Thinking More About Taijiquan and Fighting

Thinking More About Taijiquan and Fighting

I continue to think about the question of why many Taiji masters can’t fight. If I had to pinpoint one issue, it would be the sheer weight and demand of Chinese culture. Traditionally, it was never enough to just do one thing at a time. It had to be elevated,...
Angel

Angel

I’ve first moved to my present house thirty-five years ago. The first person I met was named Angel, a man from Mexico and the patriarch of four generations who lived with him. He died less than a month ago at the age of 103. Angel’s grandson, M devoted years to giving...
Nothing Evolves Once

Nothing Evolves Once

Look back on evolutionary history, we see that no being evolved once and took lasting form. Each one developed from something else. All species continue to change. Evolution tests many options. The unsuccessful ones die out, the successful ones continue. We can’t say...
Why Taiji Masters Cannot Fight

Why Taiji Masters Cannot Fight

Why can’t Taiji masters fight? Why? Because they don’t train to fight, because many techniques have been lost (in my own lifetime, I’ve seen parts of Taijiquan stop being taught), and because the weight of Chinese culture and its demands for multi-faceted...
The Gateway to Mystery

The Gateway to Mystery

The Daodejing speaks of the gate to many mysteries (衆妙之門, chapter 1). The title of the Zen text, the Wumenguan, can be translated as the gate to nothingness. Mystery is clearly what we don’t know by rational means. It cannot be known by the “Dao that can be told.”...
The Wilderness Where Nothing is Lost

The Wilderness Where Nothing is Lost

If you visit a city and fall in love with it, you may well marvel at how lovely the buildings are, how clean it is, how all the people are bustling around with their personal lives and yet they all fit together as the residents of a well-run city. You might inquire...