Fast Track Taichi

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Teaching Schedule:

Stonestown Family YMCA

San Francisco, Ca

First Friday of each month 8am-10am


Chinatown YMCA

San Francisco, Ca

Thursdays 9:30am-12pm


Peninsula Del Rey

Senior Living Community

Daly City, Ca

Fridays 10:30am -11:30am


Private Lessons by appointment

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Contact Info:

Sifu Kiyoko Hancock

email: yourfriendkiyoko@mac.com

website: www.fasttracktaichi.com

Blog: Notes From the Epicenter

Good in the Beginning,

Good in the Middle,

Good in the End:

Moments In Time


-by Sifu Kiyoko Hancock


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Hi Fast Trackers!

I would like to encourage everyone to read this book!  It is absolutely fascinating and full of really wonderful lucid commentary. In “The Second Book of the Tao” Stephen Mitchell  takes selected passages from the Chuang-tsu and the Chung Yung (“The Central Harmony”) and adds modern day commentary to them. Below is an example of the the first passage.  Read it and you will want to read MORE!

kiyoko



BOOK REVIEW:

"The Second Book Of The Dao"

by Stephen Mitchell

(anthologized adaptations from Lao-tzu’s “Tao Te Ching” drawn from the teachings

and works of Chuang-tzu and Tzu-ssu with commentaries)


To find this book:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=second+book+of+the+tao&sprefix=Second+Book+%2Cstripbooks%2C0



1.

“What is bestowed on us at birth

is called human nature.

The fulfillment of human nature

is called the Tao.

The cultivation of the Tao

is the deepest form of learning.


The Tao is the way things are,

which you can’t depart from

even for one instant.

If you could depart from it,

it wouldn’t be the Tao.

Therefore the Master

looks into her own heart

and respects what is unseen and unheard.


Nothing is more manifest than the hidden;

nothing is more obvious than the unseen.

Therefore the Master

pays attention to what is happening

within her innermost self.”


COMMENTARY:


“We think that we know what human nature is, but what if our most cherished assumptions are wrong?  What if all suffering is the result of confused thoughts?  That would change our paradigm a bit.

    We’re born into the open, into the vast mind empty of meaning.  Beyond thought, beyond things, reality just is.  Human nature doesn’t need to be fulfilled, nor do we need to cultivate what is already perfect.  Once we recognize this, we return to the origin of all things.  There is never a movement toward or away.  We remain where we have always been, but now we know it, as if for the first time.

    Departing from the Tao can happen only in the mind; its an illusion that becomes our reality.  Though we actually live in what is, we think ourselves into what isn’t.  Though every apparent detour is the path, we get lost in our imagined wanderings.  That’s why, if we’re interested in freedom, there is nothing sweeter than to cultivate, cultivate: to get down, with trowel and hoe, into the thought-rich soil of the mind.

    It’s all about paying attention to what is happening within our innermost self, until the unseen, the unquestioned, is as obvious as the seen.  When the mind is free of its thoughts, it becomes its own fulfillment.”