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Guide Picks - Top 10 Books on Taoism
Taoism is an important part of Chinese culture. It is a great way to learn Taoism and Chinese culture from the following books.
1) Taoism & the Arts of China
By Stephen Little, et al. Paperback, 352 pages, 2000, ISBN: 0520227859
A wonderful book for learning Taoism and Chinese arts with over 200 pictures. A great book to have!
2) Tao Teh Ching
By Lao-Tzu, Paperback, 1990, ISBN: 0877735425
This is the classic of Taoism. A must-read!
3) Tao Te Ching : A New Translation with Commentary
By Ellen M. Chen, Paperback. 1989, ISBN: 1557782385
This is one of the best translations of the book.
4) Tao Te Ching : The Definitive Edition
By Lao-Tzu, Hardcover, 349 pages, 2001, ISBN: 1585420999
This is another translation by Jonathan Star. "Explores the full range of meaning for each Chinese character, allowing readers, in effect, to interpret the ancient wisdom book for themselves." -- Book Description
5) The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu
By Chuang Tzu and translated by Burton Watson, Hardcover, 397 pages, 1968, ISBN: 0231031475
"The Chuang Tzu is one of the most justly celebrated texts of the Chinese tradition impressive for both its bold philosophical imagination and its striking literary style." -- Book Description
6) Lieh-Tzu : A Taoist Guide to Practical Living
By Eva Wong, Paperback, 2001, ISBN: 1570628998
"One of the three main texts of Taoism--along with the Tao Te Ching and the Chuang Tzu--this guide offers practical advice for the conduct of everyday life." -- Ingram
7) The Complete Works of Lao Tzu : Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching
By Hua-Ching Ni, Paperback, 233 pages, 1997, ISBN: 0937064009
"The teachings of Lao Tzu present the core of Taoist philosophy and provide practical guidelines for a natural, harmonious life. Hua-Ching Ni's translation and elucidation help make this cherished work spiritually relevant to modern readers who are seeking to apply its truth in their daily lives." -- Book Description
8) Zhuangzi Speaks: The Music of Nature
By Chih-Chung Tsai, et al. Paperback, 121 pages, 1992, ISBN: 0691008825
"The popular Taiwanese cartoonist Tsai Chih Chung created a bestselling Chinese comic book. Tsai had his cartoon characters enact the key parables of Zhuangzi, and he rendered Zhuangzi's most enlightening sayings into modern Chinese." -- Book Description
9) The Book of Leadership & Strategy : Lessons of the Chinese Masters
By Thomas Cleary, Paperback, 121 pages, 1992, ISBN: 0877736677
"An ancient Taoist guide to leadership and management presents a selection of incisive teachings on the challenges of leadership on all levels, from organizational management to political statecraft." -- Ingram
10) Early Chinese Mysticism : Philosophy & Soteriology in the Taoist Tradition
By Livia Kohn, Paperback, 234 pages, 1991, ISBN: 0691020655
"Covering the period from the Daode jing to the end of the Tang, Livia Kohn reveals an often misunderstood Chinese mystical tradition that continued through the ages." -- Book Description
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