2023 Qi and Conscious Self Conference & World Qigong Taichi Day Weekend Retreat
Join us on
Friday April 28, 2023, 4 pm – 10 pm.
Saturday April 29, 2023, 8:45 am – 10:30 pm.
Sunday April 30, 2023, 8:00 am -2:00 pm.
Arrival day, check in is at 4:00pm.
- 6:00 pm Dinner
- 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Grandmaster Lee Moy Shan (Douglas Lee) is the creator of Sum Faat – the Path to the Heart philosophy. The system utilizes the non-violent aspects of Ving Tsun Kung Fu and other ancient philosophies to solve everyday problems and help individuals live a well-balanced life.
Grandmaster Lee is a renowned Sifu (teacher) of Ving Tsun (VT) Kung Fu since the early 1970’s in New York City. He was born in China in 1949 where he began his formal training at the age of 8. Over the past 40 years he has discovered how the 24 VT idioms also known as Kuen Kuit meaning “Words of Wisdom” can be applied in daily personal life and business as well as in martial arts.
In addition to being a Ving Tsun Sifu, he is a healer and acupuncturist, successful entrepreneur and businessman, and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Path to the Heart Foundation (ptthfoundation.com). He is also the 2017 Telly Award recipient for his film “A Wing Chun Journey to the Heart-: The Philosophy of Douglas Lee.” His goal in life is to promote Sum Faat to help people resolve problems, to build positive relationships, and to make the world a better place to live. He believes that the 24 Kuen Kuit are easy to understand and can be applied to resolve most life situations. In this weekend seminar. Grandmaster Lee will share these simple idioms and discuss how you can apply them to make positive changes in your life.
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- Morning Practice: 7:00 am – 8:00 am (tea coffee available), Outdoor Zhang Zhun (standing post) or indoor sitting meditation. One of the most effective Taiji and meditation practice.
- Breakfast 8:00 am – 8:45 am
- 8:50 am – 9:00 am: Host Opening Introduction
- 9:00 am – 10:30 am: Order of presentation – Lonny Jarrett, Liu Feng, Jonathan Bricklin
- 10:45 am – 12:15 pm Dialogue with Lonny Jarrett, Liu Feng, Livia Kohn, and Jonathan Bricklin
- Lunch 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Deepening Perspectives on Chinese Medicine
Balance of Individual autonomy and communion
Lonny is recognized worldwide as a leading practitioner, author, scholar and teacher of East Asian medicine. Throughout his career he has been devoted to advancing the practice of this medicine.
Lonny has been practicing Acupuncture and Herbology in Stockbridge, Massachusetts since 1986. He holds Master’s Degrees in Neurobiology (University of Michigan) and Acupuncture (Traditional Acupuncture Institute) and studied Contemporary Pulse Diagnosis with Dr. Leon Hammer for 10 years.
For thirty five years he has been teaching students about the inner traditions of Chinese medicine. He travels extensively to share his experience and knowledge of:
- Chinese Pulse Diagnosis
- Five Element Constitutional Diagnosis
- The Spirit of the Points and the subtle nature of herbal medicine
- Treating Trauma
- Integral Perspectives on Chinese Medicine
In 1997 he started teaching his two year, Clinical Integration course enriching the field of Chinese medicine by providing integral perspectives rooted in the classical tradition. Over 600 students have participated so far with many taking the class multiple times.
In 1998 he published his first book Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, which has now become a classic in the field. Equating health with open awareness and illness with habitual functioning, Lonny examines the Chinese notion of destiny as it applies to the practice of East Asian medicine. The text is grounded in the Classics and extends their view into contemporary clinical practice.
In 2003 Lonny published his second book The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine. This work explicates how to achieve the core value system at the heart of Nourishing Destiny in the treatment room. All treatment paradigms are fully elaborated to allow immediate integration into the clinic.
His third book, Deepening Perspectives on Chinese Medicine is published July, 2021. In this new text Lonny views Chinese medicine through an integral and developmental lens.
“I know of no other person in our field who has unified the thought of Sri Aurobindo, Ken Wilbur, Zhuang Zi, and great physicians such as Sun Si-Miao so seamlessly. Perhaps at last, the Huang Di/Yellow Emperor can be said to have engaged Western thought in full. This work deserves our full attention and commitment, so that we may add our insights for the coming era as well and bring Chinese medicine to full fruition as a world medicine par excellence.”
