Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance Paperback – May 15 1999
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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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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)
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.
With the many books available that delve into the history of Taoism, notably those by Grigg and Deng Ming Dao, one quickly realizes this book needs to be a lot stronger (and bigger) to be of any real use. Although this is a great "loaner" for friends who are intrigued by your habits and lifestyle, if you practice any Taoist-related activities now you won't get anything from this book.
Borrow it and check it out before buying!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on March 27 2002
This book was a great read. An introduction to history and practices of Taoism. Covering Tai Chi Chuan and simple meditation, this book is a terrific primer for anyone interested... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2001 by Kurt K. Gilman
If you already know the history of Taoism and are looking for a more practical, modern guide, this probably isn't the right book. Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by S. R. Schwankert
I have been involved in Taoism for many years and found this book to be very true to the spirit of Tao. Read morePublished on May 4 2000
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