Culturally Fit on Emei Mountain
Climbing the trails of Emei Mountain
Emei Qigong and Tai Chi with Linhai

2012 dates to be anounced

Emei Mountain is one of most majestic and spectacular holy mountains in the world. It is one of the four major Buddhist holy mountains and is the sacred abode of the Maha Bodhisattva Samantabhadra and the Avatamsaka Sutra. Samantabhadra is the primordial Buddha who manifests as a Bodhisattva to bring the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism to this world system. Full of mountain spirits Emei Mountain was originally inhabited by shamans and Daoists. Laozi (Lao Tsu), the founder of Daoism established a temple in the Jiulao Cave near the mountain's peak during the 5th century BC with the nine ancients of Daoism. The famous Buddhist Monk Tangseng along with the Monkey King Sun Wukong also cultivated in the Jiulao Cave during their famous Journey West. China's most famous poet and Daoist drunken immortal Libai wrote scores of inspirational poems about the inconceivable nature of Emei Mountain. Even the Herbal Immortal Shennong still manifests in the expansive rainforest bestowing amrita elixirs that enlightens as well as they heal. The famous Tibetan Terton Khenpo Jigme Puntsog Rimpoche is the guiding light in the ever expanding Spiritual Water Tantric Monastery where even the Son of Heaven, Emperor Kangxi, stayed and cultivated the precious Buddha Dharma. As a beacon of Wisdom Light outstanding monks, nuns, lay practitioners and pilgrims from every spiritual tradition and every country in the world come to Emei Mountain to receive its blessings and harmonize in this magical sphere of intrinsic awareness.

Rising to 11,000ft. above the Sea of Clouds on the border land between China & Tibet Emei Mountain is a dense jungle rainforest that rises from the rice patties and bamboo groves of the Sichuan basin to pierce the clouds of heaven with its sub-artic peaks. High mountain rivers and crystal clear waterfalls cut deep canyons through the rock faces that can reach thousands of feet high and some waterfalls even dissipate before they hit the ground. There are cavernous swimming holes that lead to underground caves behind the waterfalls where rainbows are always in bloom. Full of Buddhist temples, mountain villages, tribal nomads, exotic animals and sacred herbs pilgrims from all over world come to play in this Buddhist wonderland. Emei Mountain is also home to many rare species of animals such as the panda bear, pigme-pandas and red panda, black bears, frisbee size butterflies, foot long praying mantis', all kinds of birds and hawks, peacocks, many types of snakes, giant insects, and three different types of monkeys that can be found throughout the mountain, yet even a mosquito bite is rare on our Sacred Journeys due to the protective energy and blessings of Samantabhadra.

Emei Mountain is an herbalist's wonderland. The rainforest and varying elevations provide a bounty of common, uncommon and sacred herbs. The extremely potent Snow Lotus Flower stays in bloom even under six feet of snow and makes a powerful kidney tonic. The Golden Hair Dog Root stops bleeding just by touching it. Foot long Suoyang roots raise the Yang even in the coldest of winters. Tianma roots can grow up to six inches long and Emei Ginseng and lingzhi mushrooms are cultivated by the Daoist saints and the Buddhist dakinis to confer immortality. Emei Mountain has four major types of lingzhi mushrooms some the size of coffee tables. The extremely rare Buddha's Hand lingzhi mushroom is a special prize of Emei Mountain. Emei Mountain also has many types of herbal teas. Green tea, black tea, wild tea and high elavation tea can be found throughout the mountain being hawked by local mountain villagers along the forest trail. For the 84,000 types of disease there are 84,000 types of medicine all of which can be found on Emei Mountain.

From the Golden Summit Monastery of Emei Mountain the sun and moon cascades across the Sea of Clouds and sets over the 24,000ft. Konga Mountains of Eastern Tibet. Many healing miracles, wisdom miracles and miracle signs have manifested on Emei Mountain since ancient times and even our students over the past two decades have witnessed quite a few. Some of these miracles include the Buddhist halo, multiplying lanterns, sky signs, unusual rainbows, dreams and visions, and maybe even a visit by the golden monkey. The Maha Bodhisattva Samantabhadra has been know to manifest bestowing blessings and miracle healings even to our own small group of pilgrims. Emei Mountain is adorned with many different types of Buddhist temples and Buddhist monasteries, martial arts schools, healing clinics, TCM hospitals, and even a national TCM and Martial Arts University. It also is home to the world's largest Zen Monastery.

