A spiritual discipline that cultivates body and mind offered exclusively at Shambhala Centres
Who are we
Daoist Qigong Ottawa is one in a
growing number of Shambhala Centres world wide offering this unique program under the guidance of its lineage carrier Eva Wong, For worldwide locations and workshop schedules please visit: http://www.limitlessgate.com/qigong/program-schedule/
About Daoist Qigong
Daoist Qigong Daoist qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) is a spiritual discipline that cultivates body and mind simultaneously. Originally called daoyin, which means 'guiding the flow of internal energy (qi), it has been practiced for over two thousand years in China. Laozi, the founder of Daoism, was said to have been the first to practice techniques of conserving, gathering, cultivating, nourishing, and transforming energies that are the source of a healthy body and a clear mind. The techniques of Daoist qigong were systematized during the Han dynasty (3rd century BCE to 3rd century CE) by the father of Chinese medicine Hua Tu. From then on daoyin, or qigong, has been incorporated into Daoist spiritual practices up to the present day.
Outer qigong focuses on physical strengthening, inner qigong with nourishing the internal organs and gathering and conserving energy, and secret qigong with dissolving the duality of mind and body to merge with the primordial energy of the Dao.
No spiritual discipline is complete without integrating its formal practices into everyday life. In this respect, Daoist qigong advocates a lifestyle of simplicity and moderation, encourages the cultivation of generosity, compassion, and wisdom, and fosters the development of honor and respect for ourselves and the world.
About Eva Wong
Eva Wong is a 19th generation lineage carrier of the Primordial Limitless Gate School of Daoism. The student of Sun Di, she is also a 3rd generation lineage descendant of Wang Xiangzhai. She is an independent scholar who has written and translated many books on Daoism and related topics, including Nourishing The Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism and A Master Course in Feng Shui (published by Shambhala Publications). She has designed a comprehensive program involving nine levels of qigong training that she started teaching in Ottawa in 2008.
About Sophie Léger
Sophie Léger is part of a small group of individuals authorized by Dr Eva Wong to teach her Daoist Qigong lineages. Sophie has taught levels 1-2 throughout North America and Europe.
A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1990, she has been a certified meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for over 15 years, and served as Director of the Montreal Shambhala Meditation Centre from 1996 until 2000.
Primordial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen)
Xiantianwujimen is a Daoist lineage founded by Chen Xiyi, the hermit of Huashan, in the 10th century. Huashan (The Grand Mountains) is a chain of rocky mountains rising up from the plains of Shaanxi province in central China, and is home to 108 Daoist shrines, temples, and monasteries. The lineage specializes in using qigong techniques to build the foundation for sitting meditation. The techniques favored by this lineage include self-massage, tendon-changing, calisthenics, marrow-washing, and breath regulation. A hermit tradition, Xiantianwujimen qigong has been transmitted uninterrupted from the 11th century to the present day. Eva Wong is a 19th generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Daoism.
Standing Qigong (Yiquan Zhangzhuan)
Yiquan Zhangzhuan is a Daoist-inspired lineage of standing qigong founded by martial artist Wang Xiangzhai (b.1886). The eight postures of Zhangzhuan are designed to still the mind and gather and circulate internal energy simultaneously. One of Wang Zhangzhai’s leading students is internal martial arts master Sun Di, who taught Zhangzhuan, Xingyi (Intention Fist) and Luhe Bafa (Six Harmonies and Eight Methods) in Hong Kong. The student of Sun Di, Eva Wong is a 3rd generation lineage descendant of Wang Xiangzhai.