A Path and a Practice: Using Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, Nov 29, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 205 pages
The Tao Te Ching—one of the most loved and widely translated books in human history—has appeared in countless English-language versions. But no modern translation has yet captured the essential thrust of Lao Tzu's work as a practical guide to living an awakened life. Now William Martin, whose acclaimed previous reinterpretations of the Tao (for parents, couples, and elders) have introduced or reacquainted this classic text to thousands of readers, strikingly translates the Tao's eighty-one chapters to uniquely address someone on a Tao—or path—with a practice. Martin frames his new translation with two illuminating, groundbreaking sections: "A Path," which introduces the Tao's nonlinear construction and explains how it works its themes; and "A Practice," which provides practical guidance for readers exploring each of the Tao's themes in depth. Martin's genius in this new translation uncovers how directly the Tao speaks to readers on or about to embark on a spiritual journey.

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I have had many, many such books as this one, so I opened it with caution. This book, for me, hits the nail on the head every day. If you're unsure...buy it! Truly inspirational.
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This book is very well written and a magnificent resource for the practice and understanding of the Tao Te Ching.
The author does a magnificent job of organizing the information and presenting it
in a very practical, understandable and thought provoking manner. The layout and concept which advocates non-traditional linear text, allows the reader to open to almost any part of the text and immediately be drawn in.
The practical explanations as well as examples are well thought out and assist the reader in practice.
Since I have purchased this book, as well as other text on Taoism, this book has traveled with me, even just to bring to work to glance throughout the day for pieces of wisdom that can be learned and practiced.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Taoism, Zen Buddhism, Buddhism or any other Eastern based philosophy.

About the author (2004)

WILLIAM MARTIN has been a student of the Tao for almost twenty years. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Western Theological Seminary, he is the author of "The Parent's Tao Te Ching, The Couple's Tao Te Ching, and "The Sage's Tao Te Ching. Today he operates, with his wife, Nancy, The Still Point, a center for the practice of Taoist/Zen meditation in Chico, California.

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