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The Tao of Daily Life: The Mysteries of the Orient Revealed The Joys of Inner Harmony Found The Path to Enlightenment Illuminated

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The perfect book for readers who are interested in Taoism and want a little daily inspiration.

The Tao of Daily Life combines ancient Eastern wisdom with practical application-perfect for busy Western readers! Derek Lin, Taoist master and expert in Eastern philosophy, brings his deep knowledge of this time-honored Chinese spiritual thought system into the twenty-first century. "There is one simple reason for the Tao to have survived through the ages intact: it works," writes ...

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The Tao of Daily Life: The Mysteries of the Orient Revealed The Joys of Inner Harmony Found The Path to Enlightenment Illuminated

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Overview

The perfect book for readers who are interested in Taoism and want a little daily inspiration.

The Tao of Daily Life combines ancient Eastern wisdom with practical application-perfect for busy Western readers! Derek Lin, Taoist master and expert in Eastern philosophy, brings his deep knowledge of this time-honored Chinese spiritual thought system into the twenty-first century. "There is one simple reason for the Tao to have survived through the ages intact: it works," writes Lin. "The principles of the Tao are extremely effective when applied to life. The philosophy as a whole is nothing less than a practical, useful guide to living life in a way that is smooth, peaceful, and full of energy." Using the powerful medium of stories and short dharma talks, Lin illuminates the Taoist secrets and engages the reader in their inherent wisdom. As a result, the reader of The Tao of Daily Life will notice certain changes, including:

- being more composed and more at ease in various situations;
- being able to handle challenges and difficulties with less effort and achieving better results;
- experiencing greater power and clarity in all areas of life.

The spiritual journey, as described by Derek Lin, becomes the most worthwhile exploration anyone can take.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585425839
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 283,549
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Lin is the director of Tao studies at the Great Tao Foundation of America, based in El Monte, California. Lin is an active speaker and educator on the Tao Te Ching as well as Tao spirituality in general. In his spare time, he serves as the webmaster of www.taoism.net, a leading resource for the Tao on the Internet. He is also the author of Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, an original translation that not only sets a new standard for accuracy, but also has been lauded by critics as the first to faithfully capture the lyrical beauty of the original.
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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    You must read it

    You'll get enlightened by reading it. It's worth your time.

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

    A great piece of Tao literature...

    Derek shows an understanding of the Tao that is rarely seen. As a regular subscriber to his podcasts and webcasts, he would also appear to live in accordance with the Tao. I am looking forward to his new book, the Tao of Success coming out in December. if you know the Tao, or are just curious, you can't go wrong with a Derek Lin book. Thanks Derek!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Inspirational and unexpectedly powerful

    I am writing in agreement with the other reviewer here at Barnes & Noble. In the field of Asian spirituality, it is rare to find someone who can create nearly perfect translations, AND also tell compelling stories. In fact I would have to say, looking across a crowded field, Mr. Lin is at the present time the only one who has elevated both kinds of writing to such great heights. Previously I contacted him with questions about his translation and he was very gracious in giving me an extremely detailed answer. I was impressed with the courtesy he showed me, a complete stranger. I look forward to the other books that I am sure we will see from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

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    I had previously read and enjoyed this author's Tao Te Ching translation and decided to give this book a try. It is very different in that the Taoist lessons are conveyed in a story format, followed by in-depth analysis. I am a couple of chapters from finishing this book, and so far I have found both the stories and the analyses to be of excellent quality. The stories are often funny and always filled with meaning. The analyses bring out many more facets of the story that would probably not occur to me otherwise. As an author, Mr. Lin has an absolutely unique gift. Not only is he closer to achieving the perfect score, in my opinion, than anyone else in creating accurate yet poetic translations, but also he demonstrates a remarkable ability as a storyteller. I am not aware of any other writer who has this combination. Most translators I have read are not storytellers, and those who have written stories, such as Deng Mingdao, simply do not possess Mr. Lin's extensive knowledge and translational ability. The only thing that is kind of 'bad' for me is that this author only has two books. I am almost hesitant to finish the last two chapters, because when I'm done I will have nothing more to read from this author. Here's hoping we have many more books from him in the future. To compare Lin with most other writers in the Asian spirituality genre is like comparing authentic Chinese food with chop suey. If you have never experienced real Asian cuisine, you simply do not know what you are missing. Once you've tried it and developed a more refined taste, it is basically impossible to go back to the westernized stuff. Reading this book is just like that. Its authenticity is obvious, and once you know what that is like, the standard fare simply won't be as appealing as before. So to everyone who has not yet encountered this well-kept secret, I say ready your chopsticks and dig in!

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