-Z’ev Rosenberg, 醫生
He has also been a high-tech industrial consultant (President GOC, a managerial consultancy company) and lead several high-tech overseas companies to launch their manufacture base in China for more than six years. An architect of corporate culture for many enterprises, He has helped them adapt to future-oriented culture based on a combination of oriental and western culture.
For three decades he has been contemplating and writing about Forth Dimentional Space/Time, dedicated himself to all kinds of sapience methods and spiritual groups with a totally open mind. With his basic principle of “Seeking the Common and Respect the difference”, Liu has unscrambled and unpuzzled various mankind wisdom systems with a scientific logic, by which people with different backgrounds are all greatly inspired.
Publication “Open your High-dimensional Wisdom” (Bestseller book in China).
Courses offered at online platforms:
Transition and Sustainable Development;
Building a Wisdom-Happiness Enterprise;
The Scientific Interpretation of the Traditional Chinese Culture
Religion and Science
The Diamond Sutra and Science
The Heart Sutra and Science
The Tao Te Ching(Taoism) and Science, etc.,
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Jonathan Bricklin – Led to Taiji by a mystical experience
After a mystical experience on a Vipassana meditation retreat undermined his common-sense understanding of reality, Jonathan went on a quest to explore the nature of consciousness. He began with William James’s classic text, The Principles of Psychology. Reading this text, followed by 3 decades of reading other works of James, has been, he said, like falling down Lewis Carroll’s rabbit hole. He is the author of The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time: William James’s Reluctant Guide to Enlightenment (SUNY Press), a Chicago Seminary Co-op Notable Book Award Winner for 2016, and the Editor of the critically acclaimed anthology Sciousness (Eirini
Lunch 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Saturday after lunch Key Notes:
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm: Shaogong and Pingping Chen
Shaogong Chen, Dharma name as Chang Ding and Nan Ren Shi, was born in Fuan City, Fujian province of China in 1964. He was an ordained Buddhist monk for 15 years. In 1980, he attended The Lingyan Mountain Buddhist Academy, a campus of The Buddhist Academy of China in Suzhou, China. He became one of the first graduates of this Buddhist university since the start of Chinese Reform and Open-door Policy. After his graduation, he became a Buddhist philosophy teacher in The Lingyan Mountain Buddhist Academy. In 1987, introduced by His Eminence Venerable Benhuan Shi, he was invited to teach Buddhism in the United States by His Eminence Venerable Shouye Shi, the Chairman of the American Buddhist Confederation.
Mr. Chen, Shaogong loves Chinese calligraphy since young age. His calligraphy writings were elected to participate in the Chinese National Youth Calligraphy Exhibition in the 80s of last century. His two words writing “Guan Tao” was published in the magazine “ The Youth Calligraphy of China”, version 7th of Year 1987, with a detailed evaluation by the remarkable Chinese calligrapher Mr. Hong, Pimo. Mr. Chen, Shaogong exhibited his Chinese calligraphy writings in many international Chinese calligraphy exhibitions. His works have been collected by Buddhist organizations and monasteries in many countries. Mr. Chan’s calligraphy writings gained high attention in different Buddhist charity auctions. He donated full auction amounts for Buddhist causes in the annual Vegetarian Gala organized by the American Buddhist Confederation,
Mr. Chen always works on the activities of Sino-American cultural exchange. He was invited to participate in the 4th and 5th World Buddhist Forum in China. He is now the Chairman of the International Hua-Yan Buddhist Federation; the President of Hua-Yan Culture Institute of America and the Chairman of Confucius Business Association, USA.
Pingping Chen became a Buddhist student in 1991, graduated from Baruch College with a major in Finance and Investment. Pingping worked for Prudential Financial , then Wachovia Financial as a Financial Analyst. After September 11, impermanent in life became so real and unavoidable. Pingping decided to work with more flexible working hours to have more time for Buddhist study and practice. Pingping decided to become self-employed.
Pingping’s husband was a Buddhist monk and a Buddhist professor in a Buddhist university of China before he gave up his monk’s vows. Naturally he became Pingping’s first Buddhist teacher.
In 1994, Pingping became a student of Venerable Benhuan. Benhuan (Chinese: 本焕; pinyin ) (September 21, 1907 – April 02, 2012) was a Buddhist monk, Zen ( Chan) master and religious leader in China. He was the honorary president of the Buddhist Association of China in 2010, holding the position until his nirvana in 2012. Venerable Benhuan was the 44th Lineage holder of Chinese Linji Zen ( Chan ) school from the renowned Chinese Chan Buddhist master Hsu Yun . He actually practiced both Zen ( Chan ) and Buddhist Pure land School.
