Best Taoist Philosophy Books
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1. Tao Te Ching
Author: by Lao Tzu
Published at: Independently published (September 2, 2019)
The Path to PeaceThe Tao Te Ching is a series of meditations on the mysterious nature of the Tao-the Way, the Light, the very Source of all existence. According to Lao Tzu (a name meaning “the old master”), the Tao is found where we would least expect it-not in the strong but in the weak; not in speech but in silence; not in doing but in “not-doing.”Compiled in China around 2,500 years ago, the Tao Te Ching is beloved by seekers all the world over.
This edition is rendered in poetic language by Sam Torode, based on the 1919 translation by Dwight Goddard, making this ancient work accessible to contemporary readers.”This is the gift that ancient humans would give us if they saw us today.
The best gift you could ever give anyone: Wisdom.” -Jimmy of the Bright Insight YouTube channel, reviewing the Ancient Renewal edition of the Tao Te Ching.
2. The Art Of War: Complete Text of Sun Tzu's Classics, Military Strategy History, Ancient Chinese Military Strategist (Deluxe Collection Edition, #1)
Author: by Sun Tzu
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. Sun Tzu, The Art of WarThis is a complete edition which also contains Preface, Introduction, appreciations of Sun Tzu, Apologies for war and Bibliography. Don’t be fooled by other versions as they are incomplete and are 50 page Bullet Points Pamphlets.
This edition was translated by Lionel Giles, first published in 1910. The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Late Spring and Autumn Period (roughly 5th century BC). The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu is composed of 13 chapters.
Each one is devoted to a different set of skills related to warfare and how it applies to military strategy and tactics. For almost 1,500 years it was the lead text in an anthology that was formalized as the Seven Military Classics by Emperor Shenzong of Song in 1080.
The Art of War remains the most influential strategy text in East Asian warfare and has influenced both Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy, lifestyles and beyond. The book contained a detailed explanation and analysis of the Chinese military, from weapons and strategy to rank and discipline.
3. Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way
Author: by Ursula K. Le Guin
A rich, poetic, and socially relevant version of the great spiritual and philosophical classic of Taoism, the Tao Te Chingfrom one of America’s leading literary figures In this landmark modern-day rendition of the ancient Taoist classic, Ursula K. Le Guin presents Lao Tzu’s time-honored and astonishingly powerful philosophy like never before.
Drawing on a lifetime of contemplation and including extensive personal commentary throughout, she offers an unparalleled window into the text’s awe-inspiring, immediately relatable teachings and their inestimable value for our troubled world. Jargon-free but still faithful to the poetic beauty of the original work, Le Guin’s unique translation is sure to be welcomed by longtime readers of the Tao Te Ching as well as those discovering the text for the first time.
4. The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan
Author: by Chengfu Yang
September 4, 2012
Martial arts master Yang Chengfu’s seminal work on the techniques and applications of Yang-style taijiquannow available to Western practitioners for the first time The publication in 1934 of Yang Chengfu’s book, The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (Taijiquan Tiyong Quanshu) marked a milestone in the modern evolution of the art of taijiquan.
Using what is best-termed demonstration narrative, the author presents form postures and suggested applications from his own perspective, as he performed them. This methodology renders Yang Chengfu’s direct, hands-on teaching of the art with such immediacy and liveliness that the reader experiences the master’s teaching much as his students did.
This English translation finally makes Yang Chengfu’s classic work available to taijiquan enthusiasts in the West. It includes notes and commentary that clarify the author’s frequent classical and literary turns of phrase and elucidate the philosophical and political underpinnings that shape the text.
5. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics)
Author: by Lao Tzu
The bestselling, widely acclaimed translation from Stephen MitchellIn eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Taothe basic principle of the universe.
6. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao
Author: by Wayne W. Dyer
Hay House Inc.
July 31, 2007
Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good.
In this book, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today’s modern world. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne’s researching of 12 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries.
Each chapter is designed for actually living the Tao or the Great Way today. Some of the chapter titles are Living with Flexibility, Living Without Enemies, and Living by Letting Go. Each of the 81 brief chapters focuses on living the Tao and concludes with a section called Doing the Tao Now.
7. The I Ching, or, Book of Changes (Bollingen Series XIX) (Bollingen Series (General) (170))
Author: by Richard Wilhelm
Princeton University Press
The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.
8. The Art of War
Author: by Sun Tzu
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese text on military strategy written by Sun Tzu. Sun Tzu was a general, political adviser and philosopher during the 6th century BC. The Art of War was first introduced to a European audience in the early 18th century when it was translated by a Frenchman.
The text is primarily concerned with the problems of managing an army, and how to win battles. Each of the thirteen chapters touches on a specific aspect of military science, including conventional warfare, guerrilla tactics and the role of espionage.
