Return to Stillness: Twenty Years with a Tai Chi Master

Trevor Carolan, Author
Trevor Carolan, Author Da Capo Press $14.95 (256p) ISBN 978-1-56924-487-6
Reviewed on: 06/02/2003
Release date: 06/01/2003
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Acknowledging that""no book can possibly replace the profound insights one receives from a fine teacher,"" Carolan (who studied with the same master for two decades) presents his take on the wisdom and benefits of Tai Chi and a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the practice. In friendly prose, he guides readers through chapters recounting things like the origins of Tai Chi, the way it was first broadly introduced to Westerners (in a television commercial for milk), and how it has become woven into all parts of his existence. He also offers his thoughts on the process of studying: there is much to be learned from masters and everyone else in the world, but""ultimately, every seeker must embrace his or her own vision of the teaching and dance his or her own dance."" A worthwhile read for anyone with a sincere interest in the traditions and history of Tai Chi, this book is nevertheless a meandering observance of decades of practice and learning. Readers looking for a step-by-step guide to learning Tai Chi would do well to look elsewhere.
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