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As I was reading it, I had this constant yin yang banter going on in my head:
"What? Wait! That's not right!"
"Oh, that's good. I like that."
"No no no - mindless passivity is not the way of the Tao."
"Oh wait, mindful action - that's better. I like that."
On the positive side, there is a lot of wisdom in this book.
On the negative side, I don't think Dr. Dyer actually understands the Tao very deeply at all.
Apparently, he spent a year studying the Tao Te Ching in order to write this book.
By comparison, I know folks who've spent decades studying the Tao Te Ching and would tell you plainly that they're still working on understanding it.
I don't know Dr. Dyer or any of his other work, and it's possible that he's enlightened enough to "get it" after only a year of study. Certainly sometimes he's spot on.
Other times, however, it seems to me he misses the point and substitutes his own world view for that of Lao Tzu.
One of the biggest problems for me, I think, is that he overlays the Tao with God - explicitly here and there, but more importantly implicitly throughout the book.
From my understanding, the Tao of Lao Tzu has little in common with the typical Western view of God
- and that indicates to me a lack of real understanding about the Tao.
If you like Dr. Dyer's other efforts, I suspect you'll like this book.
If you're looking for deep exposition on the nature of the Tao and how to live The Way of Virtue, I think you're better off looking elsewhere.
I am deeply grateful for his teachings, especially "How to be a No Limit Person", which may have possibly saved my life. But this particular book brings it all together in the most concise way to date... it's all how we think of things. Really. From some viewpoints in my life I rejected that concept with my entire being... but years give us a perspective that can only come with time. If you think that's a crazy idea now, just try it on for size, trusting those of us who have traveled longer and further... and give it some consideration.
This book is very inspiring, it reviews each chapter of the Tao in only 2-3 pages. Short, concise and easy to understand. Loved the book, still studying daily.
Apparently, he took time off and went to Hawaii or some other island paradise to decompress.
He read his way through the Tao Te Ching one chapter a day, thought about it, then sat down and wrote something in between an interpretation, an analysis, and a reflective essay. (It is not easy to come up in between three things without the use of a Venn diagram, but he did.)
This is a very well written work that addresses fresh insights and efficient responses to the human condition.
The philosophy of the Tao is one half of the two views China developed on how to live. Obviously, the other stands in total opposition to the Taolsm. (Tao says, "fugedabowdit." Confucious says,"Yo, Beeahch! Do something.)
Sometimes a new bottle releases flavors missed before. This is a surprisingly very good book. Nudge...nudge. Buy it!