Following his life changing experience on the mountain, Ilchi Lee felt a strong conviction to share what he had learned. He wanted to help people become physically healthier so they could make healthy choices, which in turn would help improve society. He began teaching for free in a park, first assisting a lone stroke victim and then training large groups of people. In 1985, after five years of lessons in the park, he rented a space in Seoul that became his first Health and Wellness Center.
The exercises he taught gradually evolved to include a wide variety of meditative and brain enhancement techniques, which he systematized into different programs and workshops, and organized into five steps. This system of mind-body-spirit training is now known as Brain Education. It integrates ancient, Korean philosophy and Sun Do culture with applied neuroscience to teach optimal brain utilization. Beyond exercises, his Brain Education programs offer wisdom for healthy living.
Ilchi Lee’s Past & Current Work
The Change Project
In the spring of 2013, Ilchi Lee is taking part in a project for personal and global change that he inspired—the Change Project. Encompassing a screening and lecture tour, documentary film, book, and website, the Change Project is spreading the understanding that a change in perspective can substantially change your life. It aims to help people shift from a slave to change to an agent of change. It says we are all made of the same elementary particles—what Ilchi Lee calls LifeParticles. Our mind can transform LifeParticles into anything we desire with our relaxed focus and targeted action. Knowing this brings confidence, self-worth, and hope for the individual and society.
The Call of Sedona
In September of 2008, Ilchi Lee published a memoir-like book titled The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart. With his inspirational descriptions of his meditative revelations in Sedona, Arizona—a land of breathtaking beauty and spiritual attraction—he demonstrated a way for readers to live their own journey. The book reached the New York Times best seller list as well as the best seller lists of USA Today, the LA Times, and the Washington Post. In April 2012, the world rights were purchased by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Scribner published its print and electronic editions in July of 2012, while Simon & Schuster Audio published an audio edition. Ilchi Lee was engaged in an international book tour for The Call of Sedona for much of 2012.
The Miracle the World Is Waiting For
In Ilchi Lee’s e-book, The Miracle the World Is Waiting For, he reminds us that our lives are composed of our choices. He writes, “I’ve made the choice to make 2012 the most hopeful year in the history of humanity … instead of wondering what will happen in the year 2012, or feeling anxious about it, wouldn’t it be more productive for us to plan together the kind of year we want 2012 to be, and then create it?” That choice began on January 1, 2012, when the energy of the world shifted and it became easier for everyone to experience awakening, connection, and oneness like never before. Click the link below to find out what you can do to take the future into your hands.
Earth Citizen Movement
Ilchi Lee believes that we should primarily consider ourselves Earth Citizens in order to work together to better manage the earth’s resources. An Earth Citizen puts their identity as a citizen of the earth before national, ethnic, or religious considerations. The Earth Citizen culture that can result from adopting the earth as a common value can take many different forms, but basic respect for the earth and all of humanity must remain at its core. It will inspire people to develop their humanitarian spirit, moving beyond personal concerns. Lee advocates for the creation of new value system, a paradigm shift to earth-centered living. By redefining our professional and cultural lives to focus on the concept of Earth Citizenship; we can fulfill our material needs while honoring the earth. In the United States, the Earth Citizen movement has been spearheaded by the International Brain Education Association, who has raised money and donated it to the United Nations for projects such as tree planting and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.
International Brain Education Association (IBREA)
The International Brain Education Association (IBREA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization of which Ilchi Lee is founder and president. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals and communities to realize the potential of the human brain. Since it was founded in November 2004, it has used Brain Education to accomplish this mission.
To that end, IBREA conducts education and training, hold events, encourages research, produces publications, and partners with governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations, schools, academic institutions, hospitals, and other community organizations.
It’s most recent project is bringing Brain Education to 42 teachers and 1702 students in the Centro Escolar Distrito Italia in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. The area has suffered a long history of conflict, violence, and drug abuse. It has also begun similar projects in Liberia and the Philippines. Because Brain Education focuses on developing the full potential of an individual’s brain for the betterment of themselves and their communities, IBREA hopes the teaching of it will help the students and teachers overcome their stressful environments.
Prayer of Peace
Ilchi Lee presented the Prayer of Peace at the Opening Ceremony of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations on August 28th, 2000. At this summit, two thousand of the world’s preeminent religious and spiritual leaders representing the many faith traditions gathered at the United Nations. In the Prayer of Peace, which he had authored for the occasion, Ilchi Lee called for a peace beyond religion and culture. Afterward he promised himself that the prayer would not see its end as mere words.
The training methods Ilchi Lee developed became known as Dahn Yoga when they were brought to the United States. From Dahn Yoga, Ilchi Lee’s Brain Education methods evolved. Though he is no longer involved in Dahn Yoga and similar centers, Ilchi Lee’s methods are still taught in the nearly 1,000 locations worldwide. There are currently over 60 Dahn Yoga locations across the United States.
University of Brain Education
The University of Brain Education (UBE) is a research-oriented graduate school in South Korea established in November 2002. Ilchi Lee founded the school under the traditional Korean philosophy of Hong Ik–all humans have the innate desire to benefit others and live harmoniously with each other and the earth. Ilchi Lee currently serves as the president of UBE.
Through its research, UBE is furthering the fields of Brain Education, Korean classics, and peace studies. It helps students to become productive, creative, peaceful leaders who promote the health and happiness of all human beings. It is the global hub of Brain Education.
Korean Institute of Brain Science
The Korea Institute of Brain Science is a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on brain research established by Ilchi Lee in December 1990. KIBS’s vision is to promote greater understanding of the recovery and optimization of the natural and healthy functioning of the brain. Its mission is to develop Brain Education methods for improving brain function, to elucidate their mechanisms of action, and to identify practical applications. In 2007, KIBS was given consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, offering expertise about how to use the brain to further international cooperation. It has published the magazine Brain and the webzine Brainmedia.co.kr. It often holds seminars on Brain Education and heightened sensory perception (HSP). KIBS sponsors the International Brain HSP Olympiad and Brain Education Conference, as well as other Brain Education events at the United Nations with the International Brain Education Association.
Institute of Korean Cultural Studies
Founded by Ilchi Lee, the Institute of Korean Cultural Studies, also known as Kookhakwon, is a private research institute dedicated to the study of the founding philosophy of Korea. It’s located at Mokcheon, near the University of Brain Education. Kookhakwon runs educational, academic, and cultural programs open to all people to disseminate information about the Hong Ik philosophy and Brain Education. For this purpose it opened the Han People Historic and Cultural Park at Mt. Heukseongsan in Cheonan-si, South Korea.