Place the word Tao into your heart. Use no other words. The Tao is constantly moving, the path that all life and the whole universe takes. There is nothing that is not part of it - harmonious living is to know and to move with the Tao - it is a way of life, the natural order of things, a force that flows through all life.
365 Tao is a contemporary audiobook of meditations on what it means to be wholly a part of the Taoist way, and thus to be completely in harmony with oneself and the surrounding world. Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including The Living I Ching, Chronicles of Tao, Everyday Tao, and Scholar Warrior. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.
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Timeless wisdom is revealed with amazing clarity. I am comforted, inspired and encouraged. It is at the top of my list for daily meditations and I am better when I listen. It is poetry and truth together. Paul J Savage MD
If you already have a love affair with the Tao, if you catch fleeting glances of it in the swaying of a tree or hear echoes of it in the wind in a silent meadow, if you thrill at its crystalline structure in the perfect way everything in the universe fits, flows, laughs, and then dances off out of your monkey mind's grasp. If you have found yourself reading the Tao Te Ching and wanting something else, something more, something different, if you have read the simplistic non-dual writings of an awakened being and gotten it when others are saying, "Um....yeah...ok....so?," If you like resonating with the words of someone who has embodied what you *know*, if you like humming along with someone who is singing the song you have been learning your whole spiritual walk and have them fish silvery, splashing, wiggling, slippery, concepts out of the deepest, darkest, coldest, most silent primal ocean bottom of your spirit (which your fishing line hasn't been quite long enough to get to), you might enjoy this book as I have. I think I have created more bookmarks in this one book than all the rest of my whole library put together. I thoroughly enjoy sitting by the sparkling stream of its music. However, I don't want to misrepresent it. It's not poetic like I am, it primarily gives good, solid, useful wisdom to use for walking the path from the silent forest back out to the chaotic life of the market place. On a practical note, I have found it useful to listen at .5x speed. Slowing it down allows the richness of the message to sink in. The structure of the book is a daily thought for each day of the year. 365 discreet Taoist subjects, who would have believed it possible to lock down any non-dual teacher to be so verbose! A true treasure in my opinion.
May Harmony Find You.
Ever wonder why the Chinese people chafed under the oppressive yoke of absolute monarchs for thousands of years? Well with this intimate look into their overarching philosophy all will become exceedingly clear. Spirituality does not mandate defeatism. Western values conflict with this work on many levels. I very much hope that there is a better introductory Dao book in existence, because this ain't it. Spare yourself the dreadful poetry and just pick up the bible.
As a scholar of taoist writings, and something of a taoist myself, I was pleasantly surprised here. Imagine an author who is bright and searching, and has occupied the thought (and tone -- the very resonance of the original) in tao te ching, and then journalized in compact statements various permutations, possibilities found in these explorations, in relation to everyday experience and thinking. I think this is a success in all these dimensions, and their joining in this work. The intentional poetry lines I like the least; the prose better glides right into the cadences of the original. There seem to be layers or levels of artistry resonating with the original, perhaps only semi-consciously sensed by the writer himself. But who knows, I'm not in his mind. Even the "365" suggests a circle or orbit that is aesthetically taoist for me. It is a round book in that sense, not a square/linear one. I put this work alongside the chuang tsu as being in the first rank of thoughtful, graceful branchings from tao te ching itself. (Hence my calling it "classic".) These are the sorts of thoughts and reflections I might have arrived at in several years of my own random thinking (excluding the few any person would inevitably differ with or phrase differently), and I am thrilled to pay this fellow such a pittance to have accellerated that process and dished this up in such a fine way. In terms of its impact on me, I have listened steadily (and not in one-day increments -- I'm still too frenetic!) and my sleep and general demeanor are vastly better -- more calm and clear, deeper, less stressed. Many internal abrasive thought patterns are harmonized and freed from their stuck spots. This resonates back through better bodily and mental health. I kid you not -- the effect for me is quite palpable.
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