Chungliang "Al" Huang

Chungliang "Al" Huang

Philosopher, Dancer, Performing Artist

CHUNGLIANG “AI” HUANG is a well-known notable philosopher, dancer, performing artist. He is also known as an internationally acclaimed taijiquan master and educator, who has received the Republic of China’s most prestigious award in the field of education, the Gold Medal Award, from its Ministry of Education. In addition, as the Keynote Speaker at the Major World Gatherings in India, Switzerland, Germany, and Bali, Chungliang also appeared with many notable world leaders of religion and spiritual philosophy including the Dalai Lama.

He holds his name as the founder-president of the Living Tao Foundation based on the Oregon Coast of the United States, and the International Lan Ting Institute, situated in the sacred mountains of China. Huang was also featured in the inaugural segment of Bill Moyers’ renowned PBS series “A World of Ideas”. In his whole career, he established many close alliances with highly regarded philosophers and scholars of the time.

Huang was born in Shanghai and his family moved to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war. He was from a rich background in the classics, fine and martial arts, and the Beijing Opera techniques. He then decided to move to the United States in the 1960s to study Architecture, Cultural Anthropology, and Choreography. Chungliang became a taijiquan teacher at the encouragement of Alan Watts and became involved with the Human Potential Movement. His book Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain greatly helped to popularize taijiquan in the West and was also published in 14 languages.

He also gave his teachings at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Huang worked with colleague and collaborator with the late scholar Alan Watts, Gregory Bateson, mythologist Joseph Campbell, Laura Archera Huxley, John Blofeld, and Huston Smith. Huang is also known for his collaborations with the well-known philosopher Alan Watts, Joseph Campbell, and others for his involvement with Esalen Institute and the Omega Institute. He then appeared on the Bill Moyers series “A World of Ideas” on PBS. He now is the creator and president of the Living Tao Foundation and the Lan Ting Institute, which helps promote Chinese arts.

Books by Chungliang “Al” Huang

  • Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain: The Essence of Taiji in co-operation with John O. “Steve” Stevens (now: Steve Andreas), with a preface by Stevens and his mother Barry Stevens(Real People Press, 1973)
  • Tao: The Watercourse Way with Alan Watts (1975)
  • Living Tao: Still visions and dancing brushes(1976)
  • Quantum Soup: A Philosophical Entertainment (1983)
  • Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life with Jerry Lynch (1994)
  • Beginner’s Tai Ji Book (1995)
  • Mentoring: The Tao of Giving and Receiving Wisdom with Jerry Lynch (1995)
  • Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters with Gia-Fu Feng (1997)
  • Working Out, Working Within with Jerry Lynch a (1998)
  • The Chinese Book of Animal Powers(1999)
  • Tao Mentoring: Cultivate Collaborative Relationships in All Areas of Your Life with Jerry Lynch, and Laura Archera Huxley(1999)
  • The Sage’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life with William Martin, Hank Tusinski(2000)
  • Essential Tai Ji (2004)
  • The Way of the Champion: Lessons from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and other Tao Wisdom for Sports & Life with Jerry Lynch PhD (2006)
  • My Journey in Mystic China: Old Pu’s Travel Diary by John Blofeld, with Daniel Reid, and Chungliang Al Huang (2008)
  • The Spirit of Dancing Warriors with Jerry Lynch PhD (2010)
  • Coaching With Heart: Taoist Wisdom to Inspire, Empower, and Lead with Jerry Lynch PhD

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