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White Crane Goes Flying   Leave a comment

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The Mountain extends to Heaven,

Where the Wind flows like Water…

The Thunder sparks the Fire,

That fills the Valley and renews the Earth.

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Master Dong Zeng Chen teaching at his 50th annual workshop in Honolulu, February 2018

 

You may see my teacher, Master Dong, do this simple set of moves while at workshops, over and over again when he is alone. I have often wondered what is his meditation, what he is up to? Obviously he is meditating, the form is expressed so beautifully when you can softly walk through these simple meditative routines. I have been copying him and a had a break-through today in training.

The Book of Changes, “I Ching” follows the changes of Heaven and Earth through symbolism. Yin/Yang is expressed in folding, rolling patterns that, like the DNA molecule, make a double helix woven tapestry expressing the changes of life. The eight changes represent different energies.

Heaven and Earth, Water and Fire, Mountain and Valley, Wind and Thunder, are the changes of Tao.

If you have never read the I Ching, it is a classic Taoist source book I recommend reading.  Watching Sifu, this is what I see him doing, expressing the eight “bagua” of the I Ching like a monk counting rosary beads, it is a spiritual meditation. Every Taiji posture expresses one or more of these energies;

  1. Mountain, Keeping Still… Shoulder strike
  2. Heaven, the Creative… Warding off
  3. Wind, the Gentle… White Crane Spreads Wings
  4. Water, the Abysmal… Lifting Hands
  5. Thunder, the Arousing… Pull Down
  6. Fire, the Clinging… Push (down)
  7. Lake, Valley the Joyous… Rollback
  8. Earth, the Receptive… Gathering qi and repeat

You can do this simple routine over and over on both sides continuously.

At the top of the page, is just a little poem written to help me focus on Taiji moves, Shoulder strike (Mountain) is “Kao” energy merging into “Peng” (ward-off) energy= Heaven, White crane spreads wings, move like Wind.  Wind is “Lie” (splitting) energy, Lifting hands flows like Water and pull down, is  “Tasi” energy, Thunder, Fire fits here as “An” energy directed downwards as the pull down ends, into “Valley” or Lake (emptiness) and  “Lu” (rollback) which returns to Earth energy…

Never stop practicing, though many things can get in your Way.  Being part of the Way, to be a Wayfarer, is that we never stop practicing; we cannot stop, life is a river of change.

 

 

 

Cory Williams ©2018

 

 

 

 

Grandmaster Dong on Maui   1 comment

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Master Dong’s workshop in Kula is one month away! Don’t miss another chance to train with my teacher! Grandmaster Dong is a living legend, come and support him and our lineage and receive the best Taiji training you can get.

It is time to make sure you have signed up and pay as soon as possible… Saturday is the day for most of my Students, as we will be working on the long form. Friday we do weapons and Sunday we do advanced forms like Hao style, the Dong Family set, and the Fast set.  If you want to attend Sunday, talk to Cory (344-2532) mauitaoist@gmail.com

Here is the registration form for the workshop:

Workshop
October 12, 2013
KULA COMMUNITY CENTER 9:00 a.m -11:30 a.m.
2:00p – 4:30 p.m.

For more information call Joy at 808 573-8384

Cost for Saturday’s sessions:  Morning Session =  $65 Afternoon session = $65
Full Day (2 sessions + lunch from Kula Bistro) = $125

☯Kula Community Center Taiji Workshop Registration October 11-13, 2013

Name: ___________________________________________Phone # ( home/cell) ___________________

Email address: ______________________________Emergency contact: __________________________

Attending: ((( FINAL DEADLINE — Oct 1, 2013))))))

DATE
Friday -11Oct

Saturday-12 Oct

Sunday – 13 Oct

Friday 11 Oct.    TIME AND FEE
1:30p-3:00p Advance Sword Set ( $70)

3:15p-4:45p Advance Knife Set ( $70)

Both weapons classes $130

Saturday 12 Oct.

9:00a-11:30a Long Form ( $65) ________________                                        

2:00p-4:30p Long Form ($65) ________________

Both classes : $125.00 includes lunch from Kula Bistro ________________

Catered: Dinner $20 ________________

Additional dinner guest(s): ($20 @) ________________

Sunday 13 Oct.  Advanced forms. different schedule than Saturday

Lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday for those participating in the entire workshop. Dinner will be catered on Saturday evening (Catered dinner -additional fee) We will provide water on all 3 days.

