• 365 Tao: Daily Meditations

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062502230
    • Publisher: Harper San Francisco
    • Published: July 1992
    An offering of up-to-date words of inspiration and guidance for every day of the year presents brief, poetic aphorisms, meditations, and more, based on each day's single Taoist principle.
  • 5-Minute Daily Meditations: Instant Wisdom, Clarity, and Calm

    By Sah D'Simone

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    • ISBN-13: 9781641520737
    • Publisher: Althea Press
  • The Activist's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution

    By William Martin

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781608683925
    • Publisher: New World Library
    • Published: May 2016
    Taoism is mostly known for its quiet, enigmatic wisdom, but the Tao sometimes also flows with the crashing, cleansing force of a rushing river, sweeping away all forms in its path. According to Taoist teacher William Martin, the time has come to pay attention to what the Tao is doing now. It is gathering its Yang, its active power, he writes inThe Activist’s Tao te Ching, for a revolution that will change the world.There is no question that this revolutionary energy is beginning to move. We have been too long out of balance. Whether or not the human race will notice and align itself with this energy is uncertain. If we are able to do so, we will find ourselves experiencing a new freedom and justice. If we are not able to do so, we will be swept aside and the Tao will restore balance to the planet without us. There has never been a more important time in human history.The Activist’s Tao Te Ching will combine ancient revolutionary wisdom with a modern presentation that will speak forcefully to this crucial period.Transformation and revolution accompanied the teachings of Quietist Taoism in Lao-Tzu’s time as well. He wrote and taught sometime during the Warring States” period of China’s history in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, when various powerful states and leaders were vying for consolidated power. Warfare was shifting from chariot battles between noblemen to mass armies of foot soldiers. The more affluent states were able to take advantage of the new technology of casting individual weapons for these foot soldiers. Warfare began to affect great masses of ordinary people for the first time.Confucian teachings of duty, honor, obedience, order, and sacrifice were firmly in place and were used by the states to insure compliance and recruit armies. Duty and sacrifice for the state were considered primary. Lao-Tzu’s teachings were seen as a threat to the ordered social structures of Confucian society and those who followed his way were branded as lazy, antisocial, unpatriotic, anarchists because they followed a way of effortless flow, simplicity, flexibility, and had a tendency to opt out of the societal structures in favor of a more rural, simple, and cooperative way of life. They sometimes opposed the authority structure, but often chose to simply ignore it, feeling that the Tao did not seek notice but went about its purpose hidden and without fanfare.Though he was reluctant to put his teachings into writing because he felt they would be misunderstood and misused, he was finally persuaded to write the brief collection of poetic wisdom verses, about 5,000 Chinese characters in all, that became The Tao Te Ching.In much the same way as the teachings of Jesus have been marginalized by power structures, so throughout Chinese history Lao-Tzu’s ideas have been marginalized by political and financial structures; either by relegating them to monasteries where the focus was on esoteric magical thinking, or to universities where they became the stuff of dry scholarship. To let these ideas become embedded in the hearts and minds of the common people was to invite revolution. Today the work of Lao-Tzu is considered anti-social” in China.But the common people have held on to these inherent truths. The book has resonated through the ages and been translated into over 100 languages. Almost every year a new approach to the texts emerges, illustrating the power of the simple words.The deeper message of The Tao te Ching, that of a vision of society that is counter to the conventional structure, is easily ignored. It is time to recapture the deep revolutionary power of Lao-Tzu and The Tao te Ching.Elements in the Tao Te Ching that undergird a revolutionary view of life are many:Leadership must be unnoticed, hidden, and not seeking for power.The common person can be trusted to order his or her own life in local communities that ?enable contentment and happiness.Greed and acquisitiveness lead inevitably to injustice and inequality, while simplicity leads to balance.Aggressive effort and militarism does not accomplish its aims without doing harm, while wu- wei” - or working without conscious strain, accomplishes all things.Flexibility is more powerful that rigidity - in structures, ideas, and persons.Words cannot be trusted. Too often they are simply propaganda so the Taoist uses only those that are clear and necessary.Human beings have a Te” or natural virtue” that will guide them in actions that heal the planet if they can learn to trust themselves.The Activist’s Tao Te Ching will call attention to these and other universal precepts, accessible to all people regardless of cultural context, to provide the needed encouragement and confidence for the road ahead.
  • Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians: Stories of Taoist Mystics

    By Thomas Cleary

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590306598
    • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
    • Published: January 2009
    Here is an introduction to the magical and mystical realm of Taoism through biographical and historical sketches of Taoist adepts over two thousand years. This panoramic view of the many faces of Taoism and its intimate connection with Chinese culture and society includes intriguing accounts of the Taoist secret societies that carried out mystical exercises and powerful consciousness-altering techniques, including sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration. This collection of sketches, compiled by Zhang Tianyu, a Taoist priest in the fourteenth century, and translated by renowned translator Thomas Cleary, portrays more than one hundred remarkable individuals from the eleventh century B.C.E. to the thirteenth century C.E. It introduces us to a broad and fascinating range of personalities including philosophers and scholars, magicians and mediums, alchemists and physicians, seers and soothsayers, and artists and poets, among many others. Cleary’s expert translation and informative footnotes make this collection a lively and accessible read.
  • Ancestors and Anxiety

