Our Company, Catalog, and Products:
Here, we have tried to answer many of the questions that we receive. This page continues to expand as we field new questions that may be of interest to those of you who are considering ordering from us. We always feel as though an educated customer is our best customer, and receive more than half of our orders from people who have ordered from us before (we must be doing something right). Please feel free to call us and ask us anything that seems unclear about our policies.
Who am I ordering from?
Insight Publishing has been in business (fully incorporated) since 1989. We are the publishers of "Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness" (Qi Journal), which is an internationally distributed quarterly magazine addressing the subject of "Qi" and its many related disciplines and cultural connections.
The mail-order catalog portion of our company was expanded into a full-fledged business project in 1996 when it was clear that many of the subscribers of "Qi Journal" did not have access to books, videos, and other instructional materials that they needed in order to further their studies. Although there were many resources available, there was no single source or location where one could find such items... making it virtually impossible to find such resources unless you were well-connected and networked to the qi-community.
Our catalog department purchases products from hundreds of individual sources, ranging from major publishers and distributors throughout the world to expert practitioners who self-produce their own books and tapes.
Are you affiliated with other on-line bookstores?
No, we are not affiliated with the large on-line book suppliers like Amazon. Although they provide excellent service for mainstream books from large publishers, it is simply not practical for them to provide the same level of service, commitment, and knowledge as we can for these rare special-order items. We do our own fulfillment and shipping.
With the explosion of Internet startups recently, you can be confident that Insight Publishing is a solid, reputable company that will be here many years from now to continue serving you.
How soon will I receive the item I ordered?
Most items are in stock at any given time. We always ship items that are in stock within 1 business day, and if the order arrives before 11 am (Pacific time), it is usually shipped on the same business day.
How long it takes to get from our office to your location will vary depending on the service that you choose and the distance from our office. We always select the best service provider for your order considering the costs, weight, durability, and size of your merchandise order. Regular shipping usually arrives on the West coast within 2-4 days, and 4-6 days on the East coast.
Do I need to pay sales tax on my order?
If the shipment is destined for the state of California, the law states that we must charge you our local sales tax which is 8.75% of the total order (excluding shipping). If the shipment is destined for other locations, there is no sales tax charges applied. We are a small company and thus, except from collecting sales tax for other locations. Journal print subscriptions and digital back issues are not taxable.
What type of payment method can I use?
On the phone, we accept VISA , Discover, Mastercard, American Express, and Paypal , personal or company checks, money orders or bank drafts drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. funds. Our website will accept the credit cards listed above. Credit card purchases are processed only after confirming we have all items in stock and confirming the shipping costs with you if they differ from the displayed amounts.
Checks are cleared before shipment (approx. 10 business days). Make checks or money orders (U.S. funds only) payable to INSIGHT PUBLISHING, and mail to Insight Publishing, 32330 Calle Balareza, Temecula, CA 92592, USA, Attn: Sales Department.
What type of quality should I expect?
Most of the books we carry are produced here in the U.S. and have good to excellent paper and bindery. Books from third-world countries are often printed with paper and print standards that are relatively poor, but the content is of excellent quality. All books are printed in English unless otherwise noted.
Videos and audios on these topics are instructional in nature and often produced by an individual or small company. They may lack the polish of a Hollywood production staff but make up for it in their informational content. We have tried to note where we think production values are particularly weak and may detract from the video's overall value as an instructional tool. All videotapes are VHS only and only play on VHS NTSC players. We carry no VHS-PAL or VHS-Seacom video tapes. DVDs use the USA standards. Audio is standard 4mm cassette or CD ROM.
Computer software is usually platform specific and requirements are noted in the product description. Technical problems during installation or operation are referred to the manufacturer of the software as needed.
What type of guarantees do you offer?
All orders are GUARANTEED. Money is refunded promptly upon return of undamaged goods within 30 days of invoice date if unsatisfied for any reason. Refunds are made for merchandise only, we cannot reimburse shipping charges. In accordance with industry standards, multimedia items, unless defective, are not returnable once opened; this includes software, videocassettes, CDs, VCDs, and audiotapes. Some electronic devices have additional manufacturer's warranty as noted. All prices are subject to change without notice. Please call for latest price and availability.
What are your Return procedures?
