History of Emei Qigong
the '"Lofty Eyebrow Peak,” is the highest and holiest of China’s four
sacred Buddhist mountains, and the Golden Summit Monastery is at its
highest point. In 1227 A.D., a priest who lived on the mountain made a
pilgrimage to the summit. Here, the Daoist monk meditated and fasted
while spiritual masters guided his path toward wisdom and enlightenment.
When he broke his fast, he took the name “Bai Yun,” or “White Cloud.”
enlightened monk combined the more than 3,600 schools of thought,
philosophies, and techniques that had been taught to him by his teachers
and created a comprehensive system of health called the Emei Linji
School of Qigong—or Emei Qigong for short. The Linji school is the
largest Chan Buddhist sect in China. Emei Qigong includes Buddhism,
Karma, Kanyu, acupuncture, herbal medicine, Daoist and Buddhist Qigong,
Taiji, extra sensory perception (ESP) diagnosis and treatment, iron
body, martial arts, and more. This system is devoted to maintaining
excellent health and treating diseases while attaining the highest
levels of spiritual development.
a pure vision, the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, a great spirit of Emei
Mountain, told Grandmaster Bai Yun to take the teachings and pass them
down, lineage holder to lineage holder, master to master, in order to
help future generations.
Bai Yun chronicled the sacred knowledge in a book called “The Emei
Treasured Lotus Canon” lest it be forgotten or misinterpreted. This book
is currently held in a Beijing museum.
until World War II, a succession of enlightened monks led the Emei
Linji School of Qigong. Each monk in his turn was given the title
Lineage Holder, and under their guidance, the knowledge and sacred
practices of Emei Qigong remained secret for nearly 800 years. But in
the mid-20th century, the 11 Lineage Holder, Grandmaster Yong Yan, had a
vision that caused him to change the protocol for succession. The
vision was the destruction of his great monastery and the pillaging of
sacred Emei Mountain. Therefore, Grandmaster Yong Yan mandated that the
position of Lineage Holder alternate between and be shared by a monk and
a chosen layperson. The lay Lineage Holder would be charged with making
the knowledge of Emei Qigong available to the public, while the monk
Lineage Holder would be charged with ensuring that the knowledge
remained intact and pure for future generations.
Zhou Qian Chuan
years surrounding the Second World War were a time of great political
and social turmoil in China, and people's lives were nearly intolerable.
During this time, while Grandmaster Yong Yan was traveling from
mountain to mountain, he met an army major general, Zhou Qian Chuan, who
was also a Western medical doctor. Major General Zhou had serious
internal cracking in his liver caused by the violent vibrations of a
bomb that had exploded very close to him. He had tried all the famous
Western medical doctors and no one could heal him. Grandmaster Yong Yan
befriended the major general, treating and curing his ailments with Emei
Qigong healing techniques. Overwhelmed with joy and gratitude, the
major general immediately decided to leave all his responsibilities to
become a monk and to serve this great man who had restored his health.
Grandmaster Yong Yan refused his request to become a monk but allowed
him to come to Emei Mountain to study under him. Zhou Qian Chuan studied
under and served Grandmaster Yong Yan for 13 years, and then the
Grandmaster ordained him as the first layman to receive the title
Lineage Holder. So it was that Zhou Qian Chuan became the 12 Lineage
Holder of Emei Qigong. Grandmaster Yong Yan then left Emei Mountain and
went to Southwest China, to the Kangding area. And as he had foreseen,
monks were imprisoned or killed and many of the monasteries on the
mountain were destroyed, including the Golden Summit Monastery.The newly
ordained Grandmaster Zhou stayed on Emei Mountain but often came down
and traveled to the Kangding area to relieve people from the suffering
of the war.
