The Sage's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life

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Workman Publishing, Aug 17, 2010 - Philosophy - 144 pages
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The tenth anniversary edition of William Martin’s free-verse interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, written expressly for those coming into the fullness of their wisdom

Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, one of the world’s most widely read books of wisdom, reminds its readers that the sage has been venerated in China for thousands of years. In this free-verse interpretation of the Tao, William Martin subtly and powerfully captures the complex emotions connected with growing older. He encourages today’s sages to recognize their inestimable worth in a youth-centric world that often goes astray: “Will I be able to harvest my life in compassion and love for the world? Will I find in my own heart the wisdom for which I long? This question trumps all others for me. I suspect it is the same for you.”

 

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Contents

WE ARE OLDER BUT NOT WITHERED
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OUR HEART HAS EXPANDED WITH COMPASSION
3
WE CANNOT EXHAUST THE
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WE ARE FREE AT LAST
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WHAT HAVE WE BEEN PURSUING?
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THE SAGE DOES NOT RETIRE FROM LIFE
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TRAINING MIND BODY AND HEART
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WHAT HAS BEEN COOKING WITHIN?
11
SUCCESS IS AN INSIDE
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PERFECTION WILL BE BUILT
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WHAT IS BEING NURTURED WITHIN
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IT IS NEVER TOO LATE
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WHAT WILL BE LEFT IS LIFE ITSELF
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SEE THE WORLD AS A BETTER PLACE
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WITHOUT RESISTANCE
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WE ARE BECOMING EMBRACERS OF LIFE
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THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR LIFE
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READY TO BE OF SERVICE
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Cha ter 14 FINDING NEW UESTIONS Chapter 15 WHAT DOES A SAGE LOOK LIKE?
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DEATH IS OUR COMPANION
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ENCOURAGE THEIR DREAMS
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REMEMBER WHO YOU
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GOODNESS LOVE AND
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AN INFANT AT HER MOTHER S BREAST
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LIKE THE FULL MOON ON AN AUTUMN EVENING
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IF NOT YOU WHO?
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CRACK YOURELF OPEN
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WAITING FOR THE POWER OF YOUR LOVE
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WE ARE A RIVER
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OUR SLEEP IS NOT AS DEEP
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WHY WOULD I WANT TO GO BACK TO YOUTH?
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WE HAVE BECOME THE LAMP
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THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
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THE SAGE MUST TRAVEL LIGHT
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THE SAGE NO LONGER GOES TO
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IT IS TIME TO FOCUS
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GIFTS OF GREATEST BEAUTY
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FREE TO BE EFFECTIVE
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HOPE IS ALWAYS WAITING
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READY TO RECEIVE
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FOREVER LIMITLESS
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SINK DEEP
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ALL THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD IS YOURS
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READY TO DEPART AND TO ARRIVE
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LIKE COMING HOME
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A WEAVING MADE OF LOVE
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AGENTS OF GRACE
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IT IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
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TRUE REWARDS OF AGING
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EMBRACING THE TAO IS ENOUGH
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DISAPPOINTMENTS DISAPPEAR
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THE POWER IN OUR LATER LIFE
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A LASTING LEGACY
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TREAT YOURSELF AS A GRANDCHILD
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HOW HAPPY WE ALL BECOME
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SAVE TIME FOR THE
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THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING MORE TO LEARN
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OPEN TO
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ATTENTION TO DETAIL
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ANOTHER
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WHEN A FLOWER WAS A FLOWER
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IT IS TIME TO REALLY LIVE
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ALLOWING PEACE AT LAST
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DANCING IN THE WINDS OF CHANGE
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ACHIEVING
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Cha ter 70 NO NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD Chapter 71 DANCING WITH THE
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ON THE PATH AGAIN
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FEARLESS OUTOF WISDOM
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WATCH IT COME AND
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JOY AND SORROW BECOME
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THE LIGHT WITHIN THE DARKNESS
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BALANCE
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YOUR TIME OF GREATEST POWER
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FAILURE IS THE FAITHFUL COMPANION
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WHAT OTHER REASON COULD THERE
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THE TRUTH OF GROWING OLDER
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William Martin has been a student of the Tao for 25 years. The author of numerous other Tao-inspired books, he conducts workshops and seminars at The Still Point Center for Taoist/Zen Practice, which he runs with his wife Nancy in Chico, California.

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