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Qi Gong / Chi Kung

qì gōng
kikou
Qi Gong / Chi Kung Scroll

Qigong is the title of a technique that is somewhere between a medical practice, meditation, and in some cases a religion. The definition is blurred depending on which school of Qigong you are following. In some cases, it is even incorporated with martial arts.

Some people (even Chinese people) mix this title with Tai Chi (Tai Qi) exercises.

Lately in China, people will claim to practice Tai Chi rather than Qigong because the Qigong title was recently used as a cover for an illegal pseudo-religious movement in China with the initials F.G. or F.D. (I can not write those names here for fear of our website being banned in China).

You can learn those names and more here: Further info about Qigong

If you are wondering about why I wrote "Qi Gong" and "Chi Kung" as the title of this calligraphy entry, I should teach you a little about the various ways in which Chinese can be Romanized. One form writes this as "Chi Kung" or "Chikung" (Taiwan). In the mainland and elsewhere, it is Romanized as "Qi Gong" or "Qigong". The actual pronunciation is the same in Taiwan, mainland, and Singapore Mandarin. Neither Romanization is exactly like English. If you want to know how to say this with English rules, it would be something like "Chee Gong" (but the "gong" has a vowel sound like the "O" in "go").

Romanization is a really confusing topic and has caused many Chinese words to be mispronounced in the west. One example is "Kung Pao Chicken" which should actually be more like "Gong Bao" with the "O" sounding like "oh" for both characters. Neither system of Romanization in Taiwan or the Mainland is perfect in my opinion and lead to many misunderstandings.

Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine

jīng qì shén
Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine Scroll

These are the characters jing, qi, and shen.

As a set, these three characters are known in English as the treasures of traditional Chinese medicine, the treasures of Qi Gong, or the three treasures of Taoism / Daoism.

Sometimes this set is titled as 三寶 (sānbǎo) or "three treasures" but here, we're writing each treasure out.

Here's how these characters are perceived in this context...
Jing: nutritive essence; refined; perfected; pure
Qi: vitality; energy; force; breath; vigor
Shen: spirit; soul; mind; being

To keep it simple, you can use, "essence, vitality and spirit", to define these.

Sit Quietly in Meditation

A state of mind
rù jìng
Sit Quietly in Meditation Scroll

This title is used in Taoism and Qi Gong to describe the state you can reach while sitting quietly in meditation. It contains the ideas of achieving a highly-tranquil and peaceful state. Some may describe this state as "sleeping while still awake".

If you have a relaxation or meditation room, this is the calming wall scroll that you would want hanging in that room.

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
ki
Life Energy / Spiritual Energy Scroll

This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

氣 is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in "life force" or "spiritual energy". It is most often translated as "energy flow", or literally as "air" or "breath". Some people will simply translate this as "spirit" but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice looks like this: 米
Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.
The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like these samples: 氣氣
However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical looks like this: 氣
The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the "flow" of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.

気 The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.


More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee” but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.


See Also:  Energy | Life Force | Vitality | Life | Birth | Soul

tài jí qiú
tai kyoku kyuu
Tai Chi Ball Scroll

太極球 is the title "Tai Chi Ball".

This may refer to any number of variations of exercise balls, some with yin-yang themes, others strictly for taichi/taiji or qigong exercises.




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Qi Gong
Chi Kung
氣功
气功
kikou / kikoqì gōng / qi4 gong1 / qi gong / qigongch`i kung / chikung / chi kung
Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine精氣神
精气神
jīng qì shén
jing1 qi4 shen2
jing qi shen
jingqishen
ching ch`i shen
chingchishen
ching chi shen
Sit Quietly in Meditation入靜
入静
rù jìng / ru4 jing4 / ru jing / rujingju ching / juching
Life Energy
Spiritual Energy

