T. T. Liang passes

T. T. Liang passes

Postby Louis Swaim » Sat Aug 24, 2002 6:44 am

At first I take up T’ai Chi as a hobby,
Gradually I become addicted to it,
Finally I can no longer get rid of it.
I must keep on practicing for my whole life—
It is the only way to preserve health.
The more I practice, the more I want to learn
from teachers and books.
The more I learn, the less I feel I know.
The theory and philosophy of T’ai Chi is so
profound and abstruse!
I must continue studying forever and ever . . .
It is the only way to improve and better myself.
—T. T. Liang

Master T. T. Liang passed this week. He was 102.
Louis Swaim
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Postby Audi » Sun Aug 25, 2002 5:17 pm

"Nobody can be perfect. Take what is good and discard what is bad.

"If I believe entirely in books, better not read books. If I rely entirely on teachers, better not have teachers.

"To remove a mountain is easy, but to change a man's termparament is more difficult.

"Life begins at seventy...."

--T.T. Liang (Four of his "ten theorems for [his] daily guiding principles")

Louis, thanks for this bit of news, although I greet it with sadness. T.T. Liang is one to whom I owe a personal debt because of his teaching of at least one of my teachers. I think his legacy will endure.

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Postby Louis Swaim » Sun Aug 25, 2002 7:12 pm

Greetings Audi,

I bought T. T. Liang’s book, _T’ai Chi Ch’uan for Health and Self-Defense: Philosophy and Practice_, in 1977. I still refer to it as an essential source, and each time I return to it, I find nuances that escaped me before. His presentation of the taiji classics is excellent, and his commentaries are insightful and authoritative. I regret never having had the opportunity to meet him.

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