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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

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You’re no idiot, of course. You know Taoism is one of the world’s oldest religions, based on simplicity and balance. However, you may not know it has important parallels with modern Western life: health, ecology, even in such pop culture icons as Luke Skywalker and The Beatles.

But you don’t have to sit at the feet of a Taoist master to learn how the Taoist tradition has en
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2002)
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Palindrome Mordnilap
If you don't know anything about Taoism, this is as good a place to start as any. The book reads well, flows easily (as one would expect for a book about the Eternal Tao) and covers all the basic material as well as including some other extended reading for those interested to see how Taoism "fits" into the Western mindset.

Occasionally the book lapses into proselytism, portraying Taoism in a somewhat overtly favourable light. They often do this to the detriment of Confucianism (though, oddly, n
This guide to Taoism was actually a step above what a complete idiot might need. The authors were both well versed in philosophical speak and, purposefully or not, peppered the book with it. I'm not complaining, though. I thought it was quite a bit of fun.

This book tries to cover the big picture of Taoism, including history, literature, how it impacts worldviews and politics, and even its influence on pop culture. It took me a little longer to read because I kept getting inspired to stop readin
Having read several Taoist works already, this wasn't incredibly new to me, but it did seem like a good introduction in many ways. The two exceptions for me were the chapter on Taoism and Christianity, since I didn't find the parallels very compelling and the fact that the book is rather out of date (suggesting that you rent the tape for the Matrix and go to a geocities webpage). I can only fault it a little for being its age, though, and since it is about an ancient Chinese philosophy/religion, ...more
Calliope BasBleu
It's a good,solid read. It talks about some of the lesser described history of Taoism, and helped me organize quite a few thoughts to make them easier to present. It's definitely not the definitive tome, but it's a helpful enough supplement.
Stephen Dorneman
After reading this book, I am not sure I should be rating it - or rating anything.

"The massive wisdom sees everything in one. The lesser wisdom breaks things down into numerous parts." - Zhuangzi

Find your own path.
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Jenn Ollivier
Good book but even as the book itself states "You can't really learn about the Tao from a book. You just have to experience it for yourself."
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