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The uniqueness of this book lies in the fact that it is highly original and at the same time totally traditional. The content of ancient Christian experience, with all its latent power, remains the same, but it is presented in a far-seeing, all-encompassing way that soars above the bounds of Western culture. In keeping with the Chinese mind and the way of Lao Tzu, the book moves from laconic poetry to scientific precision in seeking to arrive at the "minimal": the very essence of Reality. It speaks of the mysteries of the nature of the Tao, then describes the drama of the Tao "taking flesh" in Christ, opening up the reality of the other world, and finally "emptying Himself." Practical teachings on the spiritual life are presented in detail, by which readers can enter into a direct experience of the incarnate Tao, and find their Personal Connection with the Source of the ten thousand things.
Fascinating book that can be useful for Orthodox Christians in talking to Buddhists, and for Buddhists looking into Orthodoxy.Published 9 months ago by Paula Stewart
Quoting Lao Tzu, "That which can be named is not the everlasting Tao." Apparently, Christians don't understand this very simple precept of the Tao te Ching. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Monk
This is a bit of a challenge. strong ideas, but must be studied thoroughly for best understanding.Published 10 months ago by Chris at Bigfork, MT
In a time when religions become obsolete, this book offers a possibility to understand that a faith is not equal to a religion.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hieromonk Damascene is an Eastern Christian Monk. For him it is truly East meets East, thus this book synergizes the truth revealed through the Church, the illumination of the Holy... Read morePublished on March 30, 2007 by Christopher Hoops
So many of the other reviews are focused on the comparative aspects of Taoism and Christianity, which certainly is a factor in the first sections of this book. Read morePublished on July 31, 2006 by Amazon Customer
Hieromonk Damascene's work unsettles me for several reasons: 1 I'm not sure the "Taoism" it presents matches any form of Taoism, living or extinct. Read morePublished on May 7, 2006 by R. Griswold
I had already written a review for this book, but I forgot to mention a very special aspect of this book. Read morePublished on January 22, 2005 by Evan H.
The concepts in this book bridges the gap between Eastern and Western religious ideas. The author did a good job reconciling the two and helped me with my inner struggle of East... Read morePublished on September 23, 2004 by J. Chau