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Taoism

A Friendly Beginners' Guide on Taoism and Taoist Beliefs
Narrated by: Sean Householder
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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Taoism teaches the basic principles of living a long and healthy life. The Taoist principles help us understand the inseparable nature of the self and the nature of the cosmos, to participate in the natural flow of events. To gain knowledge about Taoism is the cultivation of a thought process of growth, self-exploration, and transformation and to link our inner self with the surrounding world. This is the way to engage ourselves in the realm of the Tao.

What are the implications of Taoism in our daily lives? Can we apply the principles of Yang and Yin in our personal lives? If we wish to enter the realm of Tao, we need to have the willingness to accept the natural flow of activities and events. If we are aware to the ever-changing facets of nature, we will have the strength to create harmony. If we aren't aware, we will be affected by self-conflicts due to the circumstances.

The first principle of Taoism is to develop an awareness of the natural things and understand these are interconnected as a part of the whole universe. The universal viewpoint states that everything is Tao. Good fortune is Tao; misfortune is also Tao. We must not pit one side against another but urge ourselves to determine a relationship between the opposites. There is a popular idiom: "there are two sides of a coin". Following this principle, you must appreciate both situations; it helps us embrace the situation. People become empathic as they understand the other side of the experience and imagine how they would react in a similar situation.

Secondly, you must recognize and embrace the natural flow of change. People struggle often, as they cannot accept failure. If we recognize the cause of the failure, we will try to overcome the weaknesses and be able to solve problems at the early stages. The natural wisdom enables us to act appropriately.

©2015 Jordan Jacobs (P)2015 Jordan Jacobs

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Great Introduction<br />

I believe that the author accomplished the goal of giving a basic introduction to the very complex subject of Taoism. Listening to this certainly helped me grasp what I need to know to better understand the way of life called Taoism.

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Great intro to Taoism

Only regret that there was not a written glossary of terms that could have been downloaded. Had to replay many parts to understand the terms .

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Taoism Revealed

Very well paced and performed, Jacobs' introduction to Taoism strikes at the heart of the topic. It does not bog with needless details or get lost in the weeds of ceremony and deities. Like Lao Tzu it is simple, curt, and sincere and opens a door into this helpful philosophy/religion/belief that is all inclusive and leaves you wanting to learn more. I hope another book(s) will follow charting the individual depths of Taoism.
So why not 5 stars?
There are a few parts where the audio gets wonky. They are few but they are noticable.

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Good intro to Taoism

The reader seemed to rush a little bit but it was still a pleasant enough experience.

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Great introduction to Taoism!

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook very much it was very informative and insightful. Very good book.

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Excellent book

Clear, concise, excellent starting point.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to start their journey with Taoism.




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Some contradictions, interesting interpretations

The author was contrasting taoism with buddhism, stated something like buddhism attempts to disregard the natural world? This is the first time I've heard anything like that.
Also stated several times that the taoist does not strive for achievements, yet describes how the taoist knows that to change the world he must first change himself. A few other contradictions like this but you get the idea.
Reads like english wasn't the authors first language...

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Great book but not really for beginners.

Great information and spot on but unless you have had some background in philosophy some of it might be overly your head.

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  • Malcolm Ganderton
  • 02-28-19

A good place to start

If you have any interest in the Tao or indeed Mother Earth read this book, it is a great starting place for those interested in the way of the Tao.

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  • Beth L.
  • 11-06-18

Boring

Listening to this was like being given a lecture on how to use a zip. It bombards you with loads of unnecessary facts and information, uses words and phrases that beginners don't understand and babbles on about uninteresting stuff for ages.

If you want the history and facts of Taoism, this is for you. If you want insight into the beliefs, thoughts, feelings, etc. then avoid completely.

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  • Maestro
  • 04-27-17

I enyoued it

It seems to be a very comprehensible audio book on topic of Taoism . got few new learnings, and insights.
Thank you

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  • Mr. Lee Rollason
  • 09-22-16

Lays a strong foundation for further study.

I purchased the audio version of this title and enjoyed it so much that I've ordered a hard copy too so that I can better absorb the book through multiple mediums.