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Tao of Peace: A Guide to Inner and Outer Peace [Hardcover]

Diane Dreher

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Book Description

March 1990
The "Tao Te Ching" has been treasured for thousands of years because of its timeless wisdom and philosophy of life. Yet the very simplicity of Taoist philosophy leads to problems for the Western mind. This book casts new light on this philosophy and the elusive truths contained in this book, offering an inspiring vision of how age-old Taoist principles can be applied to ourselves and to the conteporary world around us.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Donald I Fine (March 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556111517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556111518
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Can Chinese seer Lao-Tzu's ancient classic, Tao Te Ching , help you cope with divorce, being fired, tension, a negative self-image, poor communication, environmental pollution, personal and political conflict? Most certainly, according to this busy self-help manual, complete with meditation, breathing and visualization exercises, activity lists and "self-assessments." Dreher, a California psychologist, urges us to use Taoist principles to harmonize with nature, flow with cycles of change, live in the present, seek simplicity and reach out to the world in loving service. Some readers may be put off by this primer's relentlessly upbeat tone, its division of humanity into "Tao people" and "non-Tao persons"; others will doubtless welcome it as a valiant attempt to apply Taoist wisdom to our high-pressure, modern world. Each chapter is prefaced by a verse from the Tao and ends with the author's aphoristic "Affirmations."
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful but not real useful Sept. 2 2004
By Kris - Published on Amazon.com
I see this book is being offered on consignment at this website for $86 and $111. It's a paperback. Does that say something about its value? Well, I don't know who would pay that much for it....I found my copy in the trash, with mildewed pages and slightly waterlogged. You can have it for the cost of shipping.

Judging from her works listed on this website, this author looks like she has made quite a writing career by remarking on the Tao. In this book, she recites a verse or two of Lao Tse's work, and then gives examples from among her friends and acquaintances. She gives personal exercises and "affirmations," or self-statements. To me, all of these were almost totally worthless. It's not like they were new to me: they weren't. Everything seemed like recycled garbage, and maybe that's her point, to recycle garbage.

The Tao itself is a great book, that's understood. What Dreher does to it here is not great. However, her book is not without some value. It will make you think, but I think if you had just read the Tao itself you would get the same value. No need for her quite pedestrian and quite unnecessary commentary. This is not like some of the other Tao commentaries I have read, which I have enjoyed.

I will say this: Diane Dreher, the way she comes out in this book, is one of those hippy-types who has forged a career for herself as a kind of flower child capitalist. This to me stinks of hypocrisy, and that's another reason I didn't enjoy this book. Sorry. Diximus.

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