To apply the traditional Chinese culture into modern society, we have developed a practical and easy-to-follow method, and termed it the Dejian Mind-Body Intervention (DMBI). This Chinese Chan-based mind-body Intervention is developed based upon the Chanwuyi, and is originated from the Shaolin Temple. The DMBI is named after the Grand Master of Chanwuyi – Shi Dejian (who is originated from Shaolin Temple and now the abbot of Songshan Monastery). Recent empirical studies on this intervention have shown that it has positive effects in improving physical health, mood and cognitive functions in children with autism, adults with brain damage and depression, and community-dwelling adults with memory difficulties.
The principle of the DMBI is to alleviate psychological distress by understanding the root of problems in accordance with Buddhism philosophy, also enhance psychological and physical health by refining dietary habits, practicing some Nei Gong exercises (i.e., mind-body exercises), and clearing bodily orifices (i.e., openings of the body). The DMBI also emphasizes an integrative intervening approach for the mind and the body through a thought changing process. It consists of four interconnected elements including: (1) diet modification, (2) awareness of the truth of self and the world (3) practice of Nei Gong, and (4) clearing of the bodily orifices. Although the four components of DMBI are interconnected to bring maximum treatment effects, each component or a combination of different components can be tailor-made flexibly for specific clinical cases.
According to the traditional Chinese Chan healing practice (i.e., Chanyi), some foods, if taken, will generate excessive internal heat, which in turn adversely affects our cognitive ability, emotional management and physical health. These foods include ginger, garlic, green onion, spicy foods, eggs, meat, and fish. Thus, avoiding these foods will have a positive effect on our psychological and physical health. [Read More]
Nei Gong is somewhat like Tai Chi, involve exercises that emphasize smooth, gentle, and calm movements. The benefits of practicing Nei Gong is twofold. On the one hand, Nei Gong helps reduce stress, increase flexibility of the limbs, enhance strength of the legs, and improve overall physical health and the circulation of the Qi and blood. On the other hand, Nei Gong helps foster self-awareness and self-control of one’s mental state, thus a calm and relaxed state of mind can be restored.[Read More]
Based on the Chinese Chan and the concepts of Buddhism, the thought-changing process aims to increase the awareness of how unrealistic desires (e.g., greed), anger and obsession (e.g., craving for something or somebody) affect one’s mental and physical health. For example, think about what are your emotional and physical reactions when you get into conflict with others, and when you crave for something that is beyond reality? How does the negative thought and emotion resulting affect your psychological and physical health and the quality of life? Based on the assumption that the mind and the body are interconnected, diet modification, mind-body exercises and clearing of bodily orifices can facilitate this thought-changing process.