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A Complete Guide to Chi-Gung Paperback – March 7, 2000
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The descriptions of the exercises are the best of any of the books I have read since (about 8), and the practice routine he includes is extremely well-structured and beneficial. I have been doing this routine daily for about 6 months, and have enjoyed numerous substantial benefits from it. No other author I have found has provided such a complete workout routine. I have continued to use it as a basis for additional material I have learned from other sources.
I am most grateful that Mr. Reid, among others, has been willing to make this information available to us in print.
He takes you through the history, theory, practice and goals of Chi-gung with some of the most fantastic and clear writing I've ever seen. I own several of his other works including the Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity, The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing, The Tao of Detox, Chinese Herbal Medicine and others.
The book is very well researched and written and takes you from the beginning and history of Chi-gung all the way up to the fantastic powers and achievements of the monks and beyond.
While this is not so much a how to book as a serious book sharing the knowledge of chi-gung itself, he does include a solid section of various meditations, physical exercises and other chi-gung techniques showing the steps with numerous diagrams and clear instruction on their practice.
This is a book that I enjoy reading over and over again and I recommend it to friends and students alike.
I read this book about 9 yrs ago when I got serious with my martial arts training, I wished to learn The Dragon Tiger Double Sword Style (a 630yr old method) but 'Before I could lift a blade I must become proficient in Chi Gung Training' I had no idea what this "Chee goong" was, so I looked for a source to study.
This is the book I purchased.
The first half of the book is a summary of Chinese history, the origins of Chi Gung & a bunch of stories &"scientific" studies verifying the results of high level practice's in healing. I liked the one about the Monk who healed the cancer patient in hospital from the temple some distance away, the patient could smell the incense the monk was burning while in his healing meditative trance. Interesting stuff, but depending on the reader this can become long winded & it feels like he's trying to convince a sceptic "it really works". I take everything I read with a grain of salt, but its doubtful many who purchase this book will need convincing.
The results speak for them self as anyone who has done at least a few months Chi Gung training will know.
I usually read books cover to cover, but I was forced to jump to the practical sections in the second half of the book & begin training. I ended up reading the book twice through then lent it out to several interested friends & it eventually disappeared, its defiantly one for the collection so I got it again on here.
After reading this book I went on to find a Sifu to train with & now I can call the Chi with a slap of the palms & a deep breath, it is a beautiful thing. I recommend this book & any other Chi Gung book as long as it leads you to practice.
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Get moving again. there is only so much to be gained by stillness.Published 9 months ago by hunter green
It's not easy writing a review about a book explaining practices that have grown up over millennia and untold generations. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written and detailed guide of diverse chi kung exercises. The only thing that would make it better is if there were some actual photos, instead of vague drawings.Published 15 months ago by Tengu151
This is an amazing book that teaches you the basics and beyond of Qigong practice and lifestyle. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book from history down to health and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tenzin Gyaltsen
A very good book. Well researched and written.
Daniel Reid obviously knows his subject. Clear instructions on the practice of Chi Gung and a comprehensive history of the... Read more