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The perfect book for readers who are interested in Taoism and want a little daily inspiration. The Tao of Daily Life combines ancient Eastern wisdom with practical application-perfect for busy Western readers! Derek Lin, Taoist master and expert in Eastern philosophy, brings his deep knowledge of this time-honored Chinese spiritual thought system into the twenty-first cent The perfect book for readers who are interested in Taoism and want a little daily inspiration. The Tao of Daily Life combines ancient Eastern wisdom with practical application-perfect for busy Western readers! Derek Lin, Taoist master and expert in Eastern philosophy, brings his deep knowledge of this time-honored Chinese spiritual thought system into the twenty-first century. "There is one simple reason for the Tao to have survived through the ages intact: it works," writes Lin. "The principles of the Tao are extremely effective when applied to life. The philosophy as a whole is nothing less than a practical, useful guide to living life in a way that is smooth, peaceful, and full of energy." Using the powerful medium of stories and short dharma talks, Lin illuminates the Taoist secrets and engages the reader in their inherent wisdom. As a result, the reader of The Tao of Daily Life will notice certain changes, including: - being more composed and more at ease in various situations; - being able to handle challenges and difficulties with less effort and achieving better results; - experiencing greater power and clarity in all areas of life. The spiritual journey, as described by Derek Lin, becomes the most worthwhile exploration anyone can take.


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The perfect book for readers who are interested in Taoism and want a little daily inspiration. The Tao of Daily Life combines ancient Eastern wisdom with practical application-perfect for busy Western readers! Derek Lin, Taoist master and expert in Eastern philosophy, brings his deep knowledge of this time-honored Chinese spiritual thought system into the twenty-first cent The perfect book for readers who are interested in Taoism and want a little daily inspiration. The Tao of Daily Life combines ancient Eastern wisdom with practical application-perfect for busy Western readers! Derek Lin, Taoist master and expert in Eastern philosophy, brings his deep knowledge of this time-honored Chinese spiritual thought system into the twenty-first century. "There is one simple reason for the Tao to have survived through the ages intact: it works," writes Lin. "The principles of the Tao are extremely effective when applied to life. The philosophy as a whole is nothing less than a practical, useful guide to living life in a way that is smooth, peaceful, and full of energy." Using the powerful medium of stories and short dharma talks, Lin illuminates the Taoist secrets and engages the reader in their inherent wisdom. As a result, the reader of The Tao of Daily Life will notice certain changes, including: - being more composed and more at ease in various situations; - being able to handle challenges and difficulties with less effort and achieving better results; - experiencing greater power and clarity in all areas of life. The spiritual journey, as described by Derek Lin, becomes the most worthwhile exploration anyone can take.

30 review for The Tao of Daily Life: The Mysteries of the Orient Revealed The Joys of Inner Harmony Found The Path to Enlightenment Illuminated

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I have read this book several times already and will continue to do so as it is one of the most spiritually profound yet simple to understand books I have ever had the pleasure to read. It is full of wisdom without being preachy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching to connect with the spiritual dimension in their life

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anala

    how can something be so simple and so profound at the same time? well, this book certainly is. i felt awed, inspired and i literally had goosebumps occasionally when those seemingly simple stories got unfurled to give deeper meanings. now, trying to practice tao in my daily life too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Fox

    A great, easy-to-read introduction to Daoism. Derek Lin boils down the text and anecdotes of Daoist masters for the general reader. As far as the lessons in the book, I hope to adopt most, if not all in my own life. For those not interested in Eastern philosophy, I think this book could get you hooked or at least curious. There are no cryptic riddles or poems here. Everything is accessible and explained clearly. There are also some mentions of Buddhism, Zen, and other faiths or philosophies but t A great, easy-to-read introduction to Daoism. Derek Lin boils down the text and anecdotes of Daoist masters for the general reader. As far as the lessons in the book, I hope to adopt most, if not all in my own life. For those not interested in Eastern philosophy, I think this book could get you hooked or at least curious. There are no cryptic riddles or poems here. Everything is accessible and explained clearly. There are also some mentions of Buddhism, Zen, and other faiths or philosophies but the primary focus is on Daoism. It needs a reader with an open, curious mind. For those wanting more in-depth or intensely philosophical discourse, this book is not for you. There are plenty of mid-level and graduate level texts on Daoism. I would recommend one of those for more advanced readers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    A simple introduction to eastern philosophy, with an emphasis on Taoism and Buddhism. Notions such as impermanence, subjectivity, interbeing, etc. are presented in terms of Taoist fables and short quotations from the Tao Te Ching. Probably not useful for intermediate students of eastern thought.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Jenson

    I enjoyed it, a lot of useful ideas. Though his ideas about Karma and the afterlife where a little out of character for Taoism. I thought only Hindu's believed in Karma. I will have to investigate more. I enjoyed it, a lot of useful ideas. Though his ideas about Karma and the afterlife where a little out of character for Taoism. I thought only Hindu's believed in Karma. I will have to investigate more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Wolski

    Excellent book to read that you can apply to different life situations everyday. Simple yet profound like another reviewer mentioned. Will re read multiple times.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Wall

    I need to do more of these for the insights, not necessarily over the top but top notch. Silence plays for you the song of serenity and sounds of stillness. . . p. 29 . . . things simply happen in life. They are not good or bad -- they just are. p;. 60 Consider all the different ways people judge one another. We look at titles, degrees, possessions, relative wealth, and social standing -- all external attributes that have little to do with the true self. p. 106 The more we do for others, the more bl I need to do more of these for the insights, not necessarily over the top but top notch. Silence plays for you the song of serenity and sounds of stillness. . . p. 29 . . . things simply happen in life. They are not good or bad -- they just are. p;. 60 Consider all the different ways people judge one another. We look at titles, degrees, possessions, relative wealth, and social standing -- all external attributes that have little to do with the true self. p. 106 The more we do for others, the more blissful contentment we experience; the more we give to others, the most joyous satisfaction we receive. p. 116 lock - crowbar - key. Brute force useless, but little key of understanding is more effective. p. 122 . . . giving of ourselves to others without any expectations. p. 127 Would you like more recognition for the work that you do? If so, then start by recognizing the achievements of everyone around you. p. 130 "eight winds" [ praise, ridicule, honor, disgrace, gain, loss, pleasure, and misery ] p. 139 Arguments rarely bring agreement. p. 151 Pointing fingares isn't just limited to blaming and accusing. It is also a way to highlight shortcomings in others, to mock and to criticize. We seem to enjoy doing this stoo much to ever give it up. [We may enjoy ridiculing, but to what effect?} p. 153 Bodhisattva therefore is someone who possesses great wisdom or compassion. p. 167

  8. 4 out of 5

    Victor

    Excellent book. Well worth the purchase. Short, simple, sweet and practical advice to daily life. Highly recommended. I’m very impressed with the short and clean simple reading and it’s application to life, a very practical book. Would be purchasing more titles by Derek.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Incomplete sampling of some of the stories of the tao. The descriptions and explanations are good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J Angelou

    Very insightful stories, but will need to be read a couple of times to truly understand and internalize the lessons. While some stories were practical and applicable, some felt a little vague...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Here is a book a teen should read. The Tao of Daily Life by Derek Lin is a book about a Chinese Philosophy. A Philosophy is a way of life or view point. The Tao means The Path or The Way. The Tao dates back 2,500 years to eastern Asia. The Tao of Daily Life shares ancient Eastern Wisdom. The Tao is different from other books that I have read this year. Books like A Separate Peace, Catcher in Rye, and Bamboo People, for example, were about young people in different ways and these books are fiction Here is a book a teen should read. The Tao of Daily Life by Derek Lin is a book about a Chinese Philosophy. A Philosophy is a way of life or view point. The Tao means The Path or The Way. The Tao dates back 2,500 years to eastern Asia. The Tao of Daily Life shares ancient Eastern Wisdom. The Tao is different from other books that I have read this year. Books like A Separate Peace, Catcher in Rye, and Bamboo People, for example, were about young people in different ways and these books are fiction. The Tao is non-fiction. It is a book about advice and tells us how to live our lives. The Tao of Daily Life is a book with 34 short chapters and each chapter starts with a story that tells you about the teaching of the Tao. “The Donkey,” for example, is a chapter about trying to keep your head held high. The reason I liked this chapter is because it teaches us about courage and we should never underestimate others. The donkey falls down a well and then the people try to bury him because they can’t get him out. But he gets himself out by shaking the dirt off and climbing out. The lesson I learned is that when you get dumped on you shake it off and keep on trying. “The Giant Peng Bird” is another chapter about we as individuals and how we can reach our full potential. Potential means having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. This concept is sometimes very hard to understand but in the future we may be able to find out what it means. In conclusion, this book taught me to never under estimate myself. This book gave me a lot of advice and it taught me a lot as well. I recommend this book to people that our concerned about their lives, which is just about everybody.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    The teachings that this book provides are genuinely a great way to live. But because of my Christianity, the part about heaven an hell would not be something that I could go by. I do believe in God but found the book all in all educational. It's a great way to understand why people believe in the way they do. It shows that people are different and no one person that has a different religion is necessarily evil but they we are all human beings on a quest to understand life, live our life to the f The teachings that this book provides are genuinely a great way to live. But because of my Christianity, the part about heaven an hell would not be something that I could go by. I do believe in God but found the book all in all educational. It's a great way to understand why people believe in the way they do. It shows that people are different and no one person that has a different religion is necessarily evil but they we are all human beings on a quest to understand life, live our life to the fullest, and live in peace. There is so much hatred in the world but when people realize what they are doing then its easier for them to change. Harmony isn't easy to come by but through Christ, I find it possible. But through learning how to think about things like the Tao represents and what to do to be able to bring harmony to your life then your life will feel fulfilled. It teaches how to be a peaceable human being. I still believe in God, even though I read the whole book. But some of the teachings could benefit anyone regardless of their religion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marjanne

