What are the best Taoism books?

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    #1The Tao of Pooh

    The Tao of Pooh
    This book explains the basics of Taoism using the characters from 'Winnie the Pooh', in which every protagonist of this popular show takes the role of one of this Chinese philosophical tradition's doctrines and ethics. 


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    Alice Lawrence
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "What a wonderful book! What a wonderful reminder to all ages of the classic simplicity of life that the children's books of Winnie the Pooh so eloquently provide us. It is the simplicity of life that the true meaning of joy lives. I am not familiar with Taoism however the simple life is a life goal for me and this is a book that will ground you to that principle."
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    #2Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

    Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

    This book allows the Taoist spirit to come to life, reviving this ancient approach to meditation, allowing each individual to achieve spiritual growth and helping them running along the right path. 




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    Peter Zhu
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Do not buy this if you have not read at least three different translations of Tao Te Ching. It’s not that the book is bad, but one needs to know Tao first and the best way to know Tao is to got to Lao Tzu. I would also suggest going to the Inner Chapters of Chuang Tzu next. Only then can you go to others and be able to use their help, if you need it."
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    #3The Tao Is Silent

    The Tao Is Silent

    Rather than just a book that explains than the ideas behind Taoism, this work from Raymond M. Smullyan is a collection of thoughts on many life's subjects inspired by this Chinese religious and philosophical tradition.  

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    Diana Wu
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "While I am sure this is a great book over the philosophy of westerners, it def doesn't peak my interest in any way. The cost is not to expensive and it can be loaded onto your kindle, if you so desire. All in all, for my own personal taste, its not something that I am interested in."
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    #4Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu

    Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu
    The Tao te Ching is the most popular work from Lao Tzu, a writing that many believe it was his only one, but he also wrote a book called Hua hu Ching, which is a guide for humans to reach the divine realm. 



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    Johnny Henry
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I was recommended this book and it turned out to be great. It was very captivating from the beginning. I've been a fan of Lao Tzu for quite some time and hadn't heard of this until a friend suggested it. "
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    #5The Wandering Taoist

    The Wandering Taoist
    This book narrates the life of Saihung Kwan, a Chinese mystic who pursuits the spiritual goals of Taoism and is following this spiritual and religious beliefs that inspired many religions and traditions. 



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    Magdalena Navarro
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "While this book is older, it still is one of the best books about Taoism. Once I started it, I wanted to read it straight through. The book is written well enough that if you don't know much about Taoism, you can learn and develop an understanding."
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    #6Taoist Meditation: Methods for Cultivating a Healthy Mind and Body

    Taoist Meditation: Methods for Cultivating a Healthy Mind and Body

    Covering a wide of practices, this book is a great introduction to the world of Taoist meditation, which will allow you to achieve a healthy body and an awaken mind through easy exercises. 

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    Matthew Collins
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Taoist Meditation: Methods for Cultivating a Healthy Mind and Body is one of my personal favorite books on Taoism. It has all the basic, plus some advanced practices. Anyone from beginner to expert can benefit from reading this book. It has helped me be happier and healthier in my everyday life."
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    #7Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice is a book by famous Zen master Shunryu Suzuki about how a complete beginner can apply Zen in his life. It has an afterword from his biographer, David Chadwick.

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    Sarah Jordan
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "One of the best books I have read on the Zen mind. I love how easy the book is to read by being broken into small chapters."
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    #8A-Ma Alchemy of Love

    A-Ma Alchemy of Love

    A-Ma Alchemy of Love is a historical fiction book written by Natasa Nuit Pantovic. It was first published in 2016 by Artof4Elements. This spiritual book is set in the 17th century. 

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    Janet Robertson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is a fascinating historical look at African and Chinese historical alchemy. I would not say it is a great exploration of Taoism. There are much better books that go into the depths of Taoism. Read this book if you want a fascinating historical setting not for the religion."
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    #9The Shambhala Guide to Taoism (Shambhala Guides)

    The Shambhala Guide to Taoism (Shambhala Guides)

    This book is a complete guide to the Taoism world, which encompasses the history of this Chinese tradition, the different existing schools of Taoism and many examples of Taoist practices everyone can find these days. 

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    Melissa Cruz
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I had no idea what Taoism was until I read this book. It is interesting and keeps you reading."
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    #10The Way of Zen

    The Way of Zen

    The Way of Zen is a history and guidebook written by Alan W. Watts about the beginning of Buddhism and Taoism, and about how the two philosophies evolved throughout time. It was first published in 1957 and is considered a classic.

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    Xiang Wu
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I've ready many books on the subject and this classic remains my favorite. Just wonderfully written and well researched. Alan Watts is something else. There's a reason you always hear of this book if you have any interest in Taoism or Buddhism."
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    #11What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition

    What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition
    What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada is a guidebook by Walpola Rahula about the modern Buddhism. It has a foreword from Paul Demieville and 16 illustrations.
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    Jennifer Anderson
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "While this is a great book on Buddhism, Buddhism is not the same as Taoism."
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