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on 14:29 pm, May 5, 2012, Feng Zhiqiang, the china’s world-famous Tai Chi Grandmaster, passed away at Guang’anmen hospital in peking.
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A girl is sitting in Meditation
The term Meditation was introduced as a translation for Eastern spiritual practices, referred to as Dhyāna in Buddhism and in Hinduism, which comes from the Sanskrit root Dhyai, meaning to contemplate or meditate.
The history of Meditation is intimately bound up with the religious context within which it was practiced. Some experts have even suggested the hypothesis that the emergence of the capacity for focused attention, an element of many methods of meditation, may have contributed to the final phases of human biological evolution. Earliest references to Meditation are found all the way back in the Bible, dating around 1400 B.C. Around 500-600 B.C. Taoists in China and Buddhists in India began to develop meditative practices.
From the beginning in 5000 BC, until Rigveda appeared, for about 3000 years, Yoga are in the primitive stage of development, which was lack of written records. The yoga philosophy from an original idea gradually developed into the key to self-cultivation, which includes first means such as Yoga, Meditation and Penance.
According to China’s ancient rock paintings, even in prehistoric times, 15000-20000 BC, Chinese ancient ancestors repetitively took use of meditation as a communicating method with gods or treatment method for disease.
In 1984, China’s relics of Zhanggu Mountain Tomb ( in Jiangling, Hubei Province, 184 BC soon or later) of 1236 pieces of bamboo slips of Han Dynasty was unearthed, and Daoyin Qigong in phrase of advanced Meditation, as primary training foundation was recorded through 112 pieces bamboo slips.
The Pāli Canon, which dates to 1st century BCE considers Indian Buddhist meditation as a step towards salvation. By the time Buddhism was spreading in China, the Vimalakirti Sutra which dates to 100 CE included a number of passages on meditation, clearly pointing to Zen. The Silk Road transmission of Buddhism introduced meditation to other oriental countries, and in 653 the first meditation hall was opened in Japan. Returning from China around 1227, Dōgen wrote the instructions for Zazen (Dazuo which means sitting meditation).
The Islamic practice of Dhikr had involved the repetition of the 99 Names of God since the 8th or 9th century. By the 12th century, the practice of Sufism included specific meditative techniques, and its followers practiced breathing controls and the repetition of holy words. Interactions with Indians or the Sufis may have influenced the Eastern Christian meditation approach to Hesychasm, but this can not be proved. Between the 10th a nd 14th centuries, Hesychasm was developed, particularly on Mount Athos in Greece, and involves the repetition of the Jesus prayer.
By the 18th century, the study of Buddhism in the West was a topic for intellectuals. The philosopher Schopenhauer discussed it, and Voltaire asked for toleration towards Buddhists.
Secular forms of Meditation as a Westernized form of meditative techniques, arrived in the United States and Europe in the 1960s. Rather than focusing on spiritual growth, secular meditation emphasizes stress reduction, relaxation and self improvement. Both spiritual and secular forms of Meditation have been subjects of scientific analyses. Research on Meditation began in 1931, with scientific research increasing dramatically during the 1970s and 1980s, Since the beginning of the ’70s more than a thousand studies of meditation in English-language have been reported. However, after 60 years of scientific study, the exact mechanism at work in meditation remains unclear.
Sakyamuni , the founder of Buddhism, was sitting in meditation.
Practicing of Chen-style Taichi Quan Routine 1, by Grand Master Li Jingwu
We welcome all levels at the school, from beginners to advanced practitioners. It doesn’t matter what your age or level of fitness is we will tailor our training to suit your needs.
Instruction is supervised by Master Xiang Guoyuan, one of the top Tai Chi Chuan Chen-Style masters in China today. All of our teachers speak English and Chinese so you will easliy understand instruction. We aim to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which you can learn a sound foundation in Tai Chi Quan. That’s to say we will not only teach you the beautiful physical movements of Taichi forms, but also will provide you the basis for lifelong improvement and enable you to stimulate your internal energy (referred to as “Hunyuan Qi”).
