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Fragrant Qigong (Xiang Gong)

 

Part II (level II)

 

Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

 

Recorded by: Peter Croke

 

Edited by: Vera Eby

 

 

Intermediate gong (training)

Hip motion: Sway the hips. Hips should make a circular motion front-side-back-side on the same side that the hands are making their
motion.  This hip motion is used on all of the exercises.

1. Palms down and swaying of the hips

Place the hands, palms down, directly in front of the body. Point the fingers towards each other while keeping them on the same level. Sway the hands side to side while swaying the hips at the same time.

2. Pushing hands and swaying of the hips

Place the hands, palms down, directly in front of the body. Point the fingers outward and place hands next to each other. Move the hands outward and back towards the body while swaying the hips. Hands should move in a slight circular motion

3. Both hands moving things

Place hands in front of the body. Imagine you are holding a small box about 10 inches wide. Keeping the box in your hands, imagine you are placing the box to the left of your body. Pick up the box and move it to the right side of your body. Repeat. Imagine the box always stays in your hands.

4. Both hands drawing squash

Place the hands, palms down, directly in front of the body parallel to the floor. Point the fingers outward next to each other while keeping them on the same level.  Sway the  right hand back and forth to the right, one side in a circular motion. Sway the hips at the same time.

5. Jade lady threading silk

Place the hands in front of the body with the fingers separated, chest level. Turn the hands one over the other in a circular motion. Turn the hands toward the body. This motion should be like turning a wheel. Palms should face outward when away from the body. Repeat.

1. Dragon lady picking lotus

Place the hands in front of the body, palms down (parallel to the floor). Place them at the hip level and point the fingers away from the body.  Place hands to the left of the body keeping the same position  at hip level.  Press the palms toward the floor. Turn to the right side and repeat.
           
2. Sprawling tiger moving qi

Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Curl the fingers of the hands, like claws, and face the palms outward. Place the hands to the left of the body while keeping the fingers curled. Turn to the right and repeat.

3. Moving staff

Place hands at the chest level and face palms outward. Curl the fingers as if you are holding an imaginary stick, with one hand next to the other.
Hands should be on the same level but not touching. Move the hands from left to right and back to the left. Keep the hands in the same position.

4. Poking the hands

Place the hands in front of the body between the belly button and the last rib. Turn to the left and poke hands downward with the fingers together.
Palms should face each other but not touch. Keep hands several inches apart.  Turn to the right side and repeat.

5. Old person swaying

Place hands in front of abdomen palms facing inward. Men right palm over  left and women left palm over right. Palms should not touch. Sway back and forth keeping the palms over each other and at the chest  level. Move the hands back and forth as needed to the left and right.

1.  Folding hands and drawing curves

Fold the hands with the fingers interlocked in front of the body at the  stomach/chest level. Back of the hands should be facing outward. Rotate the hands in an arc like movement up and down, bending at the elbows.


2. Heavenly girl presenting flowers

Raise both hands in the air above the head. Sway the hands and arms back and  forth, from the left to the right,  while they are above the head. Palms facing each other and shoulder width apart.

3. Heavenly girl spreading flowers

Place the hands directly in front of the body at the stomach level. Sway the  hands back and forth, left to right;  hands should not touch.  Palms should face down.

4. Empty hands moving the Qi

Place the hands directly in front of the body at the stomach level. Sway the  hands back and forth, left to right,  keeping the hands apart. Palms should face each other.

5. Three sages doing sitting meditation

Imagine you have a small box between your hands. Start in the center of the  body at the stomach/chest level. Place this box on your left,  then your right,  then bring it to the center.  Hold for 20 seconds and drop the hands.

Post exercise:

Bring the hands up to the throat level with palms facing away from the body.  Curl the fingers like claws and lower the hands down to the waist level making sure the hands are away from the body. Do this exercise only once.  Rub the palms together to make them warm. Then place them over the face but  not touching the face.  The palms should face inward. Bring the hands up to the forehead  moving up the outside of the face, bring the palms together at the forehead and drag the hands down to the chin without touching the face.  Repeat this exercise several times.

 

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Epilogue

 

The creator of Fragrant Qigong, Tian Ruisheng (田瑞生) claimed that this exercise was a classical Buddhist exercise.  From the names of the movements of Fragrant Qigong, and it's movements, it seems that they are created by a person who are not familiar with Buddhist philosophy or Buddhist scriptures. Many qigong exercises are created recently and are attributed to Buddha to draw attention or as a advertising gimmick.

Mr. Tian said that Xiang Gong (Fragrant Qigong) has 3 parts and the 3rd part is advanced part and you can only learn it from the grandmaster, (him) but he died . He died in September 30, 1995 of liver cancer. We do not know who has been appointed by him as the next grandmaster to teach the 3rd part of Xiang Gong.

 

Fragrant qigong is suitable for older people to use as a physical exercises but in a strict sense it should not be classified as qigong.

 

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