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Best Books on Taoism

The best books on Taoism: both fiction and non-fiction. Preference is given to the philosophical tradition, but feel free to add mystical and religious books as well. I am also including Soto Zen as it has a lot of parallels with Taoism.
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3.94 avg rating — 49 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 149 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 63 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 405,437 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 491 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 20,136 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 891 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 33 ratings
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94 books · 130 voters · list created March 8th, 2011 by Ben (votes) .
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message 1: by James (new)

James One of the great Books about Daoism not on this list (ought to be) is "The Empty Boat" by Osho. Also, an excellent recent book overlooked is "The Three Treasures of the Ancient Daoists." by James Cox."


message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul Actually, you can add it to this list yourself by voting on it!

James wrote: "One of the great Books about Daoism not on this list (ought to be) is "The Empty Boat" by Osho. Also, an excellent recent book overlooked is "The Three Treasures of the Ancient Daoists." by James C..."


message 3: by Trish (new)

Trish M. Another I would add and take to the proverbial desert island is:
Trust In Mind , a marvelous in-depth commentary by Mu Soeng
on the ancient poem of Sengcan which first line is " The Great Way is not difficult for he who has no preferences ". A lovely mix of Chan and Taoism. No 1 for my Taoist/ Zen reading.


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