It continues to be studied in military academies around the world, including the prestigious West Point. The Art of War has had a profound impact not just on the military affairs of men. Business and political leaders also find inspiration in this book, as its strategic principles apply broadly.
This is a must read for anyone in a position of authority and responsibility, or those that aspire to it.
9. Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy
Author: by Mantak Chia
Published at: Aurora Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1984)
Reveals the ancient sexual secrets of the Taoist sages. This book teaches: higher taoist practices for alchemical transmutation of body, mind and spirit; the secret of achieving and maintaining full sexual potency; the Taoist valley orgasm – pathway to higher bliss; and, how to conserve and store sperm in the body.
10. Tao Te Ching
Author: by Laozi
Published at: Harper Perennial; Compact edition (January 1, 1994)
Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living, and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit.
This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love; to child rearing, business, and ecology.
Stephen Mitchell’s bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.
11. 365 Tao: Daily Meditations
Author: by Ming-Dao Deng
Place the word Tao Into your heart.Use no other words. The Tao is constantly moving, the path that all life and the whole universe takes. There is nothing that is not part of itharmonious living is to know and to move with the Taoit is a way of life, the natural order of things, a force that flows through all life.
365 Tao is a contemporary book of meditations on what it means to be wholly a part of the Taoist way, and thus to be completely in harmony with oneself and the surrounding world. Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including The Living I Ching, Chronicles of Tao, Everyday Tao, and Scholar Warrior.
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 with two other masters before that.
12. Tao: The Watercourse Way
Author: by Alan Watts
“A lucid discussion of Taoism and the Chinese language … Profound, reflective, and enlightening.” Boston GlobeAccording to Deepak Chopra, “Watts was a spiritual polymatch, the first and possibly greatest.” Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen.
Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts.”Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, … Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit.”Los Angeles Times
13. Tao Te Ching: With Over 150 Photographs by Jane English
Author: by Lao Tzu
Published at: Vintage; Bilingual edition (November 1, 2011)
For nearly two generations, this bestselling translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have refreshed and revised the translation, so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, while taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities.
This beautiful oversized edition features over a hundred new photographs by Jane English that help express the vast spirit of the Tao. Also included is an introduction by the well-known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman.
Lao Tsu’s philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance.
Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks. It does so without discrimination. So let us present the same face to everyone and treat them all as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop “trying,” if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results.
14. The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
Author: by Fritjof Capra
A special edition of the brilliant best-selling classic on the paradoxes of modern physics and their relationship to concepts of Eastern mysticism (New York Magazine) The Tao of Physics brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time.
Many books have been written in the ensuing years about the connections between quantum theory and the ideas of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, but Fritjof Capra’s text serves as the foundation on which the others have been builtand its wisdom has stood the test of time.
Its publication in more than twenty-three languages stands as testimony to its universal applicability and its enduring significance. This special edition celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of this early Shambhala best seller that has gone on to become a true classic.
It includes a fresh cover design and a new preface by the author reflecting on further discoveries and developments in the years since the book’s original publication. Physicists do not need mysticism, Dr. Capra says, and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both.
15. Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy
Author: by Mantak Chia
A new edition of the bestseller The first book to reveal in the West the Taoist techniques that enable women to cultivate and enhance their sexual energy Reveals Taoist secrets for shortening menstruation, reducing cramps, and compressing more chi into the ovaries for greater sexual power Teaches the practice of total body orgasmFor thousands of years the sexual principles and techniques presented here were taught by Taoist masters in secret only to a small number of people (sworn to silence), in the royal courts and esoteric circles of China.
This is the first book to make this ancient knowledge available to the West. The foundation of healing love is the cultivation, transformation, and circulation of sexual energy, known as jing. Jing energy is creative, generative energy that is vital for the development of chi (vital life-force energy) and shen (spiritual energy), which enables higher practices of spiritual development.
Jing is produced in the sexual organs, and it is energy women lose continually through menstruation and child bearing. Mantak Chia teaches powerful techniques developed by Taoist masters for the conservation of jing and how it is used to revitalize women’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
16. The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
Author: by William Martin
Classic Taoist wisdom applied to the world of parenting, guiding mothers and fathers to meaningful conversations and relationships with their children.William C. Martin has freshly reinterpreted the Tao Te Ching to speak directly and clearly to the most difficult of modern tasks – parenting.
With its combination of free verse and judicious advice, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching addresses the great themes that permeate the Tao and that support loving parent- child relationships: responding without judgment, emulating natural processes, and balancing between doing and being.”A masterpiece.
William Martin captures the essence of what it means to raise a child. Urgently needed, this precious book lifts parenting to new heights.”- Judy Ford, author of Wonderful Ways to Love a Child and Wonderful Ways to Be a Family