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The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity: A Modern Practical Guide to the Ancient Way

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With a detailed introduction to the ancient philosophical, ethical, and religious Chinese practice of Taoism, The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity is a unique, comprehensive, and practical self-help guide to live a balanced and positive Taoist lifestyle.

Written by a Westerner for the Western mind, The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity is perfect for the modern reader inte
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 15th 1989 by Touchstone
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Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
terrifying. amazing. makes me want to cleanse my colon and flush my sinuses with a neti pot and eat nothing but pure umprocessed food.

despite the author's best efforts however, I do not wish to give up ejaculating.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great Info...wish I was disciplined enough to do all it recommends, but I'm smart enough to do a lot of it. Try it for yourself and see if things don't work out better
Russell Smith
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A classic. Reference book. Changed my outlook on health and exercise. Keep coming back to it in times of doubt. Choose a page at random and start reading.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Such a great 'reference' book about so many areas of life, but I disagree with the premise that longevity is the chief aim of life. As the book puts it, "Taoism is concerned primarily with life on earth. It unequivocally equates physical and mental health and insists that only a strong, healthy body can house a strong healthy spirit, which is why Tao focuses so strongly on health and longevity."
The assertions that "a supreme state of being-a sublime state that lies deeply locked within every hu
Jeroen Borghuis
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was quite inspired and persuaded at the time of reading in on my trip through Asia, but afterwards I came to realize that it also contains a lot of bullshit. As a Western citizen, you will get the feeling that your eating habits are dangerously wrong and that the Taoist lifestyle guarantees health and longevity, but he cannot present any compelling evidence for it. Some fables that he mentions are clearly ridiculous, such as people who died at age older than 150 or so.
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a wholistoc approach to living
this book is like a bible. a great reference to keep around. it covers everything from cleansing to proper food mixing, to tantra. it comes from an esoteric perspective but the information/techniques are timeless and simple.
Alejandro Zúñiga
"Un inmortal es alguien que, tras desplegar al máximo todas las posibilidades de su cuerpo y su mente, tras desechar las pasiones y erradicar hasta los mas sencillos e inofensivos deseos, ha alcanzado una existencia libre y espontanea ; es un ser tan proximo a la perfección que su cuerpo no es más que una cáscara o un receptáculo del puro espíritu. La muerte, cuando venga, solo sera para él como desprenderse de un vestido gastado. Ha ganado la vida eterna y está preparado para zambullirse de nue ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was particularly interested in the food section, proper combining and the food role in curing ailments. A wonderful history lesson on Tao. Glad to know there are still practitioners here on earth. Some parts I will take, some parts seem extreme. Overall a good reference book that I will refer to again and again.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
some overlap w/ some of the books i have read Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Ecstasypreviously, and some of it is repetitive & reductive: in an eastern philosophies written for a western audience sort-of-way, but this is a still a good book & i learned a lot. the diet section & herbal remedies were particularly instructive and i hope to read more on those subjects.

had this w/ my books on sexxx but i should probably move it to the eastern/religious section of my personal library...
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Este libro es una maravilla como referencia, para cualquier persona interesada en la salud, en todos sus aspectos. Alimentación, enfermedad, etc etc, es visto y contado como se ve desde el tao. Genial, para tener cerca de la cabecera, o en la cocina. Hay cosas imposibles de seguir (se puede hablar en este momento de evitar secadoras de pelo, o computadoras?), Pero hay muchas cosas que tienen mucha lógica, y me encanta ahora saberlas, no se si para aplicarlas o no, pero es información muy valiosa ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an informative introductory book. I didn't though care for the often preachy tone nor the constant pitting of Eastern versus Western medicine. It isn't a competition and one isn't superior over the other. Each side has its own merits. There are some very useful and practical applications provided in this guide.
Aug 21, 2008 rated it liked it
This book so far has been extremely informative in regards to eastern medicine and diet, proposing lifestyle changes to lead to a healthier body, mind, and soul. Some of the tips are things I would not regularly practice myself, but I still find their explanation for why they are necessary to be of interest.
Oct 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
just a great overall reference book on a wide variety of subjects: fasting, breathing, diet, nutrition, exercise, healing, etc...I have completed two 7 day fasts in the last year and this book was a great reference (but have yet to try the colonics aka: colon cleansing program recommended in the book).
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great insights on chinese philosophy. Also a great way to rethink the way our body works and behaves in time. Tao signifies the primordial essence or fundamental nature of the universe and is both a religion and a philosophy.
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Taoism: Thousands of years of knowledge can't be totally useless, right?