    I think I would have rated this book higher if I had not already read several books on Taoism. In general I do feel that I agree with a lot of what Taoism is and do try to apply it in my life. Books like this are good if you are looking for ways to change your perspective, resolve personal issues and questions, and in general self-improvement. I don't feel like this book taught me anything new, though if you are not familiar with Taoism it would be a good place to start and would likely get you I think I would have rated this book higher if I had not already read several books on Taoism. In general I do feel that I agree with a lot of what Taoism is and do try to apply it in my life. Books like this are good if you are looking for ways to change your perspective, resolve personal issues and questions, and in general self-improvement. I don't feel like this book taught me anything new, though if you are not familiar with Taoism it would be a good place to start and would likely get you thinking.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex Farouqi

    This is a book that I will read over and over throughout my life. The stories are simple, but they contain profound teachings. Derek Lin's commentaries on the stories are very helpful as well. This was a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to begin following the authentic time tested methods of Taoism. The author speaks and writes Chinese and English fluently, so is conveyance of ancient Chinese wisdom can be trusted to be accurate for any English speaking individual who do This is a book that I will read over and over throughout my life. The stories are simple, but they contain profound teachings. Derek Lin's commentaries on the stories are very helpful as well. This was a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to begin following the authentic time tested methods of Taoism. The author speaks and writes Chinese and English fluently, so is conveyance of ancient Chinese wisdom can be trusted to be accurate for any English speaking individual who does not know Chinese, but wants to learn about Taoism.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex Farouqi

    This is a book that I will read over and over throughout my life. The stories are simple, but they contain profound teachings. Derek Lin's commentaries on the stories are very helpful as well. This was a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to begin following the authentic time tested methods of Taoism. The author speaks and writes Chinese and English fluently, so is conveyance of ancient Chinese wisdom can be trusted to be accurate for any English speaking individual who do This is a book that I will read over and over throughout my life. The stories are simple, but they contain profound teachings. Derek Lin's commentaries on the stories are very helpful as well. This was a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to begin following the authentic time tested methods of Taoism. The author speaks and writes Chinese and English fluently, so is conveyance of ancient Chinese wisdom can be trusted to be accurate for any English speaking individual who does not know Chinese, but wants to learn about Taoism.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kony

    This book manages to be both charming and profound. Presents three dozen brief symbolic vignettes, each followed by comments that explain and apply the core truths. The vignettes introduce us to elements of Tao by way of roaring tigers, witty monks, gigantic mythical birds, talking waves of water, and even a few normal people. The follow-up comments don't beat around the bush: they tell us what the Tao is and what it's not, and they draw specific, intuitively appealing connections to modern life This book manages to be both charming and profound. Presents three dozen brief symbolic vignettes, each followed by comments that explain and apply the core truths. The vignettes introduce us to elements of Tao by way of roaring tigers, witty monks, gigantic mythical birds, talking waves of water, and even a few normal people. The follow-up comments don't beat around the bush: they tell us what the Tao is and what it's not, and they draw specific, intuitively appealing connections to modern life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    This was a good book, but much of its contents I have encountered before. The author does an excellent job of organizing his topics, and I enjoy that every section begins with a traditional story or passage from the "Tao Te Ching" to illustrate a point. For me the last few chapters were the most thought provoking. This was a good book, but much of its contents I have encountered before. The author does an excellent job of organizing his topics, and I enjoy that every section begins with a traditional story or passage from the "Tao Te Ching" to illustrate a point. For me the last few chapters were the most thought provoking.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caryn

