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Ken Cohen (Gao Han) is the Executive Director and founder of the Qigong Research & Practice Center. He is a world renowned health educator, China scholar, and Qigong Master with more than forty years experience. A former collaborator with Alan Watts, he is the author of the internationally acclaimed book The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing (Ballantine), best-selling self-healing audio and video courses (Sounds True), and more than 200 journal articles. In 2003 Ken Cohen won the leading international award in energy medicine, the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for Innovation and Lifetime Achievement.
His work has been translated into Chinese and numerous European languages. Professor Cohen received his Teaching Certificate from the William C.C. Chen School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan in 1974 and completed graduate studies in Taoism and Chinese language at Queens College, the New School for Social Research, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Ken Cohen's teachers have included some of the most highly respected masters and Grandmasters in the world, including William C.C. Chen (Yang Style Taiji Quan), B.P. Chan (Chen Style Taiji Quan, Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, Qigong), Madame Gao Fu (Chen Style Taiji Quan and Primordial Qigong), Share K. Lew (Taoist External Qi Healing), Sunyata (Vedanta in the lineage of Ramana Maharshi), Swami Venkatesananda (Sivananda Yoga), and others. Professor Cohen was the principle apprentice to Dr. K. S. Wong, acupuncturist and Taoist Abbot from China's sacred mountains. To advance his study of both Taoism and Comparative Religion, Professor Cohen attended the New Seminary and was ordained as an interfaith minister (M.S.C.) with a graduate degree in pastoral counseling (M.S.Th.). He also holds an M.A. in Holistic Psychology and other academic honors.

Professor Cohen is a leader in the dialogue between ancient wisdom and modern science. He was able to demonstrate unusual physiological control as one of 9 "exceptional healers" studied in the Menninger Clinic's Copper Wall Project. His sponsors have included the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, the Canadian Ministry of Health, and numerous hospitals, medical schools, conferences, and cultural organizations. He has been called "the preeminent Qigong Master of the West" and was probably the first Qigong Master in the West to treat physician-referred patients. In 1994, Professor Cohen was chosen as keynote and sole representative of Chinese medicine at the World Congress on Energy Healing in Switzerland. His work has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Bottom Line, and on National Public Radio. He has taught more than 30,000 students.

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