Chungliang Al Huang
Chungliang Al Huang is the founder of the Living Tao Foundation and has been teaching worldwide for over 60 years.
Born in China, was immersed in the traditional study of tai ji, kung fu, brush calligraphy, and classic Chinese scholarly arts from a young age. In 1949, his family fled mainland China for Taiwan where he continued his studies, later to the United States in 1955 to study architecture, cultural anthropology and dance.
His intuitive knowledge of the ancient wisdom and rich traditions of his native China led to early collaborations with philosophers and scholars such as Joseph Needham, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, John Blofeld, Gregory Bateson, and Huston Smith. He is now the director of the International Lan Ting Institute with its Chinese base in the sacred Wu Yi Mountain, an UNESCO World Triple heritage Site rich with historic, religious, and cultural arts traditions.
From the renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, to the world’s major capitals, Huang shares the stage with luminaries such as the Dalai Lama and primatologist Jane Goodall. He was featured in the 1988 inaugural segment of the PBS series A World of Ideas, moderated by Bill Moyers.
Huang is author of many best-selling books including the classic Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, which has been translated into 17 languages and is now in its 47th year of publication. Other popular titles include Essential Tai Ji, Quantum Soup, and The Chinese Book of Animal Powers,
He is co-author of Tao: The Watercourse Way with Alan Watts and a series of books with Dr Jerry Lynch on sports/body/mind training including the best selling Thinking Body, Dancing Mind.
"Chungliang—my charismatic, inspiring, and shining Chinese ‘brother’, you introduced me to an enchanted world of movement and light…a harmony of body, mind and spirit. You fill me with the love of life, bring laughter inextricably intertwined with beauty and joy. So many times when I am weary I have been restored by the Qi energy you send and by your Tarzan love call!”
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace