Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong, 13th lineage holder
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Fu Wei Zhong is the 13th zongshi, or “lineage holder,” of Emei Qigong. He began his training on the day he was born in 1949. Driven by an exceptional interest in old texts, he started studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and reading ancient Chinese philosophies when he was only 6. When he was 7, he began his martial arts training in Shaolin Gongfu. By the age of 12, Fu Wei Zhong was treating and healing people with what he had learned from his reading and the teaching of his grandfather, a traditional Chinese medical doctor.
Like many other young people during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, he was sent to the provinces—in his case, Heilongjiang province in northeast China. Because of his medical training, he was directed to work on a collective farm as a veterinarian. He was 18 years old when he arrived, and for eight years, he ran a successful clinic, using acupuncture, Chinese massage, and traditional Chinese medicinal herbs to treat thousands of the sick—not only animals but people, too.
Fu returned to Beijing in 1976 and taught martial arts for a year. But his interest in spiritual matters was growing, so he decided to take a master’s degree in religion and began to look for a master to guide his studies. A friend offered to introduce him to Abbot Ju Zan, the supreme abbot of Chinese Buddhism and 12th lineage holder of Emei Qigong.
Since childhood, Fu had had a recurring dream of a monk who would change his life. When he met the abbot, he recognized him as the monk in his dreams. For his part, the abbot greeted him with, “Oh, you’ve finally arrived. It’s time for you to train.”
Fu then joined a distinguished group of men and women who had been invited to undergo a training and selection process: One of them would become the 13th lineage holder of Emei Qigong, the second lay person in the school’s long history to hold the honored position.
After six months of intensive training and testing, His Holiness Grandmaster Ju Zan selected Fu Wei Zhong to receive further instruction in Buddhism, Daoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taijiquan, Qigong, Feng Shui, predicting the future, and other Dharma methods that, in the Emei Qigong system, are transmitted exclusively from one lineage holder to the next. In 1984, Grandmaster Ju Zan bestowed the title of the 13th lineage holder of Emei Qigong on Fu Wei Zhong and passed Emei Qigong's sacred book, “The Emei Treasured Lotus Canon,” to him.
Grandmaster Ju Zan directed him to begin teaching publicly, “in order to end the pain and suffering of the world and to allow Emei Qigong to bring out humanity to shine like the sun.”
In the spring of 1985, Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong began teaching Emei Qigong healing techniques throughout China, initiating a national revitalization of the role of Qigong in Chinese medical theory and health care practice. In 1989, he went into seclusion for three years, so that he could develop Emei Qigong techniques that would be accessible and practical for people living in our fast-paced modern society. During this period of extended meditation, he achieved a deep Qigong state and was able to comprehend sacred Emei Qigong methods that had been hidden for generations in an undecipherable language. Fu Wei Zhong now teaches these skills in his lectures, seminars, and writings.
By the time he was 36, Grandmaster Fu was recognized as one of the most prominent grandmasters of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Using the methods of Emei Qigong cultivation, medical Qigong, and traditional Chinese herbal medicine, he has personally treated and helped heal thousands of people—the rich and famous, including China’s late president Deng Xiao Ping, as well as orphans, and some patients who had been considered incurable.
The Chinese sometimes refer to him as the “Emei wizard” and “China’s medical Buddha,” and regard him as “the father of modern medical Qigong.” He is a learned scholar: He has read thousands of books, both Chinese and foreign, and is well versed in the medical, philosophical, and theological theories of different schools, both Eastern and Western. He has published six books and more than 20 treatises in China. He has been made lifetime president of two Qigong institutions, the International Medical Qigong Academy and the Emei Linji International Qigong Medical Research Institute. He holds honorary positions and titles in more than 50 hospitals, medical colleges, Qigong clinics, and Qigong associations in China.
Grandmaster Fu’s goal is to alleviate suffering. He immigrated to the United States in 1995 in order to disseminate Emei Qigong’s therapeutic techniques, so its methods could be used in conjunction with contemporary Western medical techniques. He lived in the United States for more than 10 years, giving lectures and workshops in more than 30 U.S. cities. During this time, he was invited to the University of San Francisco and the University of California, San Diego, to lecture on Qigong, and he was a visiting professor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where he taught curriculum-required courses on the Emei methodology of qi transmission for diagnosis and treatment.
Beginning in 2006, Grandmaster Fu began training a group of dedicated students to take over teaching Levels 1, 2, and 3 in the United States and Canada; he still teaches Levels 4, 5, and 6, which are all teacher-training seminars. He has moved back to China and teaches around the world, generally visiting the United States every year for a special teachers’ seminar. In the last several years, he also selected and trained the monk who will become the 14th lineage holder of Emei Qigong.
Grandmaster Fu believes that by training tens of thousands of skilled Emei Qigong practitioners, it will possible to restore and preserve the health of millions. Today there are thousands of Emei Qigong students in the United States and 2 million followers worldwide—all helping deepen the energy field that will allow this heart-centered system to flourish, bringing health, vitality, and true kindness to people everywhere.