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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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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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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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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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Taoism

I ordered the book online in addition to this audio book so I could follow along. The book is very insightful to Taoism and allowed me to fully understand its components. If interested in learning about Taoism then this book is the right one.

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Good introduction

I came into this book with basically zero knowledge of Daoism. It's well written and does a good job of explaining the many practices, beliefs, and sects that comprise this diverse religion. It's academic but still treats the magical and supernatural stuff with an appropriate respect and seriousness. The "further reading" recommendations at the end of every chapter are very helpful if you're interested in learning more. The narrator has a pleasant and soothing voice, which pairs well with the content.

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This will not download properly. The file is corrupted in some way. Don’t waste your time, money, and/or credits.

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  • 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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  • 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.