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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine; New edition edition (March 9 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345421094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345421098
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Comprehensive introduction into the philosophy and methods outlined in order to begin your journey to learn Qigong. A must read for both beginners and those who are now incorporating Qigong into their daily life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 2 2003
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Note: I've had this book for about 4 years now and just now getting around to write a review of it.
This a good book if you are new to qigong. Cohen steps the beginner through theory and then the various qigong exercises. This includes color and organ meditation, healing sounds, Big Dipper, External practices, diet, etc. He also includues some moving meditation such as the Eight brocades and Five Animals frolics.
Pluses:
* Covers a lot of material.
* Well footnoted and indexed.
* Has suggested routines for a student to practice.
* Gives adviced on the dangers of wrong qi practice. Which is quite important but neglected in some texts.
Minuses:
* No illustrations for meridians or acpuncture points. These would help explain and guide a student. Especially with the excerises like Microcosmic orbit. I found it odd that a Qigong expert like Cohen would neglect to include this.
* The moving meditations are done by drawings - I found them impossible to follow. Photos would have been much better.
* Some of the qigong exercises listed are watered down and much simplified for instance the color light meditation. It's still somewhat useful but only about a third of the exercise is
there and you don't get the full effect. I don't know why Cohen
does not tell the reader why he watered some qigong methods down.
Overall a decent introduction, as most of the material is very basic. This makes it good for the beginner but be prepared to buy other books if you want to do other methods like Microcosmic
orbit or learn about meridians and acupuncture points. This also goes for trying to learn the moving meditations from this book - a beginner with no experience with this material will be lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 10 1999
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Ken Cohen is a world leader! His profound work and meticulous collection of research is enabling health care practitioners worldwide to incorporate these powerful ancient health tools into modern society. This book is an extremely clear work, and a wealth of information. The Chinese terminology is clearly defined, and the layout if very methodical and clear. The western science is powerfully presented in great and precise detail. I encourage all to honor the work of those like Kenneth Cohen, and celebrate the birthday of T'ai Chi Chuan creator, Chang Fan-Feng, by joining in on World T'ai Chi & QiGong Day celebrations worldwide, April 8th, 2000. Bill Douglas, Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong
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This is a fabulous book on the topic of QiGong, which includes empirical information as well. A must for those interested in the subject of energywork, alternative therapies, health and healing. Also for those with chronic conditions/illness/dis-eases (physical, psychological, and/or emotional).

Cheers,
Joanie
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This is a very well written qigong book, packed with information and for a meager price. Ken Cohen's writing style is enjoyable, and there is so much information in this book that I find myself picking it up from time to time to re-read parts of it. Very well done. The only negative I can think of is that it would've been nice to have some meridian/accupoint charts included in the text.
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By "niuno" on April 29 2004
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As a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, I often recommend qigong to my patients as a healing therapy. Ken Cohen's "The Way of Qigong" is by far the best introductory work on the subject I have read thus far. In fact, it is in many ways much more than merely an introduction to qigong, since Cohen delves wonderfully into much of the philosophy underlying qigong in a fashion which is more literary and in some ways more comprehensive than even more advanced texts. He is able to articulate the nature of qigong to those unfamiliar with the art. The book provides good background information on many topics, such as research, from which even advanced practitioners would benefit. I highly recommend this book to my patients.
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This is a good introductory book. It shall serve you well in getting framed into the topic of Qi Gong. Dietary principles of Tao are very well explained and the chapters about tea are a true gem. The theory of the elements is clearly presented. It is a good starting point. A few paragraphs lure the reader into the use of body energy in different cultures. This topic is dropped too fast (bibliography is quoted should the reader be interested).
Cleansing Chi Gung is presented very clearly.
However ChiGung standing practices (which are the very foundation of the whole businesss) are presented in a rather bland manner. In my opinion "Opening the Energy Gates of your Body" by B.K. Frantzis is infinitely better in this respect. Buy the "Gates" first.
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I haven't read this book but I have heard the cassette tape numerous times on my way up and down to Tel Aviv for work and back home to the Galilee. I rate this work as excellent but mainly as an adjunct to live instruction in Qi Gong. There are many insights in Kenneth Cohen's presentation that have helped me deepen my understanding of Qi accumulation and healing. The cassette presentation is so good that I feel myself releasing muscular and nervous tension while driving and arrive at work relaxed and back home after a long day, fresh and energized. Highly recommended - my thanks to the author -I shall now get around to reading the book.
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