The Tao of Now: Daily Wisdom from Mystics, Sages, Poets, and Saints

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Nirvana is immediate. Not hidden. Not distant. Not in the future but right in front of your face. Right now.

The Tao of Now helps readers experience the power of enlightenment moment by moment. In this book of daily meditations, Josh Baran shows readers that nirvana is staring them in the face--regardless of whether things get better, or whether true love happens, or whether the stock market goes back up, or whether they lose ten pounds. Nirvana happens when ordinary, everyday ...

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Overview

Nirvana is immediate. Not hidden. Not distant. Not in the future but right in front of your face. Right now.

The Tao of Now helps readers experience the power of enlightenment moment by moment. In this book of daily meditations, Josh Baran shows readers that nirvana is staring them in the face--regardless of whether things get better, or whether true love happens, or whether the stock market goes back up, or whether they lose ten pounds. Nirvana happens when ordinary, everyday experience is freed from perpetual seeking or wishing for conditions to improve.

The Tao of Now contains some of the greatest ancient and modern teachings on the immediate experience of enlightenment from such notables as:

* Eckhart Tolle

* Rumi

* Stephen Batchelor

* Ram Dass

* the Buddha

* Jack Kornfield

* Byron Katie

* Pema Chödrön

Baran adds his own inspirational commentary on experiencing immediate nirvana to that of these teachers.

The Tao of Now is a wonderful companion for any tired seeker who wants only to know the power and peace of true, immediate enlightenment.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The evocative cover image of a cell phone screen showing meditation stones on raked sand says a great deal about what is within. Less a guide than a far-reaching anthology of insights from Rumi, Pema Chodron, and Eckhart Tolle, the book focuses on each present moment as the starting point of the power of self-realization and enlightenment.


—Graham Christian
From the Publisher

"Read this--now. Baran delivers a daily wake-up call from the world's greatest thinkers." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"This book is a treasury of wisdom that brings us to a deeper understanding of how being present--of living in the present moment--allows us to experience life more fully and brings us contenment in our everyday lives." --Rodney Yee, author of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body

"This book is for everyone who wants to be free and happy, here and now. This is a profound and exciting collection of wisdom that you can read every day." --Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

"This collection is the very compilation of teachings that has been sorely missed up until now in spiritual literature. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in finding peace in the present moment." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Insight Meditation

"Whether you are on a spiritual path or are simply looking for inspiration, this wonderful treasury offers 365 days of wisdom that will last for a lifetime." --Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within

"The right words at the right time can pierce our protections like an arrow. This book is full of deadly, life-giving arrows. Open it at any page and be ready to die to who you though you were." --Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life

"This is diversity at its best, shining facets of wisdom, each brilliant with its own intensity. Thanks, Josh for the care you give to precious things." --Helen Palmer, author of The Enneagram

"This exquisite handbook for enlightenment contains more distilled power, wisdom, and truth than anything I've read in years. No religion, no guru, no boundaries, no practice--merely the essential teachings of liberation here and now, radical in its global scope, transcendent in simplicity. This book will change lives." --Mark Matousek, author of Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind

"Read this--now. Baran delivers a daily wake-up call from the world's greatest thinkers." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"This book is a treasury of wisdom that brings us to a deeper understanding of how being present--of living in the present moment--allows us to experience life more fully and brings us contenment in our everyday lives." --Rodney Yee, author of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body

"This book is for everyone who wants to be free and happy, here and now. This is a profound and exciting collection of wisdom that you can read every day." --Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

"This collection is the very compilation of teachings that has been sorely missed up until now in spiritual literature. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in finding peace in the present moment." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Insight Meditation

"Whether you are on a spiritual path or are simply looking for inspiration, this wonderful treasury offers 365 days of wisdom that will last for a lifetime." --Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within

"The right words at the right time can pierce our protections like an arrow. This book is full of deadly, life-giving arrows. Open it at any page and be ready to die to who you though you were." --Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life

"This is diversity at its best, shining facets of wisdom, each brilliant with its own intensity. Thanks, Josh for the care you give to precious things." --Helen Palmer, author of The Enneagram

"This exquisite handbook for enlightenment contains more distilled power, wisdom, and truth than anything I've read in years. No religion, no guru, no boundaries, no practice--merely the essential teachings of liberation here and now, radical in its global scope, transcendent in simplicity. This book will change lives." --Mark Matousek, author of Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571746863
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 358,456
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Josh Baran is a former Zen monk and recognized teacher in the Soto Zen tradition and a contributor to Tricycle: the Buddhist Review. After leaving the monastery, Baran became a political activist, and is now an experienced marketing and public relations professional in New York. His clients include the Dalai Lama, Michael Crichton and Bill Gates, as well as Universal Pictures, Sony and AOL/Time Warner.
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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended, A Favorite

    This is a most inspirational book, a compilation from many sources,

    which touch the spirit deeply.

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