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Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance [Paperback]

C. Alexander Simpkins , Annellen M. Simpkins
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Simple Taoism is designed to help the reader understand what Taoism is about and to help apply its best aspects to everyday living. Divided into three parts, the book outlines the background and development of the philosophy, illustrated with stories to bring history to life. It explains key concepts and shows ways to incorporate the insights fo Taoism into one's life through such activities as meditation, breathing exercises, and exploring the natural world.

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"A wonderfully simple yet comprehensive introduction to the wide-ranging arts of Taoism." -- Empty Vessel

"An excellent way to improve both your understanding and your spirituality." -- Martial Arts & Combat Sports

"Contains simple instructions for exercises that lead to a fuller life." -- Empty Vessel

About the Author

Drs. C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins live in San Diego and are both psychologists who have specialized in studies of the mind. They have devoted many years to the study of hypnosis and have taught meditation skills to people of all ages. They have also spent the past 25 years involved in the martial arts as practitioners, instructors, and writers. Their work in meditation spans their two worlds of professional interest: martial arts and psychology, adding a unique and comprehensive perspective to this book. In addition to contributing regularly to martial arts publications, they are the authors of Principles of Meditation, Living Meditation, Zen Around the World, and Meditation from Thought to Action, all published by Tuttle.

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Much of what is known of early Chinese philosophies comes from the work of two famous historians, father and son, Ssu-ma Tan (d. 110 B.C.) and his son Ssu-ma Ch'ien (145-86 B.C.). Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every line in 'simple taoism' will click. April 1 2002
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'Simple Taoism' is an essential book for the person seeking peace in an ever growing world of technology and distractions. Stuck in a stuffy shopping centre one morning waiting for the car to be fixed, a sudden desire to escape to the library for a bit of peace and quiet brought me to the book 'Simple Taoism'. I read almost half the book in 2 hours and was so taken by it, I spent a considerable some of money photocopying the rest of the book to read later. 'Simple Taoism' explains itself in such a pure and simple way, you can not fail to understand its message. The book fills you with inspiration and helps you realise that you can experience true life-long happiness if you just stop trying so hard. Everyone is lead to believe that they will reach a point in their lives when they will have every thing they need to be happy, but how long will it take? .If you understand Taoism you will realise that you can be happy now. Through this book you will see that Taoism is just pure wisdom. Taoism is simply derived from observing the ways of nature
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Taoism provides a hand book for life. April 1 2002
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Simple Taoism provides a handbook for life. Deceptively brief, it explains in plain language the basics of Taoism and builds on these with simple exercises to help you put the theory into practice. It gently persuades you to look at your life again. Stand back and let things take their course - let your true nature emerge. A book that was meant to find its way onto my shelf. Feet on the ground stuff, but providing spiritual insight. An inspiration!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Sept. 7 2011
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The perfect book for beginners getting into taoism...I found the language straight-forward and easy to read and the content went over everything from the history of taoism to the beliefs and common practices associated with it such as acupuncture and tai chi chuan. It set me up with the perfect basic understanding of what is involved in it and I feel it was a gift that I have come upon such a book so early in my exploration of the philosophy. Two thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! March 28 2002
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This is a beautiful little book that is a pleasure to read. It answered many of my questions about Taoism and gave me some good ideas about how to apply it to my life. Taoist philosophy has a lot to offer for living calmer, with less stress while still getting things done. I highly recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I detest writing negative reviews. ;-( Jan. 23 2002
This book attempts to do three things and fails all three miserably.
Tries to teach Qigong with only three exercizes. (In my opinion; the authors should have taught Ba Duan Jin (Eight peices of brocade).) This would stimulate all 12 of the primary meridians. and improve your physical and psychological health.
Tries to convey the essence of the Taoist faith. (very limited in scope)
Teaches breathing exercizes, (especially a breathing pattern where you draw in the stomach on the inhale (this is called reverse taoist breathing, and builds Qi in your body very quickly)). This can be dangerous if you do not know how to release the surcharge of Qi, and no; the authors do not warn of this problem, nor teach how to release the energy safely.
Please see my Taoist listmania list for recommended titles and allow this volume to collect dust; because it is dangerous to your physical and psychological health.
I encourage questions and comments; Two Bears.
Wah doh Ogedoda (We give thanks Great Spirit)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality and Health Oct. 15 2001
Taoism is a complex vast collection of customs, rituals, and beliefs that have never been codified into doctrine. This ancient Chinese path emphasizes attunement to the natural rhythms of life, the wisdom of intuition, and the value of inaction or wu-wei. C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins, authors of "Zen Around the World," discuss the importance of chi (life force or energy), yin and yang, the five elements, and simplicity in Taoism.
The movement from Lao-Tzu's writing about the Tao to the contemporary search for methods of enhancing and prolonging life is a zigzag course rather than one of logical progression. "Wisdom lies in not contending," write the Simpkins. "Sensitive to the inner nature of self and others, Lao-Tzu''s Way leads through mystery by returning to the core of life."
Those who are interested in living in balance will find plenty of helpful resources in Taoism including meditation, Eastern medicine, the martial arts of tai chi and aikido, feng shui, and techniques for working with dreams.
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