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T'ai Chi as a path of wisdom
Lehrhaupt, Linda Myoki.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Shambhala, 2001.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 256 pages ; 22 cm
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Unlike most t'ai chi books, which focus strictly on how to do the t'ai chi forms, T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom presents a personal, practical view of this intriguing martial art. Lehrhaupt shares illuminating stories from her own life and the lives of her students that show how t'ai chi can be a vehicle for profound self-discovery and spiritual growth.

In learning to master each body posture, t'ai chi students often confront self-doubt, frustration, and the desire to compete and compare themselves to others--problems that also arise in daily life. Lehrhaupt shows how these and other obstacles provide valuable opportunities to deepen awareness and recognize the striking continuities between practice and everyday life.

Each section of the book includes practical exercises designed to enhance students' understanding of t'ai chi movements, and a helpful appendix answers many frequently asked questions about t'ai chi training such as how to find a teacher and how to balance practice with family life. Full of useful insights and guidance, T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom will be a valuable companion for all students of this increasingly popular martial art.

Author Notes

Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt, Ph.D., has taught t'ai chi and chi kung since 1982. An ordained Zen priest, she leads workshops throughout Europe and is the cofounder, along with her husband, of La Martinie, a center in the Dordogne, France, where retreats in Zen meditation and meditative arts take place.

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Martial artist and ordained Zen priest Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt offers T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom, an anecdotal description of how t'ai chi is more than just a martial art, but a way of life. The book contains some advice on technique, as well as useful exercises for readers to practice their methodology, but its core is a personal story of how the author came to understand chi as a life force. It's surprisingly well-written for a debut book. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
Invitationp. xxv
Part 1 Preparationp. 1
1. Waiting at the Entrancep. 7
2. Preparing to Pay Attentionp. 10
3. The Quiet before Dawnp. 15
4. Standing on Your Own Two Feetp. 18
5. Not Pretty, Just Chip. 23
Exercisesp. 31
Part 2 Beginningp. 37
6. "Shouting at a Bud Doesn't Make It Blossom More Quickly"p. 41
7. Expectationsp. 44
8. Just Keep Goingp. 49
9. On Your Own: Practicing Alonep. 52
10. The Miracle of Mindfulnessp. 55
11. Give Yourself a Presentp. 60
Exercisesp. 65
Part 3 Ward-Offp. 71
12. Take a Giant Stepp. 77
13. Not Too Tight, Not Too Loosep. 82
14. "Thank You for Not Making It Easy"p. 86
15. "T'ai Chi Ain't Precious"p. 92
16. Let the Spirit Master Move Youp. 95
Exercisesp. 101
Part 4 Pushp. 109
17. Giving Handsp. 117
18. The Masters of Tingp. 122
19. Only Don't Knowp. 127
Exercisesp. 130
Part 5 Get the Needle at the Sea Bottomp. 141
20. The Treasurep. 147
21. "The Secret Is to Practice"p. 152
22. Water Babesp. 156
Exercisesp. 163
Part 6 Fair Lady at the Shuttlep. 167
23. True Gritp. 171
24. Just Stand Up!p. 177
25. Stillness in Movementp. 181
26. Fair Lady Sowing Seedsp. 186
27. Pangp. 190
Exercisesp. 196
Part 7 Completionp. 201
28. Waiting at the Entrance--Againp. 205
29. The End of the Rainbowp. 210
30. Beginning Againp. 216
31. Wholeheartednessp. 221
32. Let Your T'ai Chi Singp. 226
Afterwordp. 233
Appendixp. 235
Notesp. 255
About the Authorp. 257