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The Essence of Tao
by Pamela Ball
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This book has a couple of good sections on the philosophy of Taoism for a beginner. It also contains a huge amount of information on Taoism as a religion in various sects. There is material on medicine, meditation, and martial art forms. My interest in understanding what Tao is and the history of the philosophy. I found there was a lot to wade through, but there was also enough of what I was looking for. I enjoyed the "Thoughts and Ideas" section at the end of each chapter. The first 3 chapters and the last 2 chapters were what I wanted and the rest was sandwiched in between. I was happy to see the book end where it began in the nice circular fashion which seems to be the way of Tao. ( )
Knowing ignorance is strength. Ignoring knowledge is sickness.' Lao Tse Tao, meaning 'The Way', refers to a power that envelops, surrounds and flows through all things, both living and sentient. It regulates natural processes and nourishes balance in the Universe. But, in the words of the Sage, its 'Name is Formless'. This means that any exploration of it starts from a position of ignorance, and any journey we undertake to reach an understanding of it is of necessity personal. No two paths will be identical. In this compelling introduction, Pamela Ball enables us to find a Way through the myriad complexities of this ancient and yet distinctly modern belief system, and offers clearly defined pathways to further study and enlightenment. By unravelling its mysteries she shows us how to achieve balance and establish principles for living life effectively, now and in the years to come.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)299.514Religions Other Religions By Region/Civilization Of Asian Origin Religions of Chinese Origin Taoism
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