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Overview

Simple Taoism is designed to help the reader understand what Taoism is about and to help apply its best aspects to everyday living. Divided into three parts, the book outlines the background and development of the philosophy, illustrated with stories to bring the history to life. It then explains key concepts and shows ways to incorporate the insights of Taoism into one's life through such activities as meditation, breathing exercises, and exploring the natural world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804830744
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Yoga: Master Your Mind 3
2 Buddhism: Release from Illusion 13
3 Zen Buddhism: See into Your True Nature 21
4 Taoism: The Way of Harmony 33
5 Attention and Concentration 47
6 Visualization and Imagination 57
7 The Unconscious Mind 63
8 The Mind-Body Link 69
9 Breathing 79
10 Visualizing 85
11 Mind and Body in Harmony 91
12 Empty the Mind's Cup 95
13 Calmness 103
14 Enhance the Quality of Your Life 107
15 Control Habits 111
16 Problem Solving 115
17 Cultivate Learning 119
18 Improve Your Sports Performance 125
Conclusion 129
Bibliography 131
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Principles of Meditation: Eastern Wisdom for the Western Mind

    Through Yoga, Buddhism, Zen, and Taoism, this book teaches, in accessible language, how to tap into the unconscious mind to better understand it through hands-on exercises.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Principles of Meditation: Eastern Wisdom for the Western Mind

    The Simpkins draw on their extensive background in studies of the mind and of the martial arts to present a thorough and comprehensive text on this cornerstone of Eastern philosophy, with the needs of the Western thinkier firmly met. The place of meditation as a preeminent element of Taoism, Buddhism, Zen and yoga is established in Part One; in succeeding chapters, the authors explore ways to harness the benefits of meditation as a tool to enhance concentration and quality of life, control habits, and improve sports performance. A variety of exercises are provided, with clear and easy-to-follow directions for making these principles part of your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Principles of Meditation: Eastern Wisdom for the Western Mind

    Ideal for the beginner as well as the experienced meditator, 'Principles of Meditation' forges a shining link between contemporary life and ancient wisdom. Bringing together techniques from the world's great traditions--Yoga, Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism--this clearly written guide offers fascinating glimpses into their philosophies and approaches to meditation, then shows how you can incorporate these time honored practices into your everyday life. You'll discover soothing exercises to improve your concentration and visualization abilities, gentle meditations based on breathing and on imagery--skills you can use not merely to relax or relieve stress, but to alter your focus of attention in order to break bad habits, extend your perceptions to solve specific problems, even develop a 'mind first' approach to enhance your sports performance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Principles of Meditation: Eastern Wisdom for the Western Mind

    An elegant and accessible introduction to meditation, perfect for easily intimidated beginners like myself. Principles of Meditation is simply but not simplistically written, and admirably undidactic. 'There are many paths to choose from,' notes the introduction, 'and our intent is not to proselytize any one but rather to look for the common factors of Eastern meditation, and draw out methods that can be applied to everyday life.' The book maps out four meditative traditions--Yoga, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and Taoism--and gives useful exercises intended to hone the beginning practitioner's tools of observation, relaxation, and visualization. The last chapter suggests ways to use meditation for pragmatic concerns such as habit control and problem solving. A perfect gift for a stressed-out friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Principles of Meditation: Eastern Wisdom for the Western Mind

    'Principles of Meditation' outlines beginning steps toward understanding meditation and using it in everyday life. The book's authors have done a good job of making a difficult topic accessible. After an easy-to-understand introduction to Eastern religious practices (Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, and Yoga), they offer simple exercises that allow readers to experiment for themselves with various forms of meditation and guided imagery. I enthusiastically recommend this book to Aikidoka who are interested in beginning to learn about the principles and practices of meditation.

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