1. Call our office number at 951-699-5343 to receive a return authorization (RA) number.
2. Mark this RA number clearly on the outside of the box and ship to: Insight Publishing, 32330 Calle Balareza, Temecula, CA 92592. Include a copy of the invoice for our reference. No returns can be accepted without the proper authorization number (RA) clearly marked on outside of the package. We cannot be responsible for merchandise that we never receive back, therefore we recommend shipping UPS or other method that has a tracking number for your protection.
Advertising in Qi Journal
Printed Journal: Nothing beats the printed journal for getting results. Our journal is in waiting rooms, schools, libraries, and on home coffee tables, just waiting for someone to thumb through and find your listing. And our printed professional listings are only $38 per year (4 issues) for 35 words or less. Additional words are $1.00 each. Listings appear near the back of the magazine in a contiguous 3 to 5 page section and are organized alphabetically by state or country for easy reference.
Website: Qi Journal website (this website) does not accept 3rd party advertising.
Printed Journal: If you have a product, school, or seminar that demands national exposure to optimizeresults, then our display advertising is the best option. We offer a narrowly targeted audience with high visibility in schools, libraries, and clinics. Quality paper and computer-to-plate technology assures the highest reproduction quality for photos and color. Full color or black & white ads from full-page to 1/6 page sizes. Display ads run beside or with our articles to maximize your exposure. And we have the best prices in the market, with a range from $200 for a 1/6 page black and white ad to a full page color for less than $1,000. Frequency discounts available.
The measure of success in advertising is "results". It is easy to convince a company to try us once, but we have many long-time advertisers who stay with us for years...in fact, some companies have advertised with us for over 20 years!
Website and Printed Journal: Calendar listings are FREE. To submit a listing, please follow the instructions at This Form. The printed journal's calendar is automatically gathered from the website just prior to each publication date. Long listings will be edited to fit.
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Guidelines for writing and submitting articles
Articles should refer to our main topic of Qi (Ch'i, Ki, Prana, Vital Force, Vital Energy). Although primarily Chinese (because many of these concepts were developed to a high level in China), we accept articles and comparisons from other cultures. Shiatsu, Alexander, Zen, etc. We also accept articles that deal with newly founded facts based on traditional principles, such as electro-magnetic forces, holistic medicine, nutrition, etc..
A feature article is typically between 3,500 and 6,000 words in length. A department article is 600 to 1,500 words in length. A news event or article can vary in size as needed but is usually short and concise.
Articles should not criticize a particular individual for his/her viewpoint or practice techniques. Likewise, saying that one style of practice is the only good and true one is the same as saying everyone else is wrong. An idea or concept should stand by itself without having to resort to right/wrong comparisons. If any comparisons are made, please compare to factual data, not individual beliefs or assumptions.
Advertising And Reviews:
Although an article sometimes runs in conjunction with related advertising, Insight Publishing does not, and will not, run articles to achieve advertising sales. Often times, an advertiser will run an ad because the article is going to appear, never the reverse. All editorial is independent of sales, including book excerpts.
Simultaneous submissions accepted. We will reply in 4-6 weeks. All unsolicited articles should be submitted as copies, not originals. Insight does not return articles (or accompanying artwork). Articles that are received are considered to be final copy. We do not accept any revisions to the article once it has been received (such as new information, deletion of erroneous information, or substitution of current information) but you may resubmit the whole revised article as a new submission. Written notification is required for cancellation of any article which is under consideration. Articles can be sent via email, Microsoft Word*, plain text files, or hard copy by mail. Please do not send handwritten articles. Because of translation difficulties, we can only accept articles written in English unless prior arrangements have been made. Once an article has been accepted, a contract will be sent to you for your signature.
Chinese characters can usually be used within your article as long as they are standard (non-licensed) fonts. Pinyin romanization is preferred but we realize many people still use Wade-Giles. We often place the pinyin in parenthesis after the first instance of Wades Giles if the article is submitted in Wade Giles. Here is an example: "Articles written about t'ai chi ch'uan (taijiquan) or ch'i kung (qigong) are... "
*Pictures should be sent separately and not embedded into the article. If the photo needs to be placed near a certain paragraph, you can put a note in the paragraph or send an additional PDF file of the article showing locations of photos. Our design software doesn't accept PDFs directly, but we can use them as a guide when we layout our articles into our multi-column format.
