Published in Common Ground,
and Spiritual Mastery: Master Qinyin Discusses Qigong,
Meditation and the Path of the Feminine
Qinyin is a renowned teacher and an award-winning Qigong innovator
from China. She is creator of Qinway Qigong
and founder of Qinway Qigong Institute
in Oceanside, CA (near San Diego). Her break-through techniques have been
featured in Qi Journal, The Empty Vessel Magazine, Kungfu Magazine,
CG: What is it like as
a woman to train in China in Qigong and meditation?
a lady, I was fortunate to receive so much training in Qigong and meditation
in China. In both Buddhist and Daoist traditions, they emphasize the student's
origin or spiritual past (lives). Many of my high-level Qigong masters,
who have special abilities, told me about my special "origin"
and mission. Although now I feel comfortable with it, I was very confused
and uneasy at that time. Why should I be different from other people?
How do I associate with ordinary people? When I was young, I always tended
to negate my spiritual past. When I received training from my Qigong masters
(some of them are male masters), they didn't view me as simply a female.
From the perspective of over three dimensions, sex doesn't make a difference.
Qigong masters only look at your potential and "wisdom root".
CG: Knowing that some
of your teaching came through a woman teacher was it a feminine teaching?
Is there an aspect to the teaching and the path that is more feminine
first meditation teacher is my maternal grandmother. What she taught me
was general meditation, not tailored to ladies. Actually, in the 1980s
and 1990s, Qigong was so popular in China that many Chinese women started
to learn and practice Qigong. Many of my Qigong masters were female, including
my mentor Abbess Huikong at Sacred Mt. Puto and later a Tibetan master.
My male Qigong masters did not make much differences between their male
or female students either.
In the Daoist
tradition, there are some special Qigong trainings for ladies. For example,
"Female Elixir Method" offers a different beginning Qigong technique
for ladies. Another Qigong method is called "Kill Red Dragon",
which means to stop or reverse monthly period for energy conservation
and rejuvenation purposes.
In the Buddhist
tradition, sexes do not matter very much. Buddhism emphasizes enlightenment,
i.e. transcending to higher dimensions, where all beings are born from
lotus, without sex denomination. For example, there was an abbess at Sacred
Mt. Jiuhua, who left her body behind intact for years after she achieved
enlightenment. What amazed her disciples was that when they opened the
urn where her body was kept, they discovered that the abbess's two major
female characteristics had disappeared. This is another testimonial that
sexual differences do not exist in higher dimensions, while they exert
huge influences in the human sphere.
CG: Has your reception
as a woman Qigong teacher been different here in the United States?
I came to the US five years ago, I haven't felt much difference in being
a woman Qigong teacher here. What impressed or challenged me the most
are actually language and cultural differences. I was fully trained in
Chinese classics, written in ancient Chinese, which is difficult even
for an ordinary Chinese, just like Middle Age English is for an ordinary
American. When I was teaching Qigong in China, my audience had a similar
cultural background to mine. Now my American audience rarely has the same
background, which sometimes limits the extent of my Qigong teaching.
Andy: Is it different
working with women and men?
matter I teach male or female students, I always get into a deep Qigong
state, which temporarily empties sexual differences. I think my students
view me more as a Qigong teacher than as a woman. However, when I give
my students individual directions (especially in advanced classes, such
as Qigong Retreats), I will factor their sexes in. Even here, sex is not
so much important as the student's unique biological waves or spiritual
CG: Is there any reason
we don't hear about more women Qigong teachers?
a woman Qigong master will probably encounter more difficulties or even
sufferings in her training. She would have to strongly identify with her
mission in order to be prepared for her career. Now our Qinway Qigong
Institute offers a three-day Awakening Certification
Program and a turn-key teaching system, which make it much easier
for a woman to become Qigong instructor. Also modern society offers a
larger pool of qualified women to become potential Qigong teachers. I
hope that we will hear more about women Qigong instructors, who can better
understand women's special needs.
CG: In traditional Buddhism,
it was considered more difficult for women to reach enlightenment? Is
that true? Was it because of women's monthly hormonal cycle or was it
just from the male dominated societal view?
