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Living the Wisdom of the Tao: The Complete Tao Te Ching and Affirmations

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“This book offers you an opportunity to internalize and directly experience the great wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, a collection of verses authored by the Chinese prophet Lao-tzu.

“The words Tao Te Ching translate to ‘living and applying the Great Way.’ Although just 81 short verses, the Tao encourages you to change your life by literally changing the way you think. By readi
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Hay House
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Ƥαʋℓα Я. ♏❥
Loved it!

Chapter 29

..."There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger...."

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
King James Version (KJV)

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a tim
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Mindy
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful book! The pages are covered with lovely artwork. The book consists of the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching that Lao-tzu wrote with Dyer's rendition of the many versions available. Plus, each verse is prefaced with an affirmation that compliments the verse quite well. I was really interested in reading the actual Tao Te Ching writings after reading Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life. Similar to the Bible, each verse can have many meanings and I enjoyed coming to my own conclu ...more
Heather
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Perhaps no book touches us the way it does the first time we read it. I fell in love with the first copy I read of the Tao Te Ching, it was borrowed from the library at a time of deep spiritual struggling and so admittedly I may be biased to that version. While Dr Dyer's translation gets the same meaning across, for me it doesn't hold the magical/poetic quality of the one I read so many years ago. However it is still a wonderful work that I refer to frequently and the bonuses to this version is ...more
Madhav Sekar
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Didn't realize entire Tao Te Ching was a short series of verses. Super insightful. Main takeaway is on the importance of happiness and peace of mind coming from within. 2 favorite ideas/quots: "There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way" and "Paradise is wherever I am"

Maria
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Liked many of the affirmations. Not sure it's the best translation though.
Elsie
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
I have never read the complete works of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Zi before, but for the past 3 weeks,went through the 81 verses in 3 different translated versions.They are : "Living the Wisdom of the Tao" by Wayne W.Dyer (2008) "Tao Te Ching" by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English (1997) and "Tao Te Ching" by Stephen Mitchell (2000).

The beauty of the Tao Te Ching is in the Chinese classical way it was written more than 2,500 years ago.And of the 3 books, only Gia-Fu Feng was able to give the true esse
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Brenda
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Tao Te Ching has been interpreted a number of times. Dr Dyer has spoken about the Tao in numerous other books he has written. He does a good job at laying out the Tao as far as western interpretation goes, but what I found myself scratching my head over a few times was his own interpretation that would immediately follow the Tao verse. I believe the Tao is to be read as a bible is to be read. Everyone reads it and applies it to themselves in their own way. So in this circumstance I found the ...more
Angel
Mar 29, 2008 rated it liked it
I finally got through this book. And I am not saying that in a bad way. April has been a horrible month for me in terms of reading. I barely finished this one and other book, which is rare for me. Anyhow, to this book. It is a nice accessible translation of the Tao Te Ching verses. Dr. Dyer then adds little affirmations to supplement or set the tone for the reading. Overall, it's an ok. It definitely will give you something to think about. There were a couple of passages that I particularly like ...more
hissi
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness
All can know good as good only because there is evil

By not displaying what is desirable you will cause the people's hearts to remain undisturbed

The sun in often softened by a cloud

Don't live for yourself only.. Put yourself last and you will end up ahead

Retire when the work is done
This book has gems
Definitely recommended
Julie
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a nice daily read but was definitely my least favorite of the translations of Tao Te Ching. My favorite components were actually the daily affirmations and GORGEOUS illustrations on every page.
Inderpal
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
when i read it, i highly disagreed. it is also a difficult read, since one has to decrypt the small but powerful sayings/poems. i think i will take another good look at it again before passing a final judgement.
Cyn
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
95% of the book is ripped fr Tao Te Ching. how could it changed the author s name and became his own book? There s not much insights beyond what Tao Te Ching told. I d prefer to read the original book fr Lao Tse w better translation.
Sher
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Self help Is the perfect category for this interpretation of the Tao Te Ching. Each chapter of the Tao Te Ching is interpreted in several lines and the facing page provides affirmations written by Dyer. New age translation attractive to Western readers...strong focus on "I".
Danielle Lovesey
This is a really good book to read, it very calming and many of the verses can be easily applied to day to day life, the Tao verses so times differ from the authors description of them, but over all the book is good because both are their to take individually or together
Ella Roberts
After reading "Gifts from Eykis" and then reading this book, I thought this is more like what I expected from Dr. Wayne Dyer, this book came into my life at the right time and I followed it day-by-day, while reading other enlightening books and it really contributed to a shifting state of mind.
Tara Brabazon
Sep 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bizarre. Bizarre.

This book presents the verses of the Tao and two sentences from Wayne Dyer to 'translate' these beautiful phrases into American English.

Sigh.

Read the original. Ignore the 'modern' translation.
Roma Khetarpal
One of Wayne Dyer's finest works. He has simplified the sometimes complex messages of the Tao Te Ching and made it digestible. Love!
Julie
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do with it what you will, read it for the beautiful verses.
AdaCakes
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book. I feel very peaceful reading it. Lovely.
Brian
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal
I liked his own sentence summary in addition to the translation (there are other translations that I have read)
Mark Fullarton
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Beauiful.
Randi
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I love this book.. The copy I have is beautiful and the verses are great to read. A nice book to have around, especially if you are having troubles.
Chris Cook
Dyer refers to this book in later books, so I'm glad I was able to read it. I'm also glad I have now read a translation of the Tao, for my own spiritual knowledge.
Stacey
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
The lessons in here are unbelievable!
Rolayne
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another good book from Dr. Wayne
P.a.jayaprakash
Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Its wisdom
but its more about to be a hypocrite,
to become perfect is too ugly
To me enlightenment means understand and be imperfect..

Monica
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: growth
I enjoy the affirmations paired up with the actual verses. Reading 1 per day & focusing/meditating on that helps put your life into perspective.
Sakina
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is my daily bible. I start my day with the message from this book first thing in the morning.
Barbara
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Wayne Walter Dyer was a popular American self-help advocate, author and lecturer. His 1976 book Your Erroneous Zones has sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling books of all time. It is said to have "[brought] humanistic ideas to the masses".

He received his D.Ed. degree in counseling from Wayne State University. He was a guidance counselor in Detroit at the high school level and
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