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Metta T'ai Chi / Public Resource Centre

The resources provided here are intended to support the learning gained through classes. 

This is the public page of the Resource Centre.  Members can access the Members’ Resource Centre by hovering the mouse over the Resource Centre tab and clicking on the drop-down tab.  The Members Resource Centre includes videos of the Short Form and a range of articles written by our members. Over time videos of Long form and many of the Qi Gong exercises practiced will be included.  We will also be including further articles exploring the underlying principles of Chi, Yin and Yang, and Metta, as well as articles capturing insights and learning from retreats and general practice.

Every 3 months, a different item from the Members’ Resource Centre will be shown on this Public page.

 

The current “freebie” is a sequence of Qi Gong movements called, Wei Chi

 

Recommended Readings!

 

Some books on the Metta T’ai Chi book list provide practical guides, others are information giving and some provide spiritual guidance. All of them are provided to give some idea of the texts which have helped develop our school’s ethos.

Some of this reading list is no longer in publication, please contact your teacher who may be able to provide further information on these.

Tew Bunnag:

  • Praying the Body
  • Sitting Meditation
  • The Six Healing Sounds

Other Authors:

  • Looking for the Golden Needle, Gerda Geddes
  • The Mind Spreads its Wings, Juan Mari Gutiérrez
  • 365 Tao: Daily Meditations , Deng Ming-Dao

and not forgetting …

  • The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff

Translations of Tao Te Ching, referenced in Blog:

  • Tao Te Ching – the definitive edition, Jonathan Star
  • Tao Te Ching, Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

 

 

Featured Text:

Tew Bunnag introduces his book, Praying the Body

 

The deepest level of T’ai Chi is that of prayer, which I would like to define as communion with the universal spirit.

If meditation is the awakening and nurturing of the unconditional awareness that puts us in touch with the reality behind image and appearance , what some would describe as “the sacred reality“ , then prayer is the active expression and affirmation of that connection.

It is not a part of the art that can be taught. It is rather the motivating force, the context in which the practice of T’ai Chi takes place and is very much related to the meditative quality that becomes strengthened and refined in the training. It is also the most difficult aspect of the art to talk about.

To start with there is the obvious inadequacy of words to describe what takes place in the heart, beyond reason and analysis. We do not really understand what we are doing when we pray. But we know that it comes from a deep impulse inside us. Our logical mind may discount it as a childish superstition and yet we know that peace and comfort we receive from the act is real enough. Those who have suffered pain, loss, grief know it’s healing power. When we engage in prayer a certain ineffable energy comes into play. But as much as we may try to capture it, the essence of prayer remains a mystery; necessarily so, I believe, for it is through it that we reconnect time and time again to the mystery and power of the universe that surrounds us.

In the end there is no need to discuss it simply live it daily. And yet it sometimes helps to share this intimate, personal experience, if only because in doing so we may come to realise that whatever path we have chosen to follow there is a common ground be discovered and explored.

Peace and Loving compassion to all!

Tew Bunnag, London 1996

Two More Qi Gong Exercises

 

 

 

LU 1   is in two parts.  The first part keeps us focussed on the vertical axis that connects the yin of the earth with the yang of the heavens.  The movements of arms and hands reflect the intention of drawing energy down from the heavens and up from the earth.  The back is kept vertical and straight.  In the second part of the exercise, intention is focussed on the balance of the earth and heaven energies as our arms and hands move in the horizontal plane at the level of our heart centre.  This movement also reflects the intention to connect our individual heart with the universal heart.

 

 

 

LU 2  is also about balance: between forward and backward movement; between closing and opening the body; and, of course, the physical balance required to stand on one leg!