Bruce Frantzis

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Bruce Frantzis
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Born 1949
New York City
Occupation Tai Chi, Meditation and Qigong Teacher and Author
Known for Taoist Lineage Master

Bruce Kumar Frantzis PhD (born April 1949) is the first Western lineage holder in the Taoist Water tradition which is directly linked to Lao Tse and the Tao Te Ching.[1] He is also lineage holder in the internal martial arts of Bagua, T'ai chi and Xingyiquan.[2]

Biography[edit]

Beginning as a young karate champion, he engaged in a multi-decade journey leading him throughout Asia and the Eastern energetic traditions.[3][4] Choosing to forgo an ivy league education in favor of pursuing Japanese martial arts at their original source, he moved to Japan to attend Sophia University at the age of eighteen.[5] There, he obtained multiple black belts and trained with Aikido’s founder Morihei Ueshiba.[6] He soon branched out to Taiwan and China and studied in increasing depth under other internal martial arts masters.[7][8]

In 1973, attempting to locate the original source of meditation, Bruce traveled to India where he underwent rigorous daily training in Pranayama, Hatha yoga, Raja yoga and Tantra with many Gurus, experiencing what in the east is known as “Kundalini Shakti”.[9]

Returning to China in the mid 1970s, he became the first Westerner to be given insider access to the closely guarded Taoist Fire tradition and its priesthood.[10] After completing seven years of training he became priest in the Fire tradition.[11] Then by a fortunate set of events Bruce was accepted as the direct disciple of one of the few remaining stewards of the Water tradition, the Taoist Immortal (Fully Realized Person) Liu Hung-Chieh.[12] Through Liu Hung-Chieh he was introduced to Jiang Jia Hua the Vice President of the All-China Scientific Qigong Association. This connection gave Bruce access to Chinese cancer clinics where he completed his training as Medical Qigong doctor.[13]

Bruce inherited the Taoist Water tradition lineages shortly before Liu-Hung Chieh’s passing in 1986. On his teacher’s wishes he has spent the last 25 years imparting the healing, meditative and martial aspects of Taoism to the West.[14] He primarily teaches the Energy Arts Qigong System, Wu-style t'ai chi, Bagua, Taoist Yoga and Taoist Meditation. He has authored numerous works (including The Power of the Internal Martial Arts and Chi, Tao of Letting Go, Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong, and Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body) on Taoist energetic practices [15] and taught over 20,000 students many of whom have gone on to become active certified instructors.[16]

Authored Books[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Additionally, he is a regular participant in the Tibetan Buddhist community, a process that began with his training under Dudjom Rinpoche in 1976. He is an active student of Dzogchen, an advanced tradition he considers to share a common origin with the Taoist water tradition. Currently Bruce’s teaching focus has shifted towards healing and meditation in accordance with his late teacher’s final wishes.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barchus, Sara (Summer 1994). "Kumar Frantzis: An Informal Discussion on Taoist Meditation". Qi, The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness 4 (2). 
  2. ^ Launchbury, Jane. "Our Teachers Bruce Frantzis Taoist Lineage Holder". Longwater Tai Chi. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  3. ^ Little, Reg (2006). A Confucian-Daoist Millennium. Berkeley, CA: Connor Court Publishing. ISBN 1-55643-506-1. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, Jess (2004). Nei Jia Quan. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-0-9758015-5-0. 
  5. ^ Allen, Frank; Lu, Clarence title = B. K. Frantzis a Paqua Master Work in Progress (January 1998). Inside Kung-Fu. p. 90. 
  6. ^ O'Brien, Jess (2004). Nei Jia Quan. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-55643-506-1. 
  7. ^ Allen, Frank; Lu, Clarence title = B. K. Frantzis a Paqua Master Work in Progress (January 1998). Inside Kung-Fu. p. 90. 
  8. ^ Grossinger, Richard (2001). Planet Medicine: Origins. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1-55643-369-6. 
  9. ^ Frantzis, Bruce (2006). Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body Chi Gung for Life Long Health. Berkeley, CA: Blue Snake Books. ISBN 1-58394-146-0. 
  10. ^ Frantzis, Bruce (2007). The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi: Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Hsing-I. Berkeley, CA: Blue Snake Books. ISBN 1-58394-190-8. 
  11. ^ Frantzis, Bruce (2001). Relaxing into Your Being: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series. Berkeley, CA: Blue Snake Books. ISBN 1-55643-407-3. 
  12. ^ Kealy, Sally; Allen, Frank title = Dissolving Process of the Taoist Water Method (Fall 1999). The Empty Vessel. 
  13. ^ Frantzis, Bruce. "How I Learned Dragon & Tiger Qigong". Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Bill. "Our Teachers' Teacher: Bruce Frantzis". Toward Harmony Tai Chi & Qigong. Retrieved 12/10/2011. 
  15. ^ Kleiman, Dan. "About Us: Bruce Frantzis". Toward Harmony Tai Chi & Qigong. Retrieved 12/10/2011. 
  16. ^ Frantzis, Bruce. "What we Teach". Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  17. ^ McTaggart, Lynne (2007). The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-7695-5. 
  18. ^ Frantzis, Bruce (2001). Relaxing into Your Being: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series. Berkeley, CA: Blue Snake Books. ISBN 1-55643-407-3. 

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