Good Character; Essential ingredient of Tai Chi

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In our zeal to delve into the practice and playing of Tai Chi we often work diligently at learning forms, finding tensions in our bodies and relaxing them, rooting, sinking, concentrating on gather energy into the body, into the lower tan tien, we may not be studying much of the essence, the heart of Tai Chi Chuan.

Tai Chi Chuan is interpreted as Supreme Ultimate Fist (Force).  While working towards this goal we are performing a physical act of a truly cosmological experience.  One such experience, is searching for balance.  Balance between the self (true inner self) and the world.  The delicate, but continual balance is built on the foundation of building Good Character.

Good Character can take the form of making correct choices.  Choices that may have to be made during times of extreme stress or in the face of personal weaknesses, choices that work for the Greater Good. Choices for the uplift of yourself, of your family and of your community.  Good Character is often overlooked as an essential ingredient in becoming adept in Tai Chuan.  I’ll leave you with a little medicine.

The Eight Fold Path

Right Understanding

Right Thought

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

The Eight Fold Path


3 comments on “Good Character; Essential ingredient of Tai Chi

  1. The ultimate question is: by what does one judge right from wrong, good from evil? Where is it that a person can find a standard that does not change? The standard has been set. It is the same yesterday, as it is today, as it is for all future to come. There is only one truth. And by this truth all is judged. If we believe that truth is realivent. Then truth becomes our reality. One must be careful not to confuse the two. While all truth is real. One’s reality can be a lie.

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