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Taoism Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 May 2005

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Ken Cohen introduces listeners to Taoism, unfolding Lao-Tzu's vast spirituality legacy, from its historical origins to the prayers, rituals and meditations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8d51393c) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d4386e4) out of 5 stars Intelligible, Practical Presentation of Non-Western Thought 21 Jun. 2000
By John D. Daniels - Published on
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Ken Cohen, like his friend and mentor Alan Watts, is not only a clear, strong writer; but also an inspiring lecturer/teacher.
Taoism is a 4 1/2 hr. course covering Taoism as religion, as philosophy, its influence on the arts and science of China, and how it connects and contrasts with other systems of thought, both Chinese and Western.
This course is presented on a practical basis with the goal of improving the quality of one's life and health. This is demonstrated right from the start with Ken Cohen's careful enunciation of Chinese words. Because of the relational nature of Taoist thinking, some areas could be difficult or even strange, except for the excellence of the presentation.
An unusual section is given on Chinese (Taoist) poetry. This type of poetry strives to express directly an experience from Nature, the experience being more important than cleverness with words. The principles are illustrated using Ken Cohen's own translations of classical poerty. Then he invites the listener to "cap" a poem by adding a line to one he provides. Finally the listener is encouraged to try alternating lines with friends, the poems finishing themselves.
Feng Shui (geomancy) is presented through the relational "5 element" scheme. But it is also pointed out that the Earth can be considered to have "meridians" and by using standing meditation, one can relate the body's meridians to those of the Earth.
Not only for Feng Shui, but also for the other areas of Taoist thought, Ken Cohen emphasizes the bottom line is harmony, balance and sense. Anecotes drawn from a lifetime of study are included to help demonstate important ideas.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d438738) out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to many aspects of Taoism 6 Feb. 2006
By gregamazon - Published on
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This is a great overview of Taoism, wonderfully illustrating its origins, history, and modern practice. It is focused very much on encouraging an experience of the Tao rather than dry academic material. The academic material presented is done so as to enhance the experience of the Tao. He does a great job of presenting the seemingly arcane and complicated topics in digestible, bite-size chunks - even divination! It seems the author's specialities are feng shui and qi-gong. While other topics get a little bit of time, these two get a lot. I appreciated the author's inclusion of meditation exercises, but these things don't translate well to what I consider is the most common use of the audio CD: listening while driving. That said, I was impressed at his emphasis on cultivating tao and fostering an understanding of qi as relevant to all of the subtopics presented. I would recommend this CD/book to any friend interested in learning the basics of Taoism.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d4b7324) out of 5 stars Great Overview Of Taoism!!! 18 Feb. 2006
By Wayne D. Thiltgen - Published on
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I have found the CD Program "Toaisim" by Ken Cohen to be a very good overview, of Toaism, it was easy to understand the fundamental's, and it provides a great look into Taoisim.

I also own Ken Cohen's "The Way of Giqong Training Program", the "Taosim" course is a great compliment to it also.

Wayne Thiltgen, Tulsa, Ok
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dd74330) out of 5 stars Ken Cohen's work 21 Feb. 2013
By Jeane Jacobs - Published on
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The Essential Teachings of the Way and the Power, Taoism by Ken Cohen has been a powerful teaching. His voice is kind and easy to listen to. His knowledge of Taoism is vast and informative. I am enjoying this program very much. Thank you.
HASH(0x8d753ae0) out of 5 stars Substantial and enjoyable material on Taoism 13 Jan. 2014
By L. Mansur - Published on
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This is a favorite of mine and I give it out as gifts. The way Ken explains his journey to Taoism and his interpretation, I feel, is authentic and refreshing. I personally love Taoism. It meshes well with Buddhism.
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