TIPS: Articles submitted with accompanying photographs/artwork stand a better chance of being accepted since photographs/artwork help to reinforce the written information. All articles should be carefully proofread before submitting. Photos should always be high resolution. If you have questions about photo resolution, send up an email and we'll send you separate guidelines. Website photos are usually not acceptable due to their size.
Our audience ranges from highly skilled practitioners and school libraries to beginners who are picking up the Journal for the very first time at a bookstore. Each issue has a mix of various topics at various learning levels. If your article is not appropriate for one issue, it may be just right for the next. We are not opposed to highly technical articles or those involving case studies, nor are we opposed to articles that give an overview or simplistic viewpoint on complex issues. Remember, a master of one curriculum may be a beginner at another.
Insight reserves the right to edit all copy as deemed necessary. We realize that freelance writers are often not as knowledgeable in English grammar as professional writers. However, a person who practices and believes in what they write about has a viewpoint and dedication that is often not shared by a "hired" professional. Our Journal exists for the purpose of providing information for our readers that will make them think and investigate on their own. We strive to provide accurate information that is neither misleading nor falsified. If major edits are performed that may change the viewpoint of the author, a copy of the revised article will be sent for approval.
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A list of our store's books, charts, CDs and DVD videos from these individual instructors who have multiple items listed.
Chinese philosophy originates in the Spring and Autumn period and Warring States period, during a period known as the "Hundred Schools of Thought", which was characterized by significant intellectual and cultural developments. Although much of Chinese philosophy begins in the Warring States period, elements of Chinese philosophy have existed for several thousand years; some can be found in the Yi Jing (the Book of Changes), an ancient compendium of divination, which dates back to at least 672 BCE. It was during the Warring States era that what Sima Tan termed the major philosophical schools of China: Confucianism, Legalism, and Daoism (Taoism), arose, along with philosophies that later fell into obscurity, like Agriculturalism, Mohism, Chinese Naturalism, and the Logicians.
Buddhism until the 4th century A.D had little impact on China but in the 4th century its teachings hybridized with those of Daoism. Buddhism brought to China the idea of many hells, where sinners went, but the deceased sinners souls could be saved by pious acts. Since Chinese traditional thought focused more on ethics rather than metaphysics, the merging of Buddhist and Daoist concepts developed several schools distinct from the originating Indian schools.
Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest cultures, originating thousands of years ago. The area over which the culture prevails covers a large geographical region in East Asia and is extremely diverse and varying, with customs and traditions varying greatly between provinces, cities, and even towns as well.
Chinese civilization is historically considered the dominant culture of East Asia. With China being one of the earliest ancient civilizations, Chinese culture exerts profound influence on the philosophy, virtue, etiquette, and traditions of Asia to date. Chinese language, ceramics, architecture, music, dance, literature, martial arts, cuisine, visual arts, philosophy, business etiquette, religion, politics, and history have global influence, while its traditions and festivals are also celebrated, instilled, and practiced by people around the world.
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These "generalized" introductions are excerpts from Wikipedia.com
Welcome to our online store. On the far left, you will find our Qi Journal subscriptions as well as printed and digital single-issues.
We have an extensive inventory of educational books, videos, audios, charts, and gifts. To help you find items, we have organized them in categories available under the "online store" menu above. And under many of these categories, you will find more sub-categories to help you narrow down your search even further. You can also use the "site search" bar at the top right to search for keywords of the items you wish to locate.
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And don't forget to browse around... you'll find games, listings, quizzes, and free articles below the categories listed across the top menu. We hope you enjoy your visit.
Feng shui (Chinese: 風水) also known as Chinese geomancy, is a practice originating from ancient China, which uses energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English. Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). Feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of an "invisible force" that binds the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as Qi (pronounced as chee).
Choose from the many topics in our sub-menus above.
