The Secrets Of Our Kung Fu

One day my big apprentice brother told me a story.  He said that our sifu once did a demonstration at a festival where many people were gathered to watch.  After performing the demonstration, our sifu addressed the crowd, and began to describe our kung fu in great detail, even revealing the most esoteric secrets of … Continue reading The Secrets Of Our Kung Fu

Where Are You Needed?

Water flows downhill. Heat flows from hot to cold. Nature follows the Tao, and we are part of nature. A good soldier runs towards the battle. A good firefighter charges headlong into the blaze. Go where you are most needed, and you will find what you seek.

What Flows In Must Flow Out

Hoard compliments and become conceited Hoard food and become fat Hoard water and become bloated Hoard wealth and become miserly What passes in must pass out This is the way of the Tao

Giving Up Sunk Costs

The decision to let go, to drop a burden, may be very difficult, even painful, to make... Bun once you've done it, doesn't it feel good?  Like a fresh start? The next level: let go before you've become attached. In tai chi we call this "investing in loss".  In everyday life we might call it … Continue reading Giving Up Sunk Costs

McKenna on Mind-Body Duality

Excerpted from Spiritual Warfare, by Jed McKenna: A lot of smart people are struggling to understand that there's a mind/body connection. It gets even harder to comprehend a mind/everything connection, or to go even further and see that there's realy no mind/everything disconnection in the first place.

On Meditation

Meditation takes us into our own subconscious, what some might call a visit to the soul. The soul is like a garden. It must be tended, or weeds will grow. If our garden is overgrown it may not be a very pleasant place to visit. The only remedy is to spend more time tending it! … Continue reading On Meditation

Vidal on Lao Tzu

The following excerpt is from Creation: A Novel by Gore Vidal and describes an encounter between the narrator and Lao Tzu.  It aptly describes the state tai chi is practiced from: "When we say do nothing, we mean do nothing that is not natural or spontaneous. You are an archer?" "Yes. I was trained as … Continue reading Vidal on Lao Tzu

On Masters

The word "master", somewhat like "saint", loses its value when self-applied. To claim to be an "expert" is fine, but "master" should only be used by others to describe you, if they so choose. To those who understand this, it is folly to claim to be a master of anything or anyone. As for me, … Continue reading On Masters