A 2.5 hour break is scheduled on Saturday for participants to enjoy a drive down to the beach, sight see in the upcountry area ( lavender farm, winery, Haleakala), pick up Maui items to take home, enjoy a massage or just relax.

Menu:
Saturday – lunch – we will email you your choices ( from Kula Bistro- salad or sandwiches) Saturday – Dinner Menu – to be advised ( catered)

I hope to see you there!  Call Joy (808 573-8384) to get the address to mail in your checks.

Posted September 13, 2013 by The Maui Taoist in Dong Forms, News and Events

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Tai Chi Classes on Maui   2 comments

2013 Public Tai Chi Class Schedule

Current schedule, click here

Schedule notes for January 2013

  • Two New Qigong practice sessions each week!
  • January 17th & 18th I will be doing a Tai chi for Arthritis Workshop at Kaunoa, call 270-7308 to sign up!

Monday at the West Maui Senior Center on Lahainaluna street in Lahaina.  

  • Intermediate Level I Taiji  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Beginner Levels I & II Taiji    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Sitting Qigong/Meditation   11:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Monday at Mai Poina ‘Oe  Ia’u Park in Kihei … more info

  • Qigong Practice Session  5:00 PM to 7:30 PM 

Tuesday at the Hui Aloha area (down near the beach road) inside Keopuolani Park in Kahului.  

  • Advanced Level I  Taiji 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
  • Beginner Level II Taiji  9:00 AM to 10::00 AM

Tuesday at the Kaunoa Senior Center (seniors only) in Sprecklesville Maui.  

  • Intermediate Level I Taiji  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Beginner Level I Taiji 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Wednesday In Kihei-Wailea area; Semi-private: Space available, contact me for more information.

  • Qigong & Taiji, All levels   8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Wednesday at the Kaunoa Senior Center (seniors only) in Sprecklesville Maui. 

Thursday at Mai Poina ‘Oe  Ia’u Park in Kihei … more info

  • Qigong Practice Session  6:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Friday at the Kihei Community Center’s Aquatics Center classroom next to pool.

  • Beginners & Intermediate Level I  Taiji    7:45 AM to 9:00AM                 
  • Intermediate Level II Taiji  9:00AM to 10:00AM

Saturday at Waipuilani Park in North Kihei   

  • Wudang Qigong & Taiji  Styles  8:00 AM to 9:30AM

Private and Semi-Private Classes available, contact me  here and leave a comment.

Wudang on Maui   3 comments

Wudang Taiji On Maui  Workshop 2011

Zhou, Xuan Yun will come to Maui in April!

Remember the movie “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and how amazed the world was with the Wudang arts?  Now you have a chance to work with a genuine disciple of Wudang. I have been in communication with Zhou, Xuan Yun and he has agreed to come here to Maui for a workshop in April.

Xuan Yun was raised on Wudang Mountain, the spiritual center for all Taoists.  The monks from Wudang spend their lives training in the Taoist arts including meditation, qigong, taijiquan and gong fu.  The wealth of knowledge embodied within these arts and carried forward by people like Xuan Yun is beyond the imagination.

Xuan Yun and I have put together a workshop for the week of April 17th.  The schedule is for four days in April; 17, 18, 19 & 20th.

We will be at the Filipino Community Center, a large and beautiful hall located in Kahului. We will start out with some basics and by the fourth day we will be going over the details and martial art aspects of Taijiquan. This workshop will be great for any level of Taiji player.

For more info on Xuan Yun, and to book your space at the Wudang Taiji on Maui Workshop, go to:  http://daoistgate.com/

If you are interested or want more details,  just e-mail me at corygw57@yahoo.com with “Wudang On Maui”  in the subject line. You can see the whole schedule and prices at http://www.daoistgate.com you can even book and pay there too!

Xuan Yun’s Bio: http://daoistgate.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=29

This is an incredible opportunity to learn directly from the source of Taoist thought. There are only a handful of people in the entire world that can even get close to doing something like this, and you may be so blessed.