Like teacher Venerable Benhuan, Pingping also practice both Chinese Chan and Buddhist Pure Land School. There are no conflicts to practice. Actually , practicing one would help the other in many ways. In 2003, Pingping started to learn both Chinese Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism from a Chinese Buddhist monk, Venerable Mixian. Venerable Mixian was among the few Chinese monks who went to Tibet to learn Tibetan Buddhism. He received teaching from many great masters at that time, including the 16th Karmapa, the 11th Kenting Tai Situpa Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Rinpoche.
In 2014, Pingping served as Program Director for The International Hua-Yan Buddhist Federation. offering free meditation and Buddhist classes. Besides teaching Buddhism, Pingping also organize Buddhist events. Pingping participated in Buddhist World Peace Pray in Riverside Church of NYC, World Buddhist Forum, Buddhist pilgrimage of India, Nepal, Bhutan and China, Buddhist Summit in UN, annual Vegetarian Gala, volunteer work in Buddhist Monastery.
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: The Illusion of Time
Livia Kohn is Professor Emerita of Religion & East Asian Studies at Boston University. Her specialty is Daoism and the study of Chinese longevity practices. She has written and edited numerous books and articles. A long-term practitioner of taiji quan and meditation, she is also a certified instructor of yoga and qigong. A top Daoist scholar, she is expert at outlining the details of all kinds of practices and placing them in a relevant context, both historically and as relevant for our lives today.
Livia earned her Ph. D. in 1980. After six years at Kyoto University in Japan, she joined Boston University as Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies in 1988, then returned to Kyoto twice more for two-year stays. She has also worked variously as visiting professor and adjunct faculty at Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest, the Stanford Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, San Francisco State University, and the Taoist College Singapore. She retired from active teaching in 2006 and now works as a freelance researcher and lecturer.
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
DR. Pete Pajil – Founder and owner of the Moy Yat Ving Tsun Martial Intelligence School of Philadelphia, Dr. Pete Pajil is also known as Sifu Moy Bah Hugh, his given name by his venerable teacher and mentor Grand Master Moy Yat.
During his early years, Doctor Pajil attended the University of Bridgeport (1972-1976) and went on to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Science at Temple University in Philadelphia (1977). As an individual who has dedicated his life to mastery, he also completed the Landmark Worldwide professional development curriculum and completed his training as a Doctor of Naturopathy at Trinity College of Natural Health in 2002. He is a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP)
and also a member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association.
Doctor Pajil retired from his 25+ year career in 2003 where he was as a Corrections Officer (internal security) at the Graterford prison system in Philadelphia. During this time, he started training with Grandmaster Moy Yat in 1982 and quickly rose to be one of his close senior disciples. Over the years, he attained numerous accolades in the realm of martial arts and established the Moy Yat Ving Tsun, Martial Intelligence school. He has gone on to serve as Chairman of the International Moy Yat Ving Tsun Federation and has also been featured on
the cover of Wing Chun Illustrated, (2017, Issue 35).
Grandmaster Pajil currently continues to practice as a clinical Doctor of Naturopathy and has devoted his life to propagating the martial intelligence of Ving Tsun Kung Fu to his disciples and grand disciples throughout the world. He is a reputed lecturer in the in Ving Tsun Kung Fu system
and is a sought-after leader in both the wholistic and martial arts communities in Philadelphia
4:00 pm – 5:45 pm: Each presenter has 10-30 minutes to showcase their main practice, anyone who would like longer presentation please contact Yingxing to arrange into other breakout rooms.
Ding Zhang – Seeing is liberating, the key to Prajna middle way
Dr. Zhang, Xuekai Experience Cherry flower standing post meditation, Chinese medicine healing is a process of becoming whole of the healer and the patient.
Scot Vighi a gifted energy medicine healer. A Qi-gong and Reiki Master, he possesses a unique ability for clearing chronic pain and habitual patterns of
He holds masters degrees in Ericsonian hypnotherapy, USUI Reiki, The National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is the founder of the White Wolf Path: a comprehensive program teaching the five cornerstones of a transformational practice
~Qigong breath and movement;
~Ouspenski’s Philosophy of evolution;
~Kundalini Yoga breathing techniques;
~Basic operatic vocal skills;
~The Taoist Foundational practice.
For 29 years, Scot has worked with people from around the world: leading seminars, applying hands-on healing body work, teaching meditation, and coaching advanced physical fitness training sessions.
