It is with great sadness that we inform you all that on 26th October at 3.40pm our father Dr. Shen Hongxun passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, friends and students, together with loving thoughts from many people near and far.
An extraordinary celebration of his life and enduring legacy took place on Saturday 5th November 11am at St-Pieterschurch, St-Pietersplein, Gent. Around 400 family, friends and students attended from around the world.
After the service we accompanied him to the cemetery and then gathered for light refreshments and to share both our fond memories and our grief.
Friends and Family wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who offered their warm wishes and condolences.
Shen Jin & Shen Zhengyu
Dr. Shen Hongxun was a great Teacher, a good man and a true friend. He changed my life for the better and I was glad to have had the opportunity to have shared many lessons, classrooms, journeys, dinners, good and bad times with him. He brought light, knowledge and Healing to many and will be sorely missed, but not forgotten.
Paul Brewer Feb 2012
DR. SHEN HONGXUN
(Born in Shanghai 1939) incorporated into his medical knowledge the understanding of the special internal forces which he has developed from his early youth, due to the practice of Taiji and internal energy work.
He practised and taught the art of Taijiquan for over 50 years. His own teachers were recognized Taijiquan masters, as well as Buddhist lamas and Taoist monks – his profound studies and research led him to a deep understanding of the connection between spirituality and energy within the human being.
Early in his career as a medical doctor he began to use energy forces in the treatment of patients, often with very positive results. Based on these early successes he continued to research the impact of this treatment method on a variety of health problems.
Encouraged by Mao Tse Tung’s healthcare reform in the early 60’s, which promoted the combination of eastern and western medicine, he studied TCM such as Acupuncture and herbal medicine, subjects which he later taught to doctors of western medicine.
At the same time he began to treat some of his patients with the special forces he had developed during many years of training in bodily arts with great masters of Taiji and also during his studies of spiritual teachings with monks and lamas of Taoist and Buddhist traditions.
One of his most important teachers was Lama FaHai, an enlightened Tibetan master with whom he studied Buddhist meditation.
It was Lama FaHai who gave him his spiritual name, Lama FuRe, the title of Teacher Lama and the permission to teach meditation. His medical background together with the understanding of healing and spiritual work allowed Dr. Shen to approach meditation in a scientific and health conscious way.
This led to the development of BUQI® Healing Therapy.
He came to Europe in 1987, following invitations from the universities of Gent (Belgium) and Venice (Italy), to mentor PhD students, and until his death taught his BUQI® system in Europe and the USA.
He was the founder of the SHEN HONGXUN COLLEGE UK and the BUQI INSTITUTE.
Shen Hongxun, who has died aged 72, was a teacher of taijiquan and qigong, meditation and healing, in China, Europe and the US. Having studied western and Chinese medicine, he brought together his medical experience and his mastery of psychophysical arts to develop his own therapeutic system, called Buqi. He was founder of the Buqi Institute in Ghent, Belgium, and of Shen Hongxun College, based in Bristol, which runs courses around the UK.
Born into a prosperous Catholic family in Shanghai, Shen began to study taiji at 11, when advised to take up sport after an illness. He was soon taken as a student by a master in the subject, Yao Huanzi, and later studied a variety of systems under different masters. He also practised Chinese and Tibetan forms of Buddhist meditation, but chose to teach as a layman and scientist, eschewing a religious framework.
After the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, there was a flourishing of new versions of traditional self-cultivation systems going under the name of qigong. There followed a proliferation of schools and masters, among whom were many charlatans or inadequately trained teachers, and the scandals that resulted eventually brought a government clampdown. Dr. Shen was called upon to help people who had suffered mental and physical problems as a result of practising ill-conceived systems.
In 1987 he was invited to supervise PhD students at universities in Belgium and Italy, and decided to stay in the west, along with his daughter, Jin, and his son, Zhengyu, who survive him.
Shen was considered a master of "empty force", able to move people from a distance through the creation and transmission of strong vibrational force, and taught his followers the skills of using such force for healing. He will be remembered by his many students, of whom I was one, for his power, generosity compassion and good humour.