On the mountain, a tree:
The image of DEVELOPMENT.
Thus the superior man abides in dignity and virtue,
In order to improve the mores.

The tree on the mountain is visible from afar, and its development influences the landscape of the entire region. It does not shoot up like a swamp plant; its growth proceeds gradually. Thus also the work of influencing people can be only gradual. No sudden influence or awakening is of lasting effect. Progress must be quite gradual, and in order to obtain such progress in public opinion and in the mores of the people, it is necessary for the personality to acquire influence and weight. This come about through careful and constant work on one's own moral development.

I Ching, 53. Development (Gradual Progress)

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Books & Links
Other TC3 Related Sites
TC3 Support Team
Odds & Ends & Friends

Books & Links

Tai Chi Program
    Hsu, Fun Yuen translated by Elizabeth Wenscott, An Investigation Into the Methods of Practice
    To be purchased by Elizabeth Wenscott

    Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo, Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals, A Historical Survey

    Cheng Man Ch'ing translated by Lo and Inn, Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan

    Wile, Douglas, Master Cheng's Thirteen Chapters on T'ai Chi Ch'uan

    Wile, Douglas, Tai chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions

    Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing and his Tai Chi Chuan by Wolfe Lowenthal, There Are No Secrets

    Further Explorations in the Tao of Cheng Man-ch'ing by Wolfe Lowenthal, Gateway to the Miraculous

    Cheng Man Ch'ing translation by Mark Hennessy, Master of Five Excellences

    Cheng Man Ch'ing and Robert Smith, T'ai-chi "The Supreme Ultimate" Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense

    Jou, Tsung Hwa, The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan

    The Official Wu Kung Tai Chi Association of America Website
    If you want to know where Grandmaster Hsu is, check out this site.
    Cheng Tze Tai Chi Chuan Study Associatione
    Cheng Tze Tai Chi Chuan Study Association, founded in 1982 by a group of senior students in memory of Professor Cheng Man Ching.
    Bu Jin Design
    Weapon bags. Not sure which one to order? Just ask them to look up my account and you will see the bag of my choice.
Health & Philosophy Program
      Eckert, Achim, Chinese Medicine for Beginners: Using the Power of the Five Elements to Heal Body and Soul
      ISBN=0761506136 to purchase

      Temelie, Barbara The Five-Elements Wellness Plan: A Chinese System for Perfect Health

      Tara, Bennett-Goleman Emotional Alchemy; How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

      Colbin, Annemarie Food and Healing

      Connely, Dianne M., Traditional Acupuncture The Law of the Five Elements

      Hadady, Letha D. Ac., Asian Health Secrets

      Lectures on Tao Teh Ching by Man-jan Cheng, Translated from Chinese by Tam C. Gibbs, Lao - Tzu: "My words are very easy to understand."

      English, Jane and Feng, Gia Fu Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

      Henricks, Robert Lao-Tzu's, Tao Te Ching

      Mair, Victor, Tao Te Ching: The Classic of Integrity and the Way

      Pine, Red, Lao Tzu's Taoteching

      Translations and Elucidation by Taoist Master Ni, Hua-ching, The Complete Works of Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching and Hua Hu Ching

      Translated for Chinese by D.T. Suzuki and Paul Carus, Treatise on Response and Retribution

    Taoism (Religious and Philisophical)
      Little, Steven, Taoism and the Arts of China
      ISBN=0520227840 Hard Copy
      ISBN=0520227859 Soft Copy

      Silvers, Brock, The Taoist Manual Applying Taoism To Daily Life
      Order at for a discounted price
    I Ching
      Wilhelm, Richard and Baynes, Cary F., The I Ching or Book of Changes

    Resource Guides
      Some of the below resource guides are not available in the bigger book stores, search the internet and see if you are lucky!

      Wieger,S.J., Dr. L., Chinese Characters, Their Origin, Etymology, History, Classification and Signification.

      Havard University Press Mathews' Chinese-English Dictionary
      This is a Wade Giles Dictonary

      Han Yin Cidian A Chinese - English Dictionary

      Beijing Forien Languages The Pinyin Chinese-English Dictionary
      Other Pinyin Chinese-English Dictionary are available at the Peking Book House

      A New English - Chinese Dictionary (Enlarged and Updated)
    Kuhn, Dr. Aihan, Natural Healing with Qigong
    To be purchased at the school

    Kuhn, Dr. Aihan, Simple Chinese Medicine: A Beginners Guide to Natural Healing & Well-Being
    To be purchased at the school
    Saso, Michael The Golden Pavilion; Taoist Ways to Peace, Healing, and Long Life
Environmental Arm - Sustainable Return
    Shiva, Vandana Stolen Harvest, The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply

    Jacobsen, Rowan, Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis

    Pollan, Michael, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    Bartholomew, Alick, Hidden Nature, The Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger

    Sustainable Return
    Sustainable Return is divided into four categories: Water, Air, Land, and Lifestyle. It has a dual function of increasing awareness and creating a format for student body at large to jointly volunteer for environmental causes in the name of the school. Angelic Organics
    A community supported Illinos family farm, growing an astounding array of vegetables and herbs since 1990, farming in accordance with Organic and Biodynamic principles. Great website! Be sure to check out the page "Stirrings."