Zhou, Xuan Yun will teach a four-day workshop at the Filipino Community Center on Onehee Street in Kahului, April 17, 18,19th and 20th

Posted December 28, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events

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Yiquan Club in Kihei   9 comments

Yiquan friends doing some Yi Jin Jing Qigong

Come and play with our Yiquan club every Thursday morning.  Since Sifu Fong Ha comes here every September, a group of six or seven dedicated practitioners has began meeting every Thursday to continue working on his (and others) teachings. Since then it has become a great free-form “Internal Arts Day”

This is not a “class” because it is at Kamaole III Beach Park and the county will not allow a formal class: so I call it a club, there is no charge we just play.

Yiquan means “Mind (intention) Boxing” and it is a simple way to train martial arts and meditation skills. One of the main practices is just standing.  There is a huge variety of postures used in standing work, also known as “Zhan Zhuang” lit. “standing like a post”.  In Yiquan, there are eight main postures, you just stand and hold a posture, it is very simple.

Every Thursday morning starting at 6:30 AM with zhan zhuang, Qigong and Taiji walking, sometimes we take a break about 7:50 or so, look for us at a table at that time, then at  8:15 AM, we continue with Taijiquan until we are done.

The pre-dawn standing part is simple; just stand (or sit) in Wuji and if you want to, hold some postures or do whatever you want to! Try doing some “spontaneous qigong” also known as “Zi Fa Gong” or do the Yiquan postures.

The qigong that we originally did here consists of two sets and some “Taiji walking”.  The first set is called “Yi Jin Jing” this is the famous “muscle and tendon changing classic” invented by Bodhidharma in about 520 AD.  The second set is another classic qigong set known as “The Eight Brocades” or “Ba Duan Jin“.   Most likely though, whatever we we do here now is pretty random, so many things we could do, it is never the same qigong at this practice session. “Taiji walking”  in the sand is a favorite!

The Taijiquan part usually consists of doing the Dong (Yang) Long Form, we often do all three sections of the form or whatever we decide!

Come and play but know this is not a class…. I don’t do any real “teaching” I want to have fun with my friends, build some push hands connections, and keep the spirit of all of our teachers training active at Kamaole III

Overview:

6:30 AM to 7:50 AM
Wuji, Zhan Zhuang, Yiquan

Zi Fa Gong

Yi Jin Jing, Ba Duan Jin, or “Whatever Qigong”

Taiji walking

7:50 to 8:15 AM Break…

8:15 AM
Taijiquan
Tui Shou

See All Classes Here:

https://taijionmaui.wordpress.com/category/schedules/

Basic Taiji Principles, Overview   1 comment

Like a stepped pyramid, we lay down a foundation, taking us higher as we go.

Taoist physics, the laws of energy.

This article is about outlining some of the basic Taiji principles that I have discovered through the years, and some taught to me by Master Dong. I will explain each one in time. These are not the “Classic Taiji Principles” that other authors have written about through the ages, but a pragmatic look at the common sense of practical Taiji.

These are not the only principles that I will discuss, many esoteric principles can be inserted in between and after the ones on this basic list, yet they are most basic and important ones. Understanding the physics of the human energy system and codifying, and sharing these principles is my life’s work.

Staying on your feet is an important skill that can save your life, whether talking about martial arts, or walking down a flight of stairs. There are many obvious gains from assimilating these principles into our lives but know that these principles go far deeper than Taijiquan.

The entire human energy system uses these same principles, not just your body, but also the mind, emotions and spirit. I am taking about the laws of physics; nothing is exempt from these basic principles of the universe.

For example, energy follows the path of least resistance; therefore reducing the resistance to energy increases the flow and the apparent volume of energy. The best way to remove resistance is to remove blockages. These blockages can be from misalignment and (muscle) tension. Again these principles are not necessarily only about your body, keep in mind the “big picture”.

The way to remove obstructions is to align and relax…. Know that aligning will facilitate relaxation. It is easier to relax when we have good alignment, like in the physical attribute of structural integrity.  A strong frame requires less reinforcement; look at an “earthquake resistant” building, a proper frame, allows for a flexible, less ridged, relaxed structure.

