T'ai Chi According to the I Ching: Embodying the Principles of the Book of Changes

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Nov 5, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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• 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.
 

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Contents

Tai Chi
11
The Eight Diagrams and the I Ching
16
Huang Ti Teachings Attributed to the Yellow Emperor
26
Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching The Classic on the Way Virtue
30
Tai Chi Chuan Ching The Treaties on Tai Chi Chuan
33
Historical Origins of Tai Chi Chang Sanfeng and Chen Wangting
39
The Framework of I Ching Tai Chi
49
The Tai Chi Symbol Tai Chi Tu
51
Tai Chi Chi Shih Before Heaven Image of KanWater Pressing
133
Tso Peng Before Heaven Image of ChienHeaven WardingOff
137
Chi Before Heaven Image of KanWater Pressing
145
An Before Heaven Image of LiFire Pushing
149
Tan Pien Before Heaven Image of SunWind Pulling
153
Ti Shou Before Heaven Image of ChenThunder Splitting
157
Kao Before Heaven Image of KenMountain Shouldering
159
Pai Hao Liang Chih After Heaven Image of TuiValley Elbowing
162

Fu Hsis Before Heaven Arrangement of the Eight Diagrams
57
The After Heaven Arrangement of King Wen
68
The Philosophy of Before and After Heaven
71
The Eight Gates Diagram
76
Developments of Wu Chi
84
The Five Activities Wu Hsing
87
The Three Powers San Tsai
95
The Before Heaven Form With the Images and the Philosophy
103
The 16Posture I Ching Tai Chi Form Arrangement
105
THE BEFORE HEAVEN 16POSTURE I CHING TAI CHI FORM Hsien Tien Tai Chi
127
Overview of the Posture Instructional Information
128
Wu Chi Shih
131
Lou Hsi Yao Pu After Heaven Image of SunWind Pulling
165
Shou Hui Pi Pu After Heaven Image of ChenThunder Splitting
169
Pich Chui After Heaven Image of KanWater Pressing
171
Pan Lan Chui After Heaven Image of LiFire Pushing
173
Ju Feng Shih Pi After Heaven Image of ChienHeaven WardingOff
181
Shih Tsu Shou After Heaven Image of KunEarth RollingBack
185
Ho Tai Chi
189
Wu Chi Shih
193
The After Heaven Form
201
Arranging the Images of the SixtyFour Postures
203
THE AFTER HEAVEN 64POSTURE I CHING TAI CHI FORM Hou Tien Tai Chi
207
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Page 2 - The Thirteen Postures of Warding-Off, Rolling-Back, Pressing, Pushing, Pulling, Splitting, Elbowing, and Shouldering are known as the Eight Diagrams (Pa Kua). Advancing, Withdrawing, Looking-Left, GazingRight, and Fixed-Rooting are known as the Five Activities (Wu Hsing). Warding-Off, Rolling-Back, Pressing, and Pushing are then Chien, K'un, K'an, and\J\ — of the Four Cardinal directions.

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T'ai Chi According to the I Ching
Embodying the Principles of the Book of Changes

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)
8. Fu His's Before Heaven Arrangement of King Wen
9. The After Heaven Arrangement of King Wen
10. The Philosophy of Before and After Heaven
11. The Eight Gates Diagram
12. Developments of Wu Chi
13. The Five Activities (Wu Hsing)
14. The Three Powers (San Tsai)
15. The 16-Posture I Ching T'ai Chi Form Arrangement
16. Arranging the Images of the Sixty-Four Postures

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