Jin Jing Gong – A Brief Overview
In the early Chinese history of Southern Liang Dynasty (5th C), a master from India named Damo visited the Shaolin Temple in Hunan Province, China, only to find the monks were living in a weak and sickly condition and had lost their way. Damo was forced to retreat to Mount Song to meditate on a solution to the monks’ illness. Withdrawing deep into mountainous seclusion, Damo eventually collaborated with other Taoist masters who had retreated into nature in order to produce the essence of Qi-yoga. Through the collaboration of these masters, Jin Jing Gong was created.
This was the birth of Jin Jing Gong, a Qigong with an origin deep within the mountains and inspired by those masters in the seclusion of retreat. The monks of the Shaolin Temple were to become some of the fiercest fighters and protectors of dharma (religious rites) know to history.
Over the centuries the Yi Jin Jing has been developed and refined by Daoists, Buddhists, martial artists and healers, often with a code of secrecy, dedicating the practice of Qigong to the preservation of physical, mental and spiritual life. Today, Jin Jing Gong is a tool for health of body, mind and heart and is accessible world wide. With gratitude, we strive to preserve this art, handed down a long line of masters to us today.
Download the first series of Jing Jing Gong movements here
Source of Diagrams: Lynne C. David MS ND LAc. Jin Jing Gong Shi Si Shi. A Brief History, Development and Methodology. (Portland: Rolling Rock Publications, 2004).