During the Southern Song Dynasty in 1227 AD a Wudang Daoist martial and medicinal priest named White Cloud, came to Emei Mountain, became a Buddhist monk and eventually the Sudden Enlightenment abbot of the Hua Zang Temple at the Golden Summit of Emei Mountain. White Cloud intergrated his knowledge of confucianism, shamanism, Daoism, Buddhism and the three thousand and six hundred schools that were prelavant at that time into a concise system that was easy to learn and apply and brought about great realizations and sudden enlightenment. After writing the Precious Lotus Cannon and formulating the External Energy Diagnosis and Treatment System Samantabhadra came to him in a vision and told him to pass on his knowledge to the next generation to help rid the world of pain and suffering and to let the light of the dharma shine like the sun. Undisturbed for eight centuries the monastics who practiced this tradition enjoyed a peaceful until WWII. During WWII the 11th patriarch Yongxin was gathering herbs down at the bottom of the mountain and ran into Zhou Qianchuan who was a western doctor who was extremely sick. Yongxin healed him and then trained him at the Golden Summit for thirteen years. When the Japanese invaded Yongxin fled to Kangding, Tibet which is the next mountain range over. Master Zhou fled north to Shanxi, Province and opened an Emei clinic there. Master Zhou had two wives and twelve children who taught the system to many people and his lineage is still flourishing today. After China's Liberation in 1949 Master Zhou passed on the Emei lineage to His Holiness Juzan, who was the head of China's Buddhist Association at the Guangji Temple in Beijing.

Linhai is the primary teacher of the Emei Sudden enlightenment School in the west and on sacred journeys. He began his training in martial arts in the seventies and in 1986 went to the Shaolin Temple where he recieved transmission from the abbot De Chan. From Shaolin he went on to study with many of the great Emei masters and is a disciple of the supreme abbot of Emei Mountain, Tong Yong. He has been leading other western student to Emei Mountain annually since 1987. Linhai is also an ordained vajra yogi of the Nyingma tradition, a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a NCCA Diplomate. He is the founder of Sacred Journeys, the Blue Lotus Dharma Center and the the FHG Shaolin Kungfu Association. He also is the Proprietor of Adzom Rinpoche's Dorje Purba Ling in NYC.

The Bodhisattva Samanthabadra came to Emei Mountain two thousand years ago.

Golden Samantabhadra
This 20 story tall Samantabhadra statue made of gold is the world's tallest.

Kanding Lama
Kandling Lama, spent over 70 years in cave retreat. His legs are in a permanent lotus and his compassionate energy is omnipotent.

Tongyong, the Supreme Abbot of Emei Mountain, recently passed at 108 years old. He bestows refuge and precepts on Sacred Journeys.

Linhai, Tong young's top western disciple, is the one who brought the Emei Sudden Enlightenment School to the West. He is the senior teacher, translator and guide of Sacred Journeys. Linhai is also a licensed doctor of TCM and an ordained vajra yogi.

Emei students 2005

Overlooking Eastern Tibet from the peak of Emei.
Emei Sudden Enlightenment School's Zen TCM class of 2005.

Hiking up the steep trails of Emei Mountain while breathing in the pristine rainforest air will pull out the deepest of toxins in your body and rejuvinate your health to a youthful glow. Inhanced by daily qigong, tai chi and meditation exercises you will experience a deep cleanse of the body and mind. With a daily diet of rainforest vegetables you will also be cleansed inside and out. After our climb to the Golden Summit has been achieved we will soak in the many different types of herbal hot springs, once reserved for royalty, and experience Emei Mountain's famous bodywork and reflexology.

mandala shrine at the Myriad Years Temple <br> holds a 62 ton bronze statue of 
Samatabhadra brought to Emei Mountain by either UFOs or a lot of block and tackle.
Disciples of 
His Holiness Juzan attending his memorial.

Samanthabadra temple at the Wan Nian Monastery.
Disciples of the Great Master Ju Zan at his memorial.

What to expect and what to pack
Climbing up Emei Mountain and living in rustic monasteries can be challenging but that's the best way to purify your body and mind. Participate as much or little as you like, there are no requirements except to enjoy yourself and get out of it as much as you put into it. You can leave your heavy bags at the bottom monastery and carry what you need in a small monk's bag available at all of the temples. If you get tired along the trail you can hire locals to carry you and your gear up the mountain on a bamboo sedan chair. The bottom is tropical hot and the top can be artic cold so dress in layers. You can buy what you need along the way and rent a heavy coat at the top when you'll need it the most. Wear a good pair of broken in sneakers. We live in the temples with double occupancy rooms or dormitories and showers are usually available. If the weather is warm we spend more time at the top. If it's cold we spend more time at the bottom. The exotic organic mountain food is always fresh and grown right around the temples. Meat dishes and herbal medicines are available on the trails outside the temples if you need it. If you want to stay on Emei Mountain in retreat after the journey is over we would be happy to arrange it for you. Private journeys can also be arranged for groups of four or more. Enjoy!!!

drawing caligraphy
the trail

A monk draws calligraphy for a pilgrim, The Golden Summit.
A trail through the pristine rainforest jungle.


