• The Tao Te Ching 101

  • A Modern, Practical Guide, Plain and Simple
  • By: Matthew Barnes
  • Narrated by: Gordon MacCathay
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Tao Te Ching is easily one of the most cherished and beloved spiritual works in existence. It is a short, to the point, truly non-denominational work that has been translated into English more times than any other work but the Christian Bible. It is considered by many to be a living treasure. The teachings of the Tao Te Ching (pronounced Dow Deh Jing) are based on the works of Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher who recorded, as best he could, his teachings into 81 brief, concise chapters, creating a treatise many consider to be nothing short of a definitive manual on the art of successful living.

Lao Tzu, in his work, was able to address and dissect the essential, core questions and dilemmas and dramas of life that we all face, and then guide us through them to a life of understanding, cooperation, compassion, and inner peace. The Tao Te Ching is about wisdom in action. Its teachings are as if a balm for the “predicament” of being alive.

Many of Lao Tzu’s teachings will sound simple, and possibly familiar, for they encompass the underlying themes of human life. But learning the exact significance and meaning of the teachings, and how to actually live them in daily life, have alluded most members of the human race since the beginning of our species. Once understood and put into actual practice, Lao Tzu’s teachings have the potential to transform your existence, and even your understanding of existence. This translation is a modern, simplified interpretation. One that updates the ancient language to a more modern understanding, yet without touching the spirit of Lao Tzu’s timeless work, or altering his guidance towards working with the principles of the universe instead of against them.

“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” (Lao Tzu)

Please note: this book was originally titled The Wisdom and Peace of the Teachings of the Tao Te Ching.

©2018 Matthew S Barnes (P)2019 Matthew S Barnes

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A must read if you're interested in Tao Te Ching

I've read several Tao Te Ching books by good authors. However this is my favorite, thus far, and by far. It's easily understood in modern day references and applications . And after writing this review I plan to immediately readi it again. thank you for this amazing edition.

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A Joy to read

I truly enjoyed this book which made me wany to get the other books, I am a student of the way and I live a Zen life each day. Thank you for writing these books it helps me in my journey as I walk in the light. What a pleasure to read your books on a Zen life made simple.

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Listen deeply, feel deeply. *Recommended*

This interpretation and repackaging of the Tao Te Ching is excellent, or perhaps it found me at a time and place when I was ready to hear it fully, I do not know.

The narrator is at times at little dramatic with the baritone of his voice, but that notwithstanding this is an excellent short book and well worth the small price for the enormous wisdom contained.