These "generalized" introductions are excerpts from Wikipedia.com
What happened to the English? Our early versions had English translations/romanizations printed beside the characters, but since the characters are difficult to translate without explanation and the meanings are often personal, we removed it so you can explain what it means to you when people ask. We hear that removing the translation makes it even more of a conversation starter, so we even include a short translation guide in the packaging to help prepare you. (see link below)
Our shirts are heavyweight (5.3 to 6.0 oz/yard), preshrunk, 100% cotton soft jersey knit. The Sport shirt is a unisex classic cut, contoured welt collar, clean finished placket with reinforced bottom box, 3 woodtone buttons, welt cuffs, double-needle bottom hem. The T-shirt is a classic fit Unisex Tee, seamless double-needle 7/8 inch collar, taped neck and shoulders, double-needle sleeves and bottom hem.
The imprint uses an opaque ink that is flexible and soft, yet durable. Designs and printing is done in the USA.
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Calendar of Events
NOTICE: Please check with each event before attending. COVID-19 restrictions have affected most all gatherings and classes, so the events in this list may have been cancelled or rescheduled for a later date.
April 22-24, 2022
In our Chi Kung Energy Healing workshop you will learn Absorbing, Building, Emitting, & Healing with Chi. Training Includes sensing, interpreting, balancing, Healing specific injuries & illness with Chi. By the end, you will be able to use these methods to heal someone without even having to touch them. Training includes sensing, interpreting, balancing, and healing specific injuries & illness with Chi. See more information at https://chihealingworkshop.com
8 Ways Chi Gong
Grand Master Cheng man-ching’s Eight Ways, as taught by his translator, Tam Gibbs, once thought lost are preserved in this book for both novices and experts. Cheng man-ch’ing developed Eight Ways to counteract the effects of aging and poor health. Beautifully illustrated, easy to follow instructions. More info: https://www.shentaotaichi.com/product/chi-gong-eight-ways/
Blue Heron Tai Chi Ruler
Endorsed by Master Jesse Tsao, Blue Heron Rulers are individually crafted. Choose from fruit wood (from Colorado apple, pear trees) or cherry wood. The wood is properly aged for three to four months before is cut, sanded and finished with tung oil. The variations of color, grain, patterns in each fruit wood ruler come from the individual characteristics of each fruit tree. Helps increase flexibility of the joints and relieve arthritis symptoms. Practice Tai Chi Ruler improves mental and physical concentration, focus, and internal awareness. Increases qi flow through the meridians and vessels of the body. Order online at blueherontaichi.com/shop
Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis’ teachings are unique in their practicality and relevance to modern life. The Water Method of Taoism has been transmitted for thousands of years from teacher to disciple in an unbroken chain. Now Master Frantzis shares these ancient teachings to help you move closer to feeling truly alive and joyful. Check out our 2019 teaching schedule and our new Taoist Arts Training Center in Longmont, CO. Sign up to receive free special downloads at www.EnergyArts.com/415-454-5243.
Flow With The Dao Publications
Learning to Flow with the Dao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching, interpretation by Nori Muster. ebook and paperback at Amazon.com. Free I Ching readings at https://surrealist.org/iching/
National Qigong Association
Since 1996, the NQA is the premier non-profit membership organization for all types of qigong schools and enthusiasts, and offers annual conferences and qigong certification. Website: http://www.nqa.org/
Tai Yi Tai Chi Ball Form
Training Book & DVD. Developedby Master Wang Yunkuo, a generational lineage holder of Tai Yi Tai Chi Chuan. For centuries Tai Chi Ball exercises have been an important part of Tai Chi Chuan training. Now, revealing this lost art, a book and DVD brings you the origins and health benefits ot Tai Yi Tai Chi Ball Foundation Exercises and a complete Form. Book & DVD Package is $69.95. Order at www.kungfu-republic.com.au.
The M.S.C.P.- Mental Screen Conditioning Process
The Qigong Institute
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Qigong and Energy Medicine via education and research; improving healthcare by integrating Qigong and Western medicine; and making available information on Qigong to medical practitioners, scientists, the public, and policy makers. https://qigonginstitute.org/
Tai Chi Chuan For Everyone, A Complete Course in the Sun Style with Tom Forsythe. Taught with Sun Lu Tang’s intent to help us Live Healthier Longer. 47 hour long classes offered as if it’s a live class. Annual & monthly subscriptions. First Week Free. Lots of free samples. Learn a Traditional style with Modern Relevance. Tai Chi Class your way: Your Time, Your Place, Your Pace.
