Gia-fu Feng

Gia-fu Feng was a treasured teacher, master and sage, working in the ‘sixties and ‘seventies in the USA and Europe.  This page is dedicated to him. 

Please do supply your own thoughts below, or through the contact page and I will upload them.

 

A rare video from 40 years ago:

 

 

Biography out now, see hereStillpoint of the Turning World, by Carol Ann Wilson whose sister was strongly linked to Gia-fu.
I have written a review for The Dragon’s Mouth, the journal of the British Taoists Association.  

IN NEXT FEW WEEKS WILL SCAN AND LOAD HERE GIAFU’S OWN AUTOBIOGRAPY

HE WANTED TO CALL IT –  ‘THE SOUL OF CHINA’

It is impossible to emphasis too much the influence of Fritz Perls, originator of Gestalt Therapy on Gia-fu’s thought.  Through the idea of Tao as Gestalt process, we have the emergence of self as awareness ‘floating’ (somewhat) over still nature.  Through the acceptance of ego/self – and the practice of attention – transcendence is reached:  blending  self and other, self and environment –  in sharp relief.  Actually total involvement.  Gia-fu always emphasised ‘expanding the ego’ – accepting, not trying to crush it.

He once said, “remember Richard actually to detach, you have to attach”.


He did not have a static view as regard the ego, he did not see it as something to be removed….(more to be expanded, until it popped)… Through the acceptance of our ego, ‘warts and all’, we come ultimately to transcend…Am I caught in action?  So accept this.  Eventually, or instantly, as the case may be,  we  move into action.  Self and environment meet, mirror and merge.

I remember our first Tai-chi workshop.  He found it greatly amusing to say, ‘don’t wobble, if wobble then wobble’. This sums it up beautifully.
 If we fail, we accept that.  Recognize the paradox of self – which is seen as a tawdry idea anyway!  One famous Taoist said, when bothered by government officials, what are you doing in my house/?! This whole world is my body, and this house is my trousers.  What are you doing in my trousers?!  GET OUT!

Yes, the whole world is my body.

Sensory awareness – being comfortable – was close to Giafu’s heart, along with long walks in nature and soakings in the bath.

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