T'ai Chi Ch'uan Classics
Taijiquan Essential Texts, Philosophy, Theory, Sayings, Lore, Principles

Research by
Michael P. Garofalo

August 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

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Index to Taijiquan Classics

 

Essentials in the Practice of the Form and Push Hands by Li I-yu     


Exposition of Insights Into the Practice of the Thirteen Postures by Wu Yu-Xiang


Five Character Secret by Li I-yu     


General Works: Bibliography and Links     


Mental Elucidation of the Thirteen Postures by Wu Yu-Xiang.     


Plain Sayings on Each Posture by Li I-yu.    


Quotations from the Taijiquan Classics


Song of Push Hands.  Anonymous     


Song of the Thirteen Postures.   Anonymous   

 

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Songs of the Eight Postures by T'an Meng-hsien    


Sparring Hands and Walking Frame Essentials by Li I-yu.     


Talks on the Practice of Taijiquan by Yang Cheng-fu.      


T'ai Chi Chuan Treatise by Chang San-feng     


Ten Important Points by Yang Cheng-fu       


Treatise on T'ai Chi Chuan by Wang Tsung-yueh 


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Song of Push Hands.    Anonymous.   2Kb.


Song of Push Hands.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele


Song of the Thirteen Movements


Song of the Thirteen Postures
.    Anonymous.   4Kb


Song of the Thirteen Postures.   Translated by Benjamin Lo. 


Song of the Thirteen Postures.   12Kb..  Translated by Louis Swaim.  


Song of the Thirteen Postures.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele

 

 

Chang San-feng    (circa 1350)

 

Chang San-feng    Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Poems, Notes.  42Kb.  


Quotations from the Taijiquan Classics


T'ai Chi Ch'uan Ching (Treatise)
.    By Chang, San-feng.   6Kb.


T'ai Chi Ch'aun Ching
.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele

 

 

Li I-yu  (circa ?)

 

Essentials in the Practice of the Form and Push Hands.   By Li, I-yu.  7Kb.   


Essentials in the Practice of the Form and Push Hands.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele


Five Character Secret.    By Li, I-yu.  9Kb.


Five Character Secret.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele.


Plain Sayings on Each Posture.   By Li I-yu.  Edited and translated by Peter Lim Tian Tek.  


Principles in Practicing the Form and Push Hands


Sparring Hands and Walking Frame Essentials.   Translated by Benjamin Lo. 


Taijiquan Classics: In Li I-yu's Handwritten Manuals.   Edited and translated by Peter Lim Tian Tek.   This is an outstanding collection of Tai Chi Classics.

 

 

T'an Meng-hsien    (circa ?)

 

Songs of the Eight Postures.    By T'an, Meng-hsien.  7Kb.


Songs of the Eight Postures.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele

 

 

Wang Tsung-yueh (Wang Zong-yue)    (circa 1750)

 

Tai Chi Tun  By Wang Tsung-yueh.  


The Tai Chi Treatise
.   By Wang, Zong-yue.   13Kb.


Taijiquan Classic
.   By Wang, Tsung-yueh.   Translated by Robert W. Smith.  


Treatise on T'ai Chi Ch'uan
.   Interpretation by Lee N. Scheele


Treatise on Tai Chi Chuan.   Translated by Knud Erik Andersen.  


Treatise on T'ai Chi Chuan
.  By Wang, Tsung-yueh.   7Kb.  Essay version.


Treatise on Taijiquan
.  By Wang, Tsung-yueh.   10Kb.  Verse version. 

 

 

Wu Yu-xiang (Wu Yu-hsiang, Wu Yu-xian)   (1812-1880)
Student of Yang Lu Chan
(Attributed by some to Wang Chung-yueh.)

 

Exposition of Insights Into the Practice of the Thirteen Postures.  By Wu, Yu-hsiang.  6Kb.


Expositions of Instights into the Practice of the Thirteen Postures.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele 


Mental Elucidation of the Thirteen Postures
.  By Wu, Yu Xiang.  14Kb.  Translation by Louis Swaim.  

Tai Chi Chuan Classic    4Kb.  

