In my work I often see the ability – or, in some cases, the inability – that people have to find the energy, the willpower and the courage to take a good, hard look at the lives they are leading, and to accept things as they are or to find the strength within themselves to change. When people can see themselves clearly and get a proper picture of their lives, they also become aware of the way they relate to everything round them – friends, family, work and day-to-day Life.

During the years that I have devoted my life to sharing with others my experiences of Eastern philosophy, my insights into Oriental medicine and my spiritual enlightenment, there have been rapid changes in society and the ways in which people lead their lives. As the pressures on us to achieve, excel and consume have increased, it has become more and more difficult for people to explore their own inner and interpersonal development.

Sometimes I meet people who no longer have the privilege of being able to enjoy a healthy mind or a healthy body, people who live a superficial, materialistic life that is devoid of any deeper meaning or greater significance. Their existence is frequently one of weary acceptance, without any concept of the universal perspective that is present in each and every one of us, if we will only take time to acknowledge it and to understand what it means. Instead we look for simple solutions; we read a glib answer in a book on popular science, enrol on a quick feel-good course, and pick and choose among different areas of knowledge without delving deeper into wisdom that is both genuine and relevant.

One of the most important tasks I have set for myself in life is to create the right conditions for individuals to be able to understand and make wise use of the cosmic perspective and the energy that everything consists of. This is knowledge that empowers people to develop physically, mentally and spiritually.

I am often asked if you need to be religious in order to understand. My answer is always the same: it is enough to have a clear and open mind and to be willing to take responsibility for yourself and for others. I am a Buddhist myself and I share these thoughts, experiences and the Buddhist philosophy with others. In 2002 I was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Grand Master Su Xi in Shaolin Temple, China, and was given the name Shi De Rui.

Marcus Bongart

Master Marcus Bongart
Qigong training with Master Marcus Bongart
The house of Spirits