Seminars and private instruction in Push Hands, Applications, Two person and Solo forms and weapons training in T’ai Chi, Hsing-I, Pa -Kua and Qigong. Demonstration/Training videos also available. www.ChiFlow.com
Qigong Research & Practice Center
Redding Tai Chi
Redding Tai Chi teaches Yang family Long Form, Push Hands (Tui shou), and San Shou (two person set). For class information please check our website: www.reddingtaichi.com
Tai Chi Healthways
Tai Chi Healthways in San Diego brings you the authoritative Tai Chi and Qigong. Free preview tai chi and qigong lessons on DVD clips. Jesse Tsao, the most respected true master in San Diego and former champion from China with over 40 years of Tai Chi experience, teaches in La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Bernado, and Carlsbad area. Our mission is to uphold and pass on the traditional teachings of this unique Chinese healing art. www.taichihealthways.com
Classes in qigong, tai chi chuan, and kung-fu. Professional healing with Reiki and Shamanic energy processing. DVD’s available. Dr. Carl Totton, Director. 10630 Burbank Blvd., No. Hollywood, CA 91601 (818) 760-4219 www.taoistinstitute.com
TPA Wellness Center
Offers a comfortable and relaxing environment for one-on-one consultations and treatments of many painful or stressful symptoms. Professional Services include: Acupuncture & Acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine, unexplained infertility, improve IVF success rate, hormonal imbalance, recurrent miscarriage and pain management. Now we have an exciting new weight loss program. Dr. Yue Wang OMD, L.Ac. has nearly 30 years of experience. She specializes in Infertility, Medical/Wellness Management, Weight Loss and Face/Body Rejuvenation. Tel: (951) 693-5555. Web: www.tpawellness.com
Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC)
American Universal Medicine
Earn a degree in integrative energetic medicine in six semesters, plus a certificate as a whole health coach. This adjunct degree will complement your existing education to give you greater proficiency and tools to better help your clients, patients and yourself. (352) 682-8881, americanuniversalmedicine.org
Tai Chi by the Sea
Offering morning classes on New Smyrna Beach (weather permitting), afternoon and evening classes inside. Yang Tai Chi, weapons, Qigong www.taichibythesea.com or call (386) 423-0083.
Natural Healing Research Foundation
Envisioned by Grandmaster Hong Liu, the Natural Healing Research Foundation is an expression of his life’s work—advancing remedies for the major diseases facing humanity. Master’s mission is to show the efficacy of self-healing practices from natural healing to complement conventional health practices through education, implementation, and research. His vision is to teach and train the trainers through retreats and workshops as a direct method for people to prevent disease, enjoy greater longevity, and fulfill their innate potential. Website: www.qimaster.com
Genesee Valley Daoist Hermitage
Residential facility. Qigong, sustainable gardening, cooking, meditation to refine practice. Chinese herbal medicine, massage and daoist healing skills to harmonize chronic disorders. Travel/study to China P.O. Box 9224, Moscow, Idaho 83843. (208) 285-0123
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2020
100s of Cities, over 80 Nations. Be part of history, a worldwide wave of Tai Chi and Qigong, on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD is always the last Saturday of April, 10 am local time worldwide). Find a global listing of TC & QG teachers, schools and WTCQD events and Join Our Free Email Mailing List at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org.
