New Book for 2015


The Spiritual Practice of Walking, Standing, Sitting and Lying Down

By Cain Carroll

Published by Singing Dragon 2015


   The "I" was never a thing. It was a thought. Between each thought, a gap. In the gaps, nobody is home. Life leaks in. The joy. The pain. All of it, felt in the raw. Awakening is a beautiful catastrophe; the whole basis of our egoistic personal agenda falls apart.
   The bad news: falling can be disorientating, even downright scary. When it becomes evident that our so-called self is empty of abiding qualities, there may be a storm of anxiety. This is like the gasp reflex when one slips on an icy staircase and begins to fall.
   The good news: there is nothing whatsoever to fall into. There is no solid ground to hit in the end. No bottom. We are openness falling into openness. As we realize there is actually no ground to land on, anxiety turns to humor. Falling becomes floating. Floating becomes walking, standing, sitting and lying down.
   These are four things we can't stop doing. Since we can't stop doing them, we make them our practice.

New Book published 2014 linking East and West

In NZ the book can be purchased here

From the Forward by Ted Kaptchuk

"This book connects ancient traditions that look to the past with fast-paced, cutting edge science that constantly re-envisions a new future. It respects both wisdom and experience from the East and science and experiments from the West. Separations become opportunities to see connections. Boundaries are seen just as convenient signposts to keep a conversation on a linear topic (for at least a while)."

"Peter has written a timely book that is accessible and relevant to many audiences. This book nourishes many needs. If you want to learn Tai Chi and integrate it into your personal life, you will find this book to be an enticing adventure. If you are an experienced Tai Chi and mind-body practitioner interested in understanding the relevant emergent science, you will find a supportive guide. Physicians, allied health professionals and alternative practitioners looking to advise their patients will find a fount of knowledge. Finally, health policy people with questions about Tai Chi will find their answers."

You can read Contents and full Forward by clicking on the link below


Some Readings on Tai Ji Quan Theory


Some excellent reading on essential translations can be found on this site



TAI CHI CHUAN TA WEN Questions and Answers on Tai Chi Chuan: Chen Wei-Ming, Shanghai 1929.  Translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Robert W Smith, North Atlantic Books 1985

TAIJI SWORD and Other Writings: Chen Weiming, Translated by Barbara Davis; North Atlantic Books, Berkeley California 2000

THE ESSENCE OF TAI CHI CHUAN: Lo/Inn/Amacker/Foe; North Atlantic Books 1979 Richmond


LOST TAI CHI CLASSICS FROM THE CHING DYNASTY: Douglas Wile, State University of New York Press, 1996

TAI CHI SECRETS OF THE YANG STYLE: Dr Yang Jwing-Ming, YMAA Publication Center. Boston 2001

A STUDY OF TAIJIQUAN: Sun Lutang, Translated by Tim Cartmell; North Atlantic Books, Berkley, California 2003

XING YI QUAN XUE The Study of Form-Mind Boxing: Sun Lu Tang, Translated by Albert Liu; 
Unique Publications, Burbank, California 2000

THE STUDY OF BAGUA QUAN: Sun Lu Tang, Translated by Franklin Fick; Shen Long Publishing 2013

CHINESE BOXING Masters and Methods: Robert W Smith; Blue Snake Books, Berkeley, California 1974, 1990

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