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

Overview

? 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 ...

See more details below
T'ai Chi According to the I Ching: Embodying the Principles of the Book of Changes

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$12.99
BN.com price
(Save 43%)$22.95 List Price

Overview

• 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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594775895
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 11/5/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,268,898
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Stuart Alve Olson has been a practicing Taoist for over 30 years and has studied with the famous Taoist master T. T. Liang (1900-2002). He lectures throughout the world and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


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)
Treatise on the Symbolism of the Supreme Ultimate
The T’ai Chi Circle


8. Fu His's Before Heaven Arrangement of King Wen
Treatise on the Eight Diagrams

9. The After Heaven Arrangement of King Wen

10. The Philosophy of Before and After Heaven
Treatise on the Secrets of the Eight Postures

11. The Eight Gates Diagram
Relating the Eight Gates to T’ai Chi

12. Developments of Wu Chi

13. The Five Activities (Wu Hsing)
The Meaning of the Wu Hsing
Treatise on the Verses of the Five Methods


14. The Three Powers (San Tsai)

15. The 16-Posture I Ching T'ai Chi Form Arrangement
The Ten T’ai Chi Stances
The Eight Hands

The Before Heaven 16-Posture Form Arrangement Charts (circular, square, and linear)

The Before Heaven 16-Posture I Ching T’ai Chi Form
Overview of the Posture Instructional Information

Wu Chi Position
1 Beginning T’ai Chi
2 Warding-Off (L & R)
3 Rolling-Back
4 Pressing
5 Pushing
6 Single Whip
7 Lifting Hands
8 Shouldering
9 White Crane Spreads Wings
10 Brush Knee and Twist Step
11 Playing the Lute
12 Chop with Fist
13 Deflect, Parry, and Punch
14 Follow to Seal, Carry to Close
15 Crossing Hands
16 Conclusion of T’ai Chi
Wu Chi Position

Before Heaven Form Posture Movements Summary


PART IV The After Heaven Form
16. Arranging the Images of the Sixty-Four Postures
The After Heaven 64-Posture I Ching T’ai Chi Form

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)