Most people think of the Tao Te Ching as a book on philosophy or a treatise on leadership. Yet there is a little-known treasure hidden within the familiar passages of Lao Tzu's work: step-by-step practical guidance for the spiritual journey. With Practicing the Tao Te Ching, renowned teacher Solala Towler reveals a new facet to this spiritual classic, offering accessible iMost people think of the Tao Te Ching as a book on philosophy or a treatise on leadership. Yet there is a little-known treasure hidden within the familiar passages of Lao Tzu's work: step-by-step practical guidance for the spiritual journey. With Practicing the Tao Te Ching, renowned teacher Solala Towler reveals a new facet to this spiritual classic, offering accessible instructions paired with each of the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching. "Tao is a way of deep reflection and learning from nature, considered the highest teacher," writes Towler. "It teaches us to follow the energy flows within the heavens, the earth, and our own bodies." With lucid instruction and deep insight, he guides you through meditations, movement and breathing practices, subtle energy exercises, and inner reflections--all to help you to embody Taoist wisdom in every aspect of your life....
|Title||:||Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps on the Way|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps on the Way Reviews
Why hasn't someone thought of this before? Solala Towler, a leading Daoist advocate, teacher, and healer, has developed a practice component to China's great spiritual classic, the Tao Te Ching (TTC) of Lao-tzu. Towler interprets the 81 verses of the TTC. first through informed commentary, then through a series of Qigong-inspired practices, including flowing movements, meditations, and repetitive exercises. The result provides a yang complement to the mysterious yin text.Just as Daoism (also spelled Taoism) attempts to understand the meaning of life through the interaction of opposite poles (light and dark, male and female, day and night), this presentation engages all our senses as we experience the TTC not just with our intelligence and mind, but also with our bodies, feelings, and intuition. It is a fully integrated approach based on Towler's lifelong study and practice of Daoist principles.Reading Towler's commentaries and then engaging in even a few of these activities will open up the classic in unexpected ways, no matter how many translations of the work you have read and studied over the years. Towler keeps both the text and the practices simple, engaging, and pleasurable. Whether one is a beginner or an experienced scholar or sage, Practicing the Tao Te Ching is a new classic that belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in self-improvement, enlightenment, and world culture.
Lao-Tzu was an Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer who is the father of philosophical Taoism and the author of one of the most highly respected and influential metaphysical works of any period, namely the Tao Te Ching.In his book Practicing the Tao Te Ching Taoist meditation teacher Solala Towler offers a very modern interpretation of the original Lao-Tzu text.The book essentially examines each one of the brief 81 chapters of Taoist philosophy in a practical and easy to digest form. This is essentially a work that bridges the Eastern and Western mindset and reveals the essence of a doctrine that has inspired countless generations over many millennia.Towler follows a specific formula when unraveling the secrets of the work. He firstly offers an English translation of the original text. Then he presents his own commentary on it before offering exercises and spiritual practices that the reader can apply in their daily lives.I have not read such an inspiring, fascinating nor powerful spiritual publication as Practicing Tao Te Ching by Solala Towler for such a long time.As a manual of practical occultism this has to be up there with the best works of its kind. The commentary peers in to what I found to be a new and exciting world of spiritual philosophy and the practical exercises really present the opportunity to make dramatic and lasting improvements to one's life.Practicing the Tao Te Ching by Solala Towler is a truly great and impressive work - one that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking for an authentic form of effective spiritual guidance in their lives.Please note that the independent assessment of this book has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.
This was a Goodread's Giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I gave this book a three-star rating because I never really got into it. I was looking more for the exercises because I know how good they can be, having taken a couple of Tai Chi classes at the local YMCA.Undoubtedly, Mr. Towler is a good writer and really knows his history and his applications. I was not necessarily looking for so much the philosophy and history but the poses and exercises that accompany them. I would have liked to have seen actually people or drawing doing those exercises. Inside the book were three free audio programs that really sounded like they would be awesome to accompany a book such as this. Presently, I will download these when I get home. My internet speed is next to nothing right now so I may amend this review after having tried this audio programs.