In order to Improve people’s physical and mental health condition by propagating the essence of China’s Martial Arts, such as Tai-Chi Quan, Internal Qigong, Health Preservation Qigong and Tai-chi Meditation, we’re glad to provide you Taichi Courses as follows:
1. Tai Chi Foundations: Silk reeling, Hand work, Foot work, Qigong, Tai Chi Qigong: Silk reeling (Chansi Jin) Qigong, Health Preservation Qigong, 1.Tai Chi Hunyuan QIgong, Tai Chi Stick.
2. Hunyuan Chen Style Tai Chi Series ( Feng Zhiqiang Style Fist Routine and The Second Routine (Paochui or Cannon Fist), Hunyuan Tai-Chi Quan 24- Form (or 38-Form), Combined Hunyuan Tai-Chi Quan 48- Form, Hunyuan Tai-Chi 24-Elbow, Hunyuan Tai-Chi Pao Chui 24-Form, Hunyuan Tai Chi Sword , Hunyuan Tai Chi Broad Sword , Hunyuan Tai Chi Spear etc.
3. Traditional Chen Style Tai Chi Quan ( Li Jingwu-style, The Fist Routine 83-Form, and The Second Routine Pao Chui);
4. Traditional Wu Style Tai Chi Quan, Tai Chi Broad Sword, Tai Chi sword ( Li Jingwu-style)
5. Tai Chi Pushing Hands, Application training, Combat Skill such as Free Sparring.
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Wall-Gazing Brahman (Wall-facing Bodhidharma.)
According to the best-known Chinese legends, Bodhidharma was the third son of a Brahman king from southern India [possibly from Tamil Nadu) and studied under the tutelage of Prajñātāra, the 27th Indian Patriarch (of Zan Buddhist Lineage) in a direct mind-to-mind line of transmission from the Historical Buddha. Bodhidharma achieved enlightenment, became the 28th Indian Patriarch in that lineage, and then, in accordance with instructions from Prajñātāra, he traveled to China to transmit the Mahayana teachings.
After a perilous three-year sea voyage, he finally reached Canton (China), where upon he made his way to the court of the Liang Dynasty in Nanking (Nanjing) and spoke with Emperor Wu (Liáng Wǔdì ). The pious monarch, one of China’s most fervent patrons of Buddhism, was told that his building of temples, ordaining of monks, carving of Buddha statues, and copying of sutras has no karmic merit. The emperor was puzzled and perhaps annoyed, so Bodhidharma made a quick getaway, heading northward to Shaolin Temple on Mountain Song in the state of Wei. To reach his destination, he had to cross the mighty Yangtze River (artwork of this scene shows him crossing the river while balanced atop a tiny reed).
Wall-Gazing Brahman (Wall-facing Bodhidharma)
At Shaolin Temple, he meditated for nine years in a cave, gaining the phrase Wall-Gazing Brahman (Wall-facing Bodhidharma.) Bodhidharma’s new meditation technique attracted few students, but one of them, Huìkě, was so eager to become Bodhidharma’s student that he stood outside the cave in the snow and waited one whole week for the master’s attention and then Huìkě cut off his own left arm and presented it to the master to demonstrate his determination to attain enlightenment. Huìkě eventually became Bodhidharma’s successor.
Despite two unsuccessful attempts by rivals to poison Bodhidharma, the sage knowingly took poison on their third attempt, and died at the age of 150. Three years later, in the Pamir mountains, a Chinese diplomat named Sòng Yún was returning to China from a trip to the West when he met Bodhidharma, who was on his way back to India, walking barefoot and carrying one shoe in his hand. When the diplomat finally got home, and told this story, the Master Brahman’s grave was opened and all that found was one shoe being left.
It’s said that Bodhidharma is the 28th Patriarch of Zan Buddhist Lineage, and also the founder of Shaolin Martial Arts (or Kung Fu). This, in a nutshell, is the Chinese version of the Bodhidharma story.