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Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism (Complete Idiot's Guides)by Brandon Toropov
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You’re no idiot, of course. You know Taoism is one of the world’s oldest religions, based on simplicity and balance. However, you may not know it has important parallels with modern Western life: health, ecology, even in such pop culture icons as Luke Skywalker and The Beatles.
But you don’t have to sit at the feet of a Taoist master to learn how the Taoist tradition has enlightened seekers throughout the centuries! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Taoism will show you exactly why Taoist principles appeal to people from every walk of life! In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get:
--The history of the Daode Jing, the world’s shortest core religious text, and Laozi, its mysterious author.
--The teachings of Zhuangzi, the often-overlooked master sage of Taoism.
--An explanation of ying-yang and what it represents.
--Taoism’s relationship to Zen Buddhism.
A guide to the Tao te Ching and Taoism covering what it teaches and how it interacts with other areas of Buddhism.<P>-- The book appeals to both academic readers and individual seekers, both of whom buy books in large numbers.<P>-- Complements series coverage of related topics such as The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Buddhism, The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Zen Living, The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Tai Chi and QiGong, and The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the I Ching.<P>While many know that Taosim is somehow connected to Buddhism, but they may not understand it's far-reaching influence on Eastern philosophy today. Without Taoism, many believe Buddhism would never have caught on — concepts of simplicity and balance come to us from the mixing of Chinese Taoism and Buddhism. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Taoism continues this tradition in helping people understand the history of Taoism, the interpretations of the Tao te Ching and how to Taoism touches our daily life.
About the Author
Brandon Toropov is a Boston-based writer who has written a variety of non-fiction titles including The I Ching for Beginners and The Art and Skill of Dealing with People. He has appeared on more than 100 local and national broadcast programs. He is the author of several Complete Idiot’s Guides on religious topics.
CHAD HANSEN is a professor of philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Language and Logic in Ancient China and A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought. He is in the process of completing a translation of the Daode Jing.
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