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Gate of All Marvelous Things:  A Guide to Reading the Tao Te Ching

Gate of All Marvelous Things : A Guide to Reading the Tao Te Ching
by Gregory C. Richter


The Draft of a Chinese Commentator:  Wang Bi on the Laozi

The Craft of a Chinese Commentator : Wang Bi on the Laozi
by Rudolf G. Wagner


The Creative Tao by Pamela Metz

The Creative Tao
by Pamela K. Metz

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Backward Down the Path : A New Approach to the Tao Te Ching by Jerry O. Dalton
Simple Taoism : A Guide to Living in the BalanceSimple Taoism : A Guide to Living in the Balance by C. Alexander Simpkins, Annellen M. Simpkins, C. Alexander

"Simple Taoism" outlines the background and development of the philosophy, illustrated with stories to bring its history to life. The book then explains ways to incorporate the spiritual themes of Taoism into one's own life.

"The companion books "Simple Zen" and "Simple Taoism" by husband and wife team C. Alexander Simpkins Ph.D. and Annellen Simpkins Ph.D. give a clear explanation of both Zen and Taoism and how to apply their best aspects to your daily life. In addition to discussions of the philosophical aspects, the Simpkins also give practical instructions on Taoist exercises such as meditation, breathing, chi kung, and tai chi chuan. In like manner they also provide Zen hands-on information on poetry, brush painting, and martial arts. With over 60 years of combined experience in studies of the mind, the Simpkins are uniquely qualified writers who present a clear, concise explanation of the somewhat esoteric topics without losing any of the beauty or art which makes Zen and Taoism so appealing to millions of followers around the world. Available from Tuttle Publishing, and [reasonably priced], these books are an excellent way to improve both your understanding and your spirituality." -- Tod Hester

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 The Taoism Philosophy

The purpose of this Web Site is for the discussion of the true Taoism professed by a great philosopher and humanitarian Lao Tzu, as well as for the demythologization (doing away with the wrongful representation) of him and his teaching.  He was a great human being with deep thoughts, not a weirdo whose sayings are enigmatically and elliptically represented by numerous interpreters.   His thought has a philosophical framework and his book Tao Te Ching should be translated (interpreted) along this guideline.  In other words, it is a matter of logic rather than whimsy.  It is therefore unwise to versify his sayings before apprehending his philosophical framework.  


Lao Tzu
Full Text of the Tao Teh Ching.


The Simple Way of Lao Tzu
Edited by Steven Ericsson Zenith. Based on the three part 1924 publication by The Shrine of Wisdom.

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bulletPart 2. (TAO)
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Old Master (Biography)

The specific date of birth of Lao Tzu is unknown. Legends vary, but scholars place his birth between 600 and 300 B.C.E. Lao Tzu is attributed with the writing of the "Tao-Te Ching," (tao-meaning the way of all life, te-meaning the fit use of life by men, and ching-meaning text or classic). Lao Tzu was not his real name, but an honorific given the sage, meaning "Old Master."


Father of Taoism

Although ascetics and hermits such as Shen Tao (who advocated that one 'abandon knowledge and discard self') first wrote of the 'Tao' it is with the sixth century B.C. philosopher Lao Tzu (or 'Old Sage' -- born Li Erh) that the philosophy of Taoism really began. Some scholars believe was a slightly older contemporary of Confucius (Kung-Fu Tzu, born Chiu Chung-Ni). Other scholars feel that the Tao Te Ching, is really a compilation of paradoxical poems written by several Taoists using the pen-name, Lao Tzu. There is also a close association between Lao Tzu and the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huang-ti.


Judgment:  A Lao Tzu Parable

This story happened in the days of Lao Tzu in China, and Lao Tzu loved it very much:

There was an old man in a village, very poor, but even kings were jealous of him because he had a beautiful white horse. Kings offered fabulous prizes for the horse, but the man would say, "This horse is not a horse to me, he is a person. And how can you sell a person, a friend?" The man was poor, but he never sold the horse.


Su Tzu's Chinese Philosophy Page
This page has been designed for the purpose of organizing the resources on Chinese philosophy that can be found in the 'cyberspace'. It is my goal in setting up this page to attract more people, who are interested in searching for the answers of their life, not to limit themselves within the scope of traditional Western philosophies, but to open themselves to some alternatives offered by several schools of Chinese philosophy. But, since there're countless on-line materials on the Internet that are about Chinese philosophy, and some of which I am not aware of, I would greatly appreciate it if any of you can point them out to me. Also, all suggestions and comments are welcomed and greatly appreciated.

 If you want more information on how to read Chinese characters on-line, please check the Chinese-Language-Related Information Page.


Taoist mystics, theologians and scriptures
This  site has sections on Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist mystics, including texts.

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Taoist Restoration Society

The Taoist Restoration Society is a nonprofit organization helping to preserve and restore China's Taoist heritage.  Restoration projects, guest lectures, discussion boards, photo library, personals page, more!


Taoism is a cornerstone of traditional Chinese culture. Anyone who loves traditional Chinese culture is highly indebted to Taoism, whether or not they realize it. Ancient Taoists in search of Immortality potions gave birth to Chinese science, and are credited with many medical and scientific discoveries. Chinese culture and art have always been heavily influenced by Taoist ideas, and Taoism's temples and monastic complexes gradually became great storehouses of culture, art, and wisdom. Taoism's influence eventually reached the West, and millions of Westerners have benefited from exposure to acupuncture, herbalism, holistic medicine, meditation, and martial arts, all of which are deeply rooted in the Taoist tradition...


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Traditional Taoist religious and cultural goods.  Everything for a small shrine or a large temple.  Create your own Taoist space today!


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