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Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Chartwell Books (first published 2004)
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Brian Moriarty
Tao is a subject that I knew little about. This book gives a overview of the origins of Tao, the meaning of Tao, ancient Tao scriptures, Tao's influence on Chinese culture and how to practice Tao.

In the first chapter the author explains how the early practitioners described Tao as the source of everything and that words can't really describe Tao. Behind all the workings of nature there exists an Ultimate Reality which in it's essence is unfathomable and unknowable.

The author then spends two cha
This book has a couple of good sections on the philosophy of Taoism for a beginner. It also contains a huge amount of information on Taoism as a religion in various sects. There is material on medicine, meditation, and martial art forms. My interest in understanding what Tao is and the history of the philosophy. I found there was a lot to wade through, but there was also enough of what I was looking for. I enjoyed the "Thoughts and Ideas" section at the end of each chapter. The first 3 chapters ...more
Dennison Berwick
You've probably heard the word "Tao" (or "Dao") or seen it written on a t-shirt. And if you've ever wondering what it really means and what the concept from China is all about, here is an excellent introductory book.

The book isn't trying to sell the ideas or convert anyone. This is a straightforward explanation of the key ideas, important quotations from Lao Tse and Chung Tse and an explanation of some of the beliefs and rituals.

Beside the idea of tao, the most important concept is probably that
Loved it!!! Very concise yet very informative. It is a good introductory to the study of Taoism. It really help me get into my studies of Kotodamas.
Fantastic introduction to Taoism for the western reader.
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