Tai Chi and Chi Kung will only ever reveal their wisdom by practice. No amount of reading or watching videos can impart this. However, one can open one’s mind to possibilities and recognise experiences already gained by reading the observations of others.

Here are some texts that I have found useful in my practice, together with some articles which I wrote for Tai Chi and Alternative Health magazine, and which may serve as markers along your Way….

Everyday Life is the Path

Joshu asked Nansen, ‘What is the path?’
Nansen replied, ‘Ordinary mind, that is, everyday life is the path.’
Joshu asked, ‘Can I look for it?’
Nansen answered, ‘If you try and find it, you will never know it.’
Joshu persisted, ‘How can I find the path unless I look for it?’
Nansen said, ‘The path is not a matter of knowing and not knowing. Knowing is delusion. Not knowing is confusion. When you really reach the true path, beyond doubt, you will find it as vast and boundless as outer space. How can it be talked about on the level of right and wrong?’
With these words, Joshu came to a sudden realisation.

Wu-men Hui-k’ai, 1183-216

Taoist Philosphy
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu (Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English version)

Yang style Tai Chi
15 Minute Tai Chi – Strong Body, Still Mind by Master John Ding
(includes the basic Qigong practices, Short Form and closing breathing, plus an overview of Tai Chi, Oriental Philosophy and bringing Tai Chi into everyday life. Chinese Medicine/Philosophy sections written by Liz.).
Tai Chi Chuan Revelations – Principles and Concepts by Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak

Taiji Qigong by Chris Jarmey (with Liz’s technical contributions and modelling!)
The Way of Energy by Master Lam Kam Chuen
The Book of Soft Martial Arts by Howard Reid
Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

Meditation/Buddhist Wisdom
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Not Always So by Shunryu Suzuki
Buddha’s Little Instruction Book by Jack Kornfield
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
Present Moment, Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh

Chinese Medicine
The Spark in the Machine by Dr Daniel Keown
The Web that has no Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk

Related to Western Science
Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis by James Oschman

Articles on Chinese Philosophy and Practice by Liz for Tai Chi and Alternative Health magazine

The Three Treasures
The Subtle Art of Letting Go 1
The Subtle Art of Letting Go 2
The Subtle Art of Letting Go 3

© Liz Welch 2023