In this program, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has created 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today's modern world. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne's researching of 10 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries. As Wayne says, "This is an audiobook that will forever change the way you look at your life, and the result will be that you'll live in a new world aligned with nature. I'm so proud to present this interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, and offer the same opportunity for change that it has brought me."
©2007 Dr. Wayne W. Dyer; (P)2007 Hay House
A great listen with many little gems along the way.
It helps me to relax and realise that I am just a part of nature and that 'all is well.'
Well worth a download.
Words of wisdom from the past and translated into english for the modern world. It does give you a lot to think about.
I am not a person who usually writes a review but having listened to this masterpiece I could not resist.
This is one book which tells you about all the things you come across in other personal development books. I was listening to the beautiful quotations and the magical voice of the author and "beautiful" was all I could say mesmerized by such wise and simple things.
Highly recommended for any person who wants to look at his life....
I've been an atheist for about 6 months now & had got to the point where I realised that yes: it may have truth to it, but it doesn't translate into any kind of way of life. In fact, I'd go so far to say that it is very much a negative philosophy of 'I don't believe in something', rather than asserting something to believe in.
So I watched ?The Tao Of Steve? (after reading the peerless book ?My Friend Leonard?) & was intrigued enough to search up the subject, whereupon I discovered this & the book itself. I tried the ?Tao Te Ching? but the version I had is a little dense & ineloquent, requiring detailed study & reflection.
When I tried this, however, it was like pure spiritual truth. Each verse is a condensed, simple version of the Tao (if not 100% faithful) & the small essays elaborate on the important themes of each verse to aid understanding.
The weirdest thing is that most audio material relies on you hearing the majority of the words in order to understand the contents. Driving in a car, this is not always feasible but seems to work on a subconcious level, meaning the wisdom is not necessarily perceived although it is certainly acted on & absorbed by the mind.
My one criticism (if I might be so bold) is that the Tao does not seem at heart to be a Christian Theistic philosophy, but more Pantheist. This audio program relies heavily on the Bible & God to explain the Tao even though (as he Dr Dyer admits) the Taoist concept of God has nothing to do with reward & punishment.
That said, I did find the Biblical verses added understanding & Dyer is bold in proclaiming Taoist philosophy & that we all worship one 'God'.
I'd recommend this program as an excellent starting point for anyone interested in Taoism & I think it is an excellent way to balance ones life - between the relentless fierce logic of secularism, and the pure embracing (almost naive) love of the Tao.
Honest, well written and read account of the Tao
Without the BS associated with other writers, I have decided I will study the Tao - but in light of other philosophies developed in the last 2.5k years and some older.
I wont follow it wholesale - but I will recommend this book and I will be reading it again I it has changed my life.
This is an audiobook that challenges the different ways we live and thought processes and introduces different ways of thinking that may lead to one attaining a better, more wholesome life as a result of being more positive as a result of adopting the ideas presented in this audiobook. Definitely worth a listen.
This is one book that has been truly helpful. Nothing in it is new - all the problems people had when the Tao te Ching was written are the same as we face today, which is comforting itself, but more than that it offers a way to be kind and gentle with ourselves and to believe in our essential goodness. Dr. Dwyer has a peaceful, tranquil voice that instills calm and ease on the listener like a long deep refreshing breath!
I have been listening to this book each morning - as instructed. I agree it is best to just listen to one verse at a time - so as soon as I wake I listen and learn - it is so calming and wonderful. I would recommend it not just as an audio book but as a way of life. I have listened to most of it a number of times as much is very relevant and useful to a troubled mind. It is the best audio book I have bought.
This is why Wayne is Dr. Wayne. Whilst at times this can get overly philosophical, it is nevertheless a thorough analysis of the Tao. Some true life-changing lessons to be learned here. It can be hard going at times- whilst there is no waffle, it does require much thought and attention. As Wayne implies, let it be as it is.
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