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The Essence of T'ai Chi [Kindle Edition]

Waysun Liao
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Book Description

The deepest benefits of T’ai Chi cannot be realized without an understanding of its underlying principles. This book presents these principles through translations of three core classics of T’ai Chi that are often considered the “T’ai Chi Bible,” accompanied by the author’s insightful commentary. Master Liao demonstrates how to increase the body’s inner energy (ch’i) and transform it into power, health, and well-being. By reading the clear and precise explanations of the fundamental principles of T'ai Chi, students can develop a more complete understanding of the art and philosophy of this traditional martial art.

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"This pocket book presents the basic principles of the complicated, sophisticated and sometimes mysterious philosophy of T'ai Chi . . . made easy to understand by the author's insightful commentary. . . . A worthy contribution to keeping the spirit of T'ai Chi alive."— East and West Series

About the Author

Master Waysun Liao studied t'ai chi with a wandering Taoist and in a Taoist temple in his native Taiwan from the age of twelve. He is the founder and master of the Taichi Tao Center in Oak Park, Illinois, where he has taught t'ai chi for nearly forty years. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (April 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YF1TJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great balance to the physical form August 2, 2001
This is a wonderful summary of Tai Chi Classics by the same author. My Sifu spoke very highly of Waysun Liao as well as Marshall Ho'o, who's works are also available through Amazon. This book, exactly as it's title says, is the essence of the internal martial art of Tai Chi. As a beginner, I have found it a great companion to the physical aspect of the form. If you are serious about the art/philosophy of Tai Chi, then this is a perfect travel version of an even greater book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely useful to the Tai Chi practicioner August 8, 2006
This book is a pocket-sized slice of Asian wisdom, succinctly covering the history of Chinese internal martial arts, an explanation of chi theory, some basic internal exercises, and a few excerpted "Tai Chi Classics" by revered masters of the art.

Beginners, dabblers, and advanced students could do worse than spend a few bucks on this book; it costs next to nothing, yet it contains genuine, expert advice in a concentrated form. Good stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick Read June 24, 2010
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Not really the best Tai Chi book I've read. The book is far too short to go into any real detail but for a quick overview this is great. Its a smaller book so great for carrying around. Definitely more of a beginner intermediate level book in my opinion. More Philosophy than instruction, for a quick read I'd definitely recommend, but if you're looking for in depth instruction or higher level philosophy this probably isnt the right book for you. A beginner who wants a crash course on the other hand might find a lot to love in this little guy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED January 17, 2009
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Excellent resource for all levels of Tai Chi students. Easily understandable and related to studies in Tai Chi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace of mind and clarity,the first impressions. February 17, 2014
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I have read 73 pages out of 110 this far, and I have been pleasantly impressed: having studied Tai Chi a couple of years by now,I find this book be in harmony with "The meditation in movement"-spirit,that has been often used to describe this science of innerarts exercising. I chose this book much because of it`s cover,which I felt was so convincingly inspiring. I warmly would recommend this book to any sincere wisdom-seeker and to everyone,that is interested of human culture. With warm thanksgivings, Tapio.
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Lot of good information. It was a joy to read, and know others into tai chi would enjoy it too.
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A very basic book on the history of T'ai Chi and the beginning practice, yet no student should proceed without it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too philosophical November 15, 2013
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This book focuses more on the underlying eastern mysticism than the actual practice of Tai Chi. That would have been fine if some link was drawn between the philisophical aspects and the physical movements but there wasn't any connection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Wei Wei
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not too profound for beginners like me.
Published 2 months ago by Speedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Focus on theory
Too philosophical for my liking. Looking forward to learn actual practice of Tai Chi. I wish there was more in depth instructions. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joe Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Tight
I haven't had a chance to get into it but what I have read I like a lot. Lay-man spiritualism. and very portable which is good in this tech heavy time.
Published 11 months ago by Dikran Utidjian
5.0 out of 5 stars great book...quick delivery
Get this book if you are interested in power Taiji based Qigong...I dont mind giveing this book a great review but requiring that the review be a certain number of words... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good basic book for Tai Chi
This is an introductory work into the world of Tai Chi. I wish there was more detail on the sections of the "Tai Chi Bible"
Published 16 months ago by Ric fm Nevada
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak at Best
The book starts out with an admonition against bringing preconceived notions to the text. The author then launches into a tirade against Western religion, and how the Eastern... Read more
Published 17 months ago by lfh
4.0 out of 5 stars Tai chi
Well I'm giving 4 stars because I'm not done reading it. So far I like the layout and it is very clear to understand it.
Published 18 months ago by AGG
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing really new
it's a decent book. Problem is it doesnt tell you anythng you don't already know if you've been practising TJ for years, and read a lot about it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by rgd
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More About the Author

From the age of twelve, Waysun Liao studied with a wandering Taoist and in a Taoist temple until he became a full Taichi and Tao master. Considered one of the world's foremost authorities on traditional Taoist wisdom and Chi arts, he is the founder and master of one of the oldest Taichi centers in North America, which is located in Oak Park, Illinois. He is one of the few remaining Tao masters carrying and transmitting the ancient oral traditions concerning the power of Tao, and shares his wisdom with students across the world.

Master Liao is the author of several books, including Tao: The Way of God, Nine Nights with the Taoist Master, Chi: Discovering Your Life Energy, Essence of T'ai Chi, and the acclaimed T'ai Chi Classics, which has been translated into nine languages. In addition, he has compiled a complete Taichi learning system on DVD, preserving the ancient temple teachings on moving meditation, the Tao, and internal energy development.

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