The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism

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Alpha, 2002 - Religion - 315 pages
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You’re no idiot, of course. You know Taoism is one of the world’s oldest religions, based on simplicity and balance. However, you may not know it has important parallels with modern Western life: health, ecology, even in such pop culture icons as Luke Skywalker and The Beatles.

But you don’t have to sit at the feet of a Taoist master to learn how the Taoist tradition has enlightened seekers throughout the centuries! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Taoism will show you exactly why Taoist principles appeal to people from every walk of life! In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get:

--The history of the Daode Jing, the world’s shortest core religious text, and Laozi, its mysterious author.

--The teachings of Zhuangzi, the often-overlooked master sage of Taoism.

--An explanation of ying-yang and what it represents.

--Taoism’s relationship to Zen Buddhism.


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Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Silas - Goodreads

Having read several Taoist works already, this wasn't incredibly new to me, but it did seem like a good introduction in many ways. The two exceptions for me were the chapter on Taoism and Christianity ... Read full review

Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Stephen Dorneman - Goodreads

After reading this book, I am not sure I should be rating it - or rating anything. "The massive wisdom sees everything in one. The lesser wisdom breaks things down into numerous parts." - Zhuangzi Find your own path. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Brandon Toropov is a Boston-based writer who has written a variety of non-fiction titles including The I Ching for Beginners and The Art and Skill of Dealing with People. He has appeared on more than 100 local and national broadcast programs. He is the author of several Complete Idiot’s Guides on religious topics.

CHAD HANSEN is a professor of philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Language and Logic in Ancient China and A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought. He is in the process of completing a translation of the Daode Jing.

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