The perfect book for readers who are interested in Taoism and want a little daily inspiration.
The Tao of Daily Life combines ancient Eastern wisdom with practical application-perfect for busy Western readers! Derek Lin, Taoist master and expert in Eastern philosophy, brings his deep knowledge of this time-honored Chinese spiritual thought system into the twenty-first century. "There is one simple reason for the Tao to have survived through the ages intact: it works," writes Lin. "The principles of the Tao are extremely effective when applied to life. The philosophy as a whole is nothing less than a practical, useful guide to living life in a way that is smooth, peaceful, and full of energy." Using the powerful medium of stories and short dharma talks, Lin illuminates the Taoist secrets and engages the reader in their inherent wisdom. As a result, the reader of The Tao of Daily Life will notice certain changes, including:
- being more composed and more at ease in various situations;
- being able to handle challenges and difficulties with less effort and achieving better results;
- experiencing greater power and clarity in all areas of life.
The spiritual journey, as described by Derek Lin, becomes the most worthwhile exploration anyone can take.
I had read "The Art of Happiness" and had come across many "I Ching" translations, but none I related to, until now. Derek Lin does a beautiful job of integrating traditional stories into the translation that bring simplicity and understanding. I finished this in one sitting, and am already looking forward to revisiting the many sections I highlighted. Tao, in my simple understanding of it so far, keeps me balanced and at peace. This book will be a continual reference for learning and helping me find peace when out of balance.
5 stars if Chapter 33 didn’t exist
The author does a great job distilling and helping the reader understand Daoism. Though I have no desire to become a daoist, I was thoroughly entertained and learned a lot about Daoism and how it relates to my surrounding cultures as an American living in South East Asia. The notions in the book capture great concepts to live in this fragmented world we’re exposed to.
If chapter 33, the second to last chapter, wasn’t in the book I would have given the book 5 stars and would have recommended it to others without question. The author opens this chapter with a great illustration of how Daoist often view Heaven and Hell, then spends 80-90% taking shots at Misguided representations of Christian Faith. I’m still mulling over the “whiplash experience” of this chapter caused. At best, this chapter is a biased rant I would have preferred to skip.
Otherwise it’s a great book for those wanting to learn more about Daoism.
If we could all embrace and practice these concepts, true healthy change would begin to be seen around the world. Thanks to Derek for making these so easy to understand!!!