Dr. Pang Ming (庞明) is also known as Pang He Ming. He was born in Ding Xing Town, Hebei Province, China. He is an esteemed qigong scientist and medical doctor. He has held a leadership position in the Chinese Qigong Science Association and was President of its Zhineng Qigong Branch. He was Honorary President of the Beijing Qigong Association as well as Director and Secretary of Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Training and Healing Centres, and of its Scientific
Dr. Pang Ming has great depth of knowledge and works with rigour, precision and pragmatism. He is the founder of qigong science. In his youth Dr. Pang learnt and was nourished by qigong, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the martial arts. Later he studied Western medicine in Beijing while also learning traditional Chinese medicine. After graduation he worked in Beijing in a clinic that combined Western medicine and TCM. At the end of the 1950s Dr. Pang began researching Buddhism: reading Buddhist classics, following high-level Buddhist masters and practising Buddhist qigong. In the 1960s he mainly focussed on the martial arts, while in the 1970s he practised Daoist qigong. He studied with nineteen qigong and martial arts high-level masters. His TCM and Western medical knowledge established a good foundation for his research on the qigong classics, and in turn his qigong achievements created good conditions for his medical diagnostic and treatment techniques. He was thus able to cure many serious illnesses in the clinic where he worked.
In February 1979 Dr. Pang attended a national TCM and Western medicine conference, organised by the Chinese Ministry of Health where he held the position of Senior Advisor to the Director of TCM in the Ministry. In July of the same year he was the main organiser of the first Chinese Qigong Conference. He also initiated and helped establish the Beijing Qigong Science Association, the first mass Chinese qigong organisation. Through the 1970s he focussed on improving his qigong science level, while at the same time he joined several qigong organisations and promoted their activities. At the beginning of the 1980s Dr. Pang reformed traditional Chinese qigong and created Zhineng Qigong, introducing its theory and methods to the public. In the spring of 1981 he taught the first national training class on sending external qi for healing, organised by the Beijing Qigong Association. At this time he also cooperated with scientists to carry out many scientific experiments to prove external qi exists as a substance. This opened a new era for qigong.
At the end of 1984 Dr. Pang began using a qi field for treatment, then in 1986 introduced qi field healing methods more widely. Creating a qi field took external qi techniques to a new level. At the same time he began lecturing on hunyuanqi theory, consciousness theory, daode theory and the theories underlying qi field creation and external qi treatment. Soon afterwards he gave scientific explanations for hallucinations, and also about the phenomenon that occurs at a certain level of qigong practice, when yishi produces both true and false results that mix together in conflict. This created a sound foundation for Zhineng Qigong science to develop along the right lines and made a huge contribution to qigong science generally.
In the early 1990s Dr. Pang gave lectures and detailed in Hunyuan Entirety Theory, his theory on the three aspects of matter: physical matter, energy and information. Realising that qigong scientific research was needed for Zhineng Qigong to develop to a scientific level, he encouraged Zhineng Qigong practitioners throughout China to carry out external qi experiments. A symposium was held at Huaxia in each of the six years 1992 to 1997. There were 4,224 study papers presented, covering agriculture, medicine, industry, forestry, fishing, and education, etc. During this time Dr. Pang established a scientific research department at Huaxia and held classes for scientists and experts from all over China. In 1996 Huaxia began to carry out experiments on changing hunyuanqi into light, electricity, magnetism, heat, and so on.
In 2003 Dr. Pang created the name ‘Shong’ theory to describe his three levels of matter theory. Since then, Zhineng Qigong scientific research has continued in 9 different parts of China. In June 2016 an international symposium is being held in Shanghai on the three aspects of matter theory. Although busy with qigong activities in the early 1990s, Dr. Pang also published a series of Zhineng Qigong books: Essential Elements of Qigong, Textbook of Zhineng Qigong Dynamic Science, Concise Zhineng Qigong Science, Outline of Zhineng Qigong Science, Hunyuan Entirety Theory – The Foundation of Zhineng Qigong Science, The Essence of Zhineng Qigong Science, The Methods of Zhineng Qigong Science, Paranormal Abilities – Zhineng Qigong Science Techniques, Overview of Traditional Qigong, History of Qigong Development in China, Qigong and Human
Culture, etc. – a total of about six million Chinese characters. In 2012 he published Summary of Zen Buddhist Theories and Methods and in 2015 Summary of Inner Cultivation in Confucianism.
Dr. Pang established Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Centre in 1988. It later developed into a training centre, healing centre and a scientific research department. In 1998, 600 people worked at Hauxia. More than 310,000 students studied in the centre over that ten-year period, including 2,000 foreign students. From 1992 to 1998 an average of 4,000 students attended the centre each month, with a peak number of 7,100. The usual classes were the Instructors’ Training Classes (24 days), Teacher Training Class (3 months), Qigong Healer Class (3 months) and the Two Year Teacher Training Class.
Dr. Pang lectured about qigong science in around thirty provinces in China. He was also invited to give lectures and teach qigong in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Based on hunyuan entirety theory, teacher Pang created systematic methods that were simple, easy to learn, safe, highly effective and in accord with the laws of human life activity. In May 1997 the Chinese Ministry of Sports and Health published a book on Chinese physical methods for good health, rating Zhineng Qigong as the most effective.
Although the leader of Huaxia Centre and the founder of Zhineng Qigong, Dr. Pang never promoted himself. He always treated all teachers and students as equals, and saw himself as a qigong science worker. He repeatedly emphasised the importance
of avoiding individual glorification. He became a model for new kinds of relationships in qigong organisations, he lived very simply, remained an upright person, and worked rigorously and diligently.
