TAOISM

Living in harmony with the Tao, or “way,” is the central concern of this ancient Chinese philosophical system that has great appeal for people today. Our books on Taoism include the great classic texts, including numerous translations of the Tao Te Ching, along with works by modern masters.

SEE ALSO: THE ART OF WAR |  ZEN BUDDHISM  |  GENERAL BUDDHISM

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AUTHOR VIDEOS

David Hinton, author of Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape

Come along with David Hinton on a series of walks through the wild beauty of Hunger Mountain, near his home in Vermont—excursions informed by the worldview he’s imbibed from his many years translating the classics of Chinese poetry and philosophy.

"A gorgeous book, a book of power, the very opposite of mystical. If you have a special mountain in your life, you'll read it with understanding; if you don't, it will make you want to get one!"—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Learn more at shambhala.com/hunger-mountain.html

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AUDIOBOOKS

Proven to be invaluable resources for anyone in a position of power, here are three of China’s greatest classical works on leadership, warriorship, and strategy:

  • The Art of War. Read by David Warrilow. This timeless guide is perhaps the most influential book of strategy in the world today.
  • Zen Lessons. Read by Michael O’Keefe. These core teachings of China’s greatest Zen masters cover leadership and spiritual practice, decision making, how to inspire respect, and much more.
  • The Book of Leadership and Strategy. Read by David Warrilow. Written by eight Taoist masters of the early Han dynasty, this text explains how to achieve wisdom and success in any endeavor.

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READER'S GUIDE

Taoism Fundamentals

with Eva Wong

Growing up in Hong Kong and brought up in the Chinese culture, I developed an interest in Taoism when I was about nine years old. My first introduction to Taoism was through stories of Taoist immortals (realized beings) told to me by my grandmother.

My interest in the stories of the Taoist immortals did not stop when I became an adult and moved to the United States. Whenever I returned to Hong Kong, I'd visit the parks where the storytellers gathered on summer evenings...

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AUTHOR EVENTS

Excerpt from Being Taoist

Understanding the Energy of Life

Laozi said the following: The valley spirit that does not die is the Mysterious Female. The gate of the Mysterious Female is the root of the sky and the earth.

Heshang Gong (202–157 b.c.e.), known as the Sage of the River, added the following: Valley means protection. If we are able to protect the spirit, we will live long and never die. The spirit guards the five viscera. Within the liver is the luminous spirit; within the lungs is the soul; within the kidneys is the generative essence; within the heart is the essence of intelligence; within the spleen is the spirit of feelings and intention. If any of these organs is injured, the guardian of that viscus will leave. As a result, life energy will be harmed, and health will deteriorate.

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