气 / 気
kiqì / qi4 / qich`i / chi
Tai Chi Ball太極球
太极球
tai kyoku kyuu
taikyokukyuu
tai kyoku kyu
taikyokukyu
tài jí qiú
tai4 ji2 qiu2
tai ji qiu
taijiqiu
t`ai chi ch`iu
taichichiu
tai chi chiu
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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gōng
    gong1
kung
 kū
Tai Chi Ball Scroll
surname Gong
to provide

see styles
píng
    ping2
p`ing
    ping
(onom.) bang! (gong, gun firing etc)

see styles
qiāo
    qiao1
ch`iao
    chiao
 
    のぼる
to hit; to strike; to tap; to rap; to knock; to rip sb off; to overcharge
(given name) Noboru
To knock, beat, pound, e.g. a drum, gong, or gate; to beat

see styles
zhuī
    zhui1
chui
 shii; shii / shi; shi
    しい; シイ
spine
(kana only) any beech tree of genus Castanopsis; chinquapin; chinkapin; (female given name) Shiina
A hammer, especially for a gong, etc.; idem 槌.

see styles
qìng
    qing4
ch`ing
    ching
 kei / ke
    けい
chime stones, ancient percussion instrument made of stone or jade pieces hung in a row and struck as a xylophone
sounding stone; qing; ancient Chinese chime shaped like a chevron (inverted 'v'), orig. of stone, today often metal, in Japan primarily used at Buddhist temples; (given name) Kei
A piece of flat stone or metal, used as a gong, or for musical percussion; stone chime


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zhēng
    zheng1
cheng
 kane; shou / kane; sho
    かね; しょう
gong used to halt troops
gong; handbell; (given name) Masashi
A small gong struck during the worship, or service; small bell or gong


see styles
zhēng
    zheng1
cheng
clang of metals; small gong


see styles
luó
    luo2
lo
gong; CL:面[mian4]

かん

see styles
 kan
    かん
(adv,adv-to) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) ding; chime (sound of a bell or a small gong); (female given name) Kan

コン

see styles
 kon
    コン
(place-name) Gong; Khong; Conn

チン

see styles
 chin
    チン
jing (Korean gong) (kor:); (place-name) Chin (Burmah); Ching; Chinn; Zinn

喚鐘


唤钟

see styles
huàn zhōng
    huan4 zhong1
huan chung
 kanshō
半鐘 (or飯鐘) The dinner bell or gong; small bell

子貢


子贡

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gòng
    zi3 gong4
tzu kung
 shikou / shiko
    しこう
Zi Gong or Duanmu Ci 端木賜|端木赐[Duan1 mu4 Ci4] (520 BC-), disciple of Confucius
(personal name) Shikou

廝鑼


厮锣

see styles
sī luó
    si1 luo2
ssu lo
small gong

愚公

see styles
 gukou / guko
    ぐこう
(person) Yu Gong (main character in the 4th century BC Chinese fable "The Foolish Old Man Removes the Mountains"); Yúgōng; Yukong

敲鑼


敲锣

see styles
qiāo luó
    qiao1 luo2
ch`iao lo
    chiao lo
to beat a gong

曾鞏


曾巩

see styles
zēng gǒng
    zeng1 gong3
tseng kung
 soukyou / sokyo
    そうきょう
Zeng Gong (1019-1083), Song dynasty writer, one of the Eight Giants 唐宋八大家
(personal name) Soukyou

木鐸


木铎

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mù duó
    mu4 duo2
mu to
 bokutaku
    ぼくたく
(1) bell with wooden clapper; (2) leader; guide (of the public)
wooden gong; wooden gong

木魚


木鱼

see styles
mù yú
    mu4 yu2
mu yü
 mokugyo
    もくぎょ
mokugyo; wooden fish (percussion instrument)
(Buddhist term) fish gong; fish wood block; temple block; round, hollow, wood block (vaguely fish-shaped, usu. with scales), struck while chanting sutras
The wooden fish; there are two kinds, one round for use to keep time in chanting, the other long for calling to meals. The origin of the use of a fish is unkজxample to monks to be watchful: there is no evidence of connection with the Christian ίχθύς.ί 木馬 Wooden horse, a symbol of emancipation.

