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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Green Dragon Publishing Group (31 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893343854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893343859
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
In the U.K., there were enough people to write in "Jedi" as their religion to have it included on the official census form. So, you Jedists, we know you are out there. Here's a book that ought to appeal to you, especially if you are particularly fond of Yoda. Porter merges quotes and incidents from the "Star Wars" series to highlight the basic concepts of Taoism, such as patience, acceptance, and simplicity,
If you liked "The Tao of Pooh" or have a friend who is into Star Wars, this would make a charming hostess gift or birthday present.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Whether you were to read the first few pages in order or randomly open the book and begin to read, you would quickly realize that you were not simply reading but you were embarking on an adventure. The words and imagery flow. It, as someone who is familiar with the Tao would immediately see, takes on the essence of simpicity. For Star Wars enthusiasts, the common thread of Yoda and the Masters teaching and using the "Force" would give you an instant connection with the timeless wisdom it speaks. This book is truly unique and extremely readable. Take the adventure...
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational Introduction to the Tao Te Ching 7 Dec. 2004
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The Tao is a path...the only logical act is to travel it. ~John M. Porter, M.D. (Professor of Clinical Surgery in Arizona)

John M. Porter has been studying the Tao and believes following the Tao is like "walking a living path." I loved how he takes The Star Wars series and explains how it is connected to the basic tenets of Taoism. He shows how Taoist roots touch every aspect of life from feng shui to qu gong or I Ching.

If you are new to The Tao Te Ching, it will be interesting to read the translated portions from Stephen Mitchell's translation. If you are a Star Wars fan, then you will enjoy a wealth of quotes. The author's comments are interspaced between quotes from the movie and The Tao Te Ching. You may also find the Chinese characters to be interesting. There are drawings throughout.

The Chapters Include:

Taoism - an overview and an explanation as to why the Tao is highly personal. There is a brief summary of the concepts to follow in each additional chapter.

The Force as the Tao - Quotes from George Lucas and the connection between his movies and Joseph Campbell's teachings.

Each additional chapter takes one quality and explores how it shows up in the movies:


Patience - This chapter was of special interest to me since I once prayed for patience and since then have been thrown into the patience journey. (You sometimes get what you pray for...) In this chapter he shows how Luke needs patience. He then quotes "Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are" from chapter 67 of The Tao Te Ching. Then he gives these quotes:

Yoda: (signing) Will he finish what he begins?

Then the author shows how patience and perseverance work together to yield good results. Thinking of "patience in action" was a new concept for me.

Uncarved Block
Wu Wei
Life Experience
Present Moment Living

Yoda the Sage Master - I loved the "Traits of a Master" in the Yoda chapter. These can be wonderful goals for anyone seeking to live a more spiritual existence.

John M. Porter is a natural teacher who knows how to take examples and fill them out into life teachings. This book made me want to go rent the entire Star Wars series and it is a must-have for Star War fans. I found this book to be a peaceful, healing read and I can highly recommend it to you.

~The Rebecca Review
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IMHO - The clearest, most useful introduction to the Tao! 4 Sept. 2003
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I can't say enough about this book. After reading many books on Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching, I have found this to be the clearest, most concise, and most useful yet! I have read and re-read this book many times now and continue to get new insights each time I read it. If you are even the slightest fan of Star Wars, and are looking to flow with the Tao, this book is, IMHO, for you! I found the Tao of Star Wars more edifying, and with less rambling, than what I found in the Tao of Pooh.
Chapter titles are: Taoism - An Overview, The Force as the Tao, Acceptance, Patience, Uncarved Block, Wu Wei, Simplicity, Humility, Life Experience, Present Moment Living, and Yoda the Sage Master.
I would also recommend getting a copy (you can find it online for free) of Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching since most of the quotes in the Tao of Star Wars are quoted from it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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There are many "Tao of" books on the market today. Most, if not all of them deviate from the essence of Taoism. That is not that case in this book. This book is excellent, both for beginners seeking to learn the Tao, as well as for those with experience who may need to be renewed in the Tao. The Star Wars analogies make it an enjoyable read. I recommend this book highly to all.
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Traits of the Master 20 Oct. 2008
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This little book is an excellent explanation of the fundamentals of the Tao- and to the principles of the Force. This is because it cuts right to the core principles at the heart of all true religious paths, just as Lucas intended. The author draws heavily on the Tao Te Ching and other Taoist classics, but he also makes excellent use of Buddhist texts, as well as the Old and New Testaments. At their heart they all share the same belief in a unifying power from which we all came, all belong, and to which we shall all return.

Yet, it is pointed out that the Tao is also highly personal. Studying a check list and trying to superficially conform to it isn't going to cut it. Knowledge and experience are not the same thing. As is pointed out, in school you receive the lesson, study it, and there is a test. In life, the test comes first, then it is up to you to learn the lesson from it afterwards. This only happens if you are open enough to receive it- open enough for your ego to get out of the way. Perhaps this is a book for latter life. If you do not seem to connect with it now, then put it aside for another day, perhaps another decade. One day, when you have traveled farther down the Path it will make perfect sense.

Do not despair if you can find no master to study with. The Tao itself will initiate and teach if you merely meet it half way. When the student is ready, the teacher will come... This book will serve as a validation (though your inner voice is the true validator.)

Why should you listen to this author? Besides his obviously being a perceptive and intuitive student of the Tao, he is also a chief surgeon and a student of Aikido. This is obviously not a trivial person.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Small book with Excellent content 19 April 2003
By D. Stooksbury - Published on
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This book is a delightful read. Effectively uses quotes from the Tao Te Ching and blends them with quotes from the Star Wars trilogy, plus the Phantom Menace. Very readable book. I'm surprised the auther didn't use a bigger distributor. The book cover is ridiculus looking, but the content excellent.
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