Qigong Master Mantak Chia is the creator of the Universal Tao System, author of dozens of the world’s bestselling books and videos on Qigong and Taoist Meditation, and the director of the Universal Tao Center and Tao Garden Health Resort and Training Center in northern Thailand.
Since childhood he has been studying the Taoist approach to life. His mastery of this ancient knowledge, enhanced by his study of other disciplines, has resulted in the development of the Universal Tao System that is now being taught throughout the world. In 2012, Mantak Chia was ranked #18 in the Watkins Review’s listing of the World’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential People.
Mantak Chia was born in Thailand to Chinese parents in 1944. At the age of six, Buddhist monks taught him how to sit and “still the mind.” During his childhood, he learned traditional Thai boxing, Tai Chi Chuan, Aikido, Yoga
and broader levels of Tai Chi. While a student in Hong Kong, he was introduced to his first esoteric teacher
and Taoist Master, Master Yi Eng (I Yun) at which point he began his studies of the Taoist way of life in earnest. He learned how to circulate energy through the Microcosmic Orbit and, through the practice of Fusion of
the Five Elements, how to open the other Six Special Channels. As he studied Inner Alchemy further, he learned the Enlightenment of the Kan and Li, Sealing of the Five Senses, Congress of Heaven and Earth and Reunion
of Heaven and Man. Master Yi Eng authorized Master Chia to teach and heal.
When Mantak Chia was in his early twenties he moved to Singapore where he learned Kundalini and Taoist Yoga as well as Buddha Palm. He was soon able to clear blockages to the flow of energy within his own body and
learned to pass the life force energy through his hands. Afterwards, he learned Chi Nei Tsang (Internal Organ Massage) back in his native Thailand.
Later, he studied the Shaolin Method of Internal Power. He learned the closely guarded secret of the organs, glands and bone marrow exercise known as Bone Marrow Nei Kung and the exercise known as Strengthening and Renewal of the Tendons. He studied with many teachers who were influenced by Taoist, Buddhist and Zen teachings. Master Pan Yu also taught him about the exchange of Yin and Yang power between men and women, and how to develop the “Steel Body”.
To understand the mechanisms behind healing energy better, Master Chia studied Western anatomy and medical science for two years. While pursuing his studies, he managed the Gestetner Company, a manufacturer of office
equipment and became well acquainted with the technology of offset printing and copying machines. Using his knowledge of Taoism, combined with the other disciplines, Master Chia began teaching the Universal Tao System. He eventually trained other Instructors to communicate this knowledge and he established the Natural Healing Center in Thailand. Five years later, he moved to New York City, where in 1979, he opened the Universal
Tao Center that at that time was called the Taoist Esoteric Yoga Foundation. During his years in America, Master Chia continued his studies in the Wu system of Tai Chi with Edward Yee in New York.
Since then, Master Chia has taught tens of thousands of students throughout the world. He has trained and certified over 1,500 instructors and practitioners who have since opened Living Tao Centers, Chi Nei Tsang Institutes, Cosmic Healing Forums and Immortal Tao Mountain Sanctuaries in many locations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. In June, 1990, Master Chia was honored in San Francisco by
the International Congress of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong (Chi Kung) who named him the first recipient of the Qigong Master of the Year award. He received this award again in 2012.
In 1994, Master Chia moved back to Thailand, where he had begun construction of Tao Garden and the Universal Tao Training Center outside of Chiang Mai. In December, 2000, the Tao Garden Health Resort and Universal Tao Training Center was completed. In February, 2002, the Immortal Tao practices were held at Tao Garden for the first time using the Dark Room technology creating a complete environment for the higher level Taoist practices.
Some of his books include:
• Awaken Healing Energy of the Tao – 1983
• Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy co-authored
with Michael Winn – 1984.
• Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality -1985
• Chi Self-Massage: the Tao of Rejuvenation – 1986
• Iron Shirt Chi Kung I – 1986
• Healing Love Through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy –
• Bone Marrow Nei Kung – 1989
• Fusion of the Five Elements I – 1990
• Chi Nei Tsang: Internal Organ Chi Massage – 1990
• Awaken Healing Light of the Tao – 1993
• The Inner Structure of Tai Chi co-authored with Juan Li – 1996
• Multi-Orgasmic Man co-authored with Douglas Abrams 1996 –
• Tao Yin – 1999
• Chi Nei Tsang II – 2000
• Multi-Orgasmic Couple co-authored with Douglas Abrams 2000 –
published by Harper/Collins
• Cosmic Healing I – 2001
• Cosmic Healing II co-authored with Dirk Oellibrandt – 2001
• Door of all Wonders co-authored with Tao Huang – 2001
• Sexual Reflexology co-authored with W.U. Wei – 2002
• Elixir Chi Kung – 2002
• Tan Tien Chi Kung – 2002
• Cosmic Fusion – 2003
• Karsai Nei Kung – 2003
Many of the books above are available in the following foreign languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Spanish, & Turkish.