Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dear friend,
I would like to invite you to the opening of Inner Fields 2ed session.
Tai Chi as Meditation
a introduction with Robert Lee
Sunday September 13th, 3-5pm

I'd like to warmly invite you to a talk and participatory demonstration of the gentle and contemplative martial art form t'ai chi ch'uan this Sunday afternoon at Inner Fields.

T'ai chi ch'uan combines deep breathing with slow, flowing movement.
Robert Lee is the Executive Director & Curator of the Asian American Arts Centre, participating in its founding in 1974 and the Asian American Arts Alliance in 1983. He will offer an introductory approach to his practice as a form of meditation.  Although he is not a teacher of tai chi, Robert has been a practitioner of for several decades, and has a meditation practice which spans over 15 years.”

This talk and demonstration will begin with a warm up, an exercise to get a sense of the temper and the flow of chi, then a brief section of the form and some tai chi walking. This will be repeated so audience watching can rotate with those participating.

There are many health benefits attributed to tai chi, such as improving balance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, immune system response, concentration and a sense of overall happiness. However according to Robert, tai chi's values and qualities are best experienced rather than described. And practiced as meditation it can help to quiet oneself, which can lead to a more transparent mind.

“Some artists enter similar states with their art practice, thus making art can be a rich a form of inner knowledge and satisfaction, if not joy.  Much like art, tai chi is incommensurable, non-translatable, and categorizing does not convey anything by way of an introduction to its practice. It is better if there is no 'why' or 'should'. What I've come to practice is tai chi as meditation - an inner path, a silence." - Robert

The suggested donation for this event is $5-10 and all contributions will go towards supporting Inner Fields. Refreshments will be provided. Space is very limited so please RSVP to innerfieldsnyc@gmail.com by Friday September 11th to be added to the list.

Elaine Su-Hui
Different Themes
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