Scholar Warrior

An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
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In this beautifully illustrated offering of ancient wisdom, Deng Ming-Dao shares the secrets of the spiritual path handed down to him by Kwan Saihung, his Taoist master, as well as by herbalists, martial artists, and other practitioners of the ancient arts. Deng tells how Taoist philosophy and practice may be integrated into contemporary Western lifestyles for complete physical, mental, and spiritual health. He provides an abundance of philosophical and practical information about hygiene, diet, sexuality, physical exercise, meditation, medicine, finding one's purpose in life, finding the right teacher, death, and transcendence.

©1990 Deng Ming-Dao (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Very comprehensive

Lots of interesting information. Glad I listened to this book. There is a lot to discuss in this book.

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  • 02-09-20

Daoism

Calling this book “scholar warrior” is a bit of a stretch... it’s pretty much a “how to” in living a daoist life. Good info and intro into daoism, however, this guy can’t pronounce Chinese to save his life.... I really don’t understand why you would choose a narrator that can’t speak the language of the author.

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Worth it!

Highly recommended for not just the martial artist, but any who seek more understanding of the Tao/Dao.

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Not good for listening in the car

Would you try another book from Ming-Dao Deng and/or Fred Sanders?

There is some interesting information in this book, but as I listen to most of my books on the commute to work, it has some parts that can't be done in the car. There are many exercises described which might be good in a calm room, but I wish I had known about this before purchasing the book.

Would you recommend Scholar Warrior to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, if they were going to listen in a calm room

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Horrible

Not what I expected at all. Parts will so silly or boring, it was hard to list too it. Book ends on a strong note, but 2/3rd's of were almost unlistenable.

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  • Mr. Lee Rollason
  • 09-28-16

Best book on the Tao that I've experienced so far!

I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I ordered a hard copy while yet half way through and even the hard copy had it's own jewels of wisdom. Scholar Warrior is a book I could find myself going back to year in, year out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-29-16

A book of highs and lows

Parts of this book are excellent. Rather than just giving a philosophical account of Daoism the discussion of the development of qigong and other Daoist art forms is interesting. Sadly the book as a whole doesn't really work as an audio book because of a number of lists which just don't translate to the spoken word. There are also qigong sets described in detail, though these might be very useful on their own they are less so in an audio book that you might be playing while you drive and find you can't skip easily. It's also a bit annoying that the American narrator calls herbs "erbs". Pronunciation of Chinese terms sound good though I'm in no position to verify them. Overall it's interesting but maybe not so good as an audio book.

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  • Dave Kinsella
  • 12-26-19

An Excellent Commentary on Taoist Philosophy

This book was such an excellent commentary on Taoist philosophy. I know when I really enjoy an audiobook because I listen to it every day and finish it quickly. and I feel like listening again! A rare feeling for me.

I'll be honest and admit I skipped the first few chapters on Tai Chi. I feel they should have been at the end, but that's just me. I want to start doing Tai Chi, or Yoga if I can't find classes near me. I know I can do online, but I'd prefer to at least start with a person-person instructor at first, and go back over those portions.

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  • FreddyMJ
  • 09-19-17

One of the best Daoism books I have read

Where does Scholar Warrior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

highly on this topic

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had enough time lol

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An enjoyable and informative book on Daoism

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  • Tim Jones
  • 09-16-16

Good book with missable sections

Very interesting look at Taoist philosophy and its practical implications in the lifestyle of the warrior scholar.
Traditional Chinese Medicine sections are definitely missable however, unless you buy into this area. Easy to skip these sections, however, and still enjoy the book :)