Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching

Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching

by Robert Rosenbaum, Sojun Mel Weitsman
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Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching by Robert Rosenbaum, Sojun Mel Weitsman

Walking the Way affirms that, like yin and yang, the flowing spontaneity of Tao and the precise simplicity of Zen find perfect balance with one another. Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum brings the two traditions together in a unique presentation that elicits Zen insights from his fresh interpretation of verses from the Taoist classic, the Tao Te Ching. Personal anecdotes illustrate the dynamic potential of Rosenbaum's approach, skillfully revealing Zen within the Tao and the Tao of Zen. Not only does the author reveal the elegance of each tradition, he shows how their interrelatedness does, in fact, have import on our meditative practices and on our day-to-day lives. Parenting, meditating, dealing with setbacks and illnesses--Walking the Way shows us how to live well in the midst of many complex demands, finding harmony and equilibrium between honing in and letting go, balance between being ourselves and selflessly serving others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614290261
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 04/22/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,097,773
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, PhD, has been a Zen practitioner for forty years and received lay entrustment from Sojun Mel Weitsman of Berkeley Zen Center. Bob is also authorized as a senior teacher of the Taoist practice of Dayan (Wild Goose) qigong in the lineage of Yang Meijun by Master Hui Liu and teaches at the Wen Wu School and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For thirty years he practiced Zen and qigong while raising a family, trekking the mountains of the High Sierras and the Great Himalaya Trail, and working as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and specialist in behavioral medicine and chronic pain for Kaiser Permanente. Bob is the author of Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy. He has also been a Fulbright Professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India and director of the doctoral training program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Sojun Mel Weitsman is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki and a former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He lives in San Francisco.

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Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walking the Way Just when it seemed as though no new translations of the Tao Te Ching would be necessary, Robert Rosenbaum provides a fresh perspective on these ancient poems. Walking the Way includes Rosenbaum’s translations, each accompanied by his reflections and anecdotal connections which showcase the existence of the poetry’s truths in everyday life. This juxtaposition captures the sublime balance between Zen Buddhism and Taoism, making this book a delightful and insightful read. Part of the beauty of the Tao Te Ching’s is its fluidity between translations and interpretations. Although countless academic and personal commentaries on the Tao Te Ching exist, Rosenbaum, writing as one who lives the Tao and has studied how others have interpreted it, has managed to create a valuable addition to these previous versions—certainly no easy task. If you enjoy this book, you will surely also like John Stevens's Extraordinary Zen Masters.