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Dennis Lewis

Dennis Lewis is a student, teacher, and practitioner of Taoism and other approaches to healing and self-transformation. He has studied Taoist meditation and qigong with masters Mantak Chia and Bruce Kumar Frantzis, and has studied the Gurdjieff Work and Advaita Vedanta. Since 1993, Lewis has taught classes and workshops in natural breathing, meditation, and qigong in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. He is also the author of The Tao of Natural Breathing and the coeditor, with Jacob Needleman, of Sacred Tradition and Present Need and On the Way to Self Knowledge.

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A former businessman and a long-time student of Taoism, Advaita, and the Gurdjieff Work, today Dennis Lewis teaches the transformative power of presence through natural breathing, qigong, meditation, mindfulness, and self-inquiry. He has led workshops throughout the United States, at venues such as Esalen Institute, the New York Open Center, and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. He offers intensives and workshops at the Center for Harmonious Awakening in Scottsdale, Arizona.


In the Gurdjieff Work, his primary teacher for fifteen years was Lord John Pentland, who led the main line of the Work in America for many years, and who made Lewis a group leader in the San Francisco Gurdjieff Foundation. His Taoist and qigong teachers over a ten-year period included Mantak Chia, Dr. Wang Shan Long, and Bruce Frantzis, all of whom certified him or gave him permission during those years to teach specific qigong forms and energy practices. He also studied for three years with Advaita Vedanta master Jean Klein.


His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Empty Vessel, Yoga Journal, Gnosis, Parabola, Somatics, Library Journal, Manas, and the San Francisco Chronicle