Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Taoist Philosophy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Tao of Pooh

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

Audie Award Winner, Personal Development, 2013 Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living. While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that's the clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists. The Tao of Pooh is an international bestseller and the first Taoist-authored book in history to appear on bestseller lists, it remained on The New York Times’ bestseller list for 49 weeks.

  • Author: Benjamin Hoff
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Genres & Styles, Religion


2. Tao Te Ching

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

Wise yet worldly, spiritual yet practical, the Tao Te Ching is beloved by seekers all the world over. This new edition features a lucid, poetic translation that makes the Tao Te Ching accessible to contemporary listeners. The Tao Te Ching is a series of meditations on the mysterious nature of the Tao - the way, the guiding light, the very source of all existence. According to Lao Tzu (a name meaning "the old master"), the Tao is found where we would least expect it - not in the strong but in the weak; not in speech but in silence; not in doing but in "not-doing".

  • Author: Lao Tzu
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Eastern, Taoism


3. The Art Of War: Complete Text of Sun Tzu's Classics, Military Strategy History, Ancient Chinese Military Strategist (Deluxe Collection Edition, #1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War This is a complete edition which also contains Preface, Introduction, appreciations of Sun Tzu, Apologies for war and Bibliography. Don't be fooled by other versions as they are incomplete and are 50 page Bullet Points Pamphlets . This edition was translated by Lionel Giles, first published in 1910. The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Late Spring and Autumn Period (roughly 5th century BC). The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu is composed of 13 chapters. Each one is devoted to a different set of skills related to warfare and how it applies to military strategy and tactics. For almost 1,500 years it was the lead text in an anthology that was formalized as the Seven Military Classics by Emperor Shenzong of Song in 1080. The Art of War remains the most influential strategy text in East Asian warfare and has influenced both Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy, lifestyles and beyond. The book contained a detailed explanation and analysis of the Chinese military, from weapons and strategy to rank and discipline. Sun also stressed the importance of intelligence operatives and espionage to the war effort. Because Sun has long been considered to be one of history's finest military tacticians and analysts, his teachings and strategies formed the basis of advanced military training for millennia to come. A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

  • Author: Sun Tzu
  • Publisher: Independently published (April 14, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 979-8737610623
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches


4. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good. 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."

  • Author: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Eastern, Taoism


5. The I Ching, or, Book of Changes (Bollingen Series XIX) (Bollingen Series (General) (170))

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

The I Ching , or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.

  • Author: Richard Wilhelm
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 3rd edition (October 21, 1967)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-0844295909
  • Dimensions: 5.28 x 1.58 x 8.31 inches


6. Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

A rich, poetic, and socially relevant version of the great spiritual and philosophical classic of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching —from one of America's leading literary figures In this landmark modern-day rendition of the ancient Taoist classic, Ursula K. Le Guin presents Lao Tzu’s time-honored and astonishingly powerful philosophy like never before. Drawing on a lifetime of contemplation and including extensive personal commentary throughout, she offers an unparalleled window into the text’s awe-inspiring, immediately relatable teachings and their inestimable value for our troubled world. Jargon-free but still faithful to the poetic beauty of the original work, Le Guin's unique translation is sure to be welcomed by longtime readers of the  Tao Te Ching  as well as those discovering the text for the first time.

  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Reissue edition (May 14, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1611807240
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.41 x 8.5 inches


7. Tao: The Watercourse Way

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

"A lucid discussion of Taoism and the Chinese language . . . profound, reflective, and enlightening." — Boston Globe According to Deepak Chopra, "Watts was a spiritual polymatch, the first and possibly greatest." Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen . Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts. "Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, . . . Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit."— Los Angeles Times

  • Author: Alan Watts
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1st edition (January 1, 1975)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-0394733111
  • Dimensions: 6.12 x 0.45 x 9.19 inches


8. 365 Tao: Daily Meditations

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

Place the word Tao Into your heart. Use no other words. The Tao is constantly moving, the path that all life and the whole universe takes. There is nothing that is not part of it—harmonious living is to know and to move with the Tao—it is a way of life, the natural order of things, a force that flows through all life. 365 Tao is a contemporary book of meditations on what it means to be wholly a part of the Taoist way, and thus to be completely in harmony with oneself and the surrounding world. Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including The Living I Ching , Chronicles of Tao , Everyday Tao , and Scholar Warrior . His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He studied qigong, philosophy, meditation, and internal martial arts with Taoist master Kwan Saihung for thirteen years, and with two other masters before that.

  • Author: Ming-Dao Deng
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (July 17, 1992)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7 inches


9. The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

A special edition of the “brilliant” best-selling classic on the paradoxes of modern physics and their relationship to concepts of Eastern mysticism ( New York   Magazine )   The Tao of Physics  brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time. Many books have been written in the ensuing years about the connections between quantum theory and the ideas of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, but Fritjof Capra’s text serves as the foundation on which the others have been built—and its wisdom has stood the test of time. Its publication in more than twenty-three languages stands as testimony to its universal applicability and its enduring significance.   This special edition celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of this early Shambhala best seller that has gone on to become a true classic. It includes a fresh cover design and a new preface by the author reflecting on further discoveries and developments in the years since the book’s original publication. “Physicists do not need mysticism,” Dr. Capra says, “and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both.” It is a message of timeless importance.

  • Author: Fritjof Capra
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 5th edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-1590308356
  • Dimensions: 6.01 x 0.93 x 8.96 inches


10. Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Taoist Philosophy - August 2021

A new edition of the bestseller • The first book to reveal in the West the Taoist techniques that enable women to cultivate and enhance their sexual energy • Reveals Taoist secrets for shortening menstruation, reducing cramps, and compressing more chi into the ovaries for greater sexual power • Teaches the practice of total body orgasm For thousands of years the sexual principles and techniques presented here were taught by Taoist masters in secret only to a small number of people (sworn to silence), in the royal courts and esoteric circles of China. This is the first book to make this ancient knowledge available to the West. The foundation of healing love is the cultivation, transformation, and circulation of sexual energy, known as jing. Jing energy is creative, generative energy that is vital for the development of chi (vital life-force energy) and shen (spiritual energy), which enables higher practices of spiritual development. Jing is produced in the sexual organs, and it is energy women lose continually through menstruation and child bearing. Mantak Chia teaches powerful techniques developed by Taoist masters for the conservation of jing and how it is used to revitalize women's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Among the many benefits conferred by these practices are a reduction in the discomfort caused by menstruation and the ability to attain full-body orgasm.

  • Author: Mantak Chia
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; 2nd Revised edition (July 15, 2005)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-1594770685
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches