Thursday, February 23, 2012

Books on Taoism

This is a selection of books on Taoism:

Understanding Taoism: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places by Jennifer Oldstone-Moore. This pocketbook is a concise introduction to Taoism which since the 4th century BCE has been a pervasive influence in Chinese beliefs and the lives of China's people. Colour illustrations and inset summaries enhance the chapter on Taoism's origins and history; views of the Divine; sacred texts; sacred persons; ethical principles; sacred space; sacred time; death and afterlife; influence in society; religion and artistic creation. Glossary, bibliography and index.

The Original I Ching: An Authentic Translation Of The Book Of Changes by Margaret J. Pearson. The unique I Ching or "Book of Changes" is some 3000 years old. It has a pivotal role in much of China's thought and culture over the centuries. This new translation goes back to the earliest text and is without the accretions of centuries of commentary and editorial gloss. The sixty-four sections of the book are in hexagram form and the author's explanatory commentary accompanies the translated original text, which forms a still-applicable compendium of wisdom. With historical introduction and the complete Chinese text.

Laozi: Tao Te Ching on the Art of Harmony - The New Illustrated Edition of the Chinese Philosophical Masterpiece translated by Chad Hansen. A de luxe edition (luxuriously illustrated and sumptuously bound) of the classic Chinese text of Taoism for all who seek to live by the truth of nature. Written in about the sixth century BC, the Tao Te Ching is the masterpiece of the Chinese sage Laozi (or Lao Tzu), a record-keeper at the Zhou court, a contemporary of Confucius and the founder of Taoism. Although the book was written more than 2,500 years ago in a thoroughly Eastern milieu, its concepts and teachings have never been more relevant to the Western world than they are today. Laozi offers profound wisdom, arguing that individuals can attain true fulfilment by striving to live in harmony - not only with others but also with their natural environment. This illustrated edition, bound in imitation silk, is an essential addition to any collection of the world's classic spiritual texts.

The Natural Way: Lessons from Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi by Sheh Seow Wah. The author brings the 2500 years-old wisdom of Lao Zi and Zhang Zi, profound exponents of Daoism, into modern life. The examples and quotations apply to today's daily situations. The second section sets out the Principles of Nature, which underpin Daoism or Nature's Way. Bibliography.

Tales from the Tao: The Wisdom of the Taoist Masters by Solala Towler. This unique collection brings together the most inspiring, illuminating and downright funny stories from the classical works of Taoist masters, alongside new writing inspired by traditional tales. Set against a backdrop of the mountains, waterfalls and gorges of China, these tales introduce important Taoist ideas about many of the most basic human experiences - including birth, death, loss, pleasure, and how to surrender to the most fundamental experience of the Tao itself. Interwoven with classic Taoist quotations and illustrated with beautiful photography throughout, these engrossing narratives are as relevant today as they were in the great dynasties of ancient China.

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