“You’re cool with learning some qigong, right Father Smith?” I asked.
Although he wasn’t wearing his clerical garb, I already knew that he was an ordained Catholic priest. He had traveled hundreds of miles to learn Shaolin Kung Fu from me, and we had communicated via email.
But qigong is a big part of the kung fu that I teach, and I wanted to be sure he understood what he was learning.
“Yes Sifu,” he said with a big smile. “We’re cool.”
And that’s how our lessons progressed, with me calling him Father, and him calling me Sifu. I’m not Catholic, but I used his title out of respect. And I assume that he called me Sifu for the same reasons.
When I taught a Sufi Sheik, I called him Sheik.
When I taught a Protestant minister, I used the title Reverend.
When I taught in a synagogue in New York, I used the title, Rabbi.
This should give you a pretty good idea about whether you need to be Buddhist or Taoist to practice qigong, but my aim in today’s walk-and-talk is to clear up any confusion about the relationship between qigong and spirituality/religion.
Hopefully, what I share with you in this video will not only satisfy your curiosity but also give you a good explanation to share when people ask you about qigong!
Now I’d love to hear from you. What do you think about the intersection of spirituality and qigong? Let me know in the comments below! Best regards, Sifu Anthony I’m Anthony Korahais, and I used qigong to heal from clinical depression, low back pain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I’ve already taught thousands of people from all over the world how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.