World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Film of our 2015 celebration by Paul Greasby, Journeybook Films
2015 - Milton Keynes, UK
(Photographs courtesy of Paul W. Hands, Suzanne Fletcher & Shelly Wyn-de-Bank)
About World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day was first organised in 1999 by Bill Douglas and Angela Wong Douglas, authors of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong. This global phenomenon has now spread to over 250 cities in over 70 countries, with millions of people taking part. Held on the last Saturday in April, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day brings together people across racial, economic, religious and geo-political boundaries, as they join together for the purpose of health and healing.
Click here for the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day website.
Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda
The Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda was built by the monks and nuns of the Nippon Myohoji and enshrines sacred relics of Lord Buddha presented from Nepal, Sri Lanka and Berlin. Inaugurated in 1980, it was the first peace pagoda to be built in the western hemisphere. A thousand cherry trees and cedars were planted on the hill around the Pagoda in remembrance of the victims of all wars. The Pagoda (or Stupa), a sanctuary and permanent refuge for all beings, was built to promote and manifest universal peace and non-violence, and further humanity’s quest and prayer that the world may be saved from nuclear annihilation.
For further information on The Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda, please contact:
Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple
Milton Keynes MK15 0BA
T: 01908 663652
A Wonderful Day
We are extremely pleased that the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Derek Eastman, took part in World Tai Chi & Qigong Day activities on Saturday April 25th at the Peace Pagoda in Willen Park, Milton Keynes.
The Mayor met with beginner and experienced chi gong practitioners, proclaimed World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Milton Keynes, then took part in a 45 minute chi gong class, led by Strictly Come Dancing choreographer and Life Force Chi Centre director Kele Baker.
The ancient practice of qigong (pronounced ‘chee gong’, the precursor to tai chi) is experiencing a resurgence, as it is an easy and affordable way to take care of one’s own health and wellbeing. Regular practice of these simple, slow, easy-to-do, flowing movements and breathing exercises have been shown to provide a variety of health benefits including lowering high blood pressure, supporting digestive, circulatory and neurological functioning, improving balance and flexibility, and relieving stress, anxiety and depression.
Nearly 50 people took part in Saturday’s two free classes. Some reported immediate improvement of shoulder flexibility, disappearance of sciatica, feeling calmer and more optimistic in dealing with their cancer and chemotherapy, greater emotional balance and self-esteem, and profound peacefulness and connection with nature.
Saturday’s classes were free, and donations were accepted to support the Willen Hospice (one of the Mayor’s official charities) and the Nipponzan Myohoji Temple, which maintains the Peace Pagoda.
The Life Force Chi Centre and all present were delighted that the Mayor found time in his busy schedule to join us in Willen Park to experience the beneficial practice of chi gong.
To thank you for a lovely day yesterday. I'm loving qigong! It leaves me feeling at ease and at one with myself, my body and the world. I particularly love the descriptions you give with each move, as well as their names, so I can visualise drawing the energy in, releasing, etc. It felt good to be outdoors and relate to the wider environment too, connecting with the Peace Pagoda and Willen Lake; even the wind was part of our practice yesterday. Qigong is my new favourite thing to do! - S.R., Milton Keynes
It was a pleasure and privilege to be involved in such an inspiring event. The collective energy was immense. Thank you to everyone who took part, especially Kele for organising such a successful and harmonious occasion. - S.F., Milton Keynes