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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (August 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434320278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434320278
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,738,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the first in an intended series by Lama Somananda Tantrapa. It is comprehensive, detailed and thorough. I learned a lot from reading it, and became aware of subtleties, aspects and dimensions I had previously missed, or had not paid attention to. In this book he opens new windows, doors, pictures and dimensions to peer through. These are not just sets of good practices and exercises, which are sensible for anybody to do in order to develop their 6th sense, which he calls Kinesthetic Awareness, but there is so much more. The book is peppered and spiced with quotations and stories from the classics, which, like the Zen Master's bamboo stick, kept waking me back up as to why we practice Qigong. Doing these practices will certainly help make you fitter, more flexible, healthier and happier. I certainly recommend reading it, and doing the practices. And he provides DVD's to follow up with. --James McRitchie, the Founder of the National Qigong Association, author of Chi Kung: Energy for Life: An Introduction to the art of cultivating your energy

Lama Tantrapa has shared his precious family tradition revealing the connection between the way you hold yourself and your culture of movement. Experiencing these teachings will help you release Qi blockages through creative and personal movement practice. It will stimulate you to reveal and manifest innate life dreams as you establish a new paradigm of consciousness for yourself. The most profound dream experiences happened to me after reading this book on more than one occasion. Many doors were opened to deeper and deeper layers of awareness and insight into the intricacies of my subconscious. I feel different as a result. The experiences helped me understand something about myself energetically and gave me a new awareness of the code of my being on this earth. I certainly hope you will delve into this wonderful book to find greater healing, peace and joy in your life. --Shoshanna Katzman, Former President of the National Qigong Association, author of Qigong for Staying Young: A Simple 20-Minute Workout to Culitivate Your Vital Energy

In this book, Lama Tantrapa goes straight to the essence of Qi Dao teachings that self-realization is synonymous with being in the flow. In doing so, Lama Tantrapa bridges the multiple traditions he has studied Buddhism, Daoism, Dzogchen with the pre-Buddhist, Shamanic tradition of the Tibetan peoples called Bon. His message is simple but not easy that the different forms of practice point to a single, essential shift in personal identity. This critical shift is from the usual way of seeing ourselves as separate from the goings-on of the universal life energy. This shift is an awakening to the realization that one's individual life path is inseparable with the flow of the universal life force. Lama Tantrapa is a constantly inviting each of us to step into that flow of universal life. His book contains both timeless wisdom, and daily practice instructions to help you on your way. The illustrations are some of the finest in print. --Bonnitta Roy, Former President of the National Qigong Association, Founding Editor of The Journal of Qigong in America --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There is NOTHING like this method anywhere... period. No other system of Qigong or other Energy Arts offers the full spectrum of skills and applications developed in this tradition by the generations of enlightened masters. The power and sophistication of the Internal Martial Arts unified with the spiritual potential of Yoga and Zen meditation... less the repetitive routines of daily meditation or holding poses. And the best thing about learning Qi Dao is its applicability to virtually any sphere of life: from peacemaking to lovemaking to moneymaking (except mixing the latter two).

Developing your kinesthetic, body and energy awareness may require a certain amount of perseverance and motivation, for which Qi Dao DVD can be EXTREMELY helpful.The benefits of Qi Dao Coaching include, but are not limited to the following: * Quickly and effortlessly enter the Qigong state of profoundly deep (and very pleasant) meditative trance * Become more relaxed, centered, peaceful, and connected to others * Manage and prevent stress by increasing your ability to deal calmly and clearly with whatever life throws your way * Enhance your learning ability, memory, intuition, creativity, and your clarity, focus and concentration * Enjoy remarkable improvements in your physical health and wellness, healing the areas that have stubbornly resisted change with other approaches * Increase your production of vital hormones responsible for your longevity, well-being, and quality of life * Take a quantum leap in your personal growth and self-realization.

