Hi guys, thanks for the replies. I'll try to add more to the discussion if i can.
UniTaichi, if there was anywhere where i'd expect someone to know what my user name meant, it was here
. I will read the Paul Brennan translation when i come back from London and see what i can gleam from it, thanks.
If i was to answer the question why do i do Zhan Zhuang and not sitting meditation, the answer would be extremely simple. Its is not (or not yet) part of the system that has been transmitted to me. Like Audi, the forms i know so far ("so far" in my case), and time spent doing standing meditation is more than enough to fill the time i have available for practice. As my home life includes a 2 year old, i can imagine how much peace and quiet i would get as i sit in meditative contemplation. Standing meditation has a physical aspect that is important to my training at the level i am at. It builds core strength, and strengthens my rooting as we are taught to hold a low posture. I can definitely see how sitting meditation could quieten the mind and allow you to concentrate on the Dan tien, or on the body's internal workings. Is it possible that Masters can utilise sitting meditation more because Tai Chi is their full time life's calling, so they are more able to explore the full range of internal practices?