T'ai Chi According to the I Ching

Embodying the Principles of the Book of Changes
By (author) Stuart Alve Olson

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T'ai Chi According to the I Ching
Embodying the Principles of the Book of Changes
By (author) Stuart Alve Olson

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Pages : 240

Book Size : 8 x 10

ISBN-13 : 9780892819447

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : November 05, 2001

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 80 b&w illustrations

Because the Before Heaven sequence of postures is the foundation of all T'ai Chi forms, this book provides valuable advice for all practitioners, regardless of the style they practice or the depth of their experience. An essential reference book for any serious student of Taoism.
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About T'ai Chi According to the I Ching

• Reveals the close relationship between the eight basic postures of T'ai Chi and the hexagrams of the I Ching.


• As handed down in the teachings of the Yellow Emperor and Chang San-Feng.


• Explains the physical and spiritual benefits that result from the practice of the Before Heaven T'ai Chi form.


• An essential reference book for any serious student of T'ai Chi and the I Ching.


T'ai Chi is a physical expression of Taoist thought--a philosophy in motion. The relationship between the I Ching, Taoist philosophy, and T'ai Chi is well established in many of the classical texts and teachings handed down by the Yellow Emperor and Chang San-Feng, yet it has essentially remained a mystery in the West. Stuart Alve Olson, a longtime student of renowned T'ai Chi Ch'uan Master T. T. Liang, shows how the hexagrams of the I Ching relate to the eight basic postures of T'ai Chi, and how together they comprise the orderly sequence of the postures in the Before Heaven T'ai Chi form. The practice of this form initiates a process of internal alchemy that allows for the stimulation and accumulation of chi through the major energy systems of the body. Physically, this process restores youthful flexibility. Spiritually, it frees the mind to roam the sublime Tao. 

Because the Before Heaven sequence of postures is the foundation of all T'ai Chi forms, this book provides valuable advice for all practitioners, regardless of the style they practice or the depth of their experience. An essential reference book for any serious student of Taoism, T'ai Chi According to the I Ching is an invaluable guide to how even the most esoteric aspects of Chinese philosophy are firmly rooted in a physical practice.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction


Part I: The Undercurrents of I Ching T'ai Chi

1. T'ai Chi

2. The Eight Diagrams and the I Ching

3. Huang Ti: Teachings Attributed to the Yellow Emperor

4. Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching: The Classic on the Way and Virtue

5. T'ai Chi Ch'uan Ching: The Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan

6. Historical Origins of T'ai Chi: Chang San-feng and Chen Wang-ting

Part II: The Framework of I Ching T'ai Chi

7. The Tai Chi Symbol (T'ai Chi T'u)
Treatise on the Symbolism of the Supreme Ultimate
The T’ai Chi Circle


8. Fu His's Before Heaven Arrangement of King Wen
Treatise on the Eight Diagrams

9. The After Heaven Arrangement of King Wen

10. The Philosophy of Before and After Heaven
Treatise on the Secrets of the Eight Postures

11. The Eight Gates Diagram
Relating the Eight Gates to T’ai Chi

12. Developments of Wu Chi

13. The Five Activities (Wu Hsing)
The Meaning of the Wu Hsing
Treatise on the Verses of the Five Methods


14. The Three Powers (San Tsai)

15. The 16-Posture I Ching T'ai Chi Form Arrangement
The Ten T’ai Chi Stances
The Eight Hands

The Before Heaven 16-Posture Form Arrangement Charts (circular, square, and linear)

The Before Heaven 16-Posture I Ching T’ai Chi Form
Overview of the Posture Instructional Information

Wu Chi Position
1 Beginning T’ai Chi
2 Warding-Off (L & R)
3 Rolling-Back
4 Pressing
5 Pushing
6 Single Whip
7 Lifting Hands
8 Shouldering
9 White Crane Spreads Wings
10 Brush Knee and Twist Step
11 Playing the Lute
12 Chop with Fist
13 Deflect, Parry, and Punch
14 Follow to Seal, Carry to Close
15 Crossing Hands
16 Conclusion of T’ai Chi
Wu Chi Position

Before Heaven Form Posture Movements Summary


PART IV The After Heaven Form
16. Arranging the Images of the Sixty-Four Postures
The After Heaven 64-Posture I Ching T’ai Chi Form

Author Bio
Stuart Alve Olson is a longtime student of renowned T’ai Chi Ch’uan Master T. T. Liang. He has also studied under numerous Buddhist and Taoist masters, including Ch’an Master Hsuan Hua, Kung fu and healing Master Oei Khong-hwei, and Dharma Master Cheng Yi. He is the author of Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal, T’ai Chi for Kids, and Tao of No Stress. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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MARTIAL ARTS/ EASTERN PHILOSOPHY

T’ai Chi According to the I Ching presents a practice that is the first-time correlation of two major Taoist philosophies. T’ai Chi is a physical expression of Taoist thought--a philosophy in motion. T’ai Chi initiates a process of internal alchemy that allows for the stimulation and accumulation of chi through the major energy systems of the body. Physically, this process restores youthful flexibility. Spiritually, it frees the mind to roam the sublime Tao.

The relationships between T’ai Chi, the I Ching, and Taoist philosophy are well established in many of the classical texts and teachings handed down from the time of the Yellow Emperor (c. 2500 b.c.e.) continuing up to the period of Chang San-Feng (c. a.d. 1200). Until now these relationships have not been explored in Western texts. Stuart Alve Olson now shows how the eight trigrams of the II Ching relate to the eight basic postures of T’ai Chi and how together they comprise the orderly sequence of the postures in the Before Heaven T’ai Chi Form, the foundation of all T’ai Chi forms.

Using more than 250 photographs, Olson provides a step-by-step guide to each posture in the Before Heaven T’ai Chi Form and illustrates the sixty-four postures of the After Heaven T’ai Chi Form. In addition, the author discusses the universal principles of T’ai Chi that enable one to master the practice and access all the health and philosophical benefits of T’ai Chi as well as gain insight into the philosophy of the I Ching. T’ai Chi According to the I Ching is an essential reference book for any serious student of T’ai Chi, the I Ching, and Taoism, showing how beautifully Taoism is expressed in the motions of the T’ai Chi form.

STUART ALVE OLSON is a longtime student of renowned T’ai Chi Ch’uan Master T. T. Liang. He has also studied under numerous Buddhist and Taoist masters, including Ch’an Master Hsuan Hua, Kung fu and healing Master Oei Khong-hwei, and Dharma Master Cheng Yi. He is the author of Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal, T’ai Chi for Kids, and Tao of No Stress. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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