    I am a little overwhelmed with all of the information this book contains. It really has me thinking and that's always a good thing. If I can incorporate only a little bit of this into my actual life I will be a better person. If the Tao is natural, and I truly want to incorporate it in my life without any expectations or attachments, I don't see why it can't be done. I am a little overwhelmed with all of the information this book contains. It really has me thinking and that's always a good thing. If I can incorporate only a little bit of this into my actual life I will be a better person. If the Tao is natural, and I truly want to incorporate it in my life without any expectations or attachments, I don't see why it can't be done.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sher

    Excellent -- really helpful and inspiring. Lin provides a story from ancient Taoist wisdom and then follows it with commentary. Some of the tales come from the Chuang Tzu " a masterpiece of Chinese literature." Though I read the book straight through, it's a text that I will re-read throughout the year. Excellent -- really helpful and inspiring. Lin provides a story from ancient Taoist wisdom and then follows it with commentary. Some of the tales come from the Chuang Tzu " a masterpiece of Chinese literature." Though I read the book straight through, it's a text that I will re-read throughout the year.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Iva Pokorny

    I have a lot going on in my life right now. Pretty heart rending stuff. And this quiet, humorous book filled with wisdom and compassion for our human soul is helping me cope, understand, and not loose my faith in Hope and Joy. I read a chapter a day. I have something to contemplate and help me keep going gently, but firmly. I return to a good friend each time I take up this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jo

    I loved this book. Derek Lin does a fabulous job of giving us small lessons for simplifying the craziness that we live with now. It's can be a quick read, or long and leisurely with lots of contemplations. Hight recommended. I loved this book. Derek Lin does a fabulous job of giving us small lessons for simplifying the craziness that we live with now. It's can be a quick read, or long and leisurely with lots of contemplations. Hight recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This is a good primer of Taoist philosophy and is full of proverbs and anecdotes that serve both to amuse and entertain the reader. The elegant simplicity of Eastern philosophy is showcased and lofty concepts and ideals are presented in easily digestible language.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jonahlyn

    Finally finished it but I'll probably need to go back and re-read chapters occasionally. I'm not quite "living the Tao" yet. Really like how he starts each chapter with a story that illustrates each principal and then goes on to explain it in a way that's easy to understand. Great book! Finally finished it but I'll probably need to go back and re-read chapters occasionally. I'm not quite "living the Tao" yet. Really like how he starts each chapter with a story that illustrates each principal and then goes on to explain it in a way that's easy to understand. Great book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jon-david Mafia Hairdresser

    This is a very visual-told story way of learning the Tao. Anyone studying the Tao who is an artist will let the pages just melt into their minds. I've absorbed so much from this book. I highly recommend! This is a very visual-told story way of learning the Tao. Anyone studying the Tao who is an artist will let the pages just melt into their minds. I've absorbed so much from this book. I highly recommend!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rose Boyer

    Love this book. Goes right along with my own belief system. seems like everyone should already know this. That unfortuately, that is not the case. It has beautiful humanistic values and is a good read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The ability to see life in such a way as to enjoy some beautiful strawberries without worrying about tigers below or rats chewing through your canopy makes me giggle.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I downloaded one of Derek Lin's talks on Tao while stuck in traffic headed to the GW Bridge on Thanksgiving Eve. Bingo! I'm in LUV L-U-V... I downloaded one of Derek Lin's talks on Tao while stuck in traffic headed to the GW Bridge on Thanksgiving Eve. Bingo! I'm in LUV L-U-V...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    This is a great book. I love how Lin uses stories to bring points to light.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lewis Manalo

    A good primer on Taoism, Lin veers into a syncretistic brand of Taoism, illustrating many points with Judeo-Christian and Buddhist examples.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Loved it. Thought it was great. Read one "story" each day, let it take root. Loved it. Thought it was great. Read one "story" each day, let it take root.

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