Tung Kuan Yen- Essentials of T’ai Chi Practice

by Ken Ryan on April 14, 2013

When:
May 23, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – May 24, 2013 @ 12:30 am
2013-05-23T23:00:00+00:00
2013-05-24T00:30:00+00:00
Where:
Bowdoin College Smith Auditorium in Sills Hall
Brunswick
ME 04011
USA
Cost:
Free!
Contact:
Ken Ryan
207-712-6264

A special treat! Master Tung is making his first appearance in Maine, offering a free seminar on T’ai Chi history and principles. His overview will include the four foundations: qigong (breathing)- stretching & chan su jing & dao yin- ma bu (stance training)- meditation, the 8 techniques and 5 steps (includes 5 elements), form, push hands and applications.

Born in Taiwan in 1959, he began to practice martial arts (Taekwondo, Lohan Chuan, and Shaolin Chuan) from a young age. These styles did not suit his needs however, because he did not have a strong constitution and good health at that time, so he became interested in internal styles. He began to practice with Master Xiong Wei (Su Wei) and, after hard practice, was accepted as a disciple. After severe practice with his Master, he learned the Yang, Hao, Chen and Zhao Bao styles, with a special preference for the latter twoHe began to teach martial arts full time in 1984, in Taiwan and, later, in Argentina and Spain. On pilgrimage in 1991 and 1992 to different regions of mainland China, he traced the roots of the Chen style and trained with Master Chu Tian Cai (Zhu Tian Cai) in Chenchiagou village, the birthplace of the Chen style. He later moved to Beijing where he met Grand Master Zhiquiang Feng (Feng Zhi Qiang), known as a “living treasure” in Chinese martial arts, and was immediately accepted as a disciple to receive that full lineage.

In addition to his practice of Taijiquan and Qigong, Master Tung has had, from a young age, a strong attraction to the philosophy and meditation of Chan Buddhism (known as Zen Buddhism in Japan and the West), finding strong support for his spiritual growth. His focus is not on the religious aspects of Chan, but rather on seeking a deeper understanding of his own existence. He maintains a constant practice of Buddhism and assists teachers in large Buddhist retreats, in addition to teaching novice monks.

Tung, Kuan Yen

Tung, Kuan Yen

 

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