Likewise, in relationships, having the same values and interests with another is “alignment” with this alignment a person will be more relaxed. Being aligned and relaxed leads to balance, and with a little give and take (counterbalance) we can achieve a harmonious relationship. Understanding energy is about a relationship with it and it applies to all things accordingly.

While keeping the big picture in mind and realizing that there is a hierarchy to these principles and also that Taijiquan is a method of training and understanding energy, we need to start with the most important principles first. Layering principles overtime will bring enlightenment.

To get started, to keep things simple here is a basic outline to these principles. Each principle will require further explanation, so be patient, and check back to the “Taiji Principles” category here on this blog.

To make comprehending and learning these principle easier, I have organized them into three sub-groups of three principles each. Beginners should mostly be concerned with the first three. Intermediate students focus on the first six and as students progress keep layering principles until all nine are understood.

Principles:

Align
Relax
Root
Balance
Harmonize
String of pearls
Not too much not too little
Open and close
See all things

Qigong & Taiji Sets for All Students   1 comment

"Tiger" from Dragon & Tiger Yiquan

“I don’t have time for Taiji!”

So many times, I have heard this, usually from “non believers”, but occasionally I myself am guilty of such thoughts.

Well now…… If you have been training with me, you have been exposed to a variety of Qigong and Taiji sets.  It is important to keep in mind that eventually, as you assimilate the principles into your life, everything will be Taiji. Yet in the beginning, we all need some ‘forms’ to direct us in the Way.

This page is just a list of some of the forms that I have shown to my classes and some for advanced students.  With so many options, it is easy to just pick one or more depending on your goals or time frame.  All of my beginner students have been doing the first four or five on this list, and I consider these a “core group” of practices. Over time, I will show everyone all of these sets.

Now, I wouldn’t want anyone to get bored, so add the others in occasionally as you want to.  There is always time to get in a quick “Soaring Crane” or some Zhan Zhuang practice anywhere any time.

Some of the Qigong and Taiji sets for beginner and advanced students

1.)    “Wuji” a standing qigong for overall health, perform for one minute to as long as you wish!
2.)    Dong Family “Warm up Qigong” strengthens the posture and opens the joints. Takes about 7 to 8 minutes to perform.
3.)   Wudang Daoist Abdominal Breathing Qigong, five simple exercises that form the foundational skills for all qigong, taiji  and meditation practice.

4.)  Dong Family “Basic Qigong Set” builds and distributes qi through the whole body. Takes about 7 to 8 minutes to perform.

5.) Taiji Walking

6.)    “Dong (Yang) Style Taijiquan” The first section of the long form of Taiji (Tai Chi). A total body and mind Qigong and martial art form. Takes about 6 minutes to perform.
7.)     The Dong Family “Hard Qigong” A zhan zhuang practice that builds structural integrity in your physique. These ten postures can be done in as little as 5 to 10 minutes or as long as you wish.
8.)    “Dong (Yang) Style Taijiquan” The second section of the long form of Taiji. Takes about 12 minutes to perform.
9.)    “Soaring Crane 1” is a medical qigong set to strengthen your overall health. Takes about 5 minutes to perform. See video here: Soaring Crane with Master Dong
10.)    “Tiger Mountain” AKA “Taiji Gong” an assemblage of some postures from Yang style Taiji set. Takes 5 to 10 minutes to perform. See video here: Tiger Mountain
11.)    “Zhan Zhuang” or “Standing like a post qigong” Strengthens your stances and internal energy; I suggest just picking any of the postures from the Taiji form and stand still as long as you can comfortably. Take at least 2 to 10 minutes or as long as you wits to perform. See photos of Yang’s Taiji postures here: Yang Cheng Fu
12.)      Yiquan Zhan Zhuang. Eight basic standing postures and a few other simple postures designed to open the hips and strengthen the legs and back and build structural integration into your physique Takes from 5 to 40 minutes to perform.
13.)    “Dong Sitting Qigong, Long Form” From Master Dong Zeng Chen. A total mind and body Qigong for meditation, thrusting vessel, small circle qi and upper body strengthening. Takes about 30 to 40+ minutes.
14.)    “Dong Sitting Qigong” From Master Dong Hu Ling. A simple sitting routine for the upper body qi, the mind and the eyes.