Buddhism originated from India, where social and sexual statuses played
a significant role. Women at those times had less chance to be educated
and function in public, and spent more time at home as a housewife. Hence,
when founder Sakyamuni Buddha started his teachings ("turned the
Dharma wheel initially") about 2,500 years ago, women had a weaker
foundation and achieved less. Still, from Buddhist classics, we saw cases
where women reached enlightenment. The low statistics for enlightened
women is more a result of social environment and less from the nature
of being female. In modern society, it is now easier for women to get
educated and be active in almost all areas of human activities. From the
higher-dimension point of view, some beings are sent to the human world
to accomplish missions. Sometimes, it is convenient to assume female roles.
A prominent example is Quanyin Buddha, who appeals to many women and actually
wasn't a lady in heaven. Regarding women's monthly period, it is not so
relevant for enlightenment. Menstruation is just like ocean tides, which
is part of the natural laws governing women.
CG: On the other hand,
some people say women are more sensitive then men. In your opinion,
it is easier for women to develop special abilities because of their
one's sex doesn't play a big role in developing special abilities. In
general, the later puberty starts, the easier it is to activate ones'
special abilities. Special ability potentials are also closely related
to one's past lives.
women's sensitivity, especially in emotions, does affect their spiritual
practice. It has its pluses and minuses. On the one hand, women tend to
use more intuition than logic. Too much logical thinking may become an
obstacle for attaining emptiness. On the other hand, too much emotional
fluctuation can be counter-productive. Hence, ladies need to learn to
be more stable and constant in their spiritual practice.
CG: What are some of
the primary health challenges for women in the 21st century?
of all, because of improper diet for many American women, their first
menstruation came very early in their lives. For some it came at the age
of 11 or 12. The sooner the puberty comes, the sooner the woman gets old
(menopause in this case). Early menopause can cause big health problems.
Specifically, they eat too much food without spirituality, i.e. food that
is processed, refrigerated or put on shelves such as fast food or junk
food. These kinds of food reduce the activities of cells, and makes the
body obese and old.
issue is that we use more and more electrical/magnetic machines in our
offices and homes. These tend to disrupt our normal biological frequencies.
As a Qigong master, when I meditate at night, I can feel the disturbing
waves if some machines aren't turned off. Ordinary people are not so sensitive
to these waves, only because their bodies become numb due to blockages.
has to do with our fast-pace society nowadays. Many people take on too
much stress. On the other hand, the current mainstream educational system
does not include any decent knowledge about using natural energy or universal
energy for self-healing. Therefore, many people still rely solely on drugs
and are not open to the possibility of natural healing.
usually care much about beautification, or how they look. However, the
healthcare market only offers them superficial techniques for skin care.
What they really need is an "internal shower" or fundamental
cleansing triggered by an effective Qigong system.
CG: How can Qinway Qigong help women regarding these primary health
you already have health problems because of bad diet or lifestyle, improving
your diet or lifestyle only helps to keep it from getting worse. But it's
not sufficient to reverse it, since toxins and blockages have already
built up in the body. Qinway Qigong offers instant connection to universal
energy and six major ways of detoxification to push toxins out of the
body. All exercises in Qinway Qigong are easy-to-follow and highly effective.
bad diet, Qinway Qigong has incorporated the ancient Daoist special diet
Bigu technique. Bigu literally means "avoid grains", since grains
contain too much fire. During Bigu, practitioners will eat fruits, vegetables,
nuts, energy supplies (such as our Yin-Yang Healing
Tea) in conjunction with Qigong exercises to accelerate the cleansing
and detoxifying process. The result is fundamental healing and rejuvenation
in a period as short as 11 days. Women are welcome to join my classes
in San Diego area, and sometimes in the San Francisco bay area; or they
can learn Qinway Qigong long distance by ordering the Qinway
Qigong Self Study Kit.
more information about Master Qinyin and her Qinway Qigong Institute in
Honolulu, Hawaii, please call (808)255-7033, or visit www.qinway.org. Andy Alpine is the publisher
of Common Ground.