Dr. Pang Ming and Zhineng Qigong
The origins of qigong go back some thousands of years and many styles and forms have emerged through time. What they have in common is that practitioners quieten their mind and turn it inward, whether doing a moving or a static practice. Some qigong focuses more on physical health, some more on spiritual development; some has specific aims and some brings more widespread benefits.
In the 1980s an important new qigong was developed. It was called Zhineng Qigong, meaning Qigong for Wisdom and Abilities, but most people were attracted to it for its health benefits. In 1997 the China State Sports General Administration published a book on 21 different styles of qigong, which rated Zhineng Qigong as the most effective. Then in 1998 the same organisation evaluated eleven qigong styles and again rated Zhineng Qigong the most effective qigong for improving health. Its efficacy drew an estimated 10 million people to practice it.
It is not by chance that Zhineng Qigong is so effective. Zhineng Qigong is the first qigong practice based on a fully developed theory, the work of an extraordinary man, Dr. Pang Ming. He drew on an immense range and depth of knowledge to provide a new understanding of the universe and of human beings, one based both on ancient insights and wisdom, and also on modern scientific knowledge.
Pang Ming was born in 1940 in a remote and poor north China village. He was part of a big extended family that included practitioners of Daoist and folk qigong. There was early recognition that he was not an ordinary child. When he was only three years old a qigong Master recognised the child’s special qualities and used his powers to confer on him some paranormal abilities. This enabled Pang to understand and learn very quickly and deeply, which was important for his studies and later work. Beginning in childhood, Dr. Pang learnt from traditional qigong and martial arts Masters and rapidly absorbed the essentials of their teachings. For instance, when he learned taiji he ‘opened his lower back’ in three months, whereas most students took at least eight years to achieve this. He studied under nineteen Masters, some of whom sought him out to pass on their knowledge. Teacher Pang’s studies led him into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), taught by two great Chinese Masters. He was able to use his paranormal abilities to quickly learn and treat using TCM. By the late 1970s he was one of the best-known TCM doctors in Beijing and was treating senior government officials. In 1978 he was an important participant in the first session organised by the Ministry of Health to bring together TCM and modern medicine, which had a big influence in the medical field in China. He wrote several medical books during the 1970s
In 1973 Dr Pang had begun working alongside a qigong Master, teaching qigong and giving lectures. By the mid 1970s he had come to the conclusion that the medical approach was too limited and that the goal must be not just to heal illness, but also to change people so illness did not recur. During the late 1970s he burned the medical books he had written and gave up Medicine to research and spread qigong. In 1980 he brought together an important group of qigong Masters to discuss qigong in China. At this time Dr. Pang created a modern qigong, based on Daoist and Buddhist practices and thinking, medical knowledge and modern science, folk qigong and martial arts teachings. In 1980 he created and began to teach He Xiang Zhuang (Flying Crane Form). Then in 1981 he started to teach Xing Shen Zhuang (Body Mind Form) as the second level of practice, with He Xiang Zhuang as the first (later replaced by Peng Qi Guan Ding Fa, Lit Qi Up Pour Qi Down). He named his new qigong style Zhineng Qigong.
He taught throughout northern China, but in a revolutionary new way: he invented the use of the qi field for teaching. Using this, he broke with the traditional way of a Master teaching a few disciples and gave lectures to large numbers of people at a time. Many other teachers copied him at a time when numerous modern qigong styles were developed.
In 1988 Dr. Pang set up the Shijiazhuang Zhineng Qigong Centre. As more and more people flooded in, another centre was set up in Qinhuangdao in 1991, followed in 1992 by the Hebei Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Research Department and in 1995 by the huge Hebei Fengrun Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Healing Centre.
During this time Dr. Pang established a two-year course to provide a higher level of teacher training. This had profound significance for Zhineng Qigong because its students have since worked all over China and throughout the world. The first two classes ran 1992–1994 and 1993–1995. With these classes Dr. Pang gave a 2–3 hour lecture most days, which was recorded and used for teacher training in later years. In the early 1990s teacher Pang published his book on Hunyuan Entirety Theory and he gave many lectures on this subject to the initial two-year classes. He also published another four books for the two-year class, which built a solid theoretical foundation. His earlier lectures had focused on the relationship between body, mind and qi; on how to use the mind for healing, to adjust qi, and so on; on how to be a good person, control one’s emotions and so on. The two-year class was taught a more fully developed theory, at a deeper level. Eight two-year classes were run, ending in 2001.To build connections between Zhineng Qigong and modern scientific knowledge, Dr. Pang set up a series of workshops for scientific experts and doctors. Experts in many fields came together, generally for a two-week period with 50–100 people. As a result some scientists began to research Zhineng Qigong from a modern scientific perspective.
In 1997 and 1998 Dr. Pang gave a series of lectures on building a harmonious world culture. The spread of Zhineng Qigong internationally can help bring this about.
Zhineng Qigong books written by Dr. Pang:
1. “Hunyuan Entirety Theory”
2. “Essential Ideas of Qigong”
3. “Outline of Zhineng Qigong Science”
4. “Paranormal Wisdom Techniques”
5. “Zhineng Qigong Methods”
6. “The History of Qigong Development”
7. “Modern Scientific Research of Qigong”
8. “Overview of Traditional Qigong”
9. “Qigong and Human Culture”
10. “Zhineng Methods”
11. “Concise Knowledge of Zhineng Qigong”
12. “The Essence of Qigong”