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Comments by two readers:
Your book is a fine change from other recent yearnings about Tao. Thank you for writing it and telling us a little about yourself. I cannot say which part I liked the most but your references to primary and secondary experience of society are valuable.
By W.H. J. T.
I too believe that Taoism is the most apt life philosophy for the 21st century. However, I believe that it is important to adapt the philosophy to our current level of awareness. While many of the traditional ritualized Taoist practices were appropriate to the Chinese culture during the early rise of Taoism, today we need to develop a "New Taoism." This life practice, while grounded in the wisdom of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, and other early philosophers must strive to develop and encourage practices that are sympathetic to humanity in the 21st century. While truth is universal and infinite, our experience of that truth is temporal and influenced by the culture and prevailing attitudes of our time. I look forward to visiting you site often.
By W. C.
--A letter and comments the author received from the readers
In a sunny summer day, I indulged myself in the book by Dr. You-Sheng Li: A New Interpretation of Chinese Taoist Philosophy. Sometimes I looked at clouds in the blue sky through the window, as if I was occupied with the thought but at the same time it seems there was no thought at all in my mind. I appeared that I rode on those clouds, and followed the author into the time and space of this newly interpreted Chinese Taoist philosophy. The shining edges of the clouds seemed to reflect in colours the author s new angles, new views, and new conclusions. It let me to wander in them, enjoying the depth of the author s thoughts, and meanwhile I was enlightened and inspired. Floating clouds send out profound insights; the star light shows the root of Tao.
I think, this book gives a new interpretative system, a unique in the field of Taoist studies. It is not only, as the author points out, an anthropological/psychological view, but also represents a new area and a new method in comparative studies of different cultures. It is a brand new modern interpretation of Chinese traditional culture. Due to his cross-culture life experience and training in natural sciences, he contributes significantly to the research and understanding of Chinese Taoist philosophy, and his creative achievement deserves my admiration.
By Dullstone (Zhuoshi), an editor of a Chinese notable magazine, the original article titled Floating Clouds Send Out Profound Insights; the Star Light Shows the Root of Tao is in Chinese.
--Publication on the Internet
Thank you for writing your book, A New Interpretation of Chinese Taoist Philosophy. I would like to write a long detailed letter of what it meant to me. But my eyes of seventy eight years aren t that good even with glasses. I have read some books on Taoism including Workbook for Spiritual Development of All People by Hua-Ching Nie , Thomas Cleary, Eva Wong. They are about Tao Teh Ching. My favourite is by John C. H. Wu. I read a passage a day from it. They were like going to school. Sitting in class is one thing, going outside, another. Not so with your book. Everything made it meaningful......
Your insight into primary and secondary society was very interesting to me. .....
I don t think you need a new edition but a companion novel or novels would be welcome additions. I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I still am..... Thank you again, I appreciate your book very much.
A reader J.E.
--A letter the author received and kept in file
This is a new interpretation of Chinese Taoist philosophy from the view of anthropology. psychology, and social biology. The idle life of ancient egalitarian society is regarded as the Taoist ideal, and to bridge the gap between Taoist wisdom and the daily life of ordinary people in modern society, human nature, freedom, happiness, death/immortality are elucidated on six levels, namely, the