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365 Tao: Daily Meditations Paperback – July 17, 1992
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About the Author
Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including 365 Tao, The Living I Ching, Chronicles of Tao, Everyday Tao, and Scholar Warrior. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in San Francisco.
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Top Customer Reviews
That, in essence, captures the nature of this book: small vignettes of Taoist thought, presented not with forcefulness but with conviction, as an exercise for self-reflection. Whether you embrace Taoism, reject it, or are simply curious, the book presents for your perusal the author's own thoughts and meditations on broad-reaching, universal subject matters: getting through difficult times, appreciating what you have, balancing your day, living a better life -- but without annoying preachiness.
I recommend buying this book and keeping it with you for the rest of your life. Certainly the last 6 months with it have been beneficial to me. Each morning, looking at the next passage is a joy, not a chore.
From the first meditation titled "Beginning" to the last titled "Continuation", each turn of the page is a joy. Commentary by Deng Mind-Dao is thought provoking and enlightening.
A nice feature included is the appendix, showing which meditation to read on each day. Great idea for people who didn't start on the 1st of the year. It's also further divided into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
The perfect companion to start each day.
"For a true master, Sitting on a throne Is no different than Sitting on dirt" (224 -- "Indifference")
I was moved to check out what other Amazon readers thought about this minor masterpiece. I was pleased -- but not surprised -- to see that it is generally getting the tribute it deserves. Ming-Dao repeats this same format (a one-word concept, accompanied by an elegant Chinese calligraphy for that concept and an aphoristic synopsis of it, followed by a meditation on it) in his _Everyday_Tao_ (also highly recommended), but I find that I really need the discipline of "today's lesson" to keep me centered in the ideas he so eloquently presents.
It is beautifully written, and full of words of wisdom and kindness. It has taught me new ways to deal with life's ups and downs.
On a deeply subliminal level it has improved how I think and address situations.
I have bought this book as a present for my dearest friends and family. It has totally enriched my life, and I expect I will be referring to it for the rest of my natural life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love love love this book! Thought provoking and full of sage advice. I bought one for my son and a friend. Highly recommended as a reference book for life!Published 8 days ago by Rachael
I bought his other great book, Everyday Tao. Love the Chinese calligraphy with every daily reading.Published 11 days ago by William C. Pierson
I've been reading translations of this for 20 years now and I think I like this one the best. The author does a good job of explaining why his take on this book is good and his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Merrell Toedtmann
Wonderful book to keep by your bedside! Daily readings are a must for anyone who is interested in the TAO.Published 1 month ago by Dex
365 Tao: Daily Meditations is a wonderful. Frank, honest, and gentle - an easy to understand explanation of Tao and its applications to daily life in its myriad forms.Published 1 month ago by Mei Li
I purchased this book largely because of the reviews of other readers, and every day am so thankful that I did. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer