Taoism Through Tai Chi Chuan: Physical Culture as Religious or Holistic Spirituality?
MetadataShow full item record
The discipline of Tai Chi, rooted in the Taoist tradition, has much to show us about the development of spirituality through movement. This chapter outlines an alternative perspective on relationships between religious and holistic spirituality that emerge from an examination of Tai Chi Chuan, the popular martial and health promoting art and its connections with Taoism, the Chinese religio-philosophical movement. Sociological understandings of spirituality tend to be polarised as a binary opposition between, on the one hand religious spirituality associated with established institutionalised religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism and, on the other, so called holistic spirituality which is assumed to be un or disconnected with any established religion, its congregational activity and core doctrines. This chapter challenges such a binary view on the grounds that it is informed by and defends Western materialistic dualist perspectives of spirituality and religion. Alternatively, it is argued, that Tai Chi Chuan is a case example of a living and evolving art form that intermingles religious and holistic forms of spirituality without contradiction even though it is a self-contained spiritual activity.
Spirituality across Disciplines: Research and Practice;
- Sport Research Groups 
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
Perceptions of Spirituality and Spiritual Development in Education held by Teachers and Students on Teacher Training Courses Rawle, Martin (University of WalesCardiff School of Education, 2009)Current legislation requires schools in England and Wales to promote the spiritual development of their pupils. The non-statutory guidance provided by various bodies has resulted in broad and inclusive definitions of the ...
Brown, David (Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2013)This paper argues that we might learn from the ways in which Eastern movement forms with a self-cultivation focus approach the development of spirituality through physicality. It also argues that these movement forms have ...
Akhtar, Mariya (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2017-06-01)Previous literature implies that aspects such as meaning and purpose to life (Meier, O’Connor & VanKatwyk, 2006; Vela, Ly, Lenz, Savage and Guardiola, 2016), a sense of belonging (Lun& Bond, 2013; Hayward & Krause, 2014) ...