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Do Nothing and Do Everything: An Illustrated New Taoism

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The power of the Tao has accompanied the author through his journey as pupil during the Chinese Cultural Revolution to professor at an American liberal arts college. In Do Nothing and Do Everything he applies the ideas of Wu Wei (do nothing) and Wu Bu Wei (do everything) to modern life. Do Nothing and Do Everything is supplemented by observations of American and Chinese life. Rich and humorous illustrations convey the subtle ideas that go beyond language and are re-created in the same style as the ones the author...

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Overview

The power of the Tao has accompanied the author through his journey as pupil during the Chinese Cultural Revolution to professor at an American liberal arts college. In Do Nothing and Do Everything he applies the ideas of Wu Wei (do nothing) and Wu Bu Wei (do everything) to modern life. Do Nothing and Do Everything is supplemented by observations of American and Chinese life. Rich and humorous illustrations convey the subtle ideas that go beyond language and are re-created in the same style as the ones the author draws impromptu on the blackboard in his classes. This introduction to ancient Taoism is conveyed in a lighthearted and humorous manner. This illustrated new Taoism will answer the widespread thirst for an alternative approach to life, and a longing for health, tranquility, and spiritual liberation.

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Zhao (Chinese, Carleton Coll.) bases this work in part on a popular course he has taught on the Taoist path to health and longevity. He perceives the essence of the way of the Tao as something like a balance between nonaction and experience, while attempting to recognize the strengths and limitations of each. Neither a translation of the Tao te Ching nor a comprehensive guide to Chinese spirituality, Zhao's little book, peppered with informal pen sketches by the author himself, includes an appendix of contributions from his students. VERDICT This should make a nice supplement to the recent notable translations of Taoist sacred texts; a fine but not final resource for readers interested in Eastern religions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557788894
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 528,330
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Well-known on Chinese TV, Qiguang Zhao is Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese and Chair of Asian Languages & Literature at Carleton College, USA.

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