Taoism: The Parting of the Way

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Beacon Press, 1966 - Philosophy - 196 pages
Called "a first-rate piece of work" by T. S. Eliot, this book offers a comprehensive discussion of Taoism, one of the world's major religions, as well as a study of the Tao te ching, the best known Taoist text, and Lao-tzu as a Taoist prototype.

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I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It was insightful and gave me lots of reassurance about things I had assumed to be negative. This book is like a hidden secret, because it helps to unlock your understanding of the way in which things really are.

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I just happened to open to page 172 I haven't actually read the book, BUT...The author completely missed the point of the essential concept of Non-being. If he doesn't understand this than he doesn't understand anything about Taoism. Non-being should tell you something about your mental concept of yourself, and the myriad of other 'things' out there.  


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Holmes Welch (1924-1981) was a scholar, researcher, and theorist whose specialization focused on Buddhism and Taoism. Welch worked with the State Department for much of his career, both during and after World War II. Welch studied at Harvard University and published Taoism- The Parting of the Way.

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