Words of Wisdom --- Philosophy II
By David Chen. January 2005.

  • Taiji is always open to everyone,
    But not everyone is ready for Taiji.

  • If you want to be relaxed, no one can stop you.
    If you don't want to be relaxed, no one can help you.

  • Open your mind and broaden your vision in order to appreciate the differences in the world.
    One cannot describe an ocean to a frog in the well.

  • One can open a locked door by breaking in---
         a display of power.
    Or by getting a key, though it would take a longer time---
         a display of wisdom.

  • You can learn all the secrets in one hour.
    Or you can work on one principle that
         will benefit you a lifetime.

  • Everyone has the wisdom.
         You need the curiosity to discover it.

  • A teacher's responsibility is to point out the direction.
    It is the student's responsibility to drive there.

  • Taiji practice is like driving a car.
    One can drive it for racing, traveling, daily commuting,
         or just an easy ride on Sunday mornings.
    We're all driving the same car,
         but have different pursuits behind the wheel.

  • You may be driving slowly in the valley;
         just follow the map; eventually you will get there.
    If you enjoy circling in front of a cheering audience,
         you are not going anywhere.

  • Learning how to push is a technical study.
    Learning how to yield is rather a philosophical study.

  • Only Taiji philosophy is able to consolidate
         different physical interpretations of the art.

  • Taiji training can help us out run the danger.
    Taiji philosophy can help us to not become a target.

  • Technical guidance is meant to measure and explain.
    Philosophical guidance is meant to inspire and cultivate.

  • To mix a hard technique with a soft style training
         is like mixing sugar and salt in a glass of water.

  • Softness is not an external display of the skill,
         it is an internal quality derived from the skill.

  • Softness is like a gentle wind---
         with the capability of developing into a storm.

  • Taijiquan Classic stated:
    "First be extremely soft, then become extremely powerful."
    It is very difficult to be extremely soft; however,
         once reached, there's no need to become extremely powerful.

  • There's an extremity in strength and power---
         as in the physical world.
    There's no extremity in softness and yielding---
         as in both the mental and physical world.

  • There's a soft quality to skill,
         and there's a powerful quality to skill.
    The two qualities should not compete;
         the potential of each should be cultivated.