15.)  Five Elements Qigong, Wu Xing Qigong is a nine form set that is a medical qigong toning the internal organs and meridians. See video here: Ziranmen Five Elements Qigong.

16.)  Muscle and Tendon Changing Classics, Yi Jin Jing is one of the oldest known set of gigong, originally authored by the famous Da Mo.

17.)  The Eight Brocades, Ba Duan Jin is another old classic set.

18.)   Zi Fa Gong, spontaneous Qigong comes when you have figured out some of these basic sets  then you let your qi body lead you to move or not to move.

19.)  Wudang Daoist (Hun Yuan) Primordial Qigong, a new set I have been showing and will be writing out soon…

20.)   Wudang Five Animal Forms, another new set I will be showing in 2012

Over time I will expose everyone to parts or all of these forms, just keep coming to class and reading online and most importantly: PRACTICE

Do some Qigong everyday!  Keep it simple but……Do it!

Qigong Attitude   3 comments

First, gain an understanding of your energy system.
Align the body correctly to facilitate energy flow.
Relax the muscles to encourage energy flow.
Learn to dissolve your mind and body together.

Develop an emotional connection to the energy within.
Become intimate with your energy.
Practice until you know what is right in your heart.
Let go of your silly ego needs.

Gain freedom from your thoughts,
Become as open as Heaven,
Be as firm as the Earth,
Shine brightly like a star,
Be as flexible as water,
Gain inspiration from all things,
Know the truth that will set you free.

There are many paths to freedom yet only those who learn the truth will be truly free.  The real you is often hidden behind layers of physical and egocentric defenses.  Physical obstructions, thinking, and emotions, all inhibit your true self from shining through.

Spiritual qigong? Medical qigong? Martial qigong? Meditation? Internal, external, standing, sitting, moving, stillness, Taiji, whatever…. It makes very little difference; they are essentially the same thing. Don’t get confused by esoteric teachings. Do not be distracted from the truth by thinking too much about it.

Do not make your journey complicated; just follow the simple methods outlined in your training.  Adding too much just takes you farther away from the truth.  Practice “Wu Wei“; practice with diligence, yet keep it simple and you will gain profound awareness.

The truth is simple:
Love your energy as though it was the most valuable substance in the universe….in time you will discover the creator of all things.

Go to Qigong on Maui web site

Front Page of Maui News   4 comments

Isle seniors learn graceful gestures

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo Cory Williams shows Kula’s Louise Brandeburg, 84, how to block a punch Tuesday.

Seeking strength and balance in the shade of a Spreckelsville monkeypod tree, a taiji class goes through its moves at Kaunoa Senior Center on Tuesday afternoon under the direction of Cory Williams. Williams teaches a half dozen classes weekly for Kaunoa, including locations in Lahaina, Kahului, Kihei and Spreckelsville. By mixing the “energy cultivation” exercises of “qigong” and the martial-art maneuvers of taiji, Williams said, he helps Maui seniors stay active and on their feet. Williams said taiji is now the accepted spelling of tai chi.

copyright Maui News and Matthew Thayer

Thank you everyone!!!!

Posted February 3, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events, Uncategorized

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Understanding Reality: Balance and Harmony   1 comment

Part 1 Balance

Align with Heaven and Earth,
Relax and discover the truth about balance
Move with dignity and grace through life,
And harmony will be your companion.

Balance is a function of aligning with Heaven and Earth, relaxing into our roots and exploring the confidence of equilibrium within the self.

Harmony is a function of remaining balanced as we move through time and space, remaining content, while interacting with the forces of nature that act upon us.

Balance is always first, only then can we harmonize well.

In life, there are many ways we can discuss balance and harmony…..
If you think about the opening words, it is apparent that I could be talking about many different aspects of balance and harmony; be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, they all share the same principles.

In fact, if we learn the hierarchy of achieving balance and harmony in one realm we can apply the formula to any of the four realms mentioned. Understanding reality is one of the goals of Taoist praxis, and understanding balance and harmony is paramount to that goal.

