- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (July 17 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062502239
- ISBN-13: 978-0062502230
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
365 Tao: Daily Meditations Paperback – Jul 17 1992
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About the Author
Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including 365 Tao, The Living I Ching, Chronicles of Tao, Everyday Tao, and Scholar Warrior. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in San Francisco.
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I found daoism long before this book appeared and had a simple understanding of its path. Ming-Dao creates a lovely (sometimes overused) vision of living in the dao in this daily "meditation" book". I read it diligently when I first began my recovery from addiction and, with the fellowship's approved material, found an incredible harmony betwen the two. As I followed my path through the twelve steps, I realized that the daodejing was implicit in all the philosophies and values of the steps.
Later in recovery, I discovered that lacked discipline to refer to the text each day prior to or after my daily meditation sessions. I now enjoy a group of other folks in my fellowship who could not quite undertand the principle of a higher power. In daoism of course, one cannot explain the void, or the priciples of action non-action.
Ming-Dao does his best to give us reference material to recognize our own path in a stream of life. His poetic view of his own experiences and his world yield intricate and also mightly brushstrokes on the art implicit of dao.
I would not take this as the one and all book of daoism -- in fact many other texts should be added to your library in your discovery the ancient scriptures and how they have evolved to such a commercialized reading material. (When searching for this title I found it the highest rated book on Amazon.com's listing for Taoist literature.)
Start with simply remembering that time (those times, or "perfect moments" as some would say) when everything seemed as if you had done that job or created that ___ with no effort at all. You may have stated that you were "in the zone" and the act/ creation/ sport was completely fluid and natural to you. One with the dance... "One in the moment."
There you will begin your journey in understanding the simplicity of balance in the dao.
"For a true master, Sitting on a throne Is no different than Sitting on dirt" (224 -- "Indifference")
I was moved to check out what other Amazon readers thought about this minor masterpiece. I was pleased -- but not surprised -- to see that it is generally getting the tribute it deserves. Ming-Dao repeats this same format (a one-word concept, accompanied by an elegant Chinese calligraphy for that concept and an aphoristic synopsis of it, followed by a meditation on it) in his _Everyday_Tao_ (also highly recommended), but I find that I really need the discipline of "today's lesson" to keep me centered in the ideas he so eloquently presents.
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