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Date & Time Details: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Classical Qigong: The Silk Brocades—Standing and Seated: A concise and complete daily practice

with Paul Bloom

July 20, 2019

Paul Bloom’s teacher Kwan Sai-hung claimed that the Silk Brocades-Standing (Diamond Body) was the “Real McCoy,” supremely effective in creating physical strength and flexibility, stamina and endurance, and mental focus and toughness.  Li Jing-yun, the famous immortal (reputedly 1678-1933), attributed his longevity to the Seated Silk Brocades.  In this set, one cultivates a more subtle flow of energy to purify and nourish one’s body, heart/mind, and spirit.

Over the course of the day, we will balance the active movement of the Seated Brocades with the stillness of zazen.  This is to deepen our awareness and sensitivity, transforming our physical energy into creative/spiritual energy, to ultimately achieve a higher level of physical radiance and spiritual illumination.

Ideally one practices the Diamond Body in the morning and the Seated Brocades at night before going to bed, but they can also be done together. A concise practice to increase your longevity and attain spiritual realization!

Everyone is welcome.  No previous experience necessary.

Video links of the practices will be available.



Paul Bloom
Paul Bloom studied Chinese philosophy and history at Harvard and Columbia Universities. He has studied and practiced Classical Qigong with Kwan Sai-hung for over 30 years; Zen Buddhism with Roshi Joan Halifax, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi; and Tibetan Buddhism with Professor Robert Thurman and Gelek Rinpoche. Paul has led Qigong workshops at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY; Tibet House, NYC; Menla Retreat Center, Phoenicia, NY; Casa Bellavista, Monezuma, Costa Rica; and at Buddhist retreats nationwide. He presently teaches throughout the Hudson Valley, including Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper and at Tibet House in NYC. He lives in Woodstock, NY.  For more info:
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