#55 Johan Hausen on Martial Arts, Shaolin Temple Life, and the Arts of Daoism


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Johan Hausen has lived a life that, if I had access to multiple lifetimes, would be one of the iterations I would want to play out. Replete with martial arts, Shaolin temple life, inner alchemy, classical Chinese culture and language, book translating and publishing, and travel, his life path weaves threads of modernity with ancient history.

A crucial point in the journey for Johan came at the age of 13 with the emergence of his interest in martial arts, specifically Tae Kwon Do. After competing intensely for 8 years, during the course of which he reached a plateau, he decided to elevate his interest by exploring the “cradle of martial arts”, Shaolin Kungfu. From his home country of Germany and with no grasp of Chinese language, Johan travelled to the Shaolin Temple and eventually to the Wudang Mountains where he adopted temple life and immersed himself in culture, philosophy, and techniques including Tai Ji, Dao Yin, alchemy, swordsmanship, Feng Shui, study of the Yi Jing, and Daoist healing.

Now an acupuncturist in New Zealand, Johan annually returns to his Wudong Mountain hermitage, and he translates classical Chinese texts and publishes them under his own publishing house, Purple Cloud Press. Through the Purple Cloud Institute, he hopes to create a longevity centre in Australia that makes widely accessible time-honoured healing practices.

Johan’s journey thus far has been incredible, and so much more is yet to come.

Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Johan Hausen.

Episode Links:

Purple Cloud Press

Five Immortals Temple

Learning Links:

School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at PRC

Online Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses at PRCOnline

Student Clinic at PRC

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