杢魚

see styles
 mokugyo
    もくぎょ
(Buddhist term) fish gong; fish wood block; temple block; round, hollow, wood block (vaguely fish-shaped, usu. with scales), struck while chanting sutras

犍稚

see styles
jiān zhì
    jian1 zhi4
chien chih
 kenchi
ghaṇṭā, also 犍地; 犍椎; 犍槌; 犍遲; a bell, gong, or any similar resonant article.

玄奘

see styles
xuán zàng
    xuan2 zang4
hsüan tsang
 Genjō
    げんじょう
Xuanzang (602-664), Tang dynasty Buddhist monk and translator who traveled to India 629-645
(given name) Genjou; (person) Xuanzang (602-664)
Xuanzang, whose name is written variously e. g. Hsüan Chuang, Hiüen-tsang, Hiouen Tsang, Yüan Tsang, Yüen Chwang; the famous pilgrim to India, whose surname was 陳 Chen and personal name 禕 Wei; a native of Henan, A. D. 600-664 (Giles). It is said that he entered a monastery at 13 years of age and in 618 with his elder brother, who had preceded him in becoming a monk, went to Chang-an 長安, the capital, where in 622 he was fully ordained. Finding that China possessed only half of the Buddhist classics, he took his staff, bound his feet, and on foot braved the perils of the deserts and mountains of Central Asia. The date of his setting out is uncertain (629 or 627), but the year of his arrival in India is given as 633: after visiting and studying in many parts of India, he returned home, reaching the capital in 645, was received with honour and presented his collection of 657 works, 'besides many images and pictures, and one hundred and fifty relics, 'to the Court. Taizong, the emperor, gave him the 弘福寺 Hongfu monastery in which to work. He presented the manuscript of his famous 大唐西域記 Record of Western Countries in 646 and completed it as it now stands by 648. The emperor Gaozong called him to Court in 653 and gave him the 慈恩寺 Cien monastery in which to work, a monastery which ever after was associated with him; in 657 he removed him to the 玉華宮 Yuhua Gong and made that palace a monastery. He translated seventy-five works in 1335 juan. In India he received the titles of 摩訶耶那提婆 Mahāyānadeva and 木叉提婆 Mokṣadeva; he was also known as 三藏法師 Tripiṭaka teacher of Dharma. He died in 664, in his 65th year.

珙縣


珙县

see styles
gǒng xiàn
    gong3 xian4
kung hsien
Gong county in Yibin 宜賓|宜宾[Yi2 bin1], Sichuan

翔公

see styles
xiáng gōng
    xiang2 gong1
hsiang kung
 Shō Kō
Xiang Gong

貢嘎


贡嘎

see styles
gòng
    gong4 ga2
kung ka
Gonggar county, Tibetan: Gong dkar rdzong, in Lhokha prefecture 山南地區|山南地区[Shan1 nan2 di4 qu1], Tibet

貢茶


贡茶

see styles
gòng chá
    gong4 cha2
kung ch`a
    kung cha
Gong Cha, international franchise selling Taiwan-style milk tea and smoothies etc, established in Kaohsiung in 2006

鉦鼓


钲鼓

see styles
zhēng gǔ
    zheng1 gu3
cheng ku
 shouko; shougo / shoko; shogo
    しょうこ; しょうご
(See 雅楽) small gong (used in gagaku)
Cymbals, or small gongs and drums; small cymbals

銅羅

see styles
 doura / dora
    どら
(kana only) gong; tam-tam

銅鑼


铜锣

see styles
tóng luó
    tong2 luo2
t`ung lo
    tung lo
 dōra
    どら
gong
(kana only) gong; tam-tam
A gong; a gong

鍾鼓


钟鼓

see styles
zhōng gǔ
    zhong1 gu3
chung ku
 shōko
gong

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