Mantak Chia

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Date of Birth: 
April 4, 1944
Place of Birth: 
Bangkok, Thailand
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Dennis Lewis


Mantak Chia (Chinese: 謝明德, Pinyin: Xiè Míngdé, born in 1944 in Bangkok, Thailand) is a Taoist Master. He is best known for his teaching Taoist practices under the names of Healing Tao, Tao Yoga, Universal Healing Tao System and Qigong. Throughout decades of teaching, he has run numerous workshops, written a series of books, and published a number of training videos. For this reason, some people call him an author, a teacher or a healer. He views himself primarily as a teacher, "who helps his students empower themselves through cultivation of their chi (Chinese: 气,Pinyin: qì) energy." His students include many Western people such as Michael Winn, Eric Yudelove and Dennis Lewis, and some of them co-authored some of the books.

Mantak Chia was born to a Chinese family in Thailand in 1944. He began studying Buddhist method of "still the mind" at the young age of six, and later he studied Muay Thai boxing, Tai Chi Chuan, Kung Fu as well as Taoist and Buddhist (including Zen) practices from several masters. Of all his masters, the most influential one was Yi Eng (White Cloud), an eremitic member of the Dragon's Gate sect of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of Taoism (Chinese: 道家全真龙门派), who taught Mantak Chia a complete Taoist training system and authorized him to teach and heal.

Later, he studied Western anatomy and medical science for two years to better understand the physiological mechanisms behind healing energy.

He established his first Universal Healing Tao school in Thailand in 1974, after systematizing his knowledge of Taoism. He founded the Universal Healing Tao Center (originally named as the Taoist Esoteric Yoga Center) in New York in 1979. The center attracted a broad variety of European and American students, and some of them greatly helped him in teaching Taoist practices to western students. He returned to Thailand in 1994 and began to build the Universal Tao Training Center—Tao Garden—in Chiang Mai. Now, his primary teaching programs are held in the Tao Garden, but he tours to Europe and North America annually to teach and promote the Healing Tao practices in these areas.

He has closely worked with his students with background in Western esoteric studies, such as Michael Winn, Eric Yudelove and Dennis Lewis, to successfully convey the Taoist theories and practices to Western listeners. His ex-wife Maneewan Chia has also co-authored some teaching books. His series of books and video contents can now be purchased easily in Europe and North America.


Chia's teaching is a complete system that develops integrated physical, mental and spiritual (energy) bodies internal to human beings. It is designed to cultivate a balanced life of love, health, longevity and spiritual evolution. The focus is on developing human life energy—chi—for self-healing and life enhancement. For a simple interpretation, Chia describes "chi" as human primordial life force, a part of the primordial force of the whole universe.



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Master Chia is modern sage for nowadays live. Every book contain details of every step.