July, 2 - Arrive in Beijing, check into the Hotel, enjoy an evening in Beijing with a Peking duck dinner and bodywork to get ready for the flight to Chengdu in the morning.

July, 3 - Morning flight from Beijing arrive in Chengdu, drive to Emei Mountain, lunch at the Tian Fu tea farm where they cook all the food in green tea. Brief introduction to the medicial qualities of tea. Check in at the Baoguo Temple in the afternoon, 5 pm dinner.

July, 4 - Baoguo Monastery: The training begins. 4am practice with the monks, 7am breakfast, 8:30 Emei Qigong and Tai Chi, 10 am hike to Croutching Tiger Nunnery, Great Emei Nunnery, Central Peak Nunnery, Great Happiness Nunnery, cross the Black Dragon River grottos stay at the Shen Shui Nunnery, study the local flora and fauna and herbal medncines of the lower part of the mountain, 6 pm dinner.

July, 5 - Shen Shui Nunnery: 4am practice with the nuns, 7am breakfast, 8:30 Emei Qigong and Tai Chi, 10 am hike to Wan Nian Monastery, study the natural flora and fauna and herbal medicines that grow in the mid level of the mountain, 12 lunch on the trail, 6 pm dinner.

July, 6 - Wannian Monastery: 4am practice with the monks, 7 am breakfast, 8:30 am Emei Qigong and Tai Chi, 9:30 hike to Huayan Peak pass the Hooligan Monkeys, study the higher level mountain herbal medicines such as the rare \ snow lotus, snow lingzhi, giant lingzhi, golden hair dog root etc..., 6 pm check into Huayan Peak Temple, dinner.

July, 7 - Huayan Peak Temple: 4am morning practice hike up to the Elephant Washing Monastery, the Amitabha Vortex Monastery, The Gate of Heaven and The Golden Summit, sub-artic tundra flaura and fauna and herbal plants, check into the Golden Summit Hotel, 6pm dinner.

July, 8 - Golden Summit Monastery: 4am The group will sponsor the Removing The Obstacals And Engendering Long Life Ceremony with the monks of Huazang Monastery, 6am, sunrise meditation over the sea of clouds, 7am breakfast, 8:30 Emei Qigong and Tai Chi, 12 noon lunch, 1pm return to Bao Guo Monastery, soak in the Hot Springs, bodywork.

July, 9 - Baoguo Monastery: 4am practice with the monks, 7am breakfast, 8am bus back to Chengdu airport for the light back to Beijing.

July, 10 - Beijing: Morning tai chi and qigong practice at Beihai Park, Lunch at the Emperor's Dinning Room, Forbidden City, Peking Duck dinner, evening bodywork.

July, 11 - Beijing: Morning tai chi and qigong practice at Beihai Park, visit The Great Wall.

July, 10 - Beijing: Fly back to USA.

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The Buddha of Bliss Mountain The Maitreya of Bliss Mountain, The largest Buddha statue in the world, gazes upon Emei Mountain.

Emei monk deep in Zen at the Hong Chun Monastery.

Emei is an herbalist's Mecca. Here are four types of Emei Mountain lingzhi mushrooms. Emei is also home to the snow lotus, golden hair dog, and thousands of other exotic rainforest herbs.

Monkey One of the three types of Tibetan Macaw monkeys on Emei Mountain.

Lotus Ponds Lotus ponds abound in the Emei Dharmaland.

Locals Locals carrying 150 lbs of stone through the trails of Emei.

Nyingma Temple Nyingma Vajrayana and Pureland Temple with a one thousand year old stupa.

Hot Springs Soaking in the Emei herbal Hot Springs really releases the muscles after all the training and hiking. There are different kinds of herbal springs such as ginseng, rose petals, sea weed, kucao and suoyang to heal the skin and muscles while harmonizing the internal organs.

Golden Summit Sunset over Tibet from the Golden Summit of the glorious Emei Mountain.

Manjushri and Lois The 8th Chogyi Nyinma, a reincarnation of the Buddha Manjushri, in retreat with Lois.

Hope & Adi in front of a local dharmapala with mandala eyes.

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