Abbot Ju Zan
World War II ended, Grandmaster Zhou went to Beijing to seek the
Supreme Buddhist Abbot Ju Zan, who held a similar religious title to
that of the Tibetan Dali Lama. Abbot Ju Zan knew of the great Emei
Qigong system through visions and was prepared for Grandmaster Zhou’s
number of years of studying (1950 – 1958), Grandmaster Zhou ordained
Abbot Ju Zan to also become the 12 Lineage Holder. Grandmaster Zhou
taught the monk everything that Grandmaster Yong Yan had taught him and
they shared the lineage together, according to Grandmaster Yong Yan’s
vision. In the 1960s, China’s Cultural Revolution began and Grandmaster
Ju Zan was wrongfully imprisoned for eight years. In prison, he
meditated and saw the future of Emei Qigong. He was released in the
Grand Master Fu Wei Zhong
future envisioned by Grandmaster Ju Zan centered on a young man named
Fu Wei Zhong who began his training on the day he was born in 1949.
Driven by an exceptional interest in old texts, he began studying
traditional Chinese medicine and reading ancient Chinese philosophies
when he was only six years old. By the age of 12, Fu Wei Zhong was
treating and healing people with techniques he had learned from his
reading and the instruction from his grandfather, a traditional Chinese
medical doctor and the emperor’s family doctor.
began his martial arts training in Shaolin Gongfu at the age of seven.
Several years later, he became a student of Luo Xing Wu, an eminent
Chinese martial arts grandmaster, from whom he learned many martial arts
disciplines, including Xingyi and Bagua Gongfu.
many other young people during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Fu Wei
Zhong was sent to the northeast China Heilongjiang province. Because of
his training, he was asked to work on a collective farm as a
veterinarian. He was 18 years old when he arrived and opened a medical
clinic. For eight years, he used traditional Chinese medicinal herbs and
treatment techniques, including acupuncture and Chinese massage, to
treat multitudes of sick people and animals with great success.
Wei Zhong returned to Beijing in 1976 and taught martial arts at the
Beijing Dongcheng District Martial Arts School for a year. He planned to
take a master’s degree in religion and was looking for a renowned
professor to guide him in the beginning. A friend, Liang Shu Ming, said
that he would take him to meet Abbot Ju Zan, the Supreme Abbot of
Chinese Buddhism and 12 Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.
Wei Zhong had had a recurring dream since childhood of a monk who would
change his life. He didn’t know who the monk was or why the images were
coming to him, but when he saw the face of the Abbot he recognized him
as the monk from his dreams. At their meeting, they looked at each other
and the Abbot said, “Oh, you’ve finally arrived, it’s time for you to
train!” as if they already knew each other.
Wei Zhong was invited to join a distinguished group of men and women
chosen to undergo training and a selection process for the position of
13 layman Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.
six months of intensive training and testing, Fu Wei Zhong was selected
by His Holiness, Grandmaster Ju Zan, to receive further instruction in
Buddhism, Daoism, traditional Chinese medicine, Taijiquan, Qigong, Feng
Shui, future prediction, and other Dharma methods exclusively
transmitted from one Lineage Holder to another within the Emei Qigong
system. During this time, Fu Wei Zhong was often in seclusion—studying,
cultivating, and integrating the system’s ancient texts into practical
forms and easy-to-read language that could be effectively taught to the
the title of the 13 Lineage Holder was bestowed on Fu Wei Zhong. He
received the Emei Qigong sacred book “The Emei Treasured Lotus Canon”
and officially assumed the title of Grandmaster as well as the
responsibilities of being the Lineage Holder. Grandmaster Ju Zan
directed him to begin teaching publicly, “In order to end the pain and
suffering of the world and to allow Emei Qigong to bring out humanity to
shine like the sun.”
the spring of 1985, Fu Wei Zhong began teaching Emei Qigong healing
techniques throughout China, thereby initiating a national
revitalization of the role of Qigong in Chinese medical theory and
practice. In 1989, he went into seclusion again to meditate for three
years so that he could further develop Emei Qigong techniques so they
could be more easily taught to the public in our fast-paced modern
society. It was during this period of extended meditation that he was
able to achieve the Qigong state necessary to decode the sacred Emei
Qigong skills. Fu Wei Zhong was able to decipher this information and
now teaches these skills in his lectures, seminars and writings.
