More about ch'i (qi)

One of the questions that will be asked is whether, and to what extent, the “energy” described by the Chinese as ch’i (also written qi) might be the same as, or indeed differ from, the invisible life force that in Sanskrit is called prana, and in the Tibetan tantric tradition is called lung, or “wind” (རླུང་)  (See Box 1-1).

Later chapters will look at the link between traditional Eastern descriptions of life energy, known as qi, ki, and prana, among other terms, as well as Western studies of the power of intention. In this light, our discussion will also include details of this fascinating area of investigation now being undertaken in highly controlled Western scientific studies. As mentioned in the Introduction, the goal of the present work is to begin a broad conversation that compares concepts such as qi, prana, lung, thigle, and kundalini in the East, with the understanding of the life force as described in indigenous cultures of the West, such as those of the Native Americans and Hawaiians.