Introduction – understanding is not in any book.

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As a student of philosophy and of Tai Chi Chuan, for more than 30 years, I have read and studied books in many different fields.  But understanding is not in any book. The books which have truly inspired me are the Analects of Confucius, the Book of Change, the works of Mencius, and also the writings of Cheng Mingdao, Cheng Yichuan and Lu Xiangshan of the Sung dynasty, Wang Yangming of the Ming dynasty, and the contemporary Shung Shili; Tagore, Gandhi, Aurobindo, Krishnamurti of India and the Western philosophers Pascal, Whitehead, Russell, and Nietzsche, and many others.

There is no path to truth,

Truth is everywhere and nowhere.

Close Reading-

Level 1: Paraphrasing

  1. State in your own words the meaning of each sentence. 

The author has studied philosophy, by reading many various books over three decades.  He has been motivated by historic and present day Chinese, Indian and western writings on philosophy.

Level 2: Explicating

  1. State the main point.
    1. There are many books on philosophy that can encourage understanding but understanding is found in practice.
  2. In other words….
    1.  You can read all you want about philosophy of living but will  understanding comes through practice.
  3. For example…
    1. A book cannot teach you Tai Chi Chuan. You have to practice Tai Chi Chuan to know Tai Chi Chuan.


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