Like all contemplative arts, T'ai Chi requires disciplined, resolute practice at quieting the associative mind. By associative mind we mean...
It is too clear and so is hard to see.
A list of the names of the postures of the double edge sword solo exercise.
Rooting is realized when you align Professor Cheng’s three treasures; the top of the head is suspended, weight is in the bubbling wells, and mind and chi are in the tan tien.
Stance (B) is a solid and correct 70/30 weight distribution. Both feet are flat on the floor. The heels are shoulder width apart. The forward knee is over the toe both toe to heel and side to side. The back leg is relaxed and engaged. Hips are facing the same direction as the forward foot. This stance optimizes stability and suppleness.
There are at least two stories that I know about how T’ai Chi came to be. One concerns animals and shows the Taoist roots, the other monks and T’ai Chi’s Confucian aspects.
Written after participating in our friend and teacher, Jane’s, cremation at the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center. 3/2/2001
that god is like a string
that is sometimes shaped like rocks and trees
and sometimes shapes like beings.
In the end the meaning of the content of our lives can boil down to two piles: What we put ourselves through struggling with our own, internal demons; and the moments our divine nature shines through.