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How the Buddha’s Teachings Relate to Tai Chi

Is Tai Chi Intended to be Spiritual or Religious? Tai chi can be as spiritual or non-spiritual as a practitioner makes it.  It has a heavy sense of good will and absolutely has a sacred feel.   Quotes and references abound about the similarities between tai chi and Buddhism/Daoism/Confucianism.   Some go as far as to say that Tai Chi is based on Daoism or that it runs parallel to the teachings of the I Ching (Book of Changes). On the other hand, ... Read More
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4 Easy Steps and 1 Great Reason to make Tai Chi a part of your Life

I recently received this feedback below from a long time practitioner about the content of this website. "…knowing everything about T'ai Chi is a lot different than making T'ai Chi a part of our life… This is something I rarely see in any of the educational media.  It is just assumed that the student will develop a practice but the reality is most students do most of their T'ai Chi in class. The most important thing is to do it, to make ... Read More
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Jumping Outside of the Form – How Tai Chi Influences our Daily Life

There is this general idea that tai chi should positively influence all aspects of your life after a while.  You practice the form diligently and somehow the tranquility and understanding that ensues flows like water out of your backyard and pervades all aspects of your life.  Aaaahhh. Malarkey you scream!   Way too touchy feely. Like every good tai chi concept, the answer is yes and no.  My non-tai chi life has benefitted immensely from my practice.  Let’s use this essay to describe ... Read More
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Tie-dyed Tai Chi – Why tai chi suffers under the weight of its own reputation

You have seen him.  The tie-dyed-shirt wearing gentleman with the fanny pouch at the last conference.  Or the woman ordained with endlessly flowing scarves on a 100 degree day.  At a conference I attended in Austin, Texas an attendee relaxed between sessions by playing a didgeridoo.   At a summer camp I participated in in Oregon, an attendee entertained Chen Zhenglei and his wife with juggling and hacky sacks. These are our peeps.  As eccentric as they are, they make up a ... Read More
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Martial Progress in Tai Chi: Using Yin and Yang Theory to Gauge our Development

When we're starting out practicing tai chi we often think we are soft and relaxed when we're actually pretty far from it.  This can be frustrating on a number of levels.  First of all, who am I (or your teacher) to tell you that you are not relaxed when your body is giving you every indication that you are?  Secondly, what is the value of a teacher pointing out this error continually which seems to undermine progress?  Fact 1:   Your body ... Read More