For Taiji practitioners as well as in all aspects of life this is a fundamental principle. For example, “aligning with Heaven and Earth” could mean, to know your values and morals and align to them, this could help you relax in a relationship, feeling secure and confident about yourself. The balance gained will allow you to compassionately harmonize with your partner and remain content.

Taiji (the supreme ultimate) teaches us how to achieve balance and harmony in all things through the understanding of the simplest of methods. I have written blog posts about this topic that can be found elsewhere on this site.

To review, the most basic is the physical then as we move inward the next level of understanding is the mental, then the emotional and at the center is our spiritual core.  Each level feeding its energy into the next one and each level is more complex than the one before it.  As we move up through the layers in quantum leaps, the understanding of the principles reinforces the reality of the truth of the hierarchy of our personal growth.

In regards to transformational improvement of our lives then, all we need to do is start with the simple, external physical methods and understanding will emerge with practice over time and through space…

Back to Taijiquan…..and balance and harmony….

When we move in Taijiquan we first need to balance, then we can harmonize with things as we move.  Now reread the opening lines and see what you can glean from the simple instructions.

In class, when we are transitioning to one leg, I say repeatedly…. Align, relax, and move.  There are two alignments. First, there is “rotational” where you align your nose, navel, knee and toes.  Secondly, there is the “Taiji Pole” where you align your Crown Point, perineum, and ankle, actually the bottom of your foot about 1 inch in front of the ankle.

After you are aligned with Heaven and Earth just relax into your leg and explore some counterbalancing with your arms and legs until you find that one spot where you feel confident. When you move (step) maintain a moving counterbalance to harmonize with your movement.

The Taoist sees the simple in the complex and the complex within the simple, achieving balance and understanding all things trough harmonizing with the principles of nature.

Reading List, Books and Periodicals   Leave a comment

Master Yang Chen Fu

There are so many books…Taoist, Buddhist, Qigong, and Taiji. There have been hundreds of books in my life and it may take me that many years to flesh out this list, but I will do my best!

Since Taiji is a Taoist art I will start with some of the works from the Taoist canon.  I list them somewhere between the chronological order that I read them, their historical age, and their relative importance (to me) as it pertains Taiji, Taoism, Buddhism, Qigong, Meditation, Chinese Medicine, and Philosophy, etc.

Books and sets of books:

1.     Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing)  by Lao Tzu “The Classic of the Way and it’s Virtues”   I have read many translations of this “source book”, my favorites are by Jonathan Star and another by Stephen Mitchell.  The Tao Te Ching is  full of wisdom in 81 easy to digest verses and it is the second most popular book ever written topped only by The Bible.

2.     Chuang-Tzu (Zhuang Tzu) A compendium of stories and fables; a perennial Taoist text.  Master Chuang writes in a humorous story style that is compelling.

3.     The Art of War (Sun Tzu) Another text over two thousand year old from the Taoist canon. Sun Tzu was a great general and sage, he wrote this famous classic on conflict resolution and strategy that could have been titled “The Art of Achieving Peace”

4.     I Ching (The Classic on Changes) Perhaps the oldest book ever written. It was later added to by various sages, in an attempt to understand the nature of “change” and how events must unfold based on the mathematics of their energies and the balance and harmony of  the same.

5.     The Complete Book of  Tai Chi Chuan by Wong Kiew Kit A great book, one of the first ones I read on Taiji.

6.     The Tao of Taijiquan by Jou, Tsung Hwa Another great book on the history and philosophy of Taiji as well as an overview of the different forms or “family styles”

7.     Tai Chi Chuan Applications by Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming Dr Yang is a prolific writer (I admire his energy!) I have many of his books. This one is the best book I have found describing the applications of Taiji. Written for beginners yet it contains information most advanced Taiji people have never learned.

8.     The Taoist Classics (4 volume set) by Thomas Cleary Mr. Cleary s a true genus; translating many books. This set has 15 books in 4 volumes and it was recently released in soft cover.  Mr Cleary’s work is sometimes a bit difficult, and I prefer simpler translations, still I highly recommend him because of the large amount of work presented.

