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02 July 2006 @ 11:03 am
Seems like quite a few people have become active on this forum in the past few months. Many of you I know and exchange with off the forum, but others I know very little about. I find that when I am discussing tea, it helps me to know a little about the other participants. Especially the extent of your experience with tea, background, other interests, etc. I'll start with a quick bio of myself.

Bearsx3, if this thread is successful, could you create a frontpage link to it for easy access?
hobbesoxon on July 3rd, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
What a great book that is. The entire work is very much "in the spirit of tea drinking", of course, and Lin has a gentle, almost naturally Taoist humour that is very appealing to me. I definitely only drink tea "when the concubines are slender" - how about you? :)

As for taiji, I've been working on my Yang-style since starting my undergrad degree which must be (argh!) twelve years now. Now I feel old, too. The style I do is Chen Man Ching's version (Zhen Manjing), which is, as I'm sure you know, one of the most popular in the West, given his penetration into the US consciousness. I'm also working on my sword form, but that's straight Yang-style.

Alongside the taiji, I make the most of that frame of mind to do some qigong beforehand. I'm sure you're familiar with its benefits yourself, but they are particularly useful in preparing the spirit for taiji.

This could turn into a very long thread, so don't get me onto meditative subjects. :)
psychopuncture on July 3rd, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
slender, but not too slender. :)

it might be nice to start a whole new thread on the philosophical-spiritual aspects of tea and other practices!

i'd love to chat further about taiji and related areas; however, so as not to derail this thread, feel free to email me at psychopuncture at earthlink dot net.