Tao Books

Modern Tao

  • Tao Te Ching: A New Approach - Backward Down the Path

By Jerry O. Dalton

This is an interpretation synthesized from multiple translations and, as such, contain inevitable errors. Nevertheless, the author has fresh insights to offer. Each chapter ends with excellent sections called For Thought and For Action. Well worth it.

  • The Tao of Pooh

By Benjamin Hoff

This enduring, beloved classic is everyone's favorite. With effortless prose and light-hearted humor, the author shows a true understanding of the essence of Tao. The reader can't help but absorb the author's wisdom. A great introduction to philosophical Taoist concepts, and a great gift for loved ones.

Excerpt: The Vinegar Tasters

  • The Tao of Physics

By Fritjof Capra

Capra points out a fascinating observation: there is an astounding number of similarities and parallels between ancient Taoism and cutting-edge modern physics. Why should that be? What is the connection between the two?

The more one knows about Taoism and physics, the more one appreciates this classic. As a particle physicist by profession, the author demonstrates impeccable grasp of quantum physics principles; as a brilliant intellect steeped in the study of Eastern thought, he expresses insights into Tao and Zen concepts that are equally impressive. In more than twenty-five years since its initial publication, no one has ever been able to find serious flaws with this book's many expositions of science and philosophy. All in all, an amazing achievement.

Excerpt 1: Zen
Excerpt 2: The Way of Eastern Mysticism

Illustrated Taoism

  • The Tao Speaks: Lao-Tzu's Whispers of Wisdom
  • Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness
  • Zhuangzi Speaks: The Music of Nature
  • The Dao of Zhuangzi: The Harmony of Nature
  • Sunzi Speaks: The Art of War
  • Confucius Speaks: Words to Live By

Adapted by Tsai Chih Chung and translated by Brian Bruya.

Mr. Tsai achieves the improbable by presenting Tao Te Ching in a series of cartoons that are often amusing and always profound. The amazing thing is how well he pulls it off, demonstrating at once his genuine understanding of Tao and a gentle sense of humor. Mr. Bruya's translations are highly accurate and succeed in capturing the meaning of the original Chinese without losing the flavor. Highly recommended.

Vegetarianism

  • Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth

By John Robbins

This book literally saves lives, not the least of which is the life of the author's own father, the man whose surname represents one half of Baskin Robbins. John Robbins never gets preachy in this book. He lets facts speak for themselves, which they do in a most powerful and persuasive way. If you read this book with an open mind, you will not be able to walk away unchanged. A true modern classic.

Reincarnation

  • Many Lives, Many Masters
  • Only Love is Real: A Story of Soulmates Reunited

By Brian L. Weiss, M.D.

Dr. Weiss, established psychiatrist with impressive credentials, risks his professional reputation by revealing his shocking findings about reincarnation, the afterlife, and the true meaning of love. If you approach these books with an open mind, they will change you irrevocably.

Excerpt: Only Love is Real