    By Stephen R. Bokenkamp

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520259881
    • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
    • Published: February 2009
    "Ancestors and Anxiety focuses on one of the most important periods in the history of Chinese religion, the third through sixth centuries C.E., when social and political changes were matched by innovation and an outpouring of textual production in Daoism and Buddhism. Steve Bokenkamp makes an innovative and unprecedented contribution to the study of Chinese concepts of the afterlife. Anyone with an interest in Buddhism, Daoism or other forms of Chinese religion should want to read this book. It is a mature work of historical and literary scholarship that draws on a wide range of genres: revealed poetry, liturgies, ghost stories and anecdotes, historical sources, and other forms of literature. Bokenkamp's superb research will unquestionably provide a stimulus for future work in related areas."--Stephen F. Teiser, D.T. Suzuki Professor of Buddhist Studies, Princeton University"Stephen Bokenkamp's Ancestors and Anxiety is well-written, lucidly presented, and based on cutting edge scholarship from around the world. Focusing on key interactions of the nascent Daoist religion and the recently introduced Buddhist faith, this book will assist readers towards a clearer understanding of the complexities of early China's ancestral system and has the potential to mark a wholly new phase in the study of Chinese religions. It is sure to be of interest to a wide reading public, including specialists in Chinese religion, Buddhologists, social and intellectual historians, and general readers interested in world religions."--Terry Kleeman, University of Colorado
  • The Art and Alchemy of Chinese Tea

    By Daniel Reid

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781848190863
    • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub
    • Published: November 2011
    For readers who would like to refine their understanding of Chinese tea, this book offers history and principles of tea culture and some exposure to traditional understanding of medicinal properties. Reid lives in Australia but has academic credentials as a student of Eastern philosophy and medicine and has studied in China and Thailand. The concluding chapter comprises 12 issues of "Tea Tidings," his online bulletin. The text is supported with b&w photos by Christian Janzen. Distribution is by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Attaining Unlimited Life

    By Hua Ching Ni

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780937064184
    • Publisher: Atlasbooks Dist Serv
    • Published: June 1989
  • Awakening to the Tao

    By I-Ming Liu

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590303443
    • Publisher: SHAMBALA
    • Published: April 2006
    The Tao is the ancient Chinese 'Way' that has inspired numerous books, from The Tao of Physics to The Tao of Sex . This book might be called 'The Tao of Tao.' In 142 brief meditative essays, the author uses simple language and natural imagery to express the essence of the wisdom that holds the key to success in every human endeavor. 128p. Pap.
  • Being Taoist: Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life

    By Eva Wong

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781611802412
    • Publisher: Shambhala
    • Published: March 2015
    "A beautifully clear and accessible explanation of how to live a Taoist life--by reknowned Taoist master Eva Wong. Being Taoist is one of the most readable books on Taoist philosophy available. It shines a light on exactly what it takes to live a Taoist life. Taoist living rests on four pillars--the public, the domestic, the private, and the spirit lives. Not only do Taoists strive to live these four aspects fully and in a balanced way, they also believe there is an outlook and an art to each of them. Eva Wong uses the teachings of Taoist masters (one for each pillar) to explain the essential concepts. She then gives voice to these texts--simplifying them, removing barriers to understanding, and making them completely accessible and relevant to the modern reader. Wong is a clear and enthusiastic guide to this intriguing spiritual Way, and she challenges us to stop, reflect, and ask ourselves: Do we balance the public, domestic, private, and spirit aspects in our lives? Do we emphasize some at the expense of the others? Do we ever think about unifying worldly and spiritual wisdom in our lives?"--
  • Blue Dragon White Tiger: Taoist Rites of Passage

    By Michael R. Saso

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780824813611
    • Published: October 1990
  • The Book of Balance and Harmony: A Taoist Handbook

    By Thomas Cleary

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590300770
    • Publisher: Shambhala
    • Published: November 2003
    The Book of Balance and Harmony is a renowned anthology of writing by a thirteenth-century master of the Complete Reality School of Taoism, a movement begun around the turn of the first millennium CE whose aim was a return to the purity of Taoism's original principles and practices. This classic collection, compiled by one of the master's disciples, is still very much in use by the Taoist adepts of China today. Its serves as a compendium of the teaching of the Complete Reality School, both in theory and in practice, employing a rich variety of literary forms, including essays, dialogues, poetry, and song. The writings herein condense the essences of the Chinese religious traditions of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism into an alchemical elixir teaching Vitality, Energy, and Spirit—the "three treasures" of Taoism that promise mental and physical well-being.
  • The Book of Balance: Lao Tzu's Tao Teh Ching

    By Yasuhiko Genku Kimura

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781931044905
    • Publisher: Paraview
    • Published: May 2004
  • The Book of Chuang Tzu

    By Martin Palmer

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140455373
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: 2006
    Firmly opposed to Confucian values of order, control and hierarchy, 4th century BC Taoism founder Chuang Tzu believed the perfect state to be one where primal, innate nature rules. 'The Book of Chuang Tzu perceives the Tao - the Way of Nature - not as a term to be explained but as a path to walk; a journey towards the edge of reality, and beyond to the world of nature. Index. 320p.
  • The Book of the Heart

    By Loy Ching-Yuen

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780877735809
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: November 1990
    These inspirational and poetic teachings, written by a modern Taoist master, will be a compelling source of reflection for all those acquainted with theTao-te Ching, the Analects of Confucius, the Buddhist sutras, or the Zen poetry of Han Shan, Basho, and Ryokan. Loy Ching-Yuen stresses the importance of practice rather than speech or ideals. Viewing the heart as the center of right-mindedness and self-empowerment, he teaches benevolence, humility, and meditation in a refreshing approach to living simply and honestly in the world.