Greg DiLisio has over 30 years of Qigong practice. He has given Qigong lectures at Canyon Ranch Destination Spa Lenox, and taught Qigong classes for years in Switzerland and Scotland. Greg is also a regular Qigong teacher at Eastover and provides Acupuncture and Massage there as well.
- Dinner: 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm
Prajna Middle Way – Seeing is liberating from the entangled mind by Dr. Ding Zhang and Dr. Xue Kai Zhang assisting
Dr. Ding Zhang is a professor of management science at the State University of New York at Oswego. Besides being a known scholar in transportation and supply chain management with numerous publications, he is a long-time practitioner of Madhyamaka Prajna Buddhism. To be the master of your mind and not a slave of your thoughts, you are liberated and free from all sufferings. Seeing is liberating, the key to Prajna middle way. Based on his own experience of realization, he developed the theory and methodology of CARJAMA mind mapping. Dr. Zhang teaches a weekly series of this theory and practice, through individual sharing and cultivating group awakening.
Xuekai Zhang Ph.D.(UK), M.D.(China), L.Ac(MD, NY), Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)
Mainly engage in the clinical, teaching and scientific research of integrative medicine as well as acupuncture. He got his bachelor’s degree of Acupuncture Moxibustion & Tuina and master’s degree of Integrative Chinese Medicine & Modern Medicine in China, and got his Ph.D. degree of Brain, Behavior and Mental Health in Manchester UK. After Ph.D. graduation, he has worked in Neurology department of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine Dongzhimen Hospital for 7 years, and has accumulated various clinical experiences in the field of Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychology. He has followed Professor Ding Zhang’s teaching for more than one and half years via Zoom conference, and has some better understandings in both daily life and professional field.
- Breakfast: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lai， Shilun 赖世伦先生 – president of Nang, Huaijing educational NGO foundation Bai, Cao Xiang Hundreds Herbal Chest
Mr. Lai was China’s most famous old brand wine maker Mao Tai (茅台）family haire, 1949 following the interruption of Mao Tai production because of the war, Lai family brought Mao Tai to the market again based on Lai’s grandfather’s family recipe of Mao Tai wine making. Besides wine making Mr. Lai also studies Buddhist practice with Master Nang, Huaijing, At the height of the family wine making success, Mr. Lai took up Master Nang’s suggestion, passed on the Mao Tai wine making to his children, let go all of his business-related matters and dedicate himself to daily meditation and health practice, building the NGO organization Bai, Caoxing to spread the teaching of traditional Chinese medicine with active guidance from master Nang. 甲骨文
- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Panel of Mindfulness Modalities, Consciousness and Health Q and A with Grand Master Douglas Lee, Dr. Pete Pajil, President Lai, Shilun, Ding Zhang Ph.D, DR. Xuekai Zhang, Jonathan Brocklin
Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
World Taichi Qigong Day was very successful! Check out our testimonials:
Big congratulations for the success of your first, real WTCQD at Eastover. The program was well put together with an interesting and experienced assortment of presenters. I appreciated the way the presenters were flexible to adapt their talk or demonstration to add something fresh to the program. They went with the flow as, of course, they would. The taiji demonstrations right after lunch were well timed to add something light, colorful, musical and well performed. Most enjoyable. I’m sure word will spread so that even more people will attend next year.
Wholehearted thanks to the whole community coming together for this very important event; continuing such work will change our economy with less doctor visits. Not only people will be happier, they will be more productive. Nature will benefit, because Qigong, Taichi, and TCM people care, love, and respect nature.
Dear Ann, It was so wonderful to spent time at the Eastover Estate and met so many wonderful people over the weekend! I had a great two day sleep over there and even when I came back home Last night, I slept from 9 pm to 6:30 am this morning, never had such a good and peaceful sleep. I dreamed many little creatures fly away from my head. And I wake up with a much cleaner head. Doesn’t this mean “放下- letting go“?
Thank You for the marvelous Weekend – I wanted to thank you for your generosity and welcoming as well as for the wonderful Qigong weekend at Eastover.
The opportunity to connect with such great masters was unique and powerful.
I hope that you keep me in mind for any future presentations as I would love to be present in the dynamic flow of wellness services and education at Eastover
My special rapport with Jay Emmanuel is also something for which I am grateful and this weekend helped me to establish a continued relationship with him.
Your warm staff and personal deserves a special mention, they were all very helpful and professional