Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master

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Harper Collins, Oct 8, 1993 - Religion - 496 pages
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For the first time in one volume—an extraordinary spiritual odyssey of the making of the Taoist master Kwan Saihung. Born into a wealthy family in a remote province of China, Kwan defies his parents' wishes and enters into the rigorous and mysterious discipline of Taoist practice. Renamed "Little Butterfly" by his Taoist masters, he survives the upheaval of the Japanese occupation, and the later the Chinese Revolution, all the while becoming adept in the Taoist arts. Eventually his inner and outer journey lead him to America, where he becomes a Golden Gloves boxer and martial arts instructor.

Part adventure, part parable, Chronicles of Tao travels through a labyrinth of enigmatic Taoist practice, marital arts discipline, and international adventure.


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I am a martial artist and qigong practitioner and i found this book to be amazing. It takes one on a marvelous spiritual journey. I loved it.

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A beautifully written novel, with lots of principles of Taoist teachings. Read full review


The Grand Master Challenges Saihung 91
A Decision Made Alone 101
Internal Alchemy 111
War 123
Homecoming 132
The Labyrinth 137
Temptation and Knowledge 144
Internal Gazing 154

Entering Another World 46
The Grand Mountains 50
Learning from the Natural World 58
Immortals 68
Turning Point at Twelve 77
Wudangshan 84
Master and Student 161
Z1 Two Butterflies 184
Nocturnal Lessons 201
A Quest 212

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About the author (1993)

Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including 365 Tao, Everyday Tao, Scholar Warrior, and Chronicles of Tao. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He studied qigong, philosophy, meditation, and internal martial arts with Taoist master Kwan Saihung for thirteen years, and studied with two other masters before that. He is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist whose work is in several collections, including those of the Brooklyn Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Deng’s watercolors appear at the beginning of each chapter in this I Ching.

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