taijiquan: rooted in a Taoism (Part 2)

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Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang

“Taijiquan is a teaching of the Dao. The Dao is not far from man, but it is man who distances himself from the Dao. The Great Dao is without a gate. If you pursue it with insistence and perseverance and if you enter the depth step by step, you will finally reach it and enter it, just like fire ascending from water, just like a flower blossoming amidst the snow. Hence he who has the determination is indeed going to complete the task.”

–Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, quoted on the back cover of The Five Levels of Taijiquan by Chen Xiaowang, Singing Dragon publisher, 2012

“Taijiquan is Taoism. Tao is not far away from people. It is neither far nor near to anyone. It does not involve such emotions. Anyone who pursues it can get it. Tao is not far from people. You have to strive for it, then you can attain it. People make themselves far from Tao. Today, before you reach it, you cast it aside. Then you are far from Tao. If you turn back to pursue it, you can achieve it.”

–Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang during an interview on Chinese Cable TV, 2012

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