Retreat Teachers

At ZMM and ZCNYC

Pragata Blaise

Pragata Blaise spent twenty years in India studying with masters Osho and Poonjaji Maharaj, being initiated into many healing and meditation techniques.
After six years of intense practice in China, he met Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, who taught him the skills of the Shaolin Wahnam lineage which are not written, but transmitted only from teacher to student. He currently lives in Portugal.

Events with Pragata Blaise

Qigong for Health and Vitality
October 18, 2019

Qigong taps into the natural, ever-present wisdom and vitality of our bodies and the cosmos, allowing us to direct Qi energy to wherever it is needed. Practice of qigong builds experiential awareness of that which gives life to life, physical, mental and spiritual: it erodes unconscious tension, increases energy and clears away energy blockages. Consistent practice is an invaluable asset in overcoming disease. The word “qigong” is Chinese, but the arts of energy have been practiced since antiquity: by the Indians as “yoga,” the Tibetans as “wisdom art,” and the Egyptians and Greeks as “mystery art.” It is claimed that in physical terms the right practice of Qigong is superior to conventional exercise. Combining focused breathing and subtle meditative movements, practicing Qigong brings balance to our daily lives, restoring stress-filled bodies and settling anxious minds. It brings vigor to our zazen. In this retreat, we will study and practice selected exercises from the 18 Lohan Hands which teach us to summon the qualities of warrior-monk and poet. The retreat is open to those who have never practiced Qigong before as well as seasoned practitioners. Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you…