Traditional Chinese Wisdom and Taoist Practices come in two main categories: Wei Kung and Nei Kung. The word Kung (pronounced: gung) has no English equivalent as it represents an idea foreign to the English family of cultures. It means a combination of working, playing, studying, practicing, experimenting, patiently investigating, becoming immersed in, tinkering with, sharing . . . all in a spirit of consistent dedication, mutual respect and common quest under the guidance of a qualified teacher. Examples of the use of the word Kung are Kung-fu (the Kung of Fighting) and Chi Kung (the Kung of Healing). Wei Kung (way gung) is outer Kung. It is concerned with objectives, both in the sense of goals and in the sense of the objective world of things we can see and measure. Wei Kung is in keeping with the predominant paradigm of Western civilization sense the Scientific Revolution. It is an approach that is familiar to Westerners as including ascertainable goals, ideals and progress in quantifiable, observable, testable increments. Nei Kung (nay gung) is the inner teaching. It has to do with feeling, sensations and intuitions.. . . Truth, Healing and Art - layers of the onion Wei Kung considers facts, Nei Kung considers Truths. Wei King is about standardization, Nei Kung is about revealing unique inherent qualities within.
Chinese Character for Kung