Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance

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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 history to life. It explains key concepts and shows ways to incorporate the insights fo Taoism into one's life through such activities as meditation, breathing exercises, and exploring the natural world.

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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 history to life. It explains key concepts and shows ways to incorporate the insights fo 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: 9780804831734
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Simple Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 583,641
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Drs. C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins live in San Diego and are both psychologists who have specialized in studies of the mind. They have devoted many years to the study of hypnosis and have taught meditation skills to people of all ages. They have also spent the past 25 years involved in the martial arts as practitioners, instructors, and writers. Their work in meditation spans their two worlds of professional interest: martial arts and psychology, adding a unique and comprehensive perspective to this book. In addition to contributing regularly to martial arts publications, they are the authors of Principles of Meditation, Living Meditation, Zen Around the World, and Meditation from Thought to Action, all published by Tuttle.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    Awesome and Inspiring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance

    The companion books 'Simple Zen' and 'Simple Taoism' by husband and wife team C. Alexander Simpkins Ph.D. and Annellen Simpkins Ph.D. give a clear explanation of both Zen and Taoism and how to apply their best aspects to your daily life. In addition to discussions of the philosophical aspects, the Simpkins also give practical instructions on Taoist exercises such as meditation, breathing, chi kung, and tai chi chuan. In like manner they also provide Zen hands-on information on poetry, brush painting, and martial arts. With over 60 years of combined experience in studies of the mind, the Simpkins are uniquely qualified writers who present a clear, concise explanation of the somewhat esoteric topics without losing any of the beauty or art which makes Zen and Taoism so appealing to millions of followers around the world. Available from Tuttle Publishing, and priced at a reasonable $12.95 each, these books are an excellent way to improve both your understanding and your spirituality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance

    Relax. Here is an instructional guide for life balane that truly invites the reader to intone a life of wellness. 'Simple Taoism, A Guide to Living in Balance' 'simplifies' five thousand years of yin and yang into a thumb and fingertip sized pocket book of philosophical fun. Research and writing team Alexander and Annellen Simpkins are psychologists sensitive to your mind and emotions. In their approach to creating this book they followed the Tao principle 'less equals more' thus offering relevant Tao messages for people today. 'In modern times, people are taught that if they try hard, they will succeed,' they write. 'This intense striving often leads to stress and discomfort. Taoists believe you can accomplish more without efort. You become One with Tao not to foget yourself but to attune yourself to the rhythms of life so you can develop your talents fully.' This little reader is divided into three parts: history, thoery, and application. The advantage it brings is the overview--each significant ancestor, each era, each principle, and each life lesson is explained just enough for adequate understanding. If you decide you simply can't go on living without knowing absolutely everythng about Taoism, you are in luck here, because one can cover all 170 pages in just a few hours. Whether you want to find the Path, or you just want to be proactive in your education, 'Simple Taoism' is a neat little read. So grab your chi and relax

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