T'ai Chi Qi & Jin: Ultimate Guide For Developing Internal & Intrinsic Energies
by Stuart Alve Olson /
2005 / English / PDF
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Chinese thought and philosophy are generally expressed in short sayings, aphorisms. Such aphorisms are like small containers, ingeniously packed with a great deal of material. If you succeed in opening one of them the material may be drawn out seemingly endlessly, like the performance of a skilled conjurer. The sayings or aphorisms from which this book was translated could be the basis for writing many volumes. Thankfully, Mr. Olson has not attempted this, but has left it up to the reader to dig for himself, or herself. Likewise, his notes to the text do not try to better the text but merely clarify, to the benefit of the reader. As T’ai Chi Ch’uan deals with inner experience, the very difficult barrier of using words to describe such experience inevitably appears. When this is compounded by having to translate words from a differently structured language and an alien culture, the barrier verges on the insuperable. Mr. Olson has tackled this problem with commendable tenacity.