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on 5 April 2017
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on 16 May 2009
Stuart Alve Olson, scholar and advanced T'ai Chi Ch'uan player, has once again excelled with this rendition and translation of Chinese classical writings. He is indeed a skilled writer and translator. This in combination with his deep knowledge of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chinese cultural arts in general, from both a scholarly and practitioner point of view, must surely make him the most outstanding contributor of serious literary work in this area in the Western world today.
'T'ai Chi According to the I Ching' should not be underestimated in it's importance to the Western student of Chinese culture and particularly students of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. This superb offering will be an indispensable part of your learning and understanding.
I cannot praise this book highly enough.
Alan Hamilton
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on 8 April 2016
A wonderfully researched book. I have searched high and low for further details on how the I Ching corresponds to the Tai Chi form.
This seems to cover it all, highly recommend it.
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on 23 March 2009
Dear Stuart Alve Olson,
I am, at the moment, enjoying your book about Tai
Chi according to the I Ching. I am finding that it
contains a wealth of excellent information which is
obviously the result of many years of study.However,
there are a couple of points which seem to contradict
other books I have read and I am trying to seek some
clarity here.
Firstly, I am confused as to why you ascribe the
three lines of the trigram as Man, Earth, Heaven- in
ascending order from the bottom. I did as you
suggested refer to the treatise on the 8 Diagrams, 8th
wing. Richard Wilhelm places man between earth and
heaven, which has a kind of logic to it. This is
backed up in Douglas Wile's 'Lost Tai Chi classics of
the late Ch'ing dynasty,' page 72 and again on page 34
of the 'Tao of the I Ching' by Jon, Tsung Hwa.
Secondly, I am a bit confused by the arrangement of
'houses' or 'sequences' While Wilhelm groups them
according to the top diagram, of each hexigram, in
your book it is the reverse. To give one example. On
page 205/206, number 3 in your 'heaven' sequence (wind
above-heaven below) is the hexigram Hsiao Ch'u (The
Taming power of the small), yet according to Wilhelm
this hexigram is placed in the house of the
and not in the house of the Creative/Heaven.
Given your background and the many years you have
devoted to Tai Chi and the I Ching I am sure that you
have very sound reasons for your attributes.
I thank you in advance for any help you can give me
to clarify these points.
Best Wishes
A Norris

(This was written in 2003, I am still waiting for a reply)
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