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Living the Wisdom of the Tao

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  710 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Accessibly interpreted by Wayne Dyer, this title gives simple steps that are easy to follow all from the Tao Te Ching. It 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.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by Hay House (first published March 1st 2008)
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Ƥαʋℓα Я. ♏❥
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the size of the book and some of the verses. I do not like Dyer’s meditations on the verses; they aren’t the Tao.
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
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Living the Wisdom of the Tao is a beautifully illustrated little book compiled by Dr. Wayne Dyer, who reviewed 100s of translations in order to choose the versions that resonates with him. Each of the 81 passages is presented along with an affirmation created by Dr. Dyer to help simplify the message for readers to put it into their spiritual practice.

The overarching message is the “ancient Tao observation: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” No truer word
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much to be learned from this collection of 81 verses by the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu—simply a lovely book with elegant illustrations.
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 essence
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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". ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Madhav Sekar
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"

Ethan Healey
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
My grandfather gave me this book. He is a practicing Buddhist in the comfort of his own home, and through the years he has shown me bits and pieces of this book in conversation about life, buddhism, the universe, and so much more. It was enlightening, but I didn't think he would ever give it to me to read seeing as how close to his heart it was. So I was shocked when he gave me his copy to read.

I laid down on my bed, sitting on my stomach reading against the fish tank light, reading each affirm
Eddie Chua
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The original lessons of Tao Te Ching have several translations, each carry the translator own personal perspective of what the core lesson is for them. Dr Wayne Dyer, in his own special way, crafted a key essence that is easy to read yet much to reflect and contemplate.

It was in verse 75 that I paused more, as it say "Act for the people's benefit; trust them, leave them alone" and on the opposite page "I place fewer and fewer demands upon others, especially self". Trusting others while acting o
Victoria Beige
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Sinking, in coming up with the invention of the ship. " If and/or when you see behind my eye balls If it was about an affair it would be a lie detector test or a polygraph etc. A Lie is, non interference. The Dow, I have an ego, Your soul mate, two beers, day and evening, Carl Jung, I had tenure. I just want to get laid. I am on the best seller list" Paraphrased.

Pentajali, Francis Of Assisi, Wayne Dyers: "( There Is A Spiriual Solution To Every Problem)". " Living With The Tao" Wayne Dyer: I b
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have attended workshops on the Tao te ching to listen to masters interpret these verses, and it is a beautiful experience. Wayne Dyer attempts something similar, using New Age and Law of Attraction philosophy to condense a possible message hidden in these verses to ONE sentence (affirmation). I definitively feel that if we respect tradition, Wayne Dyer must gives us a lesson rather than a sentence to live by. In that sense, I did not enjoy his contribution. But, the translation of these verses ...more
Jennifer Sullivan
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is NO better way to read the ancient text known as the Tao Te Ching.

Dr. wayne Dyer makes it easy to grasp the meaning of each passage by offering a modern, relatable translation/explanation.

Highly recommend!
Sherry Monger
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful little book filled with more profound thoughts than I can possible incorporate into my life. I am starting with releasing myself from judging and mindfully reducing my reliance on things. Once I master that, I will challenge myself with more wisdom from the Tao.
Jacqueline Taylor
This is a beautiful and modern translation. I can do without the meditations. I am more interested in where my mind takes me rather than where someone else's mind was taken. You can listen to him reading this here:, but just the Tao Te Ching not the meditations. ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked many of the affirmations. Not sure it's the best translation though. ...more
Jessica Lomonaco
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This read is the Bible of life.
Mark Fullarton
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book on the most beautiful and important subject. I read it regularly. I will continue to read and re-read it as long as I remain in this world.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Although I didn't fully understand all of it. ...more
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you🙂
Linda Clink
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative book with much wisdom! I really enjoyed it ! Highly recommended to all.
Joan Porter
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved reading and re-reading the wisdom of the tao. Not so fond of the intention setting by Wayne Dyer. They seemed often to miss the point.
Brenda Sensanbaugher
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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
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
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
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. ...more
Danielle Lovesey
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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