The Wisdom of the Tao: Ancient Stories That Delight, Inform, and Inspire

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Hampton Roads Publishing Company
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5.1 X 7.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Deng Ming-Dao is an artist, philosopher, teacher, and martial artist. He is the author of eight books, including 365 Tao, Everyday Tao, Scholar Warrior, and Chronicles of Tao. He is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist whose work is shown in several collections, including those of the Brooklyn Museum. Visit him at


Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations) says that we need stories to help us make sense of who we are and how we got here. In this delightful little book, Deng shares 144 ancient tales that are at times folkloric, others more comedic or tragic or paradoxical, and some just plain ribald. Tao, the author explains, is just someone on a journey as they seek to align themselves with universal truths. And as that journey does not end, there is no end of engaging the wisdom of Tao. Furthermore, despite our uniqueness, we face many of the same choices as others living millennia ago. The advice contained here is simply presented: carry only what you need for the journey, literally and metaphorically. Sayings such as, 'Everyone knows the usefulness of being useful. No one knows the usefulness of being useless, encourage moments of reflection on surprisingly relevant truths. VERDICT Quiet wisdom of the best kind.' --Library Journal, Sandra Collins, Byzantine Catholic Seminary Lib., Pittsburgh-- "Reviews"
In ancient China, storytellers were the CNN, Twitter, and of their day. They traveled through the land, spreading their stories far and wide. The stories with the most human appeal stuck. Generations passed on important lessons through these tales. And thus the TAO was born. Deng Ming-Dao continues this sacred tradition with more than 140 carefully-selected, finely-crafted, ancient stories that inform and instruct by delighting readers. --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight-- "Reviews"