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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4.18 avg rating — 11,779 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 214 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 112 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 461 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 288 ratings
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3.56 avg rating — 131 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 479 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 50 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 118 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 14,700 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 352 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 52 ratings
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84 books · 97 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 J.D. (new)

J.D. I'm not sure how well "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" fits in here. Zen is heavily influenced by Taoism, but this connection is at least shown prominently in "The Way of Zen" by Alan Watts (which I recommended). I'm not saying "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" isn't a good book because a lot of people seem to have benefited from it, it just isn't really about Taoism. Perhaps this is a lot more about what people think Taoism is, than what it actually is, though?


message 3: 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 4: 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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