is the Luohan Gong?
The Luohan Gong is a profound, ancient, and rich historical system
of health and spiritual cultivation. The system dates to approximately
527 AD, when Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen (Ch'ang) Buddhism, created
the foundation form, The Hands of 18 Luohan, as a way of strengthening
his disciples (the monks who later became the monks of the Shaolin
Temple) for the physical and spiritual rigors of seated meditation.
The system evolved over time to include three other layers, the Siu
Luohan, (pron. sue low-han) or “small’ Luohan), the Tai
Luohan (pron. die low-han, - or “big” Luohan) and the
Wuji (pron. woo-jee – “Great Void”). Each of these
practices combine knowledge from Indian and Chinese sources, observations
of nature and animal behavior, as well as Bodhidharma's intuition
and insight, yet have very different characteristics and functions.
Whereas they all use the body, breath and mind to move energy (qi),
The 18 Luohan focuses on using the body, the Siu Luohan emphasizes
the breath as the fundamental mechanism to move energy, and the Tai
Luohan utilizes the mind. The Wuji is an advance martial arts form
combining all the aforementioned skills with struggling techniques.
Each of these practices cultivates the three treasures: Jing (power)
Qi (energy) and Shen (spirit) and results in tremendous improvement
in overall health and well-being.
What is a Luohan? A Luohan is one who has achieved a high level of
spiritual cultivation. He/She has tamed emotional and mental activity
to gain clear insight. The next level beyond Luohan is to become a
Buddha. Hands of 18 Luohan refers to the hands of each of the Luohans who were
Buddha's main disciples.
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The Hands of the 18 Luohan
The Moon is one of the few schools in the country offering instruction
in the Hands of the 18 Luohan. (Please read What
is the Luohan Gong?). The 18 Luohan is a challenging qigong form
offering all the energetic benefits of the softer forms, yet satisfying
the need for a good stretch. It is perfect on its own or as an ideal
way to cross-train with your already established practices. For example,
Yoga practitioners appreciate it as it is the historical bridge form
between Yoga and Qigong. Zen Practitioners are pleased as it was created
by Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen (Ch’ang) Buddhism, and martial
artists are inspired to know it was used by the Shaolin Monks as the
“blueprint” for Kung Fu. Study the Hands of 18 Luohan
at Embrace The Moon to enjoy a more athletic form of moving meditation,
while cleansing and strengthening all your internal systems, increasing
your bone density, achieving a deeply quiet heart and mind, as well
as enjoying all the usual benefits of a Qigong practice (see
What is Qigong).
Luohan, Dai Luohan
Experience the broader Luohan system with training in the Siu Luohan, the second set, and the Dai Luohan. Students should be familiar with and have an established practice in the Hands of the 18 Luohan Qigong.
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