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on 27 June 2001
Yet another excellent book on Taoism by a very knowledgable practitioner of the Taoist arts. This book gives an extensive overview of various aspects of Taoism, giving a comprehensive view of the history of this very old and fragmented philosophy. Split into three sections the first deals with the history of Taoism from it's origins in shamanism to it's modern synthesis with Buddism and Confucianism. The second section deals with systems of Taoism including divination, internal alchemy, ceremony and magic. The third section deals with the practices of the different systems. A very thorough book, highly recommended.
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on 1 November 2011
taoism in the form of lao tze is up there with the best of zen. buy over the centuries taoism got bogged down in magic, alchemy and rituals in china. these are dead ends where the philosophy of lao tzu is the gem of taoism. this book, while clearly writen and nicely structured, focuses way too much on outdated magic and superstition. too bad.
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