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The T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Experience
Reflections and Perceptions on Body-Mind Harmony
The T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Experience
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Sophia Delza - Author
Robert Cummings Neville - Edited with a foreword by
Price: $60.50 
Hardcover - 380 pages
Release Date: July 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-2897-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2897-9

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Paperback - 380 pages
Release Date: July 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-2898-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2898-6

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The leading proponent in America of the Wu style discusses the spiritual and aesthetic meanings of t'ai chi ch'uan.

In her previous book, T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Body and Mind in Harmony: The Integration of Meaning and Method, Sophia Delza describes the Wu Style with careful directions and illustrations for learning the practice of the exercise-art of t'ai chi ch'uan. In this new book, Ms. Delza, the leading proponent in the United States of the Wu Style, offers succinct and illuminating comments from her viewpoint as both teacher and practitioner. She expresses the substance and function of t'ai chi ch'uan that lie behind the movement and that are manifest in the movement to only the most discerning eye. She provides insight and inspiration for entering into a path, a way, a dao, that integrates body, mind, beauty, and goodness. Those students beginning to study t'ai chi ch'uan and those who have studied it for a number of years will benefit equally from the guidance provided in this book.

Sophia Delza is a master of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan and was Director of the First School of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan in the United States.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables

Foreword by Robert Cummings Neville

Preface

Introductory Note: As a Beginning Experience

Classified Chapters

I. THE CENTERED MIND

1. The Mind Must be Willing

2. The Mind-Body Connection

3 Mind-Alert

4. The Unifying Principles

5. What Gives a System Validity?

II. THE TANGIBLE SPIRIT

1. The Moving Spirit

2. The Eloquence of Silence

3. With an Air of Innocence

4. Spontaneity: The Look of Ease

5. The Student Is Forever; Learning Is Forever

6. The Ending Is a New Beginning

III. THE EVER-PRESENT SUBSTANCE

1. Landscape of the Self in Action

2. The Long Journey

3. The Harmonious Anatomy

4. What Is the Nature of "Soft"?

5. The Integrated Exercise

6. A Glimmer of Insight into the Substance of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

IV. THE BALANCED SCALE OF STRUCTURE

1. A Miracle of Movement

2. The Constant Curve: The Circle and the Wave

3. The Historically Accurate T'ai-Chi Circle

4. The Landscape of the Self in Spirit

5. Finding the Straight in the Curved

6. Form and Transition: Dual Themes in T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Structure

V. THE ORGANIC FLOW OF PHYSIOLOGY

1. How Slow is Slow?

2. The Life of the Hand: Its Significance in T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

3. The Presence of the Eyes in the Action of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

4. The Quiet Control of the Head

5. Some Distinguishing Features of the Wu and Yang Styles

6. The Exercise-Art as It Functions Creatively for the Actor

VI. THE INTRINSIC LOGIC OF PHILOSOPHY

1. A Harmony of Change

2. The Spirit of Adventure in T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

3. Two Portraits of the Exercise-Art of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

1. As the Viewer Sees T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

2. As the Player Lives T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

4. A Refreshing Technique: Action and Thought

5. Perspective on My Experience with the Art of Classical Chinese Theater (Opera)

6. Inherent Qualities: Form, Grace, Stability

VII. THE STEADY FRAME OF HISTORY

1. Chinese Exercise Techniques: Kung Fu and T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

2. From Youth to Old Age

3. The Art of Wu Shu: Innovations are Changing Traditional Exercises

4. Chinese Exercise-Arts from Antiquity to the Present

VIII. CAUTIONARY COMMENTS

1. On the Necessity of Never Omitting Ch'uan in T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

2. Is T'ai-Chi Ch'uan "Martial ?"

3. On Martial Art "Experts"

4. A Letter on the Subject of Music

5. T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Is Not Moving Meditation

6. On the Spirit in Teaching

7. Street Scene at Dawn: People Exercising

8. On the Abridged Version of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

9. On Traditional Clothing for Practice

IX. LIGHT VERSE ON SERIOUS THEMES

1. Images of Equanimity

2. The Spirit of the Way in T'ai-Chi and the Ch'uan

3. The Nine Elements: A Trinity of Threes in the Structure of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

4. A Three-Way Conversation

Mind Speaks Its Mind

Emotion States Its Feelings

The Body Expresses Itself

5. Ch'i Explains Its Presence: Objectively

6. Aspects of Self-Awareness

7. The Way of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

Thoughtless Thoughts

Instant Space

One over Two

The Nowness of the Now

8. The Essential Quality

9. A Message on Non-Violence to the Northeast Wind (The Yin and Yang of It)

10. The Opposites Balance in the Chinese Theater

11. A Friendly Way

X. THE EXPANDING SCOPE OF AWARENESS

1. The Art of the Science of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

2. The Promise of Things to Come

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Index


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