Master Moy Lin-‐Shin, by all accounts, was a kind, caring and generous soul who improved the frail health of his childhood years through the study of Tai Chi at a Shaolin Monastery in China. After moving to the West, he selflessly set out to impart the age-‐old wisdom and health benefits of Tai Chi to the general public.
One wonders, therefore, what Master Moy’s thoughts are from beyond the grave, as he observes the actions of the organization that is claiming to carry on his legacy.
I joined the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Ireland in October of 2011, delighted to have found a venue for continuing the study of Tai Chi that I began in the late 1990s in my native Massachusetts.
Sadly, the practices of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Ireland, in my opinion, are seriously questionable both from a managerial standpoint and in terms of the unwritten rules governing members’ socialization. As I continued to attend the Society’s Tai Chi classes, over time a disturbing dynamic emerged in terms of the unwritten rules the organization seeks to impose upon its members, with zero tolerance for independent thought or dissent.
The culmination of this dynamic came on February 1st of this year, when I received an unsigned letter from the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Ireland informing me that I had been banned from the group.
Confronted with this conundrum, I now wonder: is this a non-‐profit organization or is it a cult?
If the former, then clearly the Society is adhering to the outdated top-‐down model for non-‐profit activity, as unfortunately exemplified by many large-‐scale NGOs: “we are here to help you, we know your needs better than you do, we have made our plans without consulting you – and you had better be grateful to us!”
I have written a 10-page article outlining all of my concerns in detail, on which both the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Ireland and its Canadian parent organization, the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism and Tai Chi, have refused to comment.
I will gladly make said article available to all interested parties, free of charge.