Taoism teaches a person to flow with life. Over the years Taoism has become many things to man people. Hundreds of variations in Taoist practice exist.
Some of these practices are philosophical, and others are religious. Taoism makes no distinction in applying labels to its nature because to do so would limit a person. We are each a blend of many truths. The truth taught in Taoism is to embrace life in actions that support you as a person.
If you seek to understand the taoist way of life then this book am about to review can help you with that.
The book is called ” 365 Tao Book” in this review i will take you through,what it is ,what it talks about,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .
Lets then,get started on this book’s review:
Name : 365 Tao
Author: Deng Ming-Dao
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre : Self Help Book
Language: (book has been translated in mumerous languages)
Publisher : HarperOne
Publication Date : July 17,1992
Book length: 400
What It Is
This is a daily meditation book with an environmental and Taoist perspective, “365 Tao” makes Taoism accessible and practical through a year’s worth of daily poetic aphorisms and teachings in clear, contemporary language.
This explanation of Taoism avoids the use of Chinese and technical terms, even such well-known terms as yin and yang.
Each meditation included in this book begins with a one-word title and its Chinese character, the number of the meditation, and a brief poetic aphorism.
Each meditation illustrates a single Taoist principle in natural imagery. An appendix of months and days aids readers who want to read one prayer each day.
Deng Ming-Dao (born 1954, San Francisco is a Chinese American author, artist, philosopher, teacher and martial artist . Deng is his family name; Ming-Dao is his given name. From a young age, he studied Taoist internal arts such as
Qigong and Kung-Fu .
Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including 365 tao, Everyday Tao , Scholar Warrior , and Chronicles of Tao .
His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He studied qigong, philosophy, meditation, and internal martial arts with Taoist master Kwan Saihung for thirteen years, and studied with two other masters before that.
He is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist whose work is in several collections, including those of the Brooklyn Museum.
His best known book is 365 Tao: Daily Meditations , which has been translated into several languages.
Note that although the HarperCollins reference says the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art owns works by this artist, that is incorrect.
What The Book Talks About
Lessons from the book include,:
Reject labels. Reject identities. Reject conformity. Reject convention. Reject definitions. Reject names.
Every day passes whether you participate or not.
What is it like to feel Tao? It is an effortless flowing, a sweeping momentum. It is like bird song soaring and gliding over a vast landscape.
You can feel this in your life: Events will take on a perfect momentum, a glorious cadence. You can feel it in your body: The energy will rise up in you in a thrilling crescendo, setting your very nerves aglow.
You can feel it in your spirit: You will enter a state of such perfect grace that you will resound over the landscape of reality like ephemeral bird song.
When Tao comes to you in this way, ride it for all that you are worth. Don’t interfere. Don’t stop – that brings failure, alienation, and regret. Don’t try to direct it. Let it flow and follow it. When the Tao is with you, put aside all other concerns. As long as the song lasts, follow. Just follow.
Whatever comes to you, you must engage it somehow. You receive it, you may alter the circumstance and let it go, you may interject something of your own into it, or you may knowingly let it pass. Whatever you do, there is no need to be apathetic toward life. Instead, full participation in all things is the surest way to happiness, vitality, success, and a deep knowledge of Tao.
Life is a constant series of opportunities. If we don’t reach out for things, if we don’t take advantage of what comes our way, then we cannot be in harmony with the essential nature of life.
History is essential to our understanding of the present. Unless we are conscious of the way in which we came to this point in time as a people, then we shall never fully be able to plan the present and the future. We need to know what roots are still alive. We need to know how things came to be so that we can project from here. We also need to know the failures of the past so that we can avoid repeating them.
Young people need compassion and guidance, not obscure mysticism. Here are some guidelines for young people: Remember that you are always your own person.
Do not surrender your mind, heart, or body to any person. Never compromise your dignity for any reason. Maintain your health with sound diet, hygiene, exercise, and clean living. Don’t engage in drugs or drinking.
Money is never more important than your body and mind, but you must work and support yourself. Never depend on others for your livelihood.
Go through life without showing off, attracting attention to yourself, or making flamboyant gestures. These will only attract the hostility of others. The wise accomplish all that they want without arousing the envy or scorn of others.
The primary point of this existence is to live, and all living things move and grow. Therefore meditation should be integrated with the flow of life. It should not dominate above all else.
There is a lot more in this book for you ,my advise to you is to get a copy and discover more since i cannot possibly put out everything discussed in the book here.
Best Place to Buy The Book
The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.
This is a great book with so much to teach you about tao and its way of life.
Its therefore a good book for anyone looking to understand taoism.
Feel free to leave in your comments as well
as your questions.
I hope you found this review useful to you.