Eastover Estate and Retreat
A 600 acre sanctuary & holistic healing retreat center offering the ideal facilities and environment for holistic programs, company training and retreats. The Estate is designed around an evocative “Summer Cottage” with beautiful spacious grounds. This elegant Estate offers a variety of program rooms, multiple meeting and studio facilities & outdoor spaces. Along with other programs, our various training & workshops for Qi Gong, Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Spiritual Sheng Zhen Gong & Healing Love Qi Gong for sexual energy transformation, also provide the essential tools for Healing & Mindfulness Practices. Web: www.eastover.com
Wandering Taoist Arts
Chen Pan Ling World Family Maryland Branch
Sifu Scott, Inner-Door Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Yun Ching, teaches private and group lessons in Taiji-Quan, Hsing-I, Baqua, Shaolin, Qigong, weapons, meditation, 40 years of experience. Frederick, MD (240) 675-1718 Web: www.scottacademykungfu.com, or www.chenpanlingworldfamilymaryland.com
Peaceful Dragon School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Chi Kung
Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, Asheville NC
The training program at Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) schools was devised by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. It can be divided into three main sections: External Styles, Internal Styles, and Qigong. All students must pass the qualification tests in order to advance to the next level. http://ymaa.com/training
Institute for Classical Asian Medicine
Neigong / Qigong, meditation, and Taiji (T’ai Chi) instruction by Dr. Henry McCann, DAOM, LAc, Daoist Neigong and Chen Taiji lineage holder. Center also offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment. Madison, NJ. www.qigongandlongevity.com or www.newjerseyacupuncture.com. (973) 660-0110
The Hidden Energies Behind Feng Shui
A cutting edge book sure to intrigue. It shows how our thoughts interacting with the subatomic particle field manifest the cures in feng shui. This is the first book to explain how this ancient earth science actually influences us mentally, emotionally and physically to improve our health and prosperity. From White Tiger and Blue Dragon to Sacred Geometry, crop circles, Tesla, ley lines and more. Available at www.quantumfengshui.org
Taoist Arts Center
Wu style Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Taoist Meditation. Private and group classes, beginners welcome. Director Susan Rabinowitz, 342 E. 9th St., NYC 10003 (212) 477-7055 website: www.taoist-arts.com
William C. C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan
Started teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan at the beginning of the 1950s while training as a live-in student of the famous Great-Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ching. Besides being the youngest of Professor Cheng’s senior student, he was also a favorite disciple. Grandmaster William C.C. Chen has devoted his life to the study of body mechanics and the effects of T’ai Chi Ch’uan for art of self-defense as well as on physical health, and to the application of the principles of Tai Chi Chuan. His approach is to make T’ai Chi Ch’uan simple, easier, natural, enjoyable and productive. Please visit website at www.williamccchen.com for classes and workshops.
Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School
qigong teachers’ training since 1990. we offer foundational and advanced certification programs to develop or strengthen your self-cultivation practice and qigong teachers’ training. 1631 NE Broadway #409, Portland, OR 97232 (503) 380-5814 http://www.linggui.org
Rose City Qigong
Having studied with several powerful teachers, Rose Allen has been enamored with the healing arts since 2005. As a certified Qigong instructor, she effectively brings her own study and strong personal practice to her students. www.RoseCityQigong.com
Wild Earth Acupuncture
Ancient Wisdom with a Modern Twist. Owned & Operated by Lenore Cangeloso LAc. MSAOm. We all want to feel vibrant and healthy yet things like pain, anxiety, or fertility issues can really slow us down. Let Wild Earth guide your way to optimal health! All treatments are tailored to meet your individual needs. 1235 SE Division St. Portland Oregon 97202 (732) 995-4751 www.wildearthacupuncture.com
Formless Taoism and Medical Qigong training and certification programs, private study available. Integrative health clinic for all diseases: Jing, Qi and Shen conditions. Ted Cibik, PhD, DMQ, ND, Zhong Yi. Call (724) 845-1041 or visit www.inner-strength.com
Clear’s Tai Chi
Classes, Workshops, Private Instruction and Instructor Certification Programs in Tai Chi Chuan, Push Hands Applications and Chi Kung including “Fa Kung” for Healing and Self Defense. Instructional Books and Videos also available. 113 E. Broadway Ave, Maryville TN 37804, (865) 379-9997 www.clearstaichi.com
Dragon’s Lair Taijichuan
International College of Medical Qigong
Dr. Bernard Shannon, DTCM, DMQ (China) offers Medical Qigong treatments, training, and certification courses; Taijiquan; and Baguazhang. The Medical Qigong programs develop a comprehensive foundation for Energetic Medicine with a focus on Medical Qigong Therapy and TCM. Treatments specialize in challenging issues: arthritis, cancers, fibromyalgia, female issues, stress, emotional challenges, geriatric disorders, and other ailments. (800) 848-0649 www.MedicalQigong.org
The Gompa Dr. John Painter
Baguazhang-Xingyiquan-Taijiquan-Qigong. Seminars and private instruction by 4th generation Shifu Daoqiquan system of Sichuan, China. P.O. Box 1777, Arlington, TX 76004 (817) 860-0129 or Fax (817) 460-5125 www.thegompa.com
Qi Elements, Herndon
Institute of Qigong & Integrative Medicine (IQ&IM)
Yi Ren® Qigong is designed to guide individuals to explore and express the intelligence and wisdom within the body through understanding, experiencing and integrating Qi-Mind-Body-Spirit principles. IQ & IM, 10127 Main Place Suite B, Bothell, WA 98011 www.iqim.org
Here are some quick translations and comments on our T-Shirt calligraphy characters. The designs intentionally leave off the English because the translations are often complex and the meanings personal. In our experience, they often start interesting conversations when people ask what they "say". We encourage you to research and explore the deeper, personal meanings which make your character selection special to you.
