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Norwich T’ai Chi & Kung-fu - Traditional Chinese Arts
Many people think that Taoism is a religion. This is not true, no matter what anyone may say.
Tao means “Way” and is just a Chinese word used to describe Way or Path or a “form” that we in the West call “The Universe”. We can take Tao as meaning “Universal Way” or, as the Chinese describe it “T’ai Chi” - Supreme Ultimate. Nothing can ever be more supreme or more ultimate than the Universe, for it both creates itself and destroys itself, changes itself and forms itself.
Thousands of years ago wise men noticed that Nature was supreme. Nature is subtle, yet obvious, forceful yet gentle. It is a continual cycle of events, like Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, that never ceases. When one ends it gently phases into the next cycle, and so it continues.
The study of Tao is known as Taoism. All that this means is that the individual who is studying is trying to shed excess habits of human life and regain a naturalness, a Harmony with Nature, or Tao. Many thousands of scholars have studied Tao and developed life skills that help scholars of The Way to achieve the naturalness and harmony. These are called Taoist Arts (Pinyin: Dao Shu - Meaning Tao Skills.) These skills encompass many things, including the most well known Acupuncture, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Ch'i Kung, Feng Shui, Caligraphy and Painting, Taoist Yoga, Diet, Sexual Practises for harmony and more. The Taoist Arts all aim to promote a better life.
There is a descriptive book on the subject - Practical Philosophy of Tao - see the Gallery page.