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  1. "This religion, that religion, there are various kinds but at their deepest points they are all settled in one conclusion. At any rate, when one practices discipline and moves from the beginner's territory to immovable wisdom, he makes a return and falls back to the level of the beginning, the abiding place." A question asked to a zen master by a master of sword
  2. a book you or others might find interesting to help to understand what this might mean " start over" Written by a good friend and fellow traveler on the path of the dao. For myself it helped to clarify a path I was already on, and understand why my own starting over never really was. The starting over was an attempt by something deep inside me trying to fix something. The choice of being able to start over was a "fantasy" as there is really no starting over only a continuation of moving towards being an authentic person. best of luck
  3. a good assessment. a little history from a friend of mine my teachers taiji form, his teacher is not known. a little of his history for those interested My own taiji style does not reflect this way of practice although I can play the form the same way, it does not accord with my ideas and practice at this time. My own emphasis is very different.
  4. wow, was in the Army for 20yrs serving in mech/inf units I must admit being a grunt medic "killing" others was not my main job the others I worked with trained directly for that. Why not join the military were you can put your training to use, or have you killed others with your training.
  5. what is the depth of your Buddhist studies, if some one asked you what would you say. what have you done to correct this, did you go to Asia and start there?
  6. A lot of questioning, by what do you use to question have you met any masters or master level people? how does one say this with out having or being a master why would a daoist master give rules for being "authentic" seems like one wouldn't care allowing those who can see it to know it, and those who cant not know it. "The wise student hears of the Tao and practises it diligently.The average student hears of the Tao and gives it thought now and again.The foolish student hears of the Tao and laughs aloud.If there were no laughter, the Tao would not be what it is."
  7. some observations I've seen many people practice quiet slowly in playing their taiji. IMO in most cases this destroys their timing. The major taiji family styles Chen, Yang, Wu, ect have addressed this by creating fast forms a mistake IMO. A mistake because in most cases the movements as done in the fast forms do not have the same qualities that they should have developed in the slow practice. A good test to see if this is true is to try to play some movements at speed from the slow set and see whether one can do this or not with out changing how the movements are played. If one is not concerned with usage in a combative sense this may not be an issue. Just things I've noted over the yrs. In my own practice there is no fast form, what is down slow can be and is also done fast with no changes other then quickness and speed.
  8. " Taiji is said to be based on the movements of the crane and snake as witnessed by a daoist monk “Zhang Sanfeng” “三丰子 “ “On one occasion, he observed a bird attacking a snake and was greatly inspired by the snake’s defensive tactics. It remained still and alert in the face of the bird’s onslaught until it made a lunge and fatally bit its attacker." " “For several years the lama monk Ah Dat-Ta “阿達陀“ retreated to the mountains to live in seclusion, studying Buddhist texts and practicing meditation. He also hoped to improve his martial art skill. One day Ah Dat-Ta’s meditation was disturbed by a loud sound. He left the cave he had been meditating in to investigate and found an ape trying to capture a crane." something I noted in my writings. "Traditionally Bodhidharma is credited as founder of the martial arts at the Shaolin Temple. However, martial arts historians have shown this legend stems from a 17th-century qigong manual known as the Yijin Jing.[5] The authenticity of the Yi Jin Jing has been discredited by some historians including Tang Hao, Xu Zhen and Ryuchi Matsuda. This argument is summarized by modern historian Lin Boyuan in his Zhongguo wushu shi:" I feel the question itself is framed wrong. The spiritual path was always foremost in ones training whether they be baker, candle stick maker or as some might call themselves warriors. What has a spiritual path to do with being a "warrior"
  9. wasn't a question for me, it was for you. you've answered it.....not something I would agree with but then again its not my training... thanks for the answer
  10. Do you feel your body is balanced in this way? is the left and right the same a mirror image.
  11. I would suggest that if one is still looking for the "old yang luchan style" maybe they don't quite get it...
  12. How do you "know" this is it from reading, or do you "know" again asked from curiosity If indeed you do "know" I will refrain from saying anymore on this thread and let others deffer to you. luck in training..
  13. everything comes from this. If your teacher mentioned this then he/she should be the one showing you directly....
  14. it would be good to learn from a teacher that "knows" taiji the level of the teacher depends on level of student. In most cases a PhD level student will tend to find a phd-level teacher. if one is a newbie, it matters little who one learns from until they build up their "own" understanding and seek the art through this
  15. interesting, why is more, more complete? how would one know that there is more What you may be refering to is "time" In which case some teachers have suggested that one can always do the form multiple times, or slow it down to achieve the same training effect. "Unfortunately claims that the shortened version fullfills all that the Long Form does are erroneous." an interesting statement, what would say to someone who learned the 37 step for example.'ing would you claim that his knowledge was incomplete what would it be that one is trying to fulfill questions asked out of curiosity