Hua-Ching Ni is a spiritual teacher/leader (proclaimed Grand Master) of a Taoist/Daoist spiritual movement in California. He is also a prolific writer, having published quite a few books (which you can see on this link to Amazon.)
One of his sites (longevity-center.com) refers to him as:
Hua-Ching Ni, who was known as Master Ni in his early days when teaching and lecturing the public, is now known as Grandmaster Ni, or OmNi.
As a teacher of natural spiritual truth, OmNi is heir to the ancient wisdom and teaching of an unbroken succession of 74 generations in the Taoist tradition that dates back to the Han Dynasty (216 B.C.). He also belongs to the 38th generation of healers in the Ni family legacy. As a young child, he was educated by his family and spent his youth learning from highly achieved masters in the mountains of China. Later, he continued to study many traditions and spiritual arts from a broad range of teachers. After several decades of persistent searching and with intensive training, study, and re-examination, he brought the ancient wisdom (now known as the Integral Way) alive for us today by using modern language.
You can read more from their site, via this link.
Personally I have some issue with the above description. Anytime I read things like “lineage” and “heir to ancient wisdom,” red flags go off in my mind. Perhaps it’s due to my own life experience, but I’ve found such descriptions are usually a trap. Lineage is a moot point. The Infinite Divine source can always materialize to any one person. I suppose the idea is that if you learned, from Z, and Z learned from Y, and Y learned from X… traced back to A and A is some spiritual path you want to know about… the idea of lineage is that because there’s a straight line to the source that it will be authentic.
I can’t speak to Hua-Ching Ni being authentic or not to these teachings of his, but to me the concept of lineage is distracting and when I see it come up in the past, it has usually met with negative results (such as the Golden Dawn squabbles over ‘authentic lineage.’)
Having never met Hua-Ching Ni, I can’t tell you what he’s really like. I can only describe him through his writings.
Ni (or OmNi) has many books. The first book of his that I read was called Entering the Tao. It actually is a great book in the beginning. As you read through it, it embraces much of a modern approach to a spiritual path. However by the end, it goes pretty south.
Below are some quotes of Hua-Ching Ni, that I think will give some credence to his world view and philosophy. I’ve put quotes I think are great first… and those I think are “off” or plain insulting, afterwards.
Some excerpts from Entering the Tao, that I like are the following:
Do not follow the world; it has so many people at different stages of growth and with different problems. Also do not make the world follow you; if you do, there are two problems which can occur. First, the expansion of your ego destroys your moral perfection. Second, your dominance harms the subtle organism of the world.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 557-560). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
Generally, people tend to look no further than the superficial elements which compose their experience. They fail to realize the deep truth that what appears as external reality is actually only a mirror of their own inner consciousness.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 661-663). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
The purpose of the esoteric process of the Integral Way is to refine the gross physical energy to the more subtle level of spiritual energy so that we may once again connect our being with the Subtle Origin of the universe. This is sometimes called embodying or realizing the universe within your body.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 727-729). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
Do not struggle to be somebody, because you will only be somebody when other people say you are somebody. “Somebody” is built on the moments when you are nobody.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 868-869). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
However, Hua-Ching Ni, has many passages I find ‘off.’ Take these for example:
• It is important to have correct sexual attitudes. Some people who live to be very old are still very sexy, and are just as strong as young people. None of them are homosexual.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 1386-1387). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
That’s an odd statement to make. I could also say that of the people who live long lives, none of them are Republicans… or none of them like Led Zepplin. First – how do I know this? How does he know that? He’s interviewed every single person who reached a “old age” and interviewed them to see if they were gay?
• The type of clothing you wear is also important. Tight or thick clothing is not as good as clothing which is a little loose and light.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 1397-1398). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
So now he’s telling us how to dress… ok.
• My father told me that there are three things which need to be fulfilled in order to achieve longevity or immortality. One is to keep your physical body complete without doing anything to damage it or allowing it to be damaged by any type of tyrannical social system or government.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 1482-1484). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
Comments like that on immortality really bug me. Rather then begin focused on the spiritual reality, he gets caught up on the body a lot. In his other work Working for Spiritual Development, he seemed to be more on target with the definition of leaving the physical body to embrace a oneness with the eternal source (Tao.) This is described on page 124… in regards to becoming a Shien. But he also drops the term immortal a LOT. Does anyone today believe there is an immortal human walking around for thousands of years? I find that too incredible of a belief to believe. Perhaps there is. Who am I to say… but what I can say with certainty is that the focus of my spiritual path is on the spirit, not the gross body. I don’t want to be roaming the earth for 6 million years….
Comments like the one above make me think he’s scared to die. He talks about how to extend one’s health, etc… which is fine, but when dropped in with immortality and avoid being damaged… and in another book he tells that if Jesus knew what Ni knows, he wouldn’t have had to die on the cross… it’s like Ni is really scared of dying. Perhaps I’m off base here, but that’s how he comes across in his writings.