Vol.  1     Tao Te Ching; Chuang-Tzu; Wen-Tzu; The Book of Leadership and Strength; and Sex, Health, and Longevity

Vol.  2     Understanding Reality; The Inner Teaching of Taoism; The Book of Balance and Harmony; and Practical Taoism

Vol.  3     Vitality, Energy, Spirit; The secret of the Golden Flower; Immortal Sisters; and Awakening to the Tao

Vol.  4     The Taoist I Ching; and I Ching Mandala

9.     Classics of Strategy and Counsel (3 volume set) by Thomas Cleary Another great set, this one contains 12 books. Lots of great philosophy from places as diverse as  Greece, China, Japan, The Middle East, Persia, and others.

10.    Chronicles of Tao by Deng Ming Dao This is a compelling story, an account of a modern day Taoist’s life. One of the best books I have ever read.

11.   Awaken Healing Energy Trough Tao by Mantak Chia I have 8 books by master Chia and while I would say, most are beyond the understanding of beginners, I do recommend this book as an introduction to the “Mantak Chia, Healing Tao approach.” Covers opening the “microcosmic orbit” a basic Taoist technique of meditation.

12.     The Roots of Chinese Qigong by Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming  I have many of his books. This one is the best book I have found describing the basics of QIgong Written for beginners yet it contains information most advanced people have never learned.

13.  Iron Shirt Chi Kung by Mantak Chia Another great and classic book from Master Chia  Read the first one first however. This book works with standing postures and will help you get very thorough understanding of advanced Zhan Zhuang   I would not attempt to do some of the breathing techniques in these books with out instruction however.

14.   Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy by Jerry Alan Johnson This 1100 page book is the most comprehensive book on the subject I have owned it since 2001 and keep reading it and reading it, like many of my books..absolutly huge and definitive this book is a must if you want to “go pro” and get TMI.

15.   Cultivating Stillness translated by Eva Wong This is one of those “lost texts” that offers a rare insight into Tao. Written with a slightly Buddhist influence it compels one to contemplate the thinking of the Chinese and their approach to meditation.  Also it contains symbolism to help elucidate the reader towards understanding Tao.

16.     The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba One of the great masters from Japan; Morihei was the founder of Aikido. Paralleling Taoist thought from a martial artist that was also a pacifist, this book helps define the meaning of life.

17.     Tai Chi Explained by Alex Dong Master Alex was the first Taiji master I had, he is the son of my current teacher and the great grandson of Tung Ying Jie, the founder of our lineage. Alex grew up in Hawaii and brings his Chinese history into English for us all. A wonderful and simple book for all Dong practitioners, written by a personal friend of mine.  http://www.alexdongtaiji.com/store/

18. Red Book by Tung Ying Jie translated by Alex Dong. A great classic of Taiji finally in English thanks to master Alex.  Tung Ying Jie was the primary disciple of Master Yang Chen Fu the inventor of the famous “slow set” Yang style Taiji, the most common exercise practice on the planet. This work has been quoted by many other Taiji Authors but it has never before been available in English; now you can get the “Founders” work!  http://www.alexdongtaiji.com/store/

19. Yiquan and the Nature of Energy: The fine art of doing nothing and achieving everything by Fong Ha Master Fong Ha was a student of the great Tung Ying Jie, since then he has branched into a unique method called Yiquan. Master Ha is the worlds foremost authority on this amazing method and he is one of my teachers. Book available here:  http://fongha.com/shop/

20. Taoist Health Exercise Book by Da Lia Master Liu published this book in 1974 it is a small and simple primer on Taoist arts. if you can get a copy… someone recently gave me a copy of this older classic work.  Pretty cool!

There will be many more soon…patience…

Periodicals:

There are three that I recommend.  All are superb,each for a different reason.

1.     Qi Journal This excellent magazine is well produced and has very pithy articles about Qigong, Taiji and all things Taoist.  Also many books are available through the magazine. You can find it at Borders or Barnes and Noble, or subscribe. This is the best publication for the “Way” and I support it because we have so few available.

2.     Tai Chi Magazine Going on 33 years of publication this is the only magazine dedicated to Taijiquan. Another great source for finding books and videos on Taiji. Again this should be available at Borders or Barnes and Noble.

3.     The Empty Vessel I love this magazine. Always good stories and articles. Not as fancy as Qi Journal but simply produced and I am sure the traditional Taoists would be proud.