    Tom Brown's Tracker School, Tracking, Nature & Wildeness Survival
    To be "one" with the Earth, it is not enough to just have good survival skills but a more rounded philosophy and skill level. That is why each of my courses cover equally the three major categories of survival: tracking, nature awareness, and the ancient philosophy of the Earth. To learn more about Tom Brown and his school check out his website and read some of his incredible, must read books!

    The Story of Stuff
    A 20-minute animation of the consumerist society, narrated by Anne Leonard

    The story of the last great supply of fresh drinking water of earth. Beautiful website!!!
    Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. Learn more about 350 what it means, where it came from, and how to get there.

    Carolyn Steel
    Food is a shared necessity -- but also a shared way of thinking, argues Carolyn Steel. Looking at food networks offers an unusual and illuminating way to explore how cities evolved.
Yoga With Instructor Tracy Von Kaenel
    Farhi, Donna, Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit, A Return to Wholeness

    Erich Schiffmann, Yoga, The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

    Lasater, Judith, Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

    Self, Philip, Yogi Bare, Naked Truth from America's Leading Yoga Teachers

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Tai Chi Center of Chicago Links

  The Tai Chi Center of Chicago - Facebook
Become a friend, and keep up to date with all that is going on!

  The Tai Chi Center of Chicago - Twitter
For the short and sweet of it all!

  The Tai Chi Center of Chicago - Myspace
The practice of Tai Chi Chuan (Taiji) has had an unmeasurable influence on those that have partaken. This site is dedicated to tai chi'ist that are musicians (professional or no-professional) or musicians that offer the musical background for our practice.

  The Tai Chi Center of Chicago - YouTube
Video Library

  The Tai Chi Center of Chicago - Blog
Posts by Elizabeth Wenscott (All Subjects) Don Tomei (Wellness Qigong) Lisa Hish (Health and Sustainable Lifestyle) Kipling Swehla (Neigong/Philosophy) Rob Wittig (Tai Chi Historian) Chris Zalek and Sas Stark (Discussed in Class).

  Yoga at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago
Instructor Tracy Von Kaenel is a degreed dance and yoga instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience. Tracy received her Advanced Level II Certification for Yoga Instructors from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. We are glad to have her here at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago.

  Tracy Von Kaenel's, Yoga Chicago - Blog
Class Updates, FYI, Philosophy Corner, Physical Fixes, Student Discoveries, and more

  Qigong Chicago
All Qigong and Tai Chi practice promotes wellness --- in fact health and longevity are traditionally considered the primary goals of these arts. Qigong and Tai Chi have been proven to help people advance along the road of wellness from wherever their starting point happens to be. This is the official site for Wellness Qigong at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago.

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Additional Support

With over 20 years in the business of health and wellness, the Tai Chi Center of Chicago recognizes that "we can't do it all." Therefore the school has fostered a support team of licensed professionals, in variety modalities. For more information, contact one of our instructors.

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Odds and Ends and Friends

My Mothers first book!
    Judith L. Wenscott, True Wind
    It's a murder mystery (like mother and daughter, except she uses her words and I use my sword!). Go to Barnes & Noble or Amazon to find out more.
Kipling Swehla Photography
See images from our trip to :
1996, Mainland China documenetation the life of monks and nuns in several of China's most revered Taoist temples.
2000, Taiwan, Cheng Man-Ching Cup International Tai Chi Chuan Championships

Rob Wittig & Friends Practice the Language Arts
Electronic Literature at its best! Check out the Blue Company 2002 archive, some of us are in it.

Dan Menzel asks, When is the Best Time for Tai Chi

Hedda Morrison; Harvard University Library, Visual Information Library
Absolutely beautiful gelatin silver process on paper images of mountains, religious objects and priests. Search for Hua Shan then click Go!

Evie Evil's tourography and more! Check out the photo's by Kipling Swehla! The Official Evil Beaver Website

Fine Art (By my Tai Chi Brother) Steven Leavitts' Paintings

last but not least.... the things we do when not in class

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