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Youve read lao tse, now read this!
on 8 September 2014
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)