A QUOTATION (FOR REFLECTION) FROM THE TAO TE CHING BY LAO TZU

The Tao that can be explained is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The earliest beginning of heaven and earth has no name.


As there are many things in the universe that can neither be explained nor predicted, so it is with T'ai chi ch'uan. The applications of Tai chi have no specific names. There is no fixed form to use. Tai chi is ever changeful, because it comes from the Tao. It is responsive to the opponent, but without deliberation.

To practice Tai chi chuan, it is necessary to relax and concentrate, to forget the concerns of your body and of daily life, i.e., to go back to the earliest beginning, which has no name. Tai chi requires that your hands be forgotten and that the three forces, the chi of the body, sky and earth, be joined together to magnify the power of your body's movement. In Tai chi, a small force is ued to overcome a big force, a slow movement is used to overcome a fast movement, and calm is used to overcome motion.

(an extract from the Complete Works of Kuo-chung Wu, Tao Tai Chi Health)

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