 

 

Yang Cheng-fu    (1883-1936)

 

Talks on the Practice of Taijiquan.   By Yang, Cheng-fu.  Recorded by Zhang Hong Kui.  9Kb. 


Talks on the Practice of Taijiquan


Ten Essentials of Tai Chi Theory
.   By Yang, Cheng-fu.  8Kb.  Translated by Louis Swaim.  


Ten Essential Points.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele


Ten Important Points
    By Yang, Cheng-fu.   10Kb.


Ten Important Points   By Yang, Cheng-fu.  9Kb.


Ten Principles on Tai Chi Chuan


Words of Experience by Tung Ying Chieh.   Translated by Albert Tang.


Yang Cheng Fu's 10 Essentials.   Narrated by Yang Cheng Fu.  Recorded by Chen Wei Ming.  8Kb. 

 

 

Taijiquan Classics

General Works 
Bibliography and Links

 


Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.  Volume One: Tai Chi Theory and Tai Chi Jing.  By Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.  Boston, Massachusetts, Yang's Martial Arts Academy, YMAA, 1986.  Glossary, 276 pages.  ISBN: Unknown.  


The Art of War.  By Sun Tzu.  Translated by Thomas Cleary.  Illustrated edition.  Shambhala, 2004.  224 pages.  ISBN: 1590301854.


Beyond the Closed Door: Chinese Culture and the Creation of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
.  By Arieh Lev Breslow.  Almond Blossom Press, 1995.  399 pages.  ISBN: 
096447302X.


The Bodhisattva Warriors
.  The Origin, Inner Philosophy, History and Symbolism of the Buddhist Martial Art within India and China.  By Shifu Nagaboshi Tomio (Terence Dukes).  Boston, MA, Weiser Books, 1994.  Index, bibliography, extensive notes, 527 pages.  ISBN: 0877287856. 


Chan San-Feng: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes, Classics.  By Michael P. Garofalo.


Chen Style Taijiquan:  Bibliography, Links, Quotes   


Cheng Man-ch'ing (1901-1975)   Links, bibliography, a list of the movements in the 37 movements short form of Master Cheng, quotations, and notes.  


Chi Kung (Qigong, Dao-yin): Bibliography, Guides, Lessons, Research


Chinese Philosophy and Tai Chi Chuan.   By Dan Docherty.   


Cloud Hands Blog: Qigong, Yoga, and Taijiquan.  Often includes Taoist and Buddhist quotes, poems and commentary.


Confucius (K'ung Fu-tze)   


Dao De Ching by Lao Tzu: Bibliography, Links, Notes


The Dao of Taijiquan: Way to Rejuvenation.   By Tsung Hwa Jou.  Charles E. Tuttle, 1998. 3rd Edition.  233 pages.  ISBN: 0804813574.  An outstanding textbook on Tai Chi Chuan.  All styles are introduced and explained.  A very informative introduction to the philosophy and practices of Tai Chi Chuan. 


Drawing Silk: Master's Secrets for Successful Tai Chi Practice.  By Paul B. Gallagher.  Fairview, North Carolina, 2007.  Bibliography, 246 pages.  ISBN: 9781419663123.  Numerous classics and Taoist tales and lore are included in this text.  Originally published in 1988. 


Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path.  By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.  Boston, Wisdom Publications, 2001.  Index, bibliography, 268 pages.  ISBN: 0861711769.  A clear and insightful commentary on the Eightfold Path of Buddhism.  Refer also to the Eight Precepts.


The Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan: The Literary Tradition.  Translated and edited by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo; Martin Inn, Robert Amacker, and Susan Foe.  Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1979, 1985.  100 pages.  ISBN: 0913028630.    


The Essence of T'ai Chi.   By Waysun Liao.  Boston, Shambhala, 1995.  Shambhala Pocket Classics.  162 pages.  ISBN: 1570620393.   


The Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan: The Literary Tradition
.  Translated and edited by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo; Martin Inn, Robert Amacker, and Susan Foe.  Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1979, 1985.  100 pages.  ISBN: 0913028630.    


