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Observe World Tai Chi Day at the Houston Taoism Meetup

27 Apr 2007
April 28 is World Tai Chi Day. This year Houston will host World Tai Chi Day for the first time - in not one, but two venues. One event is aimed at publicizing Tai Chi, which will be held in Hermann Park. As befits someone who teaches temple rather than public taiji, I am hosting a more private event at Memorial Park in conjunction with the Houston Taoism Meetup Group.

At 10 a.m., in each time zone throughout the world, Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan) practitioners will practice their taiji. The idea is to create a human wave of taiji, starting in New Zealand at 10 a.m. their time. As 10 a.m. rolls around in each succeeding time zone, practitioners will begin their taiji, creating a "rolling wave" of taiji.

We will meet in the Arboretum, near the Nature Center, in Memorial Park. We will be at the wooden deck that is immediately on your right as you drive in through the gate. Park near the Nature Center and walk back to the wooden deck overlooking part of the park - one or more of us will probably already be there practicing.

Taijiquan was created by Chang Sen Feng at the Wudang Monastery, a Taoist retreat that predates the Buddhist Shaolin Temple, approximately one thousand years ago. Although many of the early influences that lead to the development of taijiquan came from the Buddhist teachings of Bodhidharma, those influences were distant in time and intention.

Of course taijiquan is learned, practiced and enjoyed by millions of people with not even a slight curiosity about the Taoist roots. To others, it may be of passing historical interest; and to yet others, such as myself, it is a subject of considerable interest and influence. Regardless of where you fit in, I will make everyone comfortable and our discussion lively.


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