Shaolin Temple USA Brought Shaolin Wellness Qigong to Stanford Faculty Retreat

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On Friday, May 31, 2019, Shaolin Temple USA introduced Shaolin Wellness Qigong to the faculty and staff of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Stanford University School of Medicine, at their annual retreat held at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.

Shaolin Temple USA Executive Director Master Yanran and Shifu Hengyuan from the Fremont Shaolin Center led participants through 2 outdoor sessions of Shaolin Temple’s Wellness Qigong classics “Yijinjing” and “Xisuijing.”

Stanford University Frances_C._Arrillaga Alumni Center

Retreat participants experienced Shaolin Wellness Qigong with great interest.

Master Yanran and Dr. David Spiegel, Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Laura Roberts (left), Chairman of of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Rona Hu (front right), Clinical Associate Professor, tried out Shaolin Wellness Qigong.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford is a world leader in scientific research, clinical innovation and service, as well as educational excellence. Faculty members who participated in the sessions included world-class scientists and scholars in psychiatry, behavioral sciences, psychology, neuroscience and related fields, Distinguished Professors, medical doctors, heads of leading laboratories and research programs. Among them were Dr. Laura Roberts, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Alan Louie, Associate Chair-Education, and Dr. David Spiegel, Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine.

For Dr. Spiegel, this is the second time that he participated in Shaolin Wellness Qigong exercises. In 2014, Dr. Spiegel received Venerable Yongxin, Abbot of Songshan Shaolin Temple at his Center when the Abbot visited Stanford University during the 10th Anniversary Celebration of “Shaolin Temple Day” in California. In 2015, as a speaker at the “Shaolin: Ancient Wisdom in the Modern Age” Cultural Forum hosted by Shaolin Temple USA and sponsored by the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Dr. Spiegel experienced Shaolin Wellness Qigong for the first time.

At the end of the sessions, participants expressed a great interest in Shaolin Wellness Qigong practice. While engaging in activities during their annual retreat to relax and release stress from work, faculty members also explore alternative therapies such as meditation, qigong and yoga to complement their clinical practices.

A happy group photo.

During a conversation after the sessions concluded, Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Rona Hu told Master Yanran that mental health and depression among Asian-American youth are issues of great concern to her. She and her colleagues have designed a “Communication Health Interactive” program to address the issues. They held a series of theatrical performances at San Francisco Bay Area schools, depicting familiar stressful scenarios as a result of family acculturation mismatches. Through live interaction with the audience, they proposed rational approaches for parents to better communicate with their adolescent children. The program has found “treatment without side effects.” It was a great success with wide media coverage, drawing enthusiastic responses from the national and international communities. Master Yanran and Dr. Hu went on to explore holding public events at Shaolin Temple USA that incorporate Stanford’s academic and clinical expertise with Shaolin Chan cultivation, Wellness Qigong and Kung Fu practices. The goal is to provide lively and diverse approaches to healthy communication between teenagers and their parents, to help alleviate their anxiety, stress and struggles.

After the retreat, Shaolin Temple USA received a letter from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences thanking the Shifus for “the wonderful contribution of time with our faculty.” “Our faculty really truly enjoyed it and we hope for the opportunity to bring the Shifus back for another qigong session with our faculty at some point in the future.”

(Report by Tai An; Photographs by XL, JZ and others; Edited by Zou Xiang)

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