“‘So often I get letters from new teachers saying, ‘T’ai Chi Chih has changed my life. Thank you, thank you. I am eager to help others gain the same benefits from the discipline you originated.’ …There isn’t the slightest doubt in my mind of the future of T’ai Chi Chih; there are reasons why it is here, and there are reasons why you, the teacher, have been brought to it. It is not by accident that you are teaching T’ai Chi Chih, and you have a responsibility to keep the practice pure and to be completely honest in your dealings with students.” — Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997
How has TCC changed your life? Why do you think you were led to this practice?
” ‘You’ve been on the spiritual path for 40 years. What have you learned?’
” ‘I’ve learned that there is nothing to be done.’
” ‘Ah, but if you hadn’t been on the path for 40 years, you wouldn’t know there’s nothing to be done!’ ”
–Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997
What are you learning on the spiritual path?
“Experiencing something, living something, manifesting it, is far different from having an intellectual understanding. Words play no part in the genuine article, and the realization of this Unity often leaves one tongue-tied.” — Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997
How have you experienced a difference between intellectual and experiential knowing?
“When we perform T’ai Chi Chih properly we feel the results. Sine we are, essentially, a conflux of moving energies, stimulating and balancing the Intrinsic Energy (Chi) affects our whole being. The effects seem to be personal, but, in truth, they are widespread. Just as our Enlightenment is saving all beings, so does the balancing of the Universal Energy affect both the outer and the inner. So many students have written me about how their lives have changed with the practice of T’ai Chi Chih! — Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997.
“Constant resentment should be a warning to a person that something is wrong; the soil is ripe for new planting. Resentment comes from self-clinging. ‘Who are you to tell me what to do?’ we say, creating a problem where none existed. Take a good look at the ground from which the resentment or problem arose. Have the habit energies, the attachments, created that ground?” — Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997