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Masahiro Ouchi is the Founder and Director of Healing Tao Center of New York, Founder of the TaoZen Association and Senior Instructor of Universal Healing Tao.
He is a faculty member of the Healing Tao University, and has been chosen as Teacher of the Year. He has been teaching T’ai chi, Qigong and meditation for over 30 years. In addition, he has taught Tao and Zen disciplines at New York University, the Open Center of New York, Queens College, Exhale Spa — as well as in Asia, Europe, Central America and Africa.
His spiritual journey originated with a childhood experience at a 600 year old Zen temple in Japan. Since then he has practiced Zen Meditation, Shaolin Temple Kempo, Japanese Archery, Esoteric Shintoism, Kundalini Yoga, Taoism, Qigong and Tai Chi. He is an original student of the world-renowned Tao Master Mantak Chia. He is also a student of Li Jun Feng, Wushu teacher to Jet Li. In addition, he has studied under the great Dr. and Priest Hiroshi Motoyama & Mr. Michizo Noguchi.
Masahiro Ouchi’s purpose and focus is to teach his students how to bring ancient spiritual and healing practices into their modern lives – to teach them how to live fully with joy and compassion.
My path has, right down it’s center, visual art. I’ve been an artist in New York City for 25 years and believe that learning and creativity – whatever form they take – nurture us to the core of our spirit. I use the power of imagery and metaphor in my practice and my teaching… It’s the visual imagery of Tao practice that first drew me in and it continues to inspire me after 18 years.
Alongside art, I’ve always been drawn to explorations of spirit. In 1972, I happened on a lecture by Alan Watts that pretty much exploded my mind. I continued to poke around Yoga and Buddhism through the 70s and 80s—without much consistency or discipline—but I would always find myself returning to it.
In the mid-90s I fell in love with a rigorous martial art from Japan and trained in it for 18 years: Amagure no Sato Ryu Ninjutsu. I retired in 2013, but continue to depend on the discipline, clarity and focus it distilled in me. In 1999 I sought out other Tao practices to complement my martial training and began learning the Qigong, Neigong and Taiji of Universal Healing Tao. I found them so transformative that I’ve been using them as my guide ever since. Most of all, they offer a lens through which I could view my life and the universe… in a way that embraces nature, spirit and our human heart.
After many years learning these methods for myself, I expanded my practice first through teaching, then through energetic healing. I’m a Medical Qigong Therapist and Senior Instructor of Universal Healing Tao. In my current practice, healing and teaching are intertwined–I teach classes and courses in Qigong, Neigong and Ovarian Kung Fu alongside my one-on-one training and healing practice.
When I met Universal Healing Tao in 2003, I felt a complete revolution in my life. Before that , I used to be a musician and a music teacher. I started practicing Healing Tao regularly because I could feel all the good benefits Qigong, Taiji and Meditation gave me. I gradually felt that something was changing in my life and I went to Tao garden to become a Universal Healing Tao Instructor in 2008. Since then, I’ve been teaching in Oyonnax a small town in the eastern part of France where I live.
In 2011 I met Masahiro Ouchi during a workshop he gave in Vienna. I immediately enjoyed the way Masahiro talks about Healing Tao practices. He opened another dimension for me and has had a big influence on my teaching and my own practice. I regularly attend Masahiro’s seminars to continue to improve. Currently, I’m expanding my practice by learning Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage with Masahiro.