The Five Character Secrets of Li Dongfeng.  Translated by Paul Dillon.  Santa Rosa, CA, Great Achievement Enterprises, 1996.  67 pages.  No ISBN.  The Taoist sage Chen Hsi I (c 906-990) is reported to have created the Liuhebafachuan (Six Harmonies and Eight Methods Boxing) form while living near Mount Hwa (Hwa Shan) in the north central province of Shasi.  In later years, Li Dongfeng
supposedly found manuscripts by Chen Hsi-I, The Five Character Secrets.  Liuhebafa Five Character Secrets.  Translated with comments by Paul Dillon.  Boston, MA, YMAA Publications, 2003.  168 pages.  11 illustrations.  ISBN:  1886969728.  


The Foundation of Taijiquan.   By Ma Hong.  Translated by Tu-Ky Lam. 


Green Paths in the Valley Blog     By Michael P. Garofalo.  Often includes Taoist and Buddhist quotes and commentary.


Instant Tao: Tai Chi Chuan Discourse and Canon.   By Dan Docherty.  ISBN: 01816474135.   


Lao-tzu's Taoteching.  Translated by Red Pine (Bill Porter).  Includes selected commentaries of the past 2,000 years.  Mercury House, San Francisco, 1996.  184 pages.  ISBN: 1562790854.


Liuhebafa Five Character Secrets.  Translated with comments by Paul Dillon.  Boston, MA, YMAA Publications, 2003.  168 pages.  11 illustrations.  ISBN:  1886969728.  


Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty.  By Douglas Wile.  State University of New York Press, 1996.  ISBN: 079142653X.  Index, charts, bibliography, 233 pages.  The most detailed and scholarly account of Tai Chi Chuan classics available.  Analysis and translation of many new texts.  Outstanding contribution!  


Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan.  Bu Fu Zongwen.  Translated by Louis Swaim.  Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1999.  Glossary, bibliography, 226 pages.  Translations of many Tai Chi classics are included, with commentary, on pages: 180-218..  


101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan
.  A Motivational Pocket Guide for Tai Chi Chuan.  By Michael Gilman.  Boston, MA, YMAA Publication Center, 2000.  114 pages. ISBN: 1886960868.   


Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought.  By Geogre Lakoff and Mark Johnson.  Basic Books, Perseu Books, 1999.  Index, bibliography, 624 pages.  ISBN: 0465056741.   "The mind is inherently embodied.  Thought is mostly unconscious.  Abstract concepts are largely metaphorical."   


The Power of Ch'i.  An introduction to Chinese mysticism and philosophy.  By Michael Page.  San Francisco, Thorsons, Harper Collins, 1988.  Index, 128 pages.  ISBN: 1855383632. 


Qigong: Links and Bibliography     


Quotations from the Taijiquan Classics


Scholar Boxer: Chang Naizhou's Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution  of Taijiquan.  By Chang Niazhou.   Translation and commentary by Marnix Wells.  North Atlantic Books, 2004.  200 pages.  ISBN: 1556434820.  Chang Naizhou, 1724-1783.  The book includes photographs and illustrations.  


Scholar Warrior: An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life.   By Deng Ming-Dao.  Harper San Francisco, 1990.   Index, bibliography, 351 pages.  ISBN: 0062502328.   


A Source Book in Indian Philosophy.  Edited by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Charles A. Moore.  Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1957. Index, bibliography, appendices, 684 pages.   ISBN:0691019584.   


Staff Weapons   Links, bibliography, quotes, notes.


A String of Pearls.  108 Meditations on Tai Chi Chuan.  By Michael Gilman.  Port Townsend, Turning Point Press, 1996.  103 pages.  ISBN: 0965216403. 


Sun Style Taijiquan:  Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes   


Sword (Jian):  Links, bibliography, quotes, notes.


T'ai Chi According to the I Ching:  Emobodying the Principles of the Book of Changes.  By Stuart Alve Oson.   Inner Traditions, 2000.  240 pages.  ISBN: 0892819448.


T'ai Chi Ch'aun Classics.   Interpretations by Lee N. Scheele based upon the translations of the Classics found in: The Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan: The Literary Tradition.  This webapge is mirrored elsewhere.  


Tai Chi Chuan Discussion   


The T'ai Chi Ch'uan Experience: Reflections and Perceptions on Body-Mind Harmony.  By Sophia Delza.  Foreward by Robert Cummings Neville.  State University of New York Press, 1996.  Index, 330 pages.  ISBN: 0791428982. 


