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.
Enjoy this wonderful book and read it slowly, only a few paragraphs or pages at a time...its yours to discover!
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.
Eventually, even the subtle will be interrupted, and the true breathing will appear whereupon the substance of mind will become perceptible.
I just finished reading this book and am not sure how to take it. The premise is good, but I'm left confused on what is the actual translated text, and what is Clearys own... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Robert M.
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 18 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 19 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 on February 15, 2013 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 on January 31, 2013 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 on January 15, 2013 by furrykidzmom
This translation includes the Wilhelm version of the same material. Cleary breaks down why there are differences. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 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 on December 18, 2012 by W. Hons