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 it—harmonious living is to know and to move with the Tao—it 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.
Inspiring maybe...but not Tao
I expected daily meditations to reference some of the Tao verses, which this does not. In fact, some of the "meditations" are contrary to the Tao. I stopped reading on page 141 "Whether we emerge beautiful or ugly is our sole responsibility." This idea is contrary to the 2nd Verse of the Tao which explains apparent duality vs paradoxical unity. Beautiful and ugly exist because of each other. In addition, the preceding daily readings of this book fell flat for me. Maybe inspirational to some, but not a Taoist. My book will be donated to the local library.
For Great Book, Buy Hardcopy, NOT Kindle Version
I have multiple copies of this book in print version, but Kindle version is very disappointing. The book requires you to cross reference the day of the year in the back with the specific meditation, which is numbered sequentially. With the book version, it's very easy--typically I even leave a paperclip marking the appendix at the back, look up number for today's date, then refer to it. Very difficult to do in Kindle version. And, sadly, author/publisher didn't link dates to pages which would have been the logical step to take.I LOVE this book--hard copy it gets a 5-Star, but Kindle version very poor.
A fantastic book for anyone interested in Taoism and meditation.
I have been into numerous Asian martial arts (Judo, Jujitsu, Karate-Do, and Kenjutsu) and healing arts (Tai Chi, Qigong and Reiki) for more than fifty years and I recently purchased this amazing 380 page soft book (365 Tao Dailey Meditations by Deng Ming-Da) for a bargain price on Amazon.This fantastic volume is organized so that you can meditate on some aspect of the Tao every day of the year. It covers an enormous amount of topics one can meditate on every day such as: the beginning, absolution, devotion, reflection, sound, work, optimism, disaster, healing, time, initiative, happiness, skills, laughter, adoration, adapting, walking, perseverance, knowledge, adversity, creativity, and numerous other Tao word meditations.If you are seeking a practical and interesting book on Taoism you should check out this wonderful book.Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Chair/Seated Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga for Seniors and the physically challenged).
Every day's commentary is right on target...it is inspiring and a great way to start the day
This man is a genius!!! How can such heart-warming and intelligent guidance come from one person. I treasure the book and am so glad it came to me! I am having a rough time right now due to the death of a close friend and this book has helped me be calm and move forward. Such good ideas to think about and savor thru out the day.
Poetic and insightful
This is my go-to book for reading before meditation. I've owned it longer than I've been married (21 years), and I had to replace my copy a few years ago because the old one was falling apart from use. All of which is meant to say, I love this book! I can't imagine how Ming-Dao Deng managed to include so much poetry, inspiration and wisdom in one small volume. I recommend it highly. Even though I've been turning to this book for many years, I continue to find fresh and relevant insights.
A book to cherish every day
I started reading this book back in the late 90s when I was writing my own page-a-day book on money "The Wealthy Spirit". My agent had put me in touch with an editor from Harper who thought my book might fit in to a series of books that they published under "365". When he mentioned "365 Tao", I thought "I must get that book."Although my deal to publish with them didn't work out (I later found another publisher), I think this connection was all about my getting this wonderful book for myself. It is rich in spirit and meditations on life and I treasure the daily readings. I read it daily for several years, then loaned it to a friend, thinking of course I would get it back because it was all marked up. Time passed, I forgot who I had loaned it to, so just bought another copy. I am loving reading each page again daily. Thoughtful, beautifully written and engaging. Thank you!
I bought this book to supplement my readings with "The Daily Stoic." 365 Tao's poetry is bizarre and uninspiring. The author's notes to follow are disjointed and often times make no sense. I read it everyday for more than 100 days. It was a great relief the day I finally decided to put it in the trash.
The journey of humanity is the journey from ignorance to enlightenment!
From "365 Tao" by Deng Ming-Dao:Why do you scorn others?Can it be that you are that proud?No matter how accomplished you are,There are people ahead of you and behind you.All beings on the path,All victims of the same existence,All with body, mind, and spirit.No one is better than the next person.Help others for all the times that you have been ignored.Be kind to others, for all the times that you have been scorned."The journey of humanity is the journey from ignorance to enlightenment. It's like an endless march of souls through eternity. If you are standing in an infinitely long line of souls, how can you say that your position is superior to others? When there is no head and no end to the line, it doesn't matter what place you hold. Therefore it is foolish to look down on those standing behind. They now occupy the place where you once stood. Instead of pride, you should feel compassion. If you cannot remember this, then just think of all the people ahead of you. You aspire to their place, and you should work diligently. There is injustice in this world, yes. But there is no need to add to it. When you see someone less fortunate than you, express compassion. When you see someone more advanced than you, try to learn from them. Any other feelings are superfluous."David Allan ReevesAuthor of "Running Away From Me"
An accessible and practical entry point in to key themes in Chinese literature
The author understands Zen and communicates in an poetic and eloquent style. I love the way that on each page a concept is distilled to one word. This book will reward you the more you read it, very easy to read 1 page a day. Each page is thought provoking and can provide something to contemplate or meditate on - just as the title suggests.
Profound translations. Totally readable and interesting.
I have to say that this is such a wise book. Each little verse has the most profound translations by Deng Ming-Dao. Only someone with deep reflective wisdom would be able to express with such clarity.If you use the amazon search inside of this book you will be able to read first hand the early pages of the book. The quality holds in other verses and pages as well. I am on around page 32. It sits by my bed now. I have bought over 500 books in the last 10 years. This is the first I've had by my bed as a book to dip into. I own a few 'dip into' types, however, none of them drew me to have it by my bedside. Wayne Dyer has a book on the Dao which I own. I much prefer this book.
So far I've really enjoyed this book
So far I've really enjoyed this book.You can read one page daily as its layed out, or you could have it as a little quick read.Mine is paperback so with all paperbacks im not expecting it to stay pristine, but I was happy it arrived safely.The quality of the context though is priceless, each day you can read a small script (in the corner of the page) then a main piece of text on the same page which is really a great bit of philosophy type writing.They are all very different texts, some are just good little scripts to read and some really make me think.I have been interested In Taoism for quite some time so I really love and appreciate this, butyou really dont have to be interested in Taoism to enjoy this read, could just be a coffee table book you pick up every now and again.
I have been enjoying reading this every day in the morning. I cannot think of a better way to start my day.
Wonderful little book
I bought this for my husband and he absolutely loves it. Each day the reading gives you something to think about and I have been using it too.