Meditation and relaxation as means for improving human mind and body have been practised by Chinese, Indians, Jews, Arabs and Christians for centuries. This was especially true of Tao-ists in China, who called it, "Chi Kun9" (Cultivation of Energy in humans) . Indians have what is known as "Yoga". In Western Europe, and the Araericas, many Christians, both in the Catholic and the Protestant churches have for a long time practised "meditation and relaxation" mainly for religious and spiritual purposes, with or without a conscious intention of improving the mind and body.
In the Republic of China and Mainland China, various forms of "meditation and relaxation" including "Tai Chi," sometimes in the Western world known as "Shadow Boxing," or a special kind of "Kung Fu" (martial arts), have been increasingly popular during the past three decades. Today, with the rapid improvement of communications, peoples of the world have daily grown closer. The arts of "Tai Chi", "Kung Fu" and "Chi Kung"(meditation and relaxation), gradually are attracting the attention of Europeans and Americans. Xn recent years, doctors, such as Herbert Benson, Wallace, Elmer and Alyce Green, and other scientific as well as clinical researchers have pointed out the beneficial effects of medication and relaxation, and biofeedback, with researched documentary support. One particular instance, James May, the first known non-Chinese student ever written up, gave his personal testimony in 1978, on how he had learned "Chi I Kung" (Chinese meditation energy). In 1973 he began to learn Taoist neditation. In 1976 he took mere lessons on meditation and relaxation from a Taoist, Wang Liam from Taiwan and experienced improvement of his physical health. James later wrote to Wang Liam expressing his gratitude for his teaching, which greatly improved his health. Uang has published a book on Taoism in which he cited the case of James May.
Chief Editor Lawrence Young, M.D. has been engaged in active clinical practice in New York City for many years. In his book, he cited various "methods of meditations", and quoted from interviews he had conducted with various noted and credible persons. These interviews have been verified by reliable sources, before inclusion in this publication. He is mainly concerned with the involvement of meditation in relation to its mental' and physical effect, and tries to leave out any religious connotation they may have.
Dr. Lawrence Young mentions the fact that Master Man-Tak Chia has learned and
mastered the esoteric Microcosmic Circulation living heirs to this secret
art of Taoist Meditation, which means the enrichment of the
of the human body.
Taoisfc Meditation practice, which may
Chia is one of the very few still be taught and learned in
Taiwan and young man,
Hongkong, Mainland has mastered'"PaoiEt
China, and South-East Asia. Master Chia, though still a Chi Kung", and "Kundalini Yoga", and selected the gist of
both methods Arthritis and
for the improvement of health and to rheumatism in various joints, (2)
help several kinds of illness, such as Asthcaa and chronic bronchitis,
Hypertension, (4) General de-conditioning, (5) Insomnia, (6) Liver cirrhosis, (7) tuberculosis in an early stage, (8) Recurrent headaches, (9) Reducing frequency colds and other episodic illnesses, (10) Regression of tumors. .
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Master Chia can teach his method of meditation in simple terms and conducts his lessons in either English or Chinese, Mandarin & Cantonese. Besides, it is not. difficult for anyone, young or old, man or woman to learn this valuable help to one's own healt-h in three months. The essential -techniques of this Taoist esoteric art. will enable the learner to enjoy life more peacefully and fully.
Stephen Pan, Ph. D. Director of East Asian Research Institute, 86 Riverside Drive, New York, N.Y. 10024 July 1, 1980.