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Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your LIfe Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Universal; 2nd edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740739603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740739606
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This beautiful gift book from Gold (Open Your Mind, Open Your Life; The Tao of Mom) helps readers to see that imperfection is sometimes the source of the greatest insights and growth. From a Japanese expression meaning "wisdom in natural simplicity," Wabi Sabi celebrates life’s quirks, problems and blemishes. Gold calls it "the appreciation of the value and beauty of imperfection," and writes that it is a virtue he learned from his sage Japanese grandmother, Obaa-san. In short and beautifully designed chapters, Gold shares Obaa-san’s optimistic, common-sense philosophy of finding joy in the present despite weaknesses, failures and flaws. Throughout the book, carefully selected quotes from great thinkers and religious leaders invite readers to transform defects and trials into opportunities for growth and change.
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From the Publisher

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese expression meaning "wisdom in natural simplicity." In Taro Gold's latest book we find easy, practical advice based on the lessons of Wabi Sabi to create the joyful life of our dreams. "Living Wabi Sabi" helps us to see the beauty in imperfection and to discover that our so-called flaws can also lead us to our greatest strengths and treasures. When we know this fundamental joy here and now, we can reveal the most powerful and positive sides of imperfection. "Living Wabi Sabi" is an exquisite keepsake and guide to the joy of living.

More About the Author

Taro Gold is the New York Times best-selling author of "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Book of Eastern Wisdom;" "What Is Love? A Simple Guide to Romantic Happiness;" "Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life;" "The Tao of Mom: The Wisdom of Mothers from East to West;" and "The Tao Dad: The Wisdom of Fathers Near and Far."

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By QuinnCreative VINE VOICE on April 22, 2005
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Taro Gold's beautiful book is a visual delight with a profound message. Each page is washed in a tint of color; some pages have powerful quotes written on beautiful backgrounds. But the message is not sweet or simple.

Living a Wabi-Sabi life means accepting your faults as well as your strengths, accepting that you will never be perfect and still keeping yourself open to being a work in progress. It means living a joy unrelated to your income. It means sweeping your life free of blame for others, and living instead with the responsibility of choosing your own happiness or misery.

You can read the book in a single sitting, but don't. Read a few pages at a time, and see how the concept flows into your life. Don't be surprised if you begin to look at your life differently. One of the characters, Obaa-san, says, "No matter how it may seem at the time, the core of your suffering is not your inconsiderate partner, your demanding boss, your insufficient bank balance. . .The root of your suffering is found internally, in the limitations you place on yourself."

This beautiful, small book holds a profound truth that can transform your life. Read it, then live it. You will be changed in wonderful ways.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2004
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Perfection exists only in the imagination. As long as we equate joy with perfection in even a small way, we will never know contentment. ~Taro Gold

In our drive towards perfection, we often seek for impossible dreams that lead to unending conflict of the soul. Taro Gold's "Living Wabi Sabi" is filled with ways we can escape this cycle of disappointment. Quotes are interspersed with personal recollections of his grandmother's teachings. Art mingles with quotes and the pages are of a high quality and shaded with natural earth tones. Not only will this book last a long time, it is perfect to give as a gift.

Taro's thoughts are beautiful gifts filled with wisdom and the secrets of Wabi Sabi living. While life is filled with uncertainties, at least we can ponder how we will deal with uncertainty itself.

Through humorous recollections about cooking or Taro's experience with electricity we learn deep spiritual truths. He discusses the birth of stars, how joy is the ultimate goal in life and how his grandmother taught him to develop inner character so he could contribute goodness to the world. He also discusses interesting facts about Walt Disney and how he was fired from his first job for "lack of imagination." There are a few other humorous examples of how life seemed to take a wrong turn, all while leading the participants right to the height of their success.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Charles Martin on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The publisher deserves credit for putting together an attractive little book. The short quotes sprinkled through out are pithy and to the point, while the decorative illustrations are pretty. Those illustrations, however are the flowery type you find in Asian poetry books and have little to do with Wabi Sabi. Gold's exposition on the subject is simplistic to the point of being juvenile. Wabi Sabi is a complex topic and requires more depth. While new to the subject, I have already found two better books. Lennox Tierney includes photographs of items which actually illustrate the principles of Wabi Sabi in Wabi Sabi A New Look at Japanese Design. Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren Porvides a better foundation for understanding than Gold's book.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Spiritualist Enthusiast on August 9, 2005
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This book really focuses on the true meaning of a happy life, and how simple it can be once we decide to cut out all of the excess stuff society tends to throw in our view. Taro Gold's style of writing is easy to follow and digest, reminding us that what is essential to the soul is all that really matters.

It stays on our coffee table to remind us to take time to reflect, especially after experiencing a tough day, etc.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mark Fox on January 6, 2006
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For those already aware of Buddhist or New Age principles, this book might serve as a pleasant reinforcement. If you seek a deeper truth, you'll be disappointed by the cooing stories of the author's grandmother. The ideas, like accepting what is and living in the moment, are sound in my experience, but the presentation strikes me as infantile. A luxurious use of ink and space make for an attractive book, suitable for a coffee table or waiting room.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Chandler on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a long time fan of "Wabi Sabi for artists and designers" and a new fan of "the Wabi Sabi House" so I thought this would be along the same lines.

Actually it seems to be a new age self-help book full of self obsessed California psycho-babble. If you are a lost soul needing support and guidance this may be a great book for you. If you are a designer or architect looking for guidance in bringing more authenticity, grit, and poetry to your creative process then pass this one by.
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