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The Essence of Tao by [Ball, Pamela]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (1 Mar. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NJWPC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having also lived (or tried to live) the dao (way) for over 30 years, I can say that as an introduction to tao, you probably won't find anything better. Pamela Ball knows her subject well and makes clear reference to some of the more complex detail. The only minor criticism I have is in the research of the origins of tai chi chuan in chapter 6, where Pamela refers to Chang San Feng as being credited as the founder of tai chi chuan, when the only reliable historical evidence remains with the chen family in chen village, henan province. It is a complex subject however and is one still being argued to this day. I would have expanded this chapter slightly as the internal and alchemical arts with dedication, can lead to direct contact with the tao (through jing, chi and shen). The inclusion of research on the daoist exercises of dao yin shu would also have been worthwhile as this can be dated back as a precursor to qi gong and is an important aspect in the development of tai chi chuan. I say all of this, but do not undermine the work in this book as it is a fabulous entry into what can be a minefield of complexity and the idea with tao is to keep things simple, which this book conveys extremely well. Paul Hiom (partner of MBailey)
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Very informative, easy to read book. Reading as part of comparative theology course. Would highly recomend it to others for study, or to simply put meaning into everything. Found that Tao, rather than Taoism, makes sense as a way to live life in harmony with nature.
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After studying different schools of thought upon the various forms of meditation, and the philosophies of Hinduism and Buddhism, I thought i'll give Taoism a try. Ms Ball writes a fantastic book. Easy to understand, comprehensible and so uplifting and inspiring. From the moment I began reading this mobi book, I flowed with the author's voice and learnt so much.
If anyone is new to the subject of Taoism or just fancies a little 'dabble' as to what it all means then read this book.
Ms Ball's voice in explaining Taoism is so interesting and worthy of following.
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This book is about as good an introduction of the subject as you can get. It doesn't intellectualise taoist philosophy but explains it in simple to understand terms.
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I am relatively new to Tao and this book has helped me to understand it better. It gives an overview of similar beliefs as well as related subjects like feng shui, Chinese healing and history as well. I found it inspiring, eye-opener to Tao. Definitely a good start for someone wants to start learning about it.
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Not what I was expecting. A lot of writers try and explain the Tao te Ching and by trying to explain it, lose an integral part of it. best thing you can do is listen to someone recite it and spend time alone with nature. That's the true essence :)
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great book, well written, easy to follow and definitely gives a great insight into the way of the Tao.
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I got this as I had heard that Tao was a good form of relaxation - I am always sceptical with new relaxation and meditation techniques but I was totally amazed how good this is. The lady that does the guided meditation has such a soothing and calming voice it helps with obtaining a relaxed state. The fact that it lasts for 60 minutes is very good too there's 30 mniutes of the guided meditation and then there is 30 minutes of lovely music. I've never got to the end completely as i've always fallen asleep. I've also skipped the guided part and just used the music and still achieved a relaxed meditative state
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