KT047 Tai Chi Ruler
Chinese Yoga for Health and Longevity: Second Edition
by Terry Dunn
Originally published as the first significant text on this subject in the English language. Terry Dunn, the creator of the most popular Tai Chi video of all time, explains a number of patterns with the Tai Chi ruler, a small carved instrument for Qigong practice. This is a very good introduction to a subject which, if you get into it, has surprising depth. For instance the history of the ruler traces its orgin back to Chen Hsi Yi the legendary Taoist creator of Liu He Ba Fa and a good friend of the first emperor of the Song dynasty and the legendary creator of Tai Tzu boxing. Small world, isn’t it? The Ruler has some very useful aspect for Qigong training. For instance, if the practitioner wants an instrument but does not want to carry around a weapon the Ruler is perfect. By definition it coordinates the two hands. It also contains a rather profound self defense method but that’s another story.
NOTE: The Tai Chi Ruler refers to the "Great Extremes" of Yin and Yang, not the style known as Tai Chi Chuan or Grand Extreme Boxing. Nonetheless you may also find it in that section due to its name.
Second Note: This is a revised edition of the earlier book and has a new cover.
And more: The VHS companion of this book is in the process of conversion to a DVD. Ask us the status of this when you order.
KT015 Taoist Yoga
Charles Luk(Lu KuanYu)
referred to as "Taoist Yoga," this is a fine text
on the art of Chi Kung. One of the first ever written and
widely available in the English language. Still a classic
it contains not only some instruction but, more importantly,
a properly respectful attitude that this (Chi Kung) is something
more than a New Age exercise for the Spa of the Future.
KN007 Nourishing the Essence of Life
104 pages, $15.95 our price $14.35
This book presents three classic texts on the nature of the Tao. It examine the macrocosm of the universe related to the microcosm of the human body. We see this reflected in the three levels of Taoist teachings, the Inner, the Outer and the Secret (Xuan). The Outer level deals with Human life in its social and familial setting. The Inner level deals with the energetics of the individual practitioner. The secret level discusses transformations which bring ineffable and unpredictable aspects of cultivation. This is not a critical account of Taoism but a discussion from the standpoint of classical students. It records rituals and aspects or authentic Taoist ritual which might be confusing and a little mysterious to some but that’s Taoism at the cultural level. A very good, slim volume on ancient Taoist practices and beliefs.
BW028 WuJiShi Breathing Exercise
from the teachings of Cai Song Fang
101 pages, softbound, illustrations $11.95
When I first stumbled on this text I was unaware of Yi Quan. Therefore my reaction to the book was without concern for its martial origins and applications. I was taken with the comments on its relation to my own first Taiji style, Yang Shi, and the use of the WuJiShi practice by my Great-Grandteacher, Yang Chen Fu. Cai supports this by claiming the WuJiShi was passed down from Yang to Ye De Mi then Jin Ren Lin and then to himself. Cai is responsible for bringing this method to the South and the Guangzhou area. Though quite tehnical in parts, this is a small gem of inspirational teaching: solid, foundational Qigong in a world suddenly hustling faddish and questionble techniques. Whether you subscribe to the Yi Quan general theory or not, this is a fine source of information.
KC006 Chi Gong
The Ancient Chinese Way to Health
by Paul Dong and Aristide H. Esser
212 pages, illustrations and photos, softbound $14.95
Paul Dong's former book Empty Force (see below) is a well known (and some would say notorious) treatment of Chi Gong's esoteric and definitely controversial methods such as projecting energy through space. Dong covers many aspects as the Table of Contents will attest:
- How Chi Gong works on cancer
- Empty Force - the Mystery of Chi
- The Magic Palm and the One Finger Art
- How to perform Chi Gong
- What is Chi Gong
We believe that Mr. Dong believes. We also think that if you are really interested in the subject this is a book you should read. For those who are already convinced, Dong will be speaking their language. To those who may believe that here is a real subject for real exploration, Dong will probably seem to have already capitulated too easily. Skepticism and cynicism are often differentiated by the slightest shade of coloring. There is much in the realm of Chi Gong which we have seen with our own eyes and felt with a thorough conviction. There is also a plentitude of silliness and quackery. All in all the subject itself bears scrutiny and, we think, rewards time spent. Chi Gong has a solid grounding, for instance, in martial practice. It's how far you can go with it that's the sticking point.
KE006 Empty Force:
"Empty Force, or Ling Kong Jing, is an extraordinary technique that harnesses the power of chi (the body's vital energy), enabling masters of the art to defend themselves against opponents and heal themselves and others without physical contact. Through the practice of this method, one gains mastery of the mind and spirit and gives rise to a physical force that can affect others—a powerful maifestation of the achievement of harmony wth nature."
The Power of Chi for Self-Defense and Energy Healing
Paul Dong and Thomas Raffill
179 pages illustrated $16.95 our price $13.95
There is little doubt that Empty Force is the most controversial of topics from the area of Kung Fu and Chi Kung. This is a reissue of one of the first books written in English on the subject.
- The Mystery of Chi
- The Empty Force
- The Empty Force Masters
- The Great Debate
- Martial Arts, Tai Chi and Chi Kung
- The Healing Power
- A "How-To" Guide to the Empty Force
- The Students Speak
The Essence of Taoism Qigong
Internal and External Dan Exercise
by Wang Feng Ming
225 pages, illustrated with photos, softbound $27.95
Besides being a student of Feng Zhi Qiang, Mr. Wang is also his son-in-law. His access to top level information about the art of Qigong shows throughout this text. You will note PLUM does not have a large collection of Qigong books. This is because so many of the dozens we review are mediocre approaching terrible. This is not the case here. But be aware, this is translated from the Chinese. The relatively good use of English ocasionally lapses despite the quality of the explanations. This book is divided in eight sections. It follows the typical Chinese approach to knowledge where definitions are paramount so much of this book is dedicated to supplying definitions. This can be deceptive because the definitions are actually crucial to an understanding of real Qigong. So "tranquility" for instance is seen as a combination of multiple factors and learning these factors makes "tranqujility" more than a word. This book is most appropriate to the Qigong practitoner, martial artist or Chinese style doctor. Sections divide into explanation, execises and a Q & A section. Most books on this subject fall into two categories: useless because it's just "passed down" information or too airy. This is solid, technical and informative but will bear your concentration. Feng Zhi Qiang was, by the way, not only a top martial artist and Qigong expert but the student of Hu YaoZhen, basically the father of modern Qigong.
"The Essence of Taoism Qigong" is OUT OF STOCK at present,
K009 6 Healing Movements Qigong
Master Gin Foon Mark
softbound, photographs and illustrations, oversized, $14.95
Gin Foon Mark has been around for a long time. A master of Southern Mantis, a student in temples since his childhood, an inheritor of a fine martial lineage: he is well chosen to write a book like this. This is a significant text because the Six Healing sounds are famous and well documented in Chinese history. In this case we have the benefit of Mark having studied directly from Ma Lai Tong, the developer of this version of the sound Qigong and a famous Qigong expert. This book covers many topics such as tongue position, basic postures, exercises for separate organs, circulating qi on the microcosmic orbit and more. Thin but packed with information.