Thomas Cleary is the preeminent translator of classic Eastern texts, including The Essential Tao, The Essential Confucius, The Secret of the Golden Flower, and the bestselling The Art of War.
Taoism is about making the conscious decision to make the shift from free will to free flow.
Another thing that commends Mr. Cleary's translation is that he puts his commentary at the end so the translated text is presented without distractions.
Enjoy this wonderful book and read it slowly, only a few paragraphs or pages at a time...its yours to discover!
Those who are familiar with the original translation with commentary by C.G.Jung may have felt there was something amiss or lacking as I did. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter Field
From my read, the techniques outlined in 'The Secret of the Golden Flower' are essentially the Tao version of Mahamudra instruction (or vice-versa), which entails `looking'... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stan S
I was glad to be able to read this book. It is a classic in Taoism.
Unfortunately, it is cryptic and lacking in detailed practice. Read more
Hard to describe the quality of impact this book and author's translation has had on me. Not for beginners to Taoist thinking and practice. Read morePublished 20 months ago by A Man Walking Uphill
The book itself is exquisite. It took years for me to arrive at a point wherein I could comprehend its wisdom. I ordered two copies and gave one to a friend. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Janet Red Feather
I bought this book for a friend of mine for Christmas. Although he told me that it is a bit difficult to read, the author has notes at the end which help with understanding each... Read morePublished 21 months ago by furrykidzmom
This translation includes the Wilhelm version of the same material. Cleary breaks down why there are differences. Read morePublished 22 months ago by John D Marinos
Very impressed with Thomas Cleary's translation - so much so that I hgave picked up several more of his translations. Read morePublished 22 months ago by W. Hons
A very interesting book. I have read a LOT on meditation and Eastern thought over the years. This book was an enjoyable addition to that. For some the information will be new. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by RayROnline