Shíba Luohan Gong (十八羅漢手) translates roughly as eighteen techniques of the enlightened ones. The exercise combines internal cultivation of qì (vital life force energy), tranquility, and consciousness with development of external physical strength, vigor, and flexibility. Dynamic yet meditative, challenging yet fun, the set is said to be 1,500 years old, attributed to Bodhidharma, a patriarch of Indian Buddhism and founder of the Chán (Zen) sect in China.
According to legend, he taught the Luohan exercises to the monks of the Shaolin Temple to fortify their bodies and deepen their meditation. With elements of yoga asana and martial art, the set involves body, mind, breath, and spirit in an ancient ritual designed to foster health, longevity, and perhaps even enlightenment.
This DVD is not only to assist the practice of those proficient in the set, but also to teach the set to those who would learn it. As such it is appropriate for beginners. It contains over an hour of indoor instruction, with separate movement and breathing sections in rear-view and mirror-image for each Luohan, a rear-view, mirror-image review of the entire set, and a full outdoor front-view performance. Frequent chapter marks make navigation easy.
Dr. Dunbar began his study of Taijiquan and Qigong in 1975. He is founder and director of the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School/ Dr. Dunbar was a disciple of the late Master Jou, Tsung Hwa, with whom he studied for over 20 years. We at The Gompa highly recommend this video by our good friend Dr. Jay Dunbar.
Total length: 126 minutes.