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Taoism

Essential Teachings of the Way and Its Power
By: Ken Cohen
Narrated by: Ken Cohen
Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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Summary

Over 2,000 years ago, the great sage Lao-Tzu was disillusioned that others were unwilling to learn his path to natural goodness and harmony with nature. Today, his Tao Te Ching is one of China's most enduring sacred texts. This introduction to the Tao reveals Lao-Tzu's vast spiritual legacy, including Taoism's mystical roots in China's ancient shamanistic tradition; keys to ethical living, inner silence, and simplicity; Taoist meditation for awareness and healing; Taoist prayers, rituals, and iconography; and teachings on diet, poetry, feng shui, dream yoga, and much more. Ken Cohen is a renowned Taoist initiate, China scholar, and qigong master.
©1998 Ken Cohen (P)1998 Sounds True

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As ever Master Cohen serves up more valuable insight into the essential teachings of Taoism.

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  • Ulrich
  • 25-09-04

The complete guide to taoism

This audio book is a great primer to toaism. Not only to its philosophy, but also religious aspects, lifestyle, cooking, feng shui etc. I can fully recommend it.

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  • Joseph
  • 22-03-06

Great Listen

I found this audiobook satisfied my curiosity and served as a great introduction to Taoism. I was able to follow the Taoist concentration meditation and experience an altered state of mind. Obviously this isn't the best for driving a car. :)

I think the audiobook may have benefited from providing more details, however it may be that it strikes a good balance between too few and too many details.

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  • John Hirsch
  • 16-09-15

Confirms, reinforces and enriches

I thought I knew a good deal about Taoism already. This book confirmed what I knew but also enriched it. The references to the study guide were mildly frustrating at times but Kenneth Cohen's reading was very accessible. Good for beginning and moderately experienced audiences.

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  • Jari
  • 09-01-11

Good basic introduction

This was my first introduction to Taoism and I received a very clear picture of the way and the core teachings. Clearly read, easy to follow with simple introductory practices attached. However I am missing the study guide which was referred on few occasions but is not delivered with the audio book.

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  • Tom
  • 04-09-08

introduction only

It is well written and uncomplicated. The one thing that is not pleasant is that he includes a long and 'real time' meditation walk through at the end of nearly every chapter. this makes it unpleasant if you feel like listening to the information and insights without sitting through a 15 words in ten min. slow meditation. On the other hand the meditations are very effective since they make you want to sleep.

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  • Rosalinda
  • 28-03-15

Life changing

Such a good audiobook. Learn so much. Finished hearing it in two days, and worked 9 hour days. That is a record for me. I know I will listen to this audiobook over and over .

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  • Chris Nunan
  • 04-02-11

Ken Cohen is brilliant

This is a very good introduction to Taoism.
Ken Cohen mentions a "study guide" but Audible has not supplied one unfortunatly..
It would be perfect if they did. This is why I only give 3 stars

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  • Marcelle
  • 28-09-18

Wonderful teaching!

Mr. Cohen has done a wonderful job of not only explaining Taoism, and it's history, but how it's philosophic view has always and will always relate to the world, and how learning about it and practicing it will enhance one's life. He also talks about health and even Feng Shui from the Taoist viewpoint. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Eastern Philosophy.

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  • Sam Smart
  • 22-12-17

Excellent book on Taoism

What made the experience of listening to Taoism the most enjoyable?
Narrated by the author and very interesting.

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The drawback with this book is that it is meant to be used with a workbook that is not available.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 19-08-17

Very informative and well read

This is an excellent explanation of Taoism and how it relates to and is differentiated ffrom the teachings of Confucius and Buddha . A good book for beginners .

Ken Cohen's narration was so good. It was a pleasure to listen to him even when he spoke Chinese. I highly recommend this book too anyone who wants to know what Taoism is about.

Jacque C

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