Many years ago a family lived in a part of Beijing, China. The family consisted of a little 13 year old girl, her parents and her seventy year old grandfather, Yang Tak Shan.
They all relied on the money her father made pulling a rickshaw. Life was very simple, but they were all happy.
One day Yang Tak Shan took his grand daughter Yang Meijun to While Flower Temple. When they were inside he set up some joss sticks and told her to kneel and pray to Kuan Yin (Quan Âm), the female Buddha.
Then he said to her: “You are the twenty seventh inheritor of the Kunlun Dayan Qigong system”.
He took out eight copper wild geese from his bag. Each one was performing a vivid movement: flying up, drinking water, scratching its leg, sleeping, etc.
He showed these to his young grand daughter and told her to follow the movements of the wild geese when she learned Qigong.
Yang Tak Shan had studied with a Taoist monk from the Kunlun mountains (núi Côn Luân) when he was young. He had learned a great deal of Qigong including martial arts and healing skills.
He also learned that he must wait till he was 70 years old before he taught anyone else. You had to practice to fifty to sixty years first!
From that day on little Meijun faithfully followed her grandfather’s teaching.
He explained, “We will practice in the morning from three to five when the Qi is in the lung channel, which help us practice”. He went out, “Our skill is secret. So we practice at this time there will be no one around to disturb us”.
Only little Meijun knew that her grandfather had these amazing skills.
Starting with the first sixty-four movements of Dayan Gong, she progressed to the second sixty-four movements of Dayan Gong, Dayan Palm, Cotton Palm, Dayan Fist, Dayan Sword, Long Distance Vision Dan Gong, Transmitting Fragrance Gong – in all seventy two different Qigong skills.
As her level improved she understood more and more about Chinese medicine, acupuncture points, cultivating Qi, using Qi, and eliminating negative Qi.
The years passed by and Yang Tak Shan was happy that his grand daughter had picked up all this skill and was developing by herself, so he was happy when he passed away.
However the Second World War had just started and Japan had begun to invade China. One day Yang Meijun’s father was transporting a Japanese passenger in his rickshaw. When he asked for his fee then passenger pulled out a knife and stabbed Meijun’s father. He died from the wound.
Not so long after Meijun’s mother also died.
All these things made her very upset, but she remembered all the skill her grandfather had taught her. Practicing Dayan Qigong everyday, her mind was clear and this allowed her to relax and not dwell on what had happened. She decided it was best to leave Beijing and travel to different places.
She needed to earn a living and find the best way to travel, so she decided to disguise herself as a boy and join the salt traders. She succeeded in this brave solution and her life took a new direction. Among the salt traders she met a young man named Chen Gwor An and they became good friends. Eventually he discovered that his best friend was in fact a beautiful girl.
They fell in love, married and had three children..
As the war with Japan grew more serious, many provinces were lost and many people died in the fighting. Yang Meijun and her husband joined the Volunteers to protect their country.
On one occasion she and her companions lay amongst the dead to avoid capture but were unable to escape before they were buried so were buried alive. Because of her Dayan Qigong, she was able to hold her breath until the soldiers had gone when she was able to dig herself out and save the others.
In the Volunteers, Yang Meijun had the opportunity to travel throughout the countryside of China. Here she met many Buddhist monks and Taoists.
She gained a great deal of valuable knowledge though these meetings and so her Qigong became even more advanced.
Eventually, Japan surrendered and Yang Meijun returned to Beijing.
But unfortunately, during the war she lost contact with her eldest son. The years passed by and life in China continued on through many tumultuous changes.
Her husband grew old and eventually passed away. Her children had grown up and had families of their own.
Once more, she was completely along. She though about the many skills of Dayan Qigong that she had been keeping throughout her life. How all that time had passed and no one else knew this skill.
If she died it would be lost forever. At last she made a decision – she would release the skill to the public and let more people benefit from it. By this time she was already over seventy years old.
In 1975 she started to spread her family skill and in Sun Wu Man Park, Beijing, openly practised her Dayan Gong.
Her beautiful graceful movements and flexibility attracted the attention of many people.
When she was asked what it was she was doing she spoke about Dayan Qigong: “Dayan Qigong, is a traditional Taoist Qigong system from the Kunlun Mountains and it is over one thousand years old.
“The movements of the First 64 and the Second 64 are based on the Postnatal and Prenatal Bagua: Eight times eight equals sixty- four. They deal with the acupuncture points and channels. nourishes the organs gather Qi and eliminate negative Qi to balance the body.”
It also trains the three Dantien, creates the Dan and opens the Upper Dantien – the Sky-eye. When this is open you can see the colours of Qi, the channels, organs and can diagnose peoples’ illness and see their blockages. Then you can transmit your Qi to heal them.
When your body is healthy, you can transmit colorful Qi: Red, green, yellow, white, blue, purple and black. You can also transmit many different fragrant smells.”
She gave impressive demonstrations of Dayan Gong and diagnosed people’s problems. From then on, she taught Dayan Gong every morning in the park.
Her amazing skills and her powerful Qi attracted a lot of people. Some came from far away to study or to ask her for ireaunent. Many brought their friends and relatives along. As she became more popular and well known, she was interviewed by newspapers and magazines.
Fortunately, China had just opened its doors to the world. Realizing that the Cultural Revolution had destroyed many traditional skills, the government was very concerned about preserving traditional skills.
Consequently, Qigong became very popular. Master Yang Meijun was chosen to be a member of the committee of the Chinese Qigong Association. She was invited to teach all over China, where she gave many lectures and seminars.
In 1987 she appeared on the cover of China’s Qigong and Science Magazine, and later her Dayan Gong was published in a book that was distributed all over China and translated into many foreign languages. “Dayan Gong is a very safe Qigong. It has no side effects unlike some forms of Qigong that emphasize using the mind and breathing.
Dayan Gong directs the Qi naturally through movements and so can improve all kinds of illnesses”, Master Yang Meijun says in her lectures.
Today Dayan Gong is popular all over the world: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Europe, America and Canada.
Many kinds of illnesses have been cured by Dayan Qigong.. Those suffering from heart problems, asthma, arthritis, poor circulation and even cancer have benefited. All because Dayan Qigong helps to clear the body’s channels and organs. Master Yang Meijun is still very healthy and her Qi is very strong. Her skin is soft like cotton. Her movements are graceful and flexible like a wild goose. And by 2002, she was one hundred and seven years old!