Qigong Lesson #2 “Wuji” A Physical Reality   6 comments

You need to know where you are in order to find your way.

Your place in the universe is often twisted away from the ideal; it may be physical, mental, emotional,and/or spiritually misaligned.

Let me first explain that in the “physical world” you can be  physically, mentally, emotionally,and/or spiritually misaligned  and you can also be misaligned in the “celestial world”. This is because all things have Yin and Yang elements to them. Our goal is harmonizing Yin/Yang, not just balancing Yin and Yang .

To keep things simple, my objective in this article is just to start with the body, the physical within the physical.

The most important overriding principles in Qigong and Taiji and Meditation for that matter revolve around alignment. As stated in the second paragraph of this page, alignment could mean spiritual, emotional. mental, or physical.

As we work ever inward to the higher levels of understanding we need to start somewhere. The starting point is the physical alignment of your body, starting with your feet. When we learn this basic skill called “Wuji Stance” we will have a working model of alignment that we can “clone” into our thinking to restructure our bodies, minds, emotions, and ultimately our spirits.  Then we can keep feeding back that spiritual energy to continually strengthen our bodies, minds, emotions. The cycle continues until we have the “rarefied qi” of original Spirit known as “the gold pill” a spiritual embryo that grows within us until such time as it “becomes” us and we are reborn into Tao.

It is simple really. Just start under your feet.  We want a totally natural alignment of our skeleton so we can relax all of our muscles. The following list is an example of what I tell my students. I probably say this list fifty times a week in my classes…..

1.     Feet parallel and shoulder width apart

2.     Knees slightly bent

3.     Tailbone tucked in so your lumbar spine is vertical

4.     Relax the hips and “sit” into your legs

5.     Let the “golden thread from heaven” lift your head

6.     Tuck in your chin so that your cervical spine is vertical

7.     Relax your shoulders, let your arms dangle at your side

8.     Contain your chest, don’t “puff out” your chest

9.     Bring your breath  to your dantien, just below the navel

10.   Bring your mind down to your dantien

11.    Put your tongue at your palate

12.    Keep your eyes soft, don’t strain your eyes

In addition I tell students to:  keep their hearts open, explaining that there is no need for any emotional energy, and to keep their mental energy redirected inward,  reviewing the 12 points on the list.  Then I repeat the list….

Now you can start right away by learning to Tune your Breath

Copyright Cory williams 2009

more here: Qigong lesson #3

The One Tao

The Way

Man follows the way of   Nature,

Nature follows the way of  Earth,

Earth follows the way of  Heaven,

Heaven follows the Way of  Tao.

First there was the One, Tao

Then there came the Two,  Heaven and Earth,

The Two begets the Third,  Heaven, Earth and Humans

From the Three came the ten thousand things…

The Tao contains everything and yet it is nothing…

Always giving, and yet it is never exhausted…

Extending everywhere and yet it is nowhere to be found…

It is the greatest treasure, and at the same time,

It is the simplest of things.

It will never come, and it will never go.

It is the eternal….

Hello world!   3 comments

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Aloha, Everyone!

I know most people can’t spend the time that I have been blessed with to study these arts.  Also, I don’t think you need to… I dedicated myself to sorting it all out so I can share them with you.

The Taoist arts saved my life, after all the suffering, I found my Way and now I can introduce you to this ancient wisdom in the hope it may do the same for you.

I’ve read so many books, from self help, to martial arts, hundreds:

Spent years training, often over 8 hours a day …

Traveled thousands of miles attending camps and seminars…

Dedicated my life to making these skills available…

Distilling everything down, to see the “big picture”…

Now it all flows out effortlessly…

Everything here is written to be entertaining and enlightening.

Herein you will find lessons, stories, philosophy, a reading list, internet links, a journal of my journey through the universe and all open to inspection and comment.

So look here, and you can subscribe and receive automatic blogs.

Finding the ultimate treasure is far from boring!  Follow along here and I will keep you posted of all the exciting discoveries I have found along the Way.

Thank you all for your support and interest in what I believe are the most important set of skills that anyone can ever know.

Cory

Posted November 28, 2009 by The Maui Taoist in Aloha Message, Uncategorized

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