This book will not teach you the form of T'ai Chi but it will open your mind to the philosophy behind it. If you have been looking for your spiritual path through life without idols or saints - this is it. It uses selected verses from the Tao Te Ching to point the way.
If you want a book that discusses the history of Tai Chi and its various forms, don't buy this book.
If you want to really understand Tai Chi then definitely read this. I keep going back to this book and dipping into here and there. It clearly explains through the verses of the Tao Te Ching how Tai Chi and Taoism are related.
It is also one of the best reads for anyone wishing to follow the Taoist path.
This is a useful and timely book (first published in 1989) that should serve as both an inspiration and a warning, which is evidently John Lash`s intention. The first two and last two brief, succinct chapters - which I would advise reading first - give an uncompromising warning to those practitioners, and teachers too, who would attempt to use tai chi to `gain` something, or simply as a set of exercises, or to get a belt of some hue: an absurd idea, as he points out, tai chi having nothing at all to do with competiteveness or ego, everything to do with oneness and personal realisation of one`s part in the Whole (the Tao). These are important provisos, rarely stressed in books such as this, and much needed for westerners who can tend to window-shop from the oriental spiritual supermarket, which does nobody any favours, least of all the Way/Tao itself. The bulk of this short but fascinating book is an attempt to correlate tai chi with the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching, something which had not, I believe, been done before. For those interested, Lash`s book will be a resonant resource, a reminder, and perhaps a revelation. Gratefully recommended.
What an excellent book. It has nothing to do with practicing the movements of T'ai Chi, no diagrams or instructions. It's a book about living a wonderful, peaceful, calm life and can help you realize that stress doesn't have to be part of it. It's easy reading and I'd recommend it for everyone whether your interested in Tai Chi or not.
I first came across this book many years ago and often had it beside my bed and read it as a meditation occasionally. My orginal copy got handed onto someone who needed it more than me and I recently bought this new edition. Still helps me keep my feet on the ground when things get a little hectic.