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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User Review  - aleahmarie - LibraryThing

This guide to Taoism was actually a step above what a complete idiot might need. The authors were both well versed in philosophical speak and, purposefully or not, peppered the book with it. I'm not ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Zen Master Bon Yeon (Jane McLaughlin-Dobisz) received Transmission in April 2000. She is a Guiding Teacher of Cambridge Zen Center, where she was Abbot for four years and where she lived for ten years. A student of Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1982, she has practiced extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She also studied Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition in Nepal, and was a Vipassana student for three years. She is an editor of The Whole World Is A Single Flower by Zen Master Seung Sahn.

Brandon Toropov is a Boston-based writer who has appeared on more than 100 local and national broadcast programs. He is the author of several Complete Idiot's Guides®.

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