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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 179-183

Mindfulness-based communication: Reflections on the role of taiji practice in enhancing intercultural competence

International Education College, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China

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Mr. Meghdad Abdi
International Education College, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 6th Generation Disciple of Yang Family Taijiiquan, Certified Taijiquan Instructor, Shanghai
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/CMAC.CMAC_36_19

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Taijiquan (太极拳) is a discipline that influences the practitioners' body–mind and could lead them to a healthier state. In this article, the intercultural aspects of Taiji practice are explored, specific characteristics that practitioners could develop through the continued practice of Taijiquan. These qualities are studied through the lens of Taijiquan Classics, a collection of ancient theoretical and philosophical texts that is the foundation for Taijiquan theory and practice, in the framework of the science of intercultural communication. Our purpose is to explore yet another less-known benefit of Taijiquan practice besides its many, already well-known ones. We argue that Taijiquan has the potential to develop qualities and attributes associated with intercultural competence.

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