Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes
Researched by Michael P. Garofalo
Last Updated on October 24, 2017

Eight Section Brocade Qigong By Michael P. Garofalo.

this webpage provides information about the history and purpose of this popular Chi Kung practice. Detailed descriptions are provided for each of the eight movements; including information on movement variations, health benefits, qigong meaning, and cautions. The document includes the most extensive bibliography, link guide, and comments on Ba Duan Jin Qigong resources available anywhere. Some animated graphics are provided in linked files. This document is updated as new information is discovered. 

This qigong set is the most popular set practiced around the world, and is also known as: Baduanjin, Pa Tuan Jin, Eight Silken Treasures, Ba Duan Jin, Pal Dan Gum, Ba Duan Gin, Pa Tin Kam, Otto Pezzi di Tesoro, Acht Delen Brokaat, Les Huit Exercices del la Soie, Eight Silken Treasures, Brocade Qigong, Wudang Brocade Qigong, Brocade soft qigong (Rou Gong), Eight Treasures inner qigong (Nei Gong), Silk Treasures Qigong, and the first eight Buddha Lohan Hands. 

This hypertext document is 164 pages in length, over 39,000 words, and with a filesize of 448Kb.  This document has been online since 2002.  

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  1. I just sent the link to this document to my daughter. As she is getting older, I am recommending to her to add the Ba Duan Jin to her rotation of yoga and other exercises. I have been referring to this document for many years- thank you so very much for all the work involved in writing it first and keeping it up to date since. It is greatly appreciated.

  2. Teresa, thanks for the positive comments about the Ba Duan Jin webpage. Best wishes, Mike.