T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Self-Defense.  Philosophy and Practice.  By Master T. T. Liang.  Edited and with a foreword by Paul B. Gallagher.  Revised, expanded edition, 1977. New York, Vintage Books, 1974, 1977.  133 pages.  ISBN: 0394724615.  


T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Links and Bibliography


Tai Chi Chuan Revelations


T'ai Chi Classics.  By Waysun Liao.  New translations of three essential texts of T'ai Chi Ch'uan with commentary and practical instruction by Waysun Liao.  Illustrated by the author.  Boston, Shambhala, 1990. 210 pages.  ISBN: 087773531X.  


Tai Chi Classics.   Translated by Knud Erik Andersen.  


Tai Chi Classics     


T'ai Chi's Ancestors: The Making of an Internal Art.   By Douglas Wile.  Sweet Chi Press, 1999.  ISBN: 0912059044.


Tai Chi for Living - Classics     Notes by Jan C. Childress.


Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters.   Translated by Yang Jwing-ming.   Edited by Yang Jwing-ming and James C. O'Leary.   Selected readings with commentary on Tai Chi Treasures.   Jamaica Plain, MA, YMAA Publications, 1999.  128 pages.  ISBN: 188696971X.


Tai Chi Secrets of the Wu Style: Chinese Classics, Translations, and Commentary.  By Yang Jwing-ming.  Jamaica Plain, MA, YMAA Publications, 2002.  96 pages.  ISBN: 1886969175.


Tai Chi Secrets of the Wu and Li Styles: Chinese Classics, Translations and Commentary.   By Yang Jwing-ming and Liang Qiang-ya.  Jamaica Plain, MA, YMAA Publications, 2001.  121 pages.  ISBN: 1886969981.


Tai Chi Secrets of the Yang Style.  Translated with commentary by Yang Jwing-ming.  Translations and commentary on Chinese Classics.   Boston, MA, YMAA Publications, 2001.  Index, glossary, 192 pages.   ISBN:  1886969094.  A translation of 49 documents by Yang, Ban-Hou (1837-1892) and by a few other Yang family members.  


T'ai Chi Sensing- HandsA Complete Guide to T'ai Chi T'ui-Shou Training from Original Yang Family Records.  Translation and commentary by Stuart Alve Olson.  Multi-Media Books, Division of CFW Enterprises, 1999.  Distributed by Unique Publications, Burbank, CA.  First Edition.  280 pages.  ISBN: 1892515156.  Part of the Cehn Kung (Yearning K. Chen) T'ai Chi 
Series. 


Tai Chi Theory


Tai Chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions.  Compiled and translated by Douglas Wile.  Brooklyn, New York, Sweet Chi Press, 8th Edition, 1983.  159 pages.  ISBN: 091205901X.


Taijiquan: Bibliography and Links    


The Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated Translation.   By Barbara Davis.  Includes a commentary by Chen Wei-ming.  San Franscisco, North Atlantic Books, 2004.  Index, notes, bibliography, 212 pages.  MGC.  ISBN: 1556434316.


Taijiquan Classics Index


Taijiquan Classics.   Edited and translated by Peter Lim Tian Tek.  This is an outstanding and extensive collection of Tai Chi Classics.  


Taijiquan Fundamentals   A variety of useful articles.  


Taoism and Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan


Taoism: Links and Bibliography  


The Tao of the Tao Te Ching.  A Translation and Commentary by Michael LaFargue.  State University of New York Press, 1992.  Bibliography, 270 pages. ISBN: 0791409864.


The Tao of Zen
.  By Ray Grigg.  Boston, Charles E. Tuttle, Inc., 1994.  Book Sales, 1999.  Notes, 357 pages.  ISBN: 0785811257.  


Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu: Bibliography, Links, Notes


Valley Spirit Qigong:   Red Bluff, California.  Instructor: Michael Garofalo, M.S. 


Vitality, Energy, Spirit:  A Taoist Sourcebook.   Translated and edited by Thomas Cleary.  Boston, Shambhala, 1991.  281 pages.


WuWei Foundation: Tai Chi Classics


Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan:  Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Form   


Zhang Sanfeng: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes, Classics.  By Michael P. Garofalo.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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