I encourage everyone to expend their personal knowledge. I’ve listed below a number of books that I found valuable in expanding my knowledge.
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Books by Thomas Cleary, are scholarly yet accessible to the average reader.
Livia Kohn, Ph. D., graduated from Bonn University, Germany, in 1980. After six years at Kyoto University in Japan, she joined Boston University as Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies in 1988. She has also worked variously as visiting professor and adjunct faculty at Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest, the Stanford Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, San Francisco State University, and the Taoist College Singapore.
Eva Wong is an independent scholar and a lineage holding practitioner of the Taoist arts of the Pre-Celestial Way and Complete Reality lineages. She has written and translated many books on Taoism and related topics. I’m fortunate to have been able to study with Eva, albeit briefly.
Harold Roth’s ‘Original Tao: Inward Training (Nei-yeh) and the Foundations of Taoist Mysticism’ is a seminal and truly scholarly piece work. Quite simply, ‘Inward Training’ is as far as we know, the oldest known and most primal of the Taoist texts, it appears that it precedes the Tao Te Ching and the Chuang Tzu by some centuries, and established the foundation of our understanding of the Dao / Tao and of origins of Taoist meditation practices. I highly recommend this book.
While I don’t think it’s possible to learn Tai Chi from a book, you can of course learn about its philosophy and training methods. Sadly most books do tend to focus on the hand form, which is the least appropriate aspect of Tai Chi to feature in a book. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t start this section with a few books from my Tai Chi teacher; Sifu Dan Docherty.
More general Tai Chi reading a few books that will broaden your understanding, although you may find some a little challenging first time of reading.