If you are drawn to the energy of signing a deeper song,, are are the core books that inspire and motivate me. Your find them all at Cara’s Coner:
- Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching
- Stephen Mitchell, The Second Book of Tao
- Ni, Hua-Ching, Hua Hu Ching
- Allan Watts, What is Tao”
- Alla Watts, The Way of Zen
- Kalhil Gibran, The Prophet
- Ralph Waldo Emerson. Self Reliance
- Qiguang Zhao, Do Nothing and Do Everything.
- Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Poo
- Eugen Herrige, Zen and the Art of Archery
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
- Shunry Suzuki, Zzen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tau
Translation by Stephen Mitchell
The Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu is my go-to, cornerstone inspirational guide.
Lao-Tau was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. For at least fifty years, Lao Tzu worked in the emperor’s library, kept mostly to himself, and was considered a recluse and a mystic of deep wisdom. The story is that when he decided to leave the country, the guard at the border asked him to write down all he knew and leave it with the people. His book of spiritual reflections is called the Tao Te Ching (The Way – Virtue – Progress) and it has been published in more languages than any book except the Bible.1 Lao-Tzu is known as the founder of philosophical Taoism.
There are 81 short verses in The Tao Te Ching. A perfect way to explore this book is to simply read one verse a day and see where it takes you. I have read seven or eight translations of the Tao Te Ching but Stephen Mitchel’s is far and away my favorite.
The Second Book of Tao thoughtfully expands on the Tao Te Ching . Your find them at Cara’s Conner.
DENG MING DAO
365 Tao Meditation
The Living I Ching
Deng Ming Dao is a Taoist who lives in Sebastopol, California, which is a town away from Santa Rosa where I used to live. I didn’t know he was there, and I was more active in the Center for Spiritual Living and had yet to discover my attraction to Taoism.
I began to explore his work though two of his books, Everyday Tao and 365 Taoist Meditations. I have been through them both at least twice, reading one short concept at a time, often writing a post about it, or at the very least, trying to figure out how I might apply the concept to my own life. I highly recommend either of them.
I have also read Deng Ming Dao’s The Living I Ching. Although I have used the I Ching for 50 years, that was the first time i actually read through the whole book in sequence. The Scholarly Warrior is the fourth book of his I have read.
When you look for a new teacher, or a new source of inspiration, listen to your own leanings.Although the Tao Te Ching is important to me, I am not drawn to each of the translations or interpretations of the core concepts. Be selective. See what resonates with you. Whose words resonate? Go exploring. Thomas Troward explored all of the world’s great religions and taught the communities.
Find some source of inspirational reading and allow it to enhance your life every day. Find my recommendation at Cara’s Conner:
Those who follow the Tao seek to know themselves well. They believe that the outside world is only known in relation to an inner point of view. They would therefore establish self-knowledge before they tried to know others. Self cultivation is the basis for knowing the Tao. -Deng Ming-Dao
To act with Tao, observe and follow. To know Tao, be still and look within. -Deng Ming Dao