Each journey begins with a single step : The Taoist book of life /

by Deng, Ming-Dao [author,]; Laozi.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Charlottesville, VA : Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., [2018]Description: xviii, 190 pages ; 18 cm.ISBN: 1571748385; 9781571748386.Uniform titles: Yi jing.Subject(s): Yi jing | Laozi. Dao de jing | Chinese poetry -- Tang dynasty, 618-907 | Wisdom | Taoism -- Sacred books | Philosophy, Chinese -- To 221 B.C | Mindfulness (Psychology) | Nonfiction | Sacred books
Contents:
Journey -- Beginnings -- Beyond names -- Yin yang -- Sorrow -- Seeking -- Cycles -- Tao -- Heaven and Earth -- Mystery -- Soft -- Excellence -- Self-cultivation -- Sageliness -- Peace -- Nonaction -- Nothingness -- Simplicity.
Summary: This is a book of guidance rooted in the wisdom of ancient China. Bestselling author Deng Ming-Dao provides key poetic lines that distill the essence of Taoism, organizing them in the form of a journey. The material here is drawn from a variety of sources, including, the Yijing, 300 Tang Poems, and the full text of the Daodejing. As Deng Ming-Dao notes, "We walk the Way each day. We don't know what's ahead, and so it's helpful to have the wisdom of others to guide us. They have left us a message to encourage us. They have spoken of the joys, griefs, and purity that we should embrace. Like good pathfinders, they give us direction and prepare us for what we might encounter. They let us walk for ourselves. We have a wonderful companion for the journey." This profound collection of ancient wisdom is the resource for those looking for daily sustenance and guidance on the path of life. -- inside front cover.
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<p>This is a book of guidance for lifes journey rooted in the wisdom of ancient China. Best-selling author Deng Ming-Dao provides key poetic lines that distill the essence of Taoism, organizing them in the form of a journey. The material here is drawn from three sources: The Tao Te Ching, The Yijing, and 300 Tang Poems.</p> <p>Deng Ming-Dao writes: "We walk the Way each day. We don't know what's ahead and so it's helpful to have the wisdom of others to guide us. They have left us a message to encourage us. They have spoken of the joys, griefs, and purity that we should embrace. Like good pathfinders, they give us direction and prepare us for what we might encounter. They let us walk for ourselves. We have a wonderful companion for the journey."</p> <p>The following lines reflect the inspirational nature of this book:<br> "A good traveler leaves no footprints." </p> <p> "Think three times, then move." </p> <p> "Words can be worth a thousand pieces of gold." </p> <p> "Ancestors plant trees. Descendants enjoy cool shade." </p> <p> "A journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step." </p> <p>This is a lovely package that will function as a gift for all occasions and as an object for those looking for daily sustenance on life's journey.</p>

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Journey -- Beginnings -- Beyond names -- Yin yang -- Sorrow -- Seeking -- Cycles -- Tao -- Heaven and Earth -- Mystery -- Soft -- Excellence -- Self-cultivation -- Sageliness -- Peace -- Nonaction -- Nothingness -- Simplicity.

This is a book of guidance rooted in the wisdom of ancient China. Bestselling author Deng Ming-Dao provides key poetic lines that distill the essence of Taoism, organizing them in the form of a journey. The material here is drawn from a variety of sources, including, the Yijing, 300 Tang Poems, and the full text of the Daodejing. As Deng Ming-Dao notes, "We walk the Way each day. We don't know what's ahead, and so it's helpful to have the wisdom of others to guide us. They have left us a message to encourage us. They have spoken of the joys, griefs, and purity that we should embrace. Like good pathfinders, they give us direction and prepare us for what we might encounter. They let us walk for ourselves. We have a wonderful companion for the journey." This profound collection of ancient wisdom is the resource for those looking for daily sustenance and guidance on the path of life. -- inside front cover.

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Library Journal Review

"If we are to find guidance, it will be on the road," says Deng (The Wisdom of Tao). This collection of Taoist sayings is organized around simple and profound concepts, such as the road or path, truth or reason, speech and steps, or process. It's the multiple meanings that derive from this combination of concepts that will speak to each individual. That is, there is no one meaning to these apothegms: one's own subjectivity, brought to bear on one's journey, will produce its purpose. What starts as shadow but begins to take form as one moves through these unassuming insights is the place of paradox within life ("True words are not beautiful. Beautiful words are not true") and the reduction of absolutes that often define or suffocate existence ("Deep doubts, deep wisdom; little doubt, little wisdom"). A helpful glossary with notes adds to one's understanding of some of these more elusive concepts. VERDICT Deng describes life as a journey in poetic form, offering the primary sources of these sayings.-Sandra Collins, Byzantine Catholic Seminary Lib., Pittsburgh © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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