Neigong.net’s vision is to engage people around the world in the internal exercises of neigong to find happiness, peace and enlightenment.
Neigong (neikung, neigung): internal exercise or skill. Neigong includes qigong breathing exercises, loosening exercises (daoyin) and different forms of energy (jing) exercises.
Neigong.net is devoted to the conversation about internal exercises associated with the the chinese term neigong in a vast sense including connected subjects as qigong, meditation, yoga and related areas as massage, healing, food therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Neigong is in many respects the Chinese equivalent of the Indian yoga system.
Neigong originates in Chinese philosophy of the Dao, the religion of Taoism (Daoism), Traditional Chinese Medicine and folklore, and has a 5000 year history. Neigong is a part of the daoist Neidan practice of internal alchemy in order to become a real human being.
There is a great number of different exercises which cultivates the treasures of Jing (Essence), Chi (qi, energy, air, breath or life force) and Shen (Spirit) for health, longevity and enlightenment.
Here a few examples of groups of neigong exercises: Standing Meditation (Standing like a tree, Standing Pole or Standing Post) in Chinese Zhan Zhuang or San Ti, different forms of meditation (dantien Yi Sou Dan Tien, small circulation Shao Chou Tien or grand circulation Da Chou Tien), breathing techniques (prenatal breathing, moving and still forms of qigong (chikung) as Baduanjin (Eight Pieces of Brocade), walking meditation (Kinhin), different forms of massage therapy (Tuina, Shiatzu, acupressure) body tapping of meridians, acupoint and body parts (upper, middle and lower dantien).
Food and diet therapy and parts of Traditional Chinese Medicine as for example the basic theory of yin and yang (yin-yang), Five Elements (Wuxing), Organ and Viscera (Zhangxiang, the zhang organs of the heart, lung, liver, spleen and kidney), qi and blood, the seven emotions, and knowlegde about the meridans (Du Mai, Ren Mai etc.) and acupuncture points (baihui, yintang, qihai, huijin, wei lu or changqian, mingmen, laogong, yongchuan etc), herbalism (herbology or herbal medicine), prevention of sickness, healing and theory of longevity is also a part of the esoteric neigong practice.
Finally and importantly Neigong belongs in the tradition of Chinese internal martial arts (neijia) as for example Tai Chi (taiji), Baqua (Ba kua or Pa kua), Hsing Yi, Yiquan (Ichuan or Dachengquan), Liu He Ba Fa, Baiji Quan. This includes by close relation other martial arts outside of Chinas as for example Daitoryu, Aikijujutsu and Aikido.
The Neigong.net project beginning intention is to create a serious living neigong source of original texts, exercises, references, comments, books, neikung masters, events etc. Neigong.net’s long term goal is to create and maintain the worlds largest information database on the subject. All created, constantly developed and maintained by the users of the site in the spirit of open source projects and projects like wikipedia.com.
Neikung.net’s is not meant to be a new battleground to measure your ego, decide who’s is best in what art or for that matter settle political discussions of any kind. Please bare this in your mind and body. Just consider everybody as an extension of your self. Neigong.net is not advocating any specific religious belief.
Everybody is invited to participate in the development of the site to the benefit of the growing neikung community through out the world.
Its my hope that Neigong.net can help facilitate an open and truthful conversation about the arts in the spirit of the renowned Taiji Master Cheng Man Ching: “To share good things with others is my true heart’s desire.”
My warmest welcome to you all, Thomas J. Dyhr
Editor of Neigong.net