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By Thomas Cleary

From the time of its earliest sages in prehistoric China, Taoism has regarded to the underlying means of all issues (the Tao) as a consultant to innovations and activities. For the Taoists, the styles of nature printed the solutions to their private non secular questions and supplied the muse for his or her specific teachings. Over the centuries, Taoism has blossomed right into a profound culture with various forms—all united via a unmarried, center philosophy of radical simplicity and traditional dwelling. this present day, Taoism is most generally recognized in the course of the Tao-te Ching, but its corpus of literature is vast—ranging from philosophical dialogues and essays to amazing fables, legends, proverbs, and extra. This compact choice of Taoism’s maximum masterpieces introduces its so much basic teachings and divulges the fundamental spirit of Tao.

The Taoism Reader contains:

   • Tao-te Ching: the foundational resource of Taoist inspiration by way of the mythical Lao Tzu
   • Chuang-tzu: philosophical dialogues from one in every of Taoism’s most renowned sages
   • Huai-nan-tzu: teachings from the time of the Han dynasty on political beliefs, traditional technological know-how, and Taoist psychology
   • Wen-tzu: documents of additional sayings by way of Lao Tzu at the paintings of dwelling
   • Tales of internal that means: fables, tales, and jokes from the Lieh-tzu and others at the subtleties of Taoist philosophy
   • Sayings of Ancestor Lü: teachings from Lü Yen, a seminal determine within the founding of the total truth institution of Taoism and grasp synthesizer of China’s vintage non secular traditions

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