Pinyin: Qi; (Wades Giles: Ch'i).
Literally translated to air, breath or gas. But in the context of Chinese philosophy or medicine, Qi is most often translated as "intrinsic energy" or "life force". Most importantly, it means many things depending on the context of it's useage. See qi-encyclopedia.com for in-depth research and discussion.
Pinyin: Qigong; (Wades Giles: Ch'i Kung).
The cultivation of Qi or the study of things involving Qi (see above). But in modern times, the term is mostly used to describe various exercises that cultivate Qi for medical, spiritual, or health/longevity purposes.
Pinyin: Dao; (Wades Giles: Tao).
a Chinese concept signifying 'way', 'path', 'route', or sometimes more loosely, 'doctrine' or 'principle'. Within the context of traditional Chinese philosophy and religion, The Dao is the intuitive knowing of "life" that of which cannot be grasped full-heartedly as just a concept but known nonetheless through actual living experience of one's everyday being.
Pinyin: Taiji; (Wades Giles: T'ai Chi).
A Chinese cosmological term for the "Supreme Ultimate" state of undifferentiated absolute and infinite potential, the oneness before duality, from which Yin and Yang originate. The term Taiji and its Wades Giles spelling of T'ai chi are most commonly used in the West to refer to Taijiquan, an internal martial art and health promoting exercise based on the principles of Taiji.
Pinyin: He; (Wades Giles: Ho).
Harmony. The character consists of two parts, 禾 which has given the character its pronunciation and the chracter 口 (kǒu) "mouth". Together, they portray the traditional Chinese ideal of harmony between nature and humankind. This ideal also carries the associated meanings of balance and order, duty and diligence, respect and appreciation, and peaceful coexistence and cooperation.
Pinyin: Wu Wei; (Wades Giles: Wu Wei).
An important concept in Daoism that literally means non-action or non-doing. In the Daodejing, Laozi explains that beings (or phenomena) that are wholly in harmony with the Dao behave in a completely natural, uncontrived way.
Pinyin: Lóng; (Wades Giles: Lung).
Dragon. Unlike castle-burning dragons of Western stories, Chinese dragons are a benevolent symbol in Chinese culture and symbolize potent and auspicious powers. The dragon is also a symbol of strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. The Dragon was a symbol of imperial authority.
Pinyin: Jué; (Wades Giles: chüeh).
Intuition: Instinct, subconscious knowledge. An important concept in the Chinese holistic way of thinking. A natural or intuitive way of acting or thinking. The ability to understand something immediately without needing to think about it. It is said the Chinese mind tends to understand reality intuitively rather than logically.
Pinyin: Shou; (Wades Giles: Shou).
Longevity, long life: A combination of age and birthday. Longevity, as defined in the west, means merely the quantity or long duration of life. Longevity or "Chang Shou" in China is used with reverence for someone who enjoys the blessing of living a long time and having a quality of life.
Pinyin: Wǔ; (martial)
"Wu"; means "Martial" and is used in Martial Arts (wǔshu) or a Warrior (wǔshì). It is common to see the Wu character displayed in kungfu studios and signage. Note: This character is different from the Wu character used in dance.
Pinyin: ài; (Love)
The character for Love can also be translated as affection, to cherish, to deeply love, to treasure, etc. Unlike Western culture, it is not expressed often and is reserved for special occasions or spiritual connections. This character for love, comes from deep in the heart—-true love.
Pinyin: Chan; (Zen).
The character for Zen simply means Meditation, but it has become associated with Mahayana Buddhism which emphasizes sitting meditation in its practice. Originating in India and spreading through China as Chan Buddhism (the Chan character in Japanese is pronounced "Zen"), Zen is popular through the world.
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