Fu believes that only by training thousands of skilled Emei Qigong
practitioners will it be possible to restore and preserve the health of
millions. He has personally treated, healed and helped thousands of
people—the rich and famous as well as orphans and patients considered
incurable. China’s late president Deng Xiao Ping was among those helped
by Grandmaster Fu. Using the methods of Emei Qigong cultivation, medical
qigong and traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Grandmaster Fu has
successfully cured tens of thousands of people who have come to him for
36, he was recognized as one of the most prominent grandmasters of
Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese have dubbed him
“Emei Wizard” and “China’s Medical Buddha," as well as deeming him “The
Father of Modern Medical Qigong.” In addition, Fu Wei Zhong has been
made lifetime president of two Qigong institutions: The International
Medical Qigong Academy and The Emei Linji International Qigong Medical
Research Institute, and he holds honorary positions and titles in more
than 50 hospitals, medical colleges, Qigong clinics and Qigong
associations in China.
Wei Zhong is a learned scholar. Having read thousands of books, both
Chinese and foreign, he is well versed in the medical, philosophical and
theological theories of different schools, both Eastern and Western.
While studying, he took careful notes and wrote down his reflections,
which number over three million words. To date, he has published six
books and over twenty treatises in China.
Wei Zhong immigrated to the United States in 1995. His goal was to
disseminate Emei Qigong’s therapeutic techniques so that its methods
could be fused with contemporary western medical techniques. His goal is
to alleviate much of the suffering in today’s world. He is determined
to transmit the knowledge and skills of Emei Qigong to the American
arrival in the United States, Grandmaster Fu has given lectures and
workshops in over 30 American cities. He was invited to the University
of San Francisco and the University of California at San Diego to
lecture on Qigong and was a visiting professor at the American College
of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where he taught
curriculum-required courses on the Emei methodology of Qi (energy)
emission for diagnosis and treatment. In 1996, he participated in an
experiment at the Atlantic Tumor Hospital in California that involved
the emission of Qi into cancer cells. The initial positive results
enabled the experiment to be taken to a bigger scale. In 2001, these
encouraging results were published in the magazine, Spirituality and Health.Fu
Wei Zhong also participated in an experiment conducted by the
California Pacific Medical Center of Complementary Medicine Research
Institute to test Qigong and other holistic modalities in the treatment
of brain tumors from a distance. The Discovery Channel filmed
Grandmaster Fu at the Medical Center and aired the documentary in Canada
on a show called “Daily Planet.”
of 2006, there are many thousands of Emei Qigong students in the United
States and 2 million followers of Emei Qigong worldwide. What the world
needs now, more than ever, is a heart-centered system like Emei Qigong
to bring health, vitality and true kindness to people.
the fall of 2006, Grandmaster Fu taught the Level IV seminar, the Emei
Qigong Level I Teacher’s Training, for the first time. This month-long
session was held at Emei Mountain in China, and students stayed at the
Emeishan Grand Hotel at the base of the mountain during this time. The
training was successful; students emerged from this intensive training
with a much deeper and comprehensive undertanding of Emei Qigong, and
many will continue their training to become Level I teachers.
A second group of prospective Level I teachers took Level IV in 2007.
the next few years, Grandmaster Fu will concentrate on training the
monk who will become the next lineage holder in China and the students
who will become Emei Qigong Level I teachers in North America.
Grandmaster Fu and me in front of the Golden Temple at the summit of Mt Emei September 2011
I was introduced to Emei Qigong and Grandmaster Fu by my friend and Emei Qigong Master Celia Tom. I took a Level 1 class with her and kept going, studying Level 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 with Grandmaster Fu. At each level after studying and training my experience and understanding of the material and previous levels changed. For this reason, I repeated classes. I have always been drawn to nature, enjoying walks in the woods and mountains. This contrasts with my life in the city where I thought I could do more and more. With Emei Qigong I have worked toward increasing balance, being skillful in timing, and learning ways to conserve and increase energy.
I practice the Emei methods and enjoy helping others learn the Emei teachings. My wish is that many may benefit from the Emei knowledge and tools in their life.