The Sage's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life

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The tenth anniversary edition of William Martin’s free-verse interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, written expressly for those coming into the fullness of their wisdom

Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, one of the world’s most widely read books of wisdom, reminds its readers that the sage has been venerated in China for thousands of years. In this free-verse interpretation of the Tao, William Martin subtly and powerfully captures the complex emotions connected with growing older. He ...

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The tenth anniversary edition of William Martin’s free-verse interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, written expressly for those coming into the fullness of their wisdom

Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, one of the world’s most widely read books of wisdom, reminds its readers that the sage has been venerated in China for thousands of years. In this free-verse interpretation of the Tao, William Martin subtly and powerfully captures the complex emotions connected with growing older. He encourages today’s sages to recognize their inestimable worth in a youth-centric world that often goes astray: “Will I be able to harvest my life in compassion and love for the world? Will I find in my own heart the wisdom for which I long? This question trumps all others for me. I suspect it is the same for you.”

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“Here is wisdom that is beauty and beauty that is wisdom. William Martin's final book of his Tao Te Ching trilogy is a masterpiece. It illuminates all the unexplored potentials inherent in the second half of life and eases the mind into each one. Powerful, lyrical, insightful, The Sage’s Tao Te Ching is a guide that will lead your heart gently and surely to ‘life itself.’”
Hugh and Gayle Prather, authors of The Little Book of Letting Go

“Let this gem of a book and the wisdom it imparts enfold every aspect of your being. Whatever time you have remaining on this planet will be immensely enriched.”
David McNally, author of Even Eagles Need a Push

“Like its predecessors, The Sage’s Tao Te Ching opens our minds to the wisdom of our natural state and encourages us to accept and honor the inevitability of the wonder-filled grace of aging. Bill Martin deserves our humble gratitude for reacquainting us with our true selves.”
—from the foreword by Chungliang Al Huang

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569246115
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 3.54 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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William Martin has been a student of the Tao for 25 years. The author of numerous other Tao-inspired books, he conducts workshops and seminars at The Still Point Center for Taoist/Zen Practice, which he runs with his wife Nancy in Chico, California.
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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Refreshing view of life

    This little book offers the mature person a new view on life and it's real meaning. It is a guide to what works to regain a sane outlook on life that is not dependent upon material attachments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    There is no age in Sage

    William's approach to the TAO gives a context to my everyday life. I read one chapter in the morning and it fits my day perfectly. In this modern day world of stress and pressure, it is good to have a reminder that slowing down is an attribute not a fault. Taking the time to recognize compassion for self and others is a valuable gift to oneself and others. Thank you William for taking the time to write in words the life that I want to live everyday.

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