About Us

Happy Practices Institute is a nonprofit California corporation operating under IRS code 501(c)3. We are a full volunteer organization without any employees.

Our mission is to introduce three complementary practices for every one of us to reach total wellness. To transform each of us to be our own healers and be less dependent on doctors and drugs. Turn our world into a happy one.

The history of these practices has been around for over 2,500 years in Asia and benefited millions of people already.

Use of funds: All donations are used to support our mission, maintain the website, conduct seminars, and market the teaching of the three wellness practices.  They are self-healing, meditation, and a healthy lifestyle. Since our registration in January of 2019, we have received no donations yet.  When we do, we will publish it to the public.

Just try it for a few months.

Our Teachers

Mr. Hongchi Xiao was born in Hubei Province, China. He is a natural healer, acupuncturist, and founder of Pailala Institute, a California non-profit organization, dedicating himself to promoting PaidaLajin self-healing method worldwide.

In 1990, Xiao got his MBA and subsequently worked in finance area in the U.S. and Hong Kong for over a decade. Though he had a comfortable life in the business world, Xiao often felt a lack of purpose in life. Starting in 2000, he began to trace his roots of Chinese wisdom. In 2006, he met a monk, who told him that he was destined to study at some temples and monasteries in the mountains of China.

For the next few years, Xiao followed the list mapped out by the monk and studied with healers, Taoists, monks and hermits. This series of events led him to rediscover Chinese culture and to learn from masters of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) as well as many therapies previously thought lost, including Paida, Lajin, acupressure, acupuncture, bone setting, and needle-knife.

Then he began his healing journey in Tibet, where he healed a few thousand people for free. After that, he opened a clinic in Beijing. At this clinic, he asked patients waiting for treatment to practice Paida (slapping) and Lajin, (a special form of stretching). Many people relieved their symptoms simply through Paida and Lajin, before even seeing him for treatment. Suddenly this “healing by oneself” concept took over him.

Since then, Xiao has been dedicated to promoting these treasures, particularly the simplest ones—Paida and Lajin. The other therapies he has mastered do work wonders, they are nonetheless quite complex and are still passive means of “healing by others.” They are not safe, simple, and effective methods of “healing by oneself,” and therefore can’t be easily accessible to all. Instead of healing up to a 100 hundred a day, now he can teach thousands to heal themselves in a day.

Xiao believes that we are our own best doctors. To promote this life style and to empower people to self-heal, Xiao has authored such best sellers as Journey to Self-Healing, and PaidaLajin Self-Healing in China and Taiwan. Each sold more than one million copies. Now he is traveling the world giving lectures, organizing workshops, and demonstrating PaidaLajin to promote self-healing. He has visited scores of Chinese cities, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Holland, Canada, the U.S., South Africa, and Lesotho, etc. New calls will take him to places, big or small, when conditions are “ripe.”

Xiao asks doubters and theorists: “Have you tried PaidaLajin?” For Xiao and millions who have benefited, the only way to test the efficacy of PaidaLajin is JUST DO IT!

Donald Hwong

Donald Hwong graduated as a first-generation digital engineer from UC Berkeley in 1971. He was on the team which developed the first 8-bit microprocessor.

In his middle school, he already began to meditate. While he was attending a Catholic high school in Japan, Saint Joseph’s College, he asked the father to let him be a priest. Father Nakagawa asked him why.  He replied, “Because fame, power, money does not make me any happier than helping people.”

After he retired from high tech industry, he found Chan.  Chan is the mother of Zen in Japan, Hanja in Korea and Tibetan Buddhism. Because Chan does not use words or formality to teach, it can integrated with any regional culture.

Donald was ordained in 2004 by Chan Master Wujue Miaotian, the 85th patriarch since Shakyamuni Buddha.

Donald helped to grow the school of Chan from three people in the USA to 5 meditation centers, three satellite practicing groups and one retreat centers in Atlanta.

Now he dedicates himself to the practice of Chan meditation as well as helping anyone comes in contact with, regardless of religion, race or culture.