Mantak Chia, was born in Thailand on April 4, 1944. When he was six or seven years of age he learned to "sit and still the mind" from Buddhist monks while on a summer vacation. This is not to say that he was passive and quiet as a child. In fact, he excelled in track and field events during his grammar school days in Hong Kong. It was during that time that he learned the traditional Thai Boxing and met Master Lu, who taught him Tai Chi Chuan. Shortly thereafter, Master Lu introduced him to Aikido, Yoga and more Tai Chi. His knowledge of esoteric practice did not begin, however, until he was eighteen and he had returned to Thailand. It was at that time that a senior classmate, Cheng Sue Sue, a student of Yi-Eng, taught him the level of Tao Esoteric practice up to the Reunion of Man and Heaven.
When he was in his twenties, Master Chia studied with Master Meugi in Singapore, who taught him Kundalini Yoga and the Bud-dhist Palm. With the Buddhist Palm, he was soon able to eliminate blockages of flow of life-force in his internal organs and to drive cold, wet or sick energy out of patients who came to see his Master, thereby restoring them to health. The young Mantak Chia felt, how-ever, that Kundalini Yoga produced too much heat and could be dangerous and so he later combined it with elements of Taoist prac-tice, which had cooling effects.
Later, in his twenties, he met and studied with Master Pan Yu, who had created a synthesis out of Taoist, Buddhist and Ch' an teaching, and Master Cheng Yao-Lung, who had also cre-ated a new system by combining Thai Boxing and Kung Fu. From Master Cheng Yao-Lung, he learned the Shao-Lin secret method of internal power as well as the Iron Shirt method called "Cleans¬ing the Marrow and Renewal of the Tendon" . From Master Pan Yu, he learned a variation of Kundalini and the "steel body", a technique that is said to keep the body from decay. Master Pan Yu still lives and practices in Hong Kong, where he treats patients by transmitting his life-force to them. To better understand the mechanism behind the healing energy, Chia also studied Western medical science and anatomy for two years.
Yet, with all of these achievements, Master Chia was the man-ager of the Gestetner Company in Thailand, was in charge of sales of offset machines and was well acquainted with the working of the company's copying and printing machines. He may well be the
only Taoist master in the world with a computer in his living room. He is also married and has a son. His wife Maneewan works as a medical technician. He is, in short, living proof that his practice is very much down-to-earth, striving to enhance everyday life and not requiring retreat from society to a hermit's life.
The main thrust of Chia's intention is to strip away the mys-ticism, the mumbo-jumbo, the powers vested in the Guru, the re-liance on things-other-worldly or magical. He seeks to present, in-stead, a fully predictable working model that might be considered as a scientific means of dealing with energy systems. In time, he hopes this will lead to technological developments that might serve to simplify or speed the means whereby such progress might be made. It is with such hopes that he beckons members of the medical community to investigate what he has to offer. There are already physicians and lawyers and computer programmers, who have experienced, first hand, the benefits that Master Chia's meth¬ods provide. It is up to them and others in the scientific commun¬ity to join Master Chia in his lifetime task of bridging the gap be¬tween reason and spirit, mind and body, science and religion.
Mantak Chia (Master) studied with various Taoist and Buddhist masters and has created a synthesis of their spiritual techniques.
Through his numerous centers all over the United States and Canada, he has succeeded in bringing this knowledge of Taoist Esoteric practice, healing and methods of accumulating and directing "life force energy" to the public at large.
Books by Mantak Chia:
Web Site - https://www.mantakchia.com/
Excerpt from his website:
Master Mantak Chia has been the only one named twice as Qigong Master of the Year by the International Congress of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong in 1990 and 2012 and is also listed as number 18 of the 100 most Spiritually Influential people in The Watkins Review 2012.
Master Mantak Chia is the founder of the Universal Healing Tao System, as taught throughout the world to tens of thousands of students of the Tao. He lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Tao Garden, the spa and health resort he created to help teach the Tao. Master Chia has authored many books about the UHT System and has created DVDs and other media to support his teaching. Students are welcome to come to Tao Garden and study with Master Chia and the Senior Instructors during his Taoist retreats throughout the year.
Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort is the home of Master Mantak Chia, who has taught the Universal Healing Tao System worldwide to thousands of students. Every year, retreats are held at Tao Garden so students can learn the Taoist practices and instructors can be certified. Plan your visit to Tao Garden as your first step to a better life in the Tao.