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on March 1, 2014
he author brings this book a very easy language to understand. Some concepts of the Five Elements, for example, are defined and explained better than in many other books on acupuncture. It is an excellent book for those who have little knowledge of Taoism. It is rich in graphics and that should have read long ago.
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on May 23, 2013
I was looking forward to another book by Mantak Chia on Taoism, but I am rather disappointed by this effort. The book has some good points early on, but this is more a book about shamanism than it is about Taoist shamanism.

The books co-author has a long, dull, and largely irrelevant (to my thinking anyway) section of the book.

The book reads to me as if someone researched the material and then cut and pasted it in.

To me, this is a book someone phoned in. It does not diminish Chia's other books, however.
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on March 9, 2012
I have studied mantak chias work not throughoutly, but extensively enough to know what parts of the book are his words and what parts are Kris's. Kris seems to be just antoher white "shaman" who gets high on expensive and excessive retreats, which are new age in nature, and not an actual authentic cultral form of shamanism as known by actual anthropologists, scholars, and shamen. The book is a must have for the taoist scholar, or shaman. I am a taoist shaman and I do like this book a lot and am glad to have it and as a taoist shaman I knwo that taoism is an archetypal philosophy that is interchangable with many others, because of its universality. However there are parts of the book that are absolutely not taoist, which are obviously writen by kris because mantak chia is certainly a taoist in the most absolute sense. Kris even seems to be using the words shaman in the same superfluous new age sense that so many other new age writers in the field do. He even goes as far at one point to call a tantric sadhu a "tantric ascetic shaman". I laughed out loud when he said this. He is so m uch less than scholarly though that it is not funny. He could have easily told the reader what a sadhu was, and how it is in fact a type of shaman, though it does not use the term shaman (because the term shaman is an academic term, not a cultural one), and how hinduism and tantra are related to taoism and asian shamanism. However he doesnt. He minces words. A scholar would never do this. And mantak chia doesnt, even when authoring a book that is as short and concise as this one. So while it is not necessarily a "bad" book, I recommend you read this with extreme mindfulness. And stick to mantak chias other works in your study of taoism, and not Kris's.
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on February 15, 2011
This title explains the principles of Taoist medicine: it's origination, how it relates to the Chinese Zodiac, the I Ching, and the possibility of alignment with the pakua. For those who are unfamiliar with one or more of these terms, this is the title to pick up. Chia and North and Universal Healing tackle the topic and/or topics thoroughly and understandingly. Thus, this title is one for the eastern philosophy enthusiast. Whether you want to be, or already are, pick up this tile and learn...
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on February 27, 2012
learning something from this book; mantak chia seems to be coauthoring books with other students; so stuff that was not clear from mantak by himself; now is becoming clearer; ask me what is clearer? can't say; each one will have to find out for him/her self.
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on September 10, 2015
Love it
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on July 28, 2014
Excellent Book!
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