Book Reading

Introduction of Books

Ruo-yu Liu’s Thirty-Six Acting Lessons and Hearing the All-pervading Peace in India are two books produced by U-Theatre. Let’s read them wholeheartedly whenever we are free. Through both books, we can understand these two directors of U-Theatre in greater depth. It’s really impressive that they have integrated percussion, meditation and martial arts into their creation and led, in the footsteps of practitioners, the U-people to the path that combines “Tao” (self-improvement) with “skill” (the learning and maturity of art).

Book  Ruo-yu Liu's Thirty-Six Acting Lessons
Author  Ruo-yu Liu

This book describes Ruo-yu Liu’s meeting with Jerzy Grotowski, a Polish theatre master, on a remote pasture in California, the United States in 1984. It talks about the meeting with the master, the dialogues with the master, as well as the special performance trainings. That year changed the life of Ruo-yu Liu and inspired the performance art of Taiwan. Profound spirituality pervades Ruo-yu Liu’s incredibly-subtle performances, rich experiences and unending explorations. This book not only introduces the performance techniques but also presents the real life of Ruo-yu Liu.

Book Hearing the All-pervading Peace in India
Author Chih-chun Huang

Chih-chun Huang’s Hearing the All-pervading Peace in India: Mr. Huang paid his first visit to India in 1992. The dirtiness, disorder, bustle and poverty unexpectedly became the fertile ground that cultivated fine arts and high-level spiritual thinking. Amazed by this, he began to reflect on life itself, learn to mediate and realize the wisdom of living in the present. Later on, he returned to his spiritual homeland again and again, resting and nourishing himself both physically and spiritually, and absorbing new nutrients. This book is a collection of journeys to India made by Mr. Huang, who has been a practitioner for 20 years. Meanwhile, it is also a review of the personal spiritual journey.

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Reflections on the Books

Having read both books, I benefit a lot from two statements: “When you point out people’s mistake, don’t just look at its result, but try to see what other possibilities there are?” and “Observe others while performing your own actions.” Everything is limitless. Just have a try. Try some adventures and do something different. It doesn’t matter even if the effort ends up in failure. We should learn from others when we detect their merits. While noticing demerits in others, we should first reflect upon ourselves and see whether we have made the same mistakes.

In my opinion, it’s very important to learn the art of “transformation”. Because we are sure to discover our true nature, sooner or later, by changing our character, attitude and habit. Everybody is unique. Some love doing sports; some enjoy reading books; some appreciate the art. Therefore, we should realize our true nature, do what we think is important, and accomplish our aim.

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