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For the first time, the great depth and diversity of Taoist spirituality is introduced in a single, accessible manual. Taoism, known widely today through the teachings of the classic Tao Te Ching and the practices of t'ai chi and feng-shui, is less known for its unique traditions of meditation, physical training, magical practice, and internal alchemy. Covering all of the most important texts, figures, and events, this essential guide illuminates Taoism's extraordinarily rich history and remarkable variety of practice. A comprehensive bibliography for further study completes this valuable reference work.

©1997 Eva Wong (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • 03-08-17

Fantastic

A great intro into Daoism, and its many areas. It's also really nice to have someone narrating that actually speaks Chinese, it makes a big difference.

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An Excellent Introduction to the Landscape of Taoism

I have been interested in Taoism and Taoist practices for quite some time. I have always felt I was just scratching the surface of the topic and continued to look for a more exhaustive explanation of Taoism. I was delighted to discover this book, which quickly and clearly described the historic, current and practical landscape of Taoism.

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A most informative book; very well narrated too.

This book is very informative and well written. I am very interested in Taoism and it’s arts & practices and I learned a lot from this book.
Eva Wong provides a vast & complete source of information in
a very well written manner.
Emily Zeller does a very good job of narrating this book, her voice is clear, well paced and pleasant as well.

I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in Taoism;

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Informative

There is a lot of historical information, but it is presented in a very dry biographical manner, not exactly an exciting read but full of accurate information.

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More if a history than a guide

Although the author appears to be very knowledgeable about the origins and history of Taoism, I would not say that this is a guide to Taoism practice of today. So, if you’re interested in its origins, this is the book for you. I found it went into tremendous detail about how Taoism came about and how all it’s different sects developed. However, if you’re interested in practicing Taoism, or in the author’s experience with Taoism, you won’t find it in this book.

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Too much religion, not enough philosophy

A very good overview of all aspects of Taoism, but I had thought it would spend more time on the philosophy and philosophical practice. Seemed to focus mostly on the religious practice.

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Good list for further reading

If you're looking for a good listing of Taoist practices and beliefs you should listen to this book but I'd prefer to read it since it feels more like a listing than a book.

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Interesting

Lots of info! some of it very interesting while some is super hard to pay attention to. some chapters kinda drag but if your interested in learning a basic concept of what taoism is this book seems great. Not sure how accurate it all is, but i liked what the author touched upon. This was my first introduction to taoism and overall i really liked it.

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Dry History, Not a Description of Taoism

If you're interested in the teachings of Taoism, this book will not help you. It is simply a history of all the different sects, ceremonies, etc. I listened because it was included free in my Audible subscription, but even at double speed, it was not worth the time spent listening.

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Historical Background of Religious Taoism

Is Taoism a religion or a philosophy? When I started doing business in China I was introduced to Taoism by my leader as a Chinese philosophy represented by Lao Tze's Tao Te Ching. As I explored China I found Taoist temples and religious rituals that have nothing to do with the Tao Te Ching. This book helped to answer my question by showing the historical development of religious Taoism that combined Lao Tze's philosophical writings with the shamanistic practices of the ancient Chinese Xia Dynasty. Over time the organized religion folded in more topics unrelated to the Tao Te Ching by mixing in sorcery and Buddhism. While it was beneficial to have some historical background of how Lao Tze's writing relates to Chinese religious practices this book gives too much information going down the rabbit hole into the corrupted superstitious practices that I want no part of. I wouldn't recommend this book, but hope everyone will go direct to the source and enjoy the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching itself. Benjamin Hoff's the Tao of Pooh is an excellent way to introduce foreigners to philosophical Taoism without describing any of the cult like topics that have unfortunately been associated with religious Taoism. This book doesn't lend itself to the audiobook format since there are many diagrams referenced, it would be difficult to take notes from an audiobook, and a written copy would make it easier to skim sections that the reader is not interested in exploring.

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  • Emmanuel Zakebam
  • 03-07-18

Great book, terrible recitation

I would have enjoyed this book - which I thought was highly informative and mind-expanding, if a tad rushed and slightly inaccurate in places - hugely if the narration had not been robotic, monotone, and tedium-inducing almost to the point of tears. Frankly, I cannot understand why the narrator has a job as a voice actress. It may as well have been read by a computer. What a terrible shame and waste of time - I would have much preferred to have read it instead.

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  • Dela Boy
  • 05-20-19

Pleasurable listen

As a novice of internal alchemical practises. I found the book to be an enjoyable and interesting insight into the practice. It both raises and answers some questions.

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  • shaun a doyle
  • 08-03-21

Excellent journey along the Daoist path

Excellent information from Eva Wong as usual, if you haven't read her books now is the time.

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  • Michael Oladoja
  • 01-25-20

Great adventure

Very informative in depth look at Tao including history and practice with good accompanying guide

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  • DaveDude1975
  • 02-06-18

taoism

deep stuff, opens your eyes a little to the history and vastness if what is taoism.