Livia Kohn, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies, Boston University
Zhongxian Wu's latest book, Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong, successfully continues his previous explorations of the highly secret shamanic tradition of self-cultivation as practiced on Mt. Emei in Sichuan. He provides a comprehensive and very accessible introduction to the main concepts and principles, then outlines twelve distinct exercises that tend to focus on the internal guiding and activation of qi, supported by hand and arm movements as well as mental visualizations and specific breathing patterns. The exercises can be done one by one or in an integrated sequence. They offer a potent introduction to Daoist meditation and open a unique access to our internal energies. A great book for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.