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  1. Taoism

    Taoism

    The Road to Immortality

    • by
    • John Blofeld
    A religion with roots stretching back nearly five thousand years, Taoism combines elements of folklore, occult sciences, cosmology, yoga, meditation, poetry, and exalted mysticism. Mysterious and charmingly poetic, it is a living remnant of a way of life which has almost vanished from the world. In this comprehensive study, John Blofeld explains the fundamental concepts of Taoism, tells many stories of ancient masters, and provides incisive reflections on Taoist… Read More

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  2. Taoist Meditation

    Taoist Meditation

    Methods for Cultivating a Healthy Mind and Body

    • by
    • Thomas Cleary
    The ancient meditation techniques of Taoism encompass a wide range of practices—with an aim toward cultivating a healthy body as well as an enlightened mind. These selections from classic texts of Taoist meditation represent the entire range of techniques—from sitting meditation practices to internal alchemy. Most of the texts appear here in English for the first time. Selections are taken from the following classics: Anthology on Cultivation… Read More

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  3. The Essential Chuang Tzu

    The Essential Chuang Tzu

    The Chuang Tzu has been translated into English numerous times, but never with the freshness, accessibility, and accuracy of this remarkable rendering. Here the immediacy of Chuang Tzu's language is restored in a idiom that is both completely fresh and true to the original text. This unique collaboration between one of America's premier poet-translators and a leading Chinese scholar presents the so-called "Inner Chapters"… Read More

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  4. Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

    Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

    A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

    • by
    • Lao Tzu,
    • Ursula K. Le Guin
    No other English translation of this greatest of the Chinese classics can match Ursula Le Guin's striking new version. Le Guin, best known for thought-provoking science fiction novels that have helped to transform the genre, has studied the Tao Te Ching for more than forty years. She has consulted the literal translations and worked with Chinese scholars to develop a version that lets the ancient text speak in a… Read More

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  5. The Spirit of Tao

    The Spirit of Tao

    Taoist teachings have arisen in many forms: abstract aphorisms, philosophical discussions, legends, fables—even jokes. All are represented here, culled from the most popular Taoist classics: the Tao-te Ching, Chuang-tzu, Huai-nan-tzu, and Wen-tzu, stories from the "Tales of Inner Meaning," and teachings of the Taoist patriarch Ancestor Lu. The spirit of the Tao manifests in myriad images, brought to life in this superb translation—from the ever-keen blade of a… Read More

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  6. Cultivating the Energy of Life
  7. Harmonizing Yin and Yang

    Harmonizing Yin and Yang

    The Dragon-Tiger Classic

    To age with the sun and moon and be renewed by spring and summer, to conserve the seeds of growth in autumn and winter and to be nourished by the eternal breath of the Tao—these are the goals of the Taoist alchemists, the masters of the arts of health, longevity, and immortality.This book is a translation of a concise Taoist alchemical manual known as the Dragon-Tiger Classic, along with… Read More

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  8. Entering the Tao

    Entering the Tao

    Master Ni's Teachings on Self-Cultivation

    • by
    • Hua-Ching Ni
    Master Hua-Ching Ni uses straightforward language and personal experiences, as well as traditional stories and teachings of the ancient masters, to impart the wisdom of Taoism, the Integral Way. His teachings promote a simple, natural, healthy, and happy way of life that lays the foundation for spiritual self-cultivation. Master Ni emphasizes that it is important first to establish a good understanding of basic spiritual principles and then begin to… Read More

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  9. The Shambhala Guide to Taoism

    The Shambhala Guide to Taoism

    • by
    • Eva Wong
    This guide to the spiritual landscape of Taoism not only introduces the important events in the history of Taoism, the sages who wrote the Taoist texts, and the various schools of Taoist thinking, but also gives the reader a feel for what it means to practice Taoism today. The book is divided into three parts: "The History of Taoism" traces the development of the tradition from the… Read More

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  10. The Art of Writing

    The Art of Writing

    Teachings of the Chinese Masters

    • edited by
    • Tony Barnstone,
    • Chou Ping
    The ancient Chinese regarded the written word as a transformative force able to move heaven and earth and unite the reader with the source of all things, the Tao. The power of writing, especially poetry, is celebrated here in short texts that present both practical instruction and spiritual insight: Lu Ji's essay in verse, "The Art of Writing," reveals the inner process every writer must go through in… Read More

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