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Key Point Dialog Zagreb 2008

To be held June 8th and 9th in Zagreb, Croatia
This June 7th and 8th the inhabitants of Zagreb will have the rare opportunity to learn Sheng Zhen Qigong from the Headmaster himself - Master Li Jun Feng will be teaching Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong in Zagreb for the first time, accompanied by his daughter and master teacher Li Jing. The two-day workshop will take place at the Silvije Strahimir Kranjcevic elementary school in Bogisiceva 13, from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday. A free one-hour demonstration will be offered in Evropski Dom, Jurisiceva 1, Friday June 6th between 8 and 9 PM.


The Key Point Dialog Zagreb 2008, to be held in Europe House Zagreb on Friday June 6th, will gather about 40 invited participants, including prominent Croatian researchers, policy makers and media workers, for a free and open dialog about the prospects for contemporary cultural revival.

As always, the purpose of this Key Point Dialog will be to come closer to the Key Point - an inspiring vision of the cultural revival, which The Club of Rome considered to be the solution to our global issues, or to the world problematique as they called them. This time we will begin our dialog by reflecting about a specific theme, the Sheng Zhen Qigong. Our reflections will allow us to become aware of the nature of our present cultural turning point, of the obstacles that hinder us from changing course, and of the opportunities that a new direction may make available.

Sheng Zhen Qigong will be introduced by Master Li Jun Feng, the Headmaster of Sheng Zhen Qigong, and Li Jing, his daughter and appointed successor.

Setting the Stage

We sit in a circle, ready to begin our dialog. In a moment, we will place the Sheng Zhen Qigong (symbolically) into the center of our circle and reflect on its implications. Our focus will not be on Sheng Zhen Qigong as such, but on its message that a sweeping positive change is possible for us, and on the reaction it creates in us.

At first, the ideas reaching us through Sheng Zhen Qigong may seem unreal:

  • Qi permeating the universe, bringing wholeness and life.
  • Slow body movements, postures, attitudes and meditations as a way to increase the flow of Qi and develop health and wellbeing.
  • A profound change of emotions ('unconditional love') as the central aim and the main result of the practice.

Are not those ideas incompatible with everything we have learned about ourselves and about the physical world? Our mind refuses even to consider them. It rushes ahead to its next meaningful task. So why bring them up on a serious academic gathering?

One of the reasons is that we want to use them as a mirror. They will reflect an obstacle to the cultural revival that is inside us. By becoming aware of this obstacle, we will also realize that we might not need to search much—the seeds of the next renaissance may already be around us, ready to grow, provided that we can become aware of them and give them attention.

Owing to this obstacle, before we can begin our dialogical meeting of cultures, a solid common ground needs to be created. We shall do that with the help of our four tacit invitees - Aurelio Peccei, Werner Heisenberg, Werner Kollath and Aldous Huxley. We place those four historical people as edges of a square around our circle. They will symbolize the four walls of the mental space we have created for our dialog. We may think of it as 'the frame of mind of the 21-st century'. Our tacit invitees will place us into that frame of mind by telling us about some key insights that have been reached during the century that has just ended.

Anchoring Our Dialog in the 21st Century

Werner Heisenberg and Quantum Physics

Werner Heisenberg, a founder of quantum physics, will tell us that the worldview that we still commonly consider as scientific, is really the worldview of the 19th century physics, which has been disproved through quantum physics experiments. The conclusion is clear: We must learn to think in a new way. And this new way of thinking, which has been developed through modern physics, is now guiding us towards inter-cultural understanding, and towards a worldview that is closely similar to the one that is reaching us through Sheng Zhen Qigong.

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Aurelio Peccei and the World Problematique

While the climate change has recently brought the environmental and other global issues into the focus of the public eye, the warning of The Club of Rome that: “piecemeal approaches to solving the individual problems will not be successful” is all too easily forgotten. The Club of Rome advocated focusing on the world problematique rather than on any of the problems. The only possible solution to our problems, claimed Aurelio Peccei, the Club's co-founder and the first president, is a radical cultural change, to a culture whose primary concern is human quality.

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Werner Kollath and Political Hygiene

Werner Kollath, a pioneer of medical hygiene research, will tell us that our present direction of 'progress' is putting at risk not only our planet, but also directly ourselves, by causing our health or well-being to decline. To arrive at a safe and meaningful course, our values must change, and based on them, also our way of living. The issue of understanding our civilized and more generally human condition accurately is, however, profoundly political, because much of our world's power is invested into selling us things and perpetuating the status quo.

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Aldous Huxley and Perennial Philosophy

Aldous Huxley will tell us that in a variety of the world traditions, with surprising consistency, it has been found that certain practices and attitudes, quite similar to the ones reaching us through Sheng Zhen Qigong, have brought people to a pinnacle of well-being. Those practices and attitudes, however, seem opposite from the ones that characterize our contemporary culture.

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Reflections Inspired By Sheng Zhen Qigong

At this point we are ready to place Sheng Zhen Qigong into our center and reflect on it. To begin, we will witness a brief Sheng Zhen Qigong demonstration by Master Li Jun Feng or by his daughter Li Jing.

Our dialog will develop by weaving our ideas about the following sequence of themes that Sheng Zhen Qigong brings up for us.

First Reflection: Awareness

We begin the dialog by contemplating our own emotional reactions to Sheng Zhen Qigong and its messages. Our mind resists those messages. What might be the causes for this resistance?

Are we, like the people in the Late Middle Ages, dominated by an outdated worldview? What makes us loyal to this worldview?

Is Werner Kollath right when he claims that the problem of awareness and lifestyle change is profoundly political? Are we educated, 'socialized' or subtly coerced to accept a certain view of ourselves and our world, which reduces our repertoire of thoughts and actions and makes us powerless and dependent?

The purpose of our first reflection is to become aware of the subtle obstacles to our awareness.

Second Reflection: Resposibility

Our four tacit invitees made it clear: Both our academic integrity and our responsibility for the planetary and human well-being demand that we learn to think in a new way. Can we heed their call and acknowledge the fact that the cultural revival, including a thorough revision of our scientific worldview and a profound change of our priorities and values, must now be our first priority?

Can we adopt a scientific worldview in which Sheng Zhen Qigong is recognized simply as a fact?

Third Reflection: Freedom

Liberating our minds from the 19th century worldview brings us to a wealth of possibilities. We do not need to struggle with resolving the environmental crisis in an impossible way. The solution may well be a 'paradigm shift' where old problems vanish because the way of thinking and acting that created them is no longer there.

Are we ready to create a global culture in which the 'perennial philosophy' is not denied but widely acknowledged and practiced?

Is Sheng Zhen Qigong pointing at a practical way to realize this possibility?

Fourth Reflection: Renaissance

Can we begin the cultural revival—now?

What might the emerging culture be like? In what ways can each of us contribute to its realization?

What can we learn from Sheng Zhen Qigong that may help us in this task?

Key Point Dialog Continues on the Internet

During our physical dialog our circle has begun to vibrate with the message of positive change. The Key Point Dialog continues through the Internet, and through the media, spreading the wave that began in our midst, in the center of Zagreb.

Experiencing Sheng Zhen Qigong

In the last hour (20 -21), the participants may choose to experience the Sheng Zhen Qigong practice, guided by Master Li Jun Feng.


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