BernardHaving studied for over 25 years, Dr. Bernard Shannon is an internationally recognized teacher of Medical Qigong therapy; Daoist cultivation, alchemical and mystical practices; and martial concepts.

Dr. Shannon is the founder of the International College of Medical Qigong. He is licensed through the People's Republic of China as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

To continue the advancement of medical qigong, he serves as the Vice Chairman and Executive Director of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (China).

Additionally he has been acknowledged by the National Qigong Association as a Advanced Clinical Therapist and a Level IV Qigong Teacher. These are the highest certification granted by the National Qigong Association, "They denote wisdom, insight, qi transmission, empowerment, and the mentoring of others in the field.”

Dr. Shannon is the former Executive Director of the International Institute of Medical Qigong and the former Deputy Director of the Overseas College of Medical Qigong for Henan University of TCM (China). He served as Chairman and member of the Board of Directors for the National Qigong Association (USA).

Dr. Shannon, the Abbot of the Temple of Peace and Virtue, is an ordained Daoist priest holding 21st generation Dragon Gate sect (Qingcheng Shan, Sichuan), 80th generation Shang Qing sect (Mao Shan, Jiangsu), and 65th generation Celestial Master sect (Longhu Shan, Jiangxi) lineages.

Also, a Shifu / Sifu (Master Instructor) in Baguazhang and Yang Family Taijiquan holding certificates of instruction and lineage from associations China, Taiwan, and the United States.

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Treating patient in
XiYuan Hospital (China)

Medical Background

In 2011, the Chinese Ministry of Health (Beijing) recognized Dr. Shannon’s experience by promoting him to Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Clinical Director of Medical Qigong, upon the recommendation of Western District Medical Qigong Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Institute (China).

A licensed physician in China specializing in medical qigong, Dr. Shannon, received his Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) and Doctor of Medical Qigong (DMQ) from the Western District Medical Qigong Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Institute (China), License # 98029.08 and the International Institute of Medical Qigong (USA). He completed his residency training while treating patients at the Xi Yuan Hospital (China).

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Celestial Masters Initiation Ceremony

Spiritual Background

Dr. Shannon began his studies of internal alchemy and mysticism in the late 1980s with one of his martial arts instructors who was a master of the Profound schools of alchemy and mysticism.

Since that time, he has had many teachers, and he regularly travels to China to continue his training in both Northern and Southern schools of Daoist alchemy and mysticism.


  • Abbot of the Temple of Peace and Virtue
    A Daoist temple specializing in cultivation, alchemical and mystical practices; medical qigong therapy; and Wu Dang martial concepts.
  • Ordained Priest in Zheng Yi Daoism
    Received formal “Lu” ordination as a Daoist Priest at the 900th Year Anniversary of the Founding of the Celestial Master’s Mansion in Long Hu Shan, Jiangxi province.
  • Ordained Priest in Quan Zhen Daoism
    Received "Shou Jie" ordination as a Daoist Priest; conferred the post and title of Abbot (Dao Zhang) with the Temple of Peace and Virtue (An De Fu Shen Gong). I had served as Chief Instructor (Zhu Chi) from its inception in 2006.
  • 21st Generation Disciple of Long Men Pai (Dragon Gate sect), Qing Cheng Shan Si Chuan province.
  • 66th Generation Disciple of Tian Shi Pai (Celestial Master’s sect), Long Hu Shan, Jiangxi province.
  • 80th Generation Disciple of Shang Qing Pai (Highest Purity sect), Mao Shan, Jiangsu province.
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Shifu Shannon after completing
Bagua fight test.

Martial Background

Dr. Shannon is also a Shifu / Sifu (Master Instructor) in Baguazhang and Yang Family Taijiquan holding certificates of instruction and lineage under the authority of the Taijiquan Federation of Taiwan (China), the Beijing Martial Arts Association (China), the Primordial Chaos Martial Healing Center (China), the International Institute of Medical Qigong (USA), and the Hsing Chen Internal Arts Association (USA).

Dr. Shannon started his martial training in the late 1980s and has trained in several styles including Muay Thai, Western Boxing, Judo, and Jujitsu.

Medical Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 40Kb)


  • With severe health problems, the removal of my left lung and brain surgery, it was, at times, hard to breathe and I was depleted of physical energy. During my very first session with you I could feel the energy vibrate in the missing lung cavity. With subsequent sessions I felt many beneficial changes in my body, mind and spirit. I am now breathing more efficiently, have more physical endurance and my attitude is increasingly positive. Through my sessions and Qigong exercises I feel inspired to be a part of my healing process.
    West Covina, California
  • Bernard’s compassion and thoroughness with patients has made him a sought after practitioner.
    Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson
  • Bernard, I wanted to thank you for the Qigong treatment last weekend. The chest congestion I was feeling was alleviated and I was much more relaxed afterwards. As we discussed, I felt a warm, relaxing sensation in the affected area and that has lasted several days. I look forward to the next treatment. Thanks again.
    Laguna Hills, California
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  • You have a relaxed and comfortable teaching style that creates and environment that allows learning to become a creative dialogue.
    Dr. Denise Douglass White, DMQ
  • Dr. Shannon is very gifted at reading people and changing his approach to meet each person where they are at.
    Catherine White, MMQ, Dip ABT
  • You are patient, funny, and generous with what you teach. It is obvious that you really want your students to learn– and are not just presenting material.
    Dr. Dawn Meltzer, DMQ, L.Ac.
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