Well, although some stuff may seem a bit odd, it only takes a few seconds of thinking to realize how it just makes practical sense. I know a few people who's used tea kettles and salt water to cleanse out their nostrils. heh
Elan Hoffman
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
A lot of interesting information - yet it is difficult to distinguish fact, history, supporting commentary and exercises.

I recommend reading it with a speedy eye for what information appeals to you!
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-top-10-books
This book has made it to my top 10 list. It teaches many ways to live a healthier life. We, Americans, don't understand what we eat and how it effects our life.

This book will give you an eye opening view of what you put into your body.
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
it had some good ideas, but I felt it was way too extreme and it felt very preachy. it stressed me out because at first I felt like I should be doing all this stuff, but then I just felt annoyed because it was telling me what to do
Sean Quinn
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
This an older book (over 20 years) but the wisdom of Taoism is very old. I'm into the philosophy of Taoism and this is almost a manuscript on how to live your life in accordance to "the Way". Read with an open mind and you'll be sure to find a few gems to apply in your own life.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
One day I will probably read more of this, but after 6 months, I confess it's only one chapter so far!
Kevin Shannon
Dec 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I think that every "westerner" should read this book.
This is one of my all time favorite books.
This book is one of those that can change the course of your "western" life.
Henry Chavarria
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING, great knowledge, one of my favorites. It's on my bookshelf... Will definitely satisfy your curiosity.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: health
Some misinformation (e.g. it's a good idea to be a frutarian). Some information is way over my head (e.g. the different "locks" in your body). Could be quite useful to someone else
Oct 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing

Good stuff
D.C. Gallin
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life and it showed me the (health) path I've been on ever since... highly recommended!
Zoë B.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing

this book is fabulous. love it
Josh Sawicki
Jul 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this book has become almost a bible for my daily life, especially my eating habits. it also indirectly led me to start practicing yoga.
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is very informative on so many levels... I definitely recommend!
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The info in this book is potentially life changing and life saving. I've got to take time to apply the useful information on a more consistent basis.
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Daniel Reid was born in 1948 in San Francisco and spent his childhood in East Africa. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970, and a Masters of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Civilization at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 1973, Reid moved to Taiwan, where he spent 16 years studying and writing about ...more
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“Fusing Fire and Water This is a moving exercise in which the hands help raise and lower chee between the Sea of Energy (water) and the heart (fire). Posture: Horse stance, or sitting Technique: Exhale thoroughly and bring your hands together just below the navel, with palms up and fingertips about an inch apart. Begin inhaling slowly through the nose and slowly raise your upturned hands the torso until they reach the nipples. Time it so that inhalation is complete and hands reach the heart about the same time. Apply the Three Locks and retain the breath 3 to 5 seconds, then turn the palms over to face downward and slowly push them back down the torso as you exhale slowly through the nose, timing it so that hands reach bottom as lungs empty. Pause briefly, relax abdomen, then turn the palms back up and begin another cycle. Repeat 6 to 10 breaths. Pointers: Breathe and move hands in unison. Keep shoulders, arms, and neck muscles loose and relaxed, and “sink” the breath down as deeply as possible during retention. Benefits: This exercise moves energy up and down between the “fire” of heart and the “water” of the navel region, thus blending and balancing these two types of energy. It regulates and deepens heartbeat and develops awareness of the Sea of Energy as the body’s chee headquarters.” 1 likes
“The essential Taoist approach to life is captured in the phrase ching-jing wu-wei, literally, “sitting still doing nothing.” Doing nothing doesn’t mean sitting around all day like a bump on a log, but rather doing only those things that really need to be done and doing them in a way that does not run counter to the natural order of Tao and the patterned flow of cosmic forces. It means engaging only in spontaneous, unpremeditated activity, doing things purely for their own sake rather than for ulterior motives, and living in harmony with rather than trying to conquer nature.” 1 likes
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