Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.95
  • Save: $3.04 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Tao of Now: Daily Wis... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Tao of Now: Daily Wisdom from Mystics, Sages, Poets, and Saints Paperback – September 5, 2008


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.91
$1.01 $0.01

There is a newer edition of this item:


Light Is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell
Check out the popular new release from Rebecca Campbell.
$13.91 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Tao of Now: Daily Wisdom from Mystics, Sages, Poets, and Saints + The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Price for both: $22.20

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

Nirvana is immediate. Not hidden. Not distant. Not in the future but right in front of your face. Right now.

The Tao of Now helps readers experience the power of enlightenment moment by moment. In this book of daily meditations, Josh Baran shows readers that nirvana is staring them in the face—regardless of whether things get better, or whether true love happens, or whether the stock market goes back up, or whether they lose ten pounds. Nirvana happens when ordinary, everyday experience is freed from perpetual seeking or wishing for conditions to improve.

The Tao of Now contains some of the greatest ancient and modern teachings on the immediate experience of enlightenment from such notables as:




• Eckhart Tolle


• Rumi


• Stephen Batchelor


• Ram Dass


• the Buddha


• Jack Kornfield


• Byron Katie


• Pema Chödrön

Baran adds his own inspirational commentary on experiencing immediate nirvana to that of these teachers.

The Tao of Now is a wonderful companion for any tired seeker who wants only to know the power and peace of true, immediate enlightenment.

About the Author

Josh Baran is a former Zen monk and recognized teacher in the Soto Zen tradition and a contributor to Tricycle: the Buddhist Review. After leaving the monastery, Baran became a political activist, and is now an experienced marketing and public relations professional in New York. His clients include the Dalai Lama, Michael Crichton and Bill Gates, as well as Universal Pictures, Sony and AOL/Time Warner.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Pub Co (October 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157174584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571745842
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In 1970, at the age of nineteen, Josh Baran became a Zen monk. After seven years in the monastery he was recognized as a teacher in the Soto Zen tradition and received 'Dharma transmission'. The editor of this work he adds his own commentary to the writings. After leaving the monastery he became a political activist and is now an experienced marketer and public relations professional with extensive and varied clients from the Dalai Lama to Bill Gates, Universal Pictures, Sony, and Time Warner.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Poindexter on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I heard Adyashanti was visiting San Diego, I was stoked! I've spent countless hours listening/reading his stuff. I was excited and looked forward to the weekend because it'd be killing two birds with one stone: It's been some time since visiting Diego so I planned to both party hard and hit up the Adyashanti event.

Prior to the event, I was at the Barnes & Noble browsing New Age. I saw this book called "The Tao of Now." What caught my attention was the picture of a cell phone on the front cover: an opened flip-phone cell flashing a picture of clouds on the screen. What tripped me out was that I also have a picture of clouds on my cell screen.

Just the past year since "seeing" the world anew, I've noticed something about clouds that really fascinates me. I later noticed that for some reason, the non-duality books on my shelf have clouds on the cover, only clouds: As It Is by Tony Parsons, Awakening to the Dream by Leo Hartong, The Song of the Bird by Anthony de Mello, A New Earth, The Power of Now, and Stillness Speaks all by Eckhart Tolle. Could it be that these authors also find clouds fascinating?

The author begins by telling his personal experience of how his thoughts got in the way of an event he was looking forward to attending. When he was actually at the event itself, he couldn't enjoy because his thoughts were mucking things up. That sure hits home with me. I've had that experience many times. As I read further, I found that the book resembled one of the books mentioned earlier, "Stillness Speaks."

Aphorisms, or short quotes and snippets, are great. Because they are short and to the point, they don't add layers of thought to cloud things even further.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LaurelSpring on May 26, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was in Borders yesterday and picked up this book. I was mesmerized and realized I had to have it! I had already used my Borders coupon to buy a Raspberry Mocha Kiss, so of course I came home and looked it up here. To my surpise, after looking at the reviews, I realized that I already had it! Or rather, I had 365 Nirvana. Its been sitting on the table by my chair forever. That pretty little blue book. I started it years ago and picked it up now and then and loved it, but for some reason it just sat there for a long time and one day,not that long ago, I stuck it in a pile of "daily" sorts of books that I never look at anymore.

What I realized in Borders is that the new paperbook was so much more approachable for me, easier to read and user friendly. The blue book had really small writing and for some reason I found it intimidating. When I rediscovered it in the new format it was like a whole new book to me. I thought how crazy it was to order a book I already had, but did it anyway because this one's a keeper.

These quotes really bring me into IT or That space of is-ness so easily and effortlessly. Why did it sit there for so long? I dont know. If I had been more diligent in reading it I could have saved myself alot of money and time spent on some useless fruitless seeking. This one's an excellent pointer. Stop seeking, read Tao of Now.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Schell on December 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
"The Tao of Now: Daily Wisdom from Mystics, Sages, Poets, and Saints" is essentially a huge collection of wisdom quotes from all kinds of people, not necessarily just Buddhists. Quotes from Rumi, Buddha, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dogen, Jesus, as well as many literary notables. Edited and compiled by Josh Baran, a former zen monk and Soto Zen teacher. These are "wisdom quotes" not necessarily religious quotes, so you get ideas from every faith and outlook.

This isn't the sort of book you read through from cover to cover. It's fun to just flip through and read a page at random. There are 365 quotes, making it possible to go through one quote a day for a year with this book. Although these are not koans in the traditional sense, most are reasonably short and deep enough to allow for some real contemplation.

The introductory section is short, and explains much of the author's background and reasons for writing the book. I especially like his reasons for being a "former" monk. He got up and walked out of the monastery one day. I suspect this happens quite a lot, and his reasons are interesting. He also points out in the introduction that some of the quotes in the book are contradictory, but that doesn't necessarily make them wrong. You just need to think about where the original speaker was coming from contextually.

I'm not going to say this is a "must have" book, but it's fun, informative, and does contain a lot to think about.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've owned this book for many years and still find myself reaching for it on a regular basis. Josh Baran has put together a thoughtful and diverse collection of quotes from everywhere, ranging from the words of ancient sages to penetrating quotes from television shows.

What all of these quotes share in common is the ability to pull us back into ourselves and to think and reflect on why we're here and what really matters.

Thank you!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
THE TAO OF NOW: DAILY WISDOM FROM MYSTICS, SAGES, POETS AND SAINTS collects teachings from ancient to modern times and provides daily topics for contemplation. More than just another collection of quotes, this uses a question/answer format as well as tips to consider the 'how' of happiness, from a Zen master's tips on how to achieve enlightenment today to giving up on preconceived notions. An excellent handbook for any who would 'live in the now'.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Tao of Now: Daily Wisdom from Mystics, Sages, Poets, and Saints
This item: The Tao of Now: Daily Wisdom from Mystics, Sages, Poets, and Saints
Price: $13.91
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?