Perhaps one of the more ignorant comments Hua-Ching Ni offers up is this one on abused women… yes, he talks about abused women and slightly blames them for their own roles as victims…
Another friend told me, “Those women are dumb. If I were her, I would not stay with a man like that or let him do that.” This is an important issue for American women today, and that kind of behavior is partly why the women’s liberation movement came into being. In this tradition, financial independence is respected, but what about women who choose to be dependent upon a reliable man and help him instead of seeking their own financial independence?
Let us go back to about five thousand years ago. When marriage was first established, a man only needed to give two pieces of deer skin or two wild geese to a woman’s parents in order to marry her. Surely there were sexual demands placed on a woman in those days, too, to which she needed to respond. There are basically two ways to respond to this matter, as we shall see.
At that time, all men engaged in some type of physical work, which, unlike today’s office jobs, was rather rough. The man would return from the fields or hunting, and how the evening went depended on how a woman managed the atmosphere of the home. A wise woman knew her energy and cycles. She would not make the man sexually excited, but received him gently and guided him in the living place, cooking for him, gently talking to him, and nicely guiding him to feel her gentleness and respectfulness. The roughness he gathered from his work would be dissolved by the subtle treatment of this wise woman. Wife beating did not occur in this household. Perhaps today’s women should take more responsibility for the problem of disharmony.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 1710-1722). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
Some real issues here with OmNi (Ni) is that he’s saying:
- A man being aroused is due to a woman’s “cycles”
- Men didn’t beat women in the old days
- Men were the hard workers in the old days and women sorta just took care of the house
- Therefore women today should take more responsibility over their household and they wouldn’t get beat
Well that’s about the most stupid thing I’ve heard in … well… ever? With all due respect to Ni… how can he call himself a “master” or “grandmaster” or even a spiritual leader if he isn’t condemning the violence?
The problem is the violent act of the person doing the beating. Sure, we could argue there is a karmic bond here between the victim and the victimizer… but we don’t know all of that. What we know is that when someone does an act of violence we need to condemn the act. The act is deadly to both the victim and the victimizer. There is a return to harming someone.
How does he not know this?
Where is his information that women were not abused in ancient times? Pretty much women in ancient times were objects of men’s desires. They were abused, beaten and mistreated. I don’t know where he has information to the contrary, other then his imagination.
So you have had enough sleep. Now you might ask me again, since you are a human being, when do you have sex? If you are truly serious about your spiritual cultivation, my recommendation is to avoid sex if you find that you are not strongly desiring it. If you have sex, surely it is preferable to do it in the early evening, at a time when it will not affect your normal sleep.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 1876-1878). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
At this point Ni is telling people at what time of the day to have sex… I have noticed he is very rule oriented in his writings. He has a rule for everything.
In ancient times, women’s menstrual cycles began with the full moon, because when feminine energy is at its fullest it causes the blood vessels in the uterus to compensate for the increased pressure of the body’s energy flow at that time by releasing some of the blood. If the regularity of this natural balance is blocked, emotional and physical stress and illness can occur. In today’s society, with so many unnatural influences, most women’s cycles no longer follow the phases of the moon. Some have no pattern of regularity at all.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 2410-2414). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
Again, more “off” information with no citation or substance… while his quote above isn’t derogatory or negative to a great degree, it does come off as he has this wisdom that all women in the ancient world had their period on the full moon but today they don’t because of unnatural life styles we all live in cities, etc. For something like that to be in a book, it needs to have research and citation. It’s too flippant to take as true.
Ordinary houses have a spiritual house guardian, but you can be attacked by ghosts if you stay in motels or other public places, especially if you are a single person. If you have good energy, you need to take care of it.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 2428-2429). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
The moon not only affects women’s energy, it also affects all people’s mental energy very much. The moon is your mind. People who are born near the time of the full moon are brighter, as a rule, than people born on the night of the new moon. If those born on the new moon do not have support from other energy sources, such as good spiritual inheritance, they will not be as smart. In general, intelligence is connected with the moon. You should not have sex, therefore, on a night with no moonlight, because if you conceive a child at that time, the baby’s mind will not develop well.
Ni, Hua-Ching (2013-11-19). Entering the Tao: Master Ni’s Teachings on Self-Cultivation (Kindle Locations 2414-2418). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
Finally, for the sake of brevity I’m going to stop the quotes with the two above. Both are prime examples of his superstitious background. Today a doctor would smile or chuckle if asked, “Dr. will my child be mentally disturbed since it was conceived under a new moon?”
I’m a spiritual person, I believe in spiritual activity… but this fear based reality of being scared of being attacked by ghosts at a motel or public places… come on. Yes negative spirituality occurs, but to make a statement like that, it suggests there’s these vagabond ghosts hunting at every motel…. it shows a fear based world view, that is quite contrary to my experience with the Tao Teh Ching.
In the End
You either love this guy or dislike his philosophy. I think he has a lot of good to say, but it’s mixed with so much ritual and male opinion his message is often lost.
I didn’t quote from his Workbook, but it’s also an interesting read, but it’s so heavy to ritual and rules… it’s just too much for me. There’s a rule for everything. Too much rules, make spirituality very dry for me.
While I respect his goals – I am quite confident I’m not compatible with his path.