The Chan School of Qigong came to China from India during the Sui Dynasty, a dynasty of great strength. The Budidarma, a disciple of the Buddha (Prince Siddhartha) came to China in 527 AD, about 1500 years ago and the Sui Emperor wanted to meet him. The emperor built many temples around China and placed many images of the Buddha as well. He was very proud of the things as well as his many good deeds. He wanted the Budidarma to reassure him that he could reach enlightenment as a result of all of the external things that he has done. On several occasions the Budidarma said this was not enough. He told him he needed to cultivate his internal self, his true heart and true self, and share the knowledge with others as well as do the good deeds. The emperor did not understand and went away.
Budidarma stayed in China so he could teach the true path of Enlightenment. It was very difficult, people were resistant to change. During the 3rd Lineage Holder 5 different schools evolved, one them was the Chan Linji School which became and still is the largest group of Chinese Buddhists, another group went to Japan and became the Zen Buddhist School. By the time of the 6th Lineage, most of the other schools died out while Linji continued and thrived. The following is a history of the Chan Linji School of Emei Qigong from 1227 AD until the present time.
Emei, the "Lofty Eyebrow Peak" is the highest and holiest of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains, and the Golden Summit is at it's highest point. In 1227 A.D., a Daoist monk, who lived on the mountain made a pilgrimage to the summit. Here, he meditated and fasted while spiritual masters guided his path toward wisdom and enlightenment. When he broke his fast, he took the name "Bai" or "White Cloud".
The enlightened monk combined more than 3,600 schools of thought, philosophies, and techniques that had been taught to him by his teachers and created a comprehensive system of health called the Emei Linji School of Qigong - or Emei Qigong for short. The Linji school is the largest Chan (Zen) Buddhist sect in China. Emei Qigong includes facets of Buddhism, Karma, Kanyu, extra sensory perception (ESP), acupuncture, herbal medicine, Daoist, and Buddhist Qigong, Taiji, diagnosis and treatment, iron body, martial arts, and more. This system is devoted to maintaining excellent health and treating diseases while developing the highest levels of spiritual development.
In a pure vision, the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, the great spirit of Emei Mountain, told Grandmaster Bai Yun to take the teachings and pass them down, lineage holder to lineage holder, master to master, in order to help future generation.
Grandmaster Bai Yun chronicled the sacred knowledge in a book called "The Emei Treasured Lotus Canon".
The years surrounding the Second World War, Grandmaster Yong Yan
This was a time of great political and social turmoil in China, and people's lives were very difficult. During this time Grandmaster Yong Yan was traveling from mountain to mountain, he met an Army Major General, Zhou Qian Chuan, who was a Western medical doctor. Major General Zhou had serious internal cracking in his liver caused by the violent vibrations of a bomb that had exploded very close to him. He had tried all the famous Western medical doctors and no one could heal him. Grandmaster Yong Yan befriended the Major General, treated and cured his ailments with Emei Qigong healing techniques.
The Major General was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. He wanted to leave all of his responsibilities to become a monk and to serve this great man who had restored his health. Grandmaster Yong Yan refused his request to become a monk but allowed him to come to Emei Mountain to study under him.Zhou Qian Chuan studied and served Grandmaster Yong Yan for 13 years and the Grandmaster ordained him as the first layman to receive the title Lineage Holder. This was a significant change in the philosophy of only passing down this sacred information from monk to monk. The lay lineage holder was to have two major responsibilities, One was to spread the teachings of Emei Qigong to the public so that more people may benefit from the powerful knowledge held within the Emei tradition. The other was to pass the the Emei Qigong teachings to the designated Monk (see below.
Grandmaster Ju Zan, the end of the Second World War
When the Second World War ended, Grandmaster Zhou went to Beljing to seek the Supreme Buddhist Abbot Ju Zan, the monk to whom he would pass the Emei Qigong traditions and teachings. Abbot Ju Zan's had a religious status and title is similar to that of the Tibetan Dalai Lama. Abbot Ju Zan knew of this great Emei Qigong system through visions and was prepared for Grandmaster Zhou's arrival.
After a number of years of studying (1950 - 1958). Grandmaster Zhou ordained Abbot Ju Zan to also be the 12th Lineage Holder. Grandmaster Zhou taught the monk everything that Grandmaster Yong Yan had taught him and they shared the lineage together. China's Cultural Revolution began and Grandmaster Ju Zan was wrongfully imprisoned for eight years. In prison, he meditated and saw the future of Emei Qigong. He was released in the early 1970's.
Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong, to the Present
The future envisioned by Grandmaster Ju Zan centered on a young man named Fu Wei Zhong who began his training on the day he was born in 1949. Driven by a deep interest in old texts, he studied traditional Chinese Medicine and read ancient Chinese philosophies when he was only six years old. By the age of 12, Fu Wei Zhong was treating and healing people with techniques he had learned from his readings and the instruction from his Grandfather, a traditional Chinese medical doctor.
He began his martial arts training in Shaolin Gongfu at the age of seven. He became a student of Luo Xing Wu, an eminent Chinese martial arts Grandmaster, from whom he learned many martial arts disciples, including Xingyi and Bagua Gongfu.
Like many other young people during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Fu Wei Zhong was sent to northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Because he was training, he worked as a veterinarian. He was 18 years old when he arrived and opened a medical clinic. For eight years he used traditional Chinese medicinal herbs and treatment techniques, including acupuncture and Chinese massage to treat multitudes of sick people and animals with great success.
Fu Wei Zhong returned to Beijing in 1976 and taught martial arts at the Beijing Dongcheng District Martial Arts School for a year. He planned to take a master's degree in religion and was looking forward for a renowned teacher to guide him in his studies. A friend took him to meet Abbot Ju Zan, the Supreme Abbott of Chinese Buddhism and 12th Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.
Since childhood, Fu Wei Zhong kept having a recurring dream of a monk. He did not recognize the monk nor knew why the images kept coming to him. When he saw the Abbot, he recognized him as the monk from his dreams. At their meeting, they looked at each other and the Abbot said, "Oh, you've finally arrived, it's time for you to train" as if they already knew each other.
Fu Wei Zhong underwent training to be the 13th layman Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.
He received training in Buddhism, Daoism, traditional Chinese medicine, Taijiquan, Qigong, Feng Shui, future prediction, and other Dharma methods exclusively transmitted from one Lineage Holder to another within the Emei Qigong system. Fu Wei Zhong was usually in seclusion - studying, cultivating and integrating the system's ancient tests into practical forms and easy-to read language that could be effectively taught to the public.
in 1984, the title of 13th Lineage Holder was bestowed on him. He received the Emei Qigong sacred book, "The Emei Treasured Lotus Conon" and officially assumed the title of Grandmaster as well as the responsibilities of being the Lineage Holder. Fu Wei Zhong still holds both titles today. Grandmaster JuZan directed him to begin teaching publicly, so that "the pain and suffering of the world could end and to allow Emei Qigong to bring humanity to shine like the sun".
In the spring of 1985, Fu Wei Zhong, began teaching Emei Qigong healing techniques throughout China, initiating a national revitalization of the role of Qigong in Chinese medicine's theory and practice. In 1980, he went into seclusion again to meditate for three more years. During this period of extended meditation , he achieved the Qigong state necessary to decode and decipher the obscure and complex Emei Qigong teachings and techniques and adapt them into a form that could be more easily taught to the public in our fast paced society, Grandmaster Fu now teaches some of these skills as well as training his advanced students to become teachers of this incredible health giving system in lectures, seminars and writings.
At the age of 36, he was recognized as one of the most prominent Grandmasters of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese dubbed him the "Emei Wizard" and "China's Medical Buddha" as well as deemed him "the father of Moderm Medical Qigong". In addition, Fu Wei Zhong has been made lifetime president of two Qigong institutions: The International Medical Qigong Academy and the Emei Linji International Qigong Medical Research Institute, and he holds honorary positions and titles in more than 50 hospitals, medical colleges, Qigong clinics and Qigong associations in China.
Fu Wei Zhong immigrated to the United States in 1995. His goal was to disseminate Emei Qigong's therapeutic techniques so that its methods could be fused with contemporary western medical techniques. During his time in the States, Grandmaster Fu gave lectures and workshops in over 30 American cities. He was invited to the University of San Francisco and the University of California at San Diego to lecture on Qigong and was a visiting professor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where he taught curriculum required courses in Qigong methodology of Qi (energy) emission for diagnosis and treatment. Grandmaster Fu now spends time in both China and the United States as well as speading Emei Qigong to other parts of the world.
Fu Wei Zhong had made two major promises to his master, Abbot Ju Zan. First, he was to pass on the complete teachings of the Emei Linji Qigong tradition to the next monk lineage holder, which he has already accomplished. Secondly, he was going to spread the teachings of Emei Qigong to the world so that many can benefit from it. To spread the teachings of Emei Qigong to the world, he has developed a system of courses that are completed by dedicated students. Many of his students have become teachers using this system to continue his work to spread and share the benefits embodied in Emei Qigong.
Today, there are thousands of Emei Qigong students in the United States and more than 2 million followers of Emei Qigong worlwide. What the world needs now more than ever, is a heart centered system like Emei Qigong to bring health, vitality and true kindness to people.