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Customer Reviews

I thoroughly recommend Lama Tantrapa's book, Qi Dao - Tibetan Shamanic Qigong.
Gary Giamboi
He also explains the "why" as well as the "how," knowing that spiritual wisdom, being "in the flow," empowers and strengthens the practitioner.
I, like many others, have a tendency to want to be perfect in my replication of a particular movement or instruction.
Thomas P. Pamelia

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By docchalk on January 18, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
The Art of Being in the Flow tries to pass itself off as something secretive and different or better yet Chi Gong. I bought this book and the Dvd with the understanding you would learn a somewhat formless form. Deep spiritual and Physical healing. In other words you would create your own way of moving in the flow by learning these moves.
After completing the book and Dvd I found this to be very misleading. The content is good enough, you can learn about proper alignment. You can learn some descent strikes. But there is nothing new here whatsoever. And it certainly doesn't teach you how to create your own flow. It's okay but not nearly worth the praises it has received. You want proper alignment or flow then read some works by Tai Chi masters Ben Lo , William CC Chen or the Professor himself Cheng Man Ching.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By t on May 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Having read through the qigong literature for some years now, I find nothing particularly "groundbreaking" in this writing. The erudition of the writing is light; without a single citation for the sources the author quotes. Go to any park in Beijing and you'll see people doing warm-up exercises for their taijiquan or gongfu practice. These have been re-packaged as "harmonious culture of movement" or "earth kicks" and the "holding patterns" are reminiscent of Lowen's Bioenergetics. Nevertheless, the explanation of the mechanics of the movements or psychological source of the holding patterns are well done and offer some useful tidbits of insight. The written explanations of the "six directional movements" and martial applications are difficult to understand, perhaps needing the DVD to better complete the explanation.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tomas A. Maly on September 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't have this book but have briefly skimmed over it in the online preview and spent perhaps an hour of research, and generally think it's something you should take with a huge grain of salt.

My first problem is that the author claims Tibetan origin for his martial arts system and yet says he learned this through his Russian grandfather. Tibet is far from Russia, and any cultural migration would have been likely 1000 years ago. At that point, it would not be any more Tibetan than English people be Germanic in origin. It seems like Tibetan Bon was utilized either out of blind assumption or for marketing purposes, to sound exotic. I'm sorry, but 27 generations within his family (since 1227 AD as the book cover suggests) is no longer Tibetan in origin.

I would strongly doubt the historical validity of any spiritual/martial system whose most recent teacher is not well known (ie his Russian grandfather) or not of the same national origin of the system in question.

My second gripe is that he utilizes the phrase "Qi Dao", which is clearly Chinese. He says it's used because it sounds nicer than "Trul Khor", but in terms of energy work, he could have used "Tsa Lung" like more common in Bon tradition. And yet if I were a Tibetan (and even though I'm not), I would find this highly offensive, to use Chinese language to describe anything Tibetan, given that the Chinese have invaded and committed genocide within Tibet. Associating anything Tibetan with anything Chinese is a serious no-no.

Also, "Lama" is a Buddhist, NOT Bon, title, for a monk or tantric practitioner. I don't believe this guy is Tibetan Buddhist, so how can he use the title "Lama"? I also question his name change (Somananda), whether it's genuine or out of marketing purposes.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary Giamboi on November 26, 2008
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I thoroughly recommend Lama Tantrapa's book, Qi Dao - Tibetan Shamanic Qigong. It is well written, systematically laid out and enables anyone from absolute beginner to expert to follow the principles of Lama's Qi Dao. One way to explain the meaning of Qi Dao can be The Way of the Uniting with the Universe's Energy.

The benefits of achieving this union are innumerable. Most of us are already much too familiar with the problems associated with remaining cut off from ourselves and the Dao. The path to Enlightenment is not really complicated. It really can't be. Nature is simple. It always does what it needs to do without any thought process. It naturally flows just as it should. In fact, it is the complications we make in our lives that separate us from Qi Dao. The flow of our lives should be as easy as the flow of Nature. We need to wake up!

In my humble opinion, no one system which is capable of being explained to us mortals will have all of the answers. However, some systems will harmonize or resonate with you more than others. Qi Dao follows the Principles which will resonate with many who are looking for a Way to BE more natural. It has something for everyone; and, no one who reads this book will walk away without a new insight into themselves and the workings of the Dao! That alone makes it worth reading.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Johnson on March 17, 2009
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The uniqueness of Lama Tantrapa's book is in its emphasis on the foundational principles of Qigong rather than on the details of a particular form. This book is definitely not another exercise book. It is a deep exploration into the nature of "Being" as revealed through movement and energy awareness. This book will help you focus on the process rather than the end results and build the foundation for understanding the importance of movement in shaping the way you are.
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