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A religion with roots stretching back nearly five thousand years, Taoism combines elements of folklore, occult sciences, cosmology, yoga, meditation, poetry, and exalted mysticism. Mysterious and charmingly poetic, it is a living remnant of a way of life which has almost vanished from the world.

In this comprehensive study, John Blofeld explains the fundamental concepts of
Paperback, 212 pages
Published August 8th 2000 by Shambhala
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Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The best book on taoism out there. and i have read a lot of them . its simple yet complex engaging and harmonious
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin hier mehrere Male beim Versuch es zu lesen schon vor Seite 79 eingeschlafen, bevor ich es schliesslich doch noch zuende brachte. Aber das spricht fuer das Buch, wenn es einen derartig in inneren Frieden versetzt, dass man einfach wegratzt.
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Daoismus mit viel Schwung

Ein Buch über den Daoismus ist sicherlich schwer zu schreiben - er hat keine Dogmen, wie sich ein Gläubiger zu verhalten hat, was gut und was böse ist, und welche Rituale einzuhalten sind. Der Gläubige Daoist ist frei, nach seinem Gutdünken in Einklang mit sich selbst und der Natur zu leben. Was also gibt es da groß zu schreiben?

Eine Sache ist aber nun doch sehr beschreibungswürdig. Jeder Daoist sucht letztlich die Wiedervereinigung mit dem Dao, und dazu gibt es doch ein
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This is a rather chatty survey of Taoism. Worthwhile, but not up to the caliber of the same author's Taoist Mysteries and Magic.
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Brief and readable primer to this often misunderstood (or over-simplified) philosophy.
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John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld (M.A., Literature, University of Cambridge, 1946) wrote on Asian thought and religion, especially Taoism and Chinese Buddhism. During WWII, he working in counterintelligence for the British Embassy in Chongqing (Chungking), China, as a cultural attaché. In the 1950s, he studied with Dudjom Rinpoche and other Nyingma teachers in Darjeeling, India. He later mentored Red ...more
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“In East Asia generally, the notion of a Supreme Being, so essential to Western religions, is replaced by that of a Supreme State of Being, an impersonal perfection from which beings including man are separated only by delusion.” 2 likes
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