Asian studies in Lithuania

Everyday Tao: living with balance and harmony

Original language: English
Translated from: English
Authors: Deng, Ming-Dao
Translated by: Dagys, Saulius
Full translated source bibliographical description:

Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: living with balance and harmony. San Francisco: Harper, 1996.

ISBN: 9955-477-08-3
Published in: Kaunas
Published on: 2006
Publisher: Trigrama

\”Everyday Tao: living with balance and harmony\” is one of the best selling books by Deng Ming-Dao about Tao and its use in daily life. Tao – religious, philosophical system or idea originated in China that covers the whole existence and emphasizes its power in all the existing things in the world. According to the author of the book, Tao is everywhere and we have to follow it in order to feel the harmony in life. The character \”Tao\” means a person running along a path.  The book shows ushow to lead a balanced and harmonious life in accordance with the principles of Tao. Despite the fact that Tao has become quite diverse and difficult, Deng Ming-Dao does and incredible job at explaining Tao in simple ways by telling the stories and experience of Tao masters.

There are loads of examples in the book that show the connection between the person‘s life and the processes that occur in nature.The author proves that it‘s possible to apply the principles of Tao into busy daily lives of modern world. You can also find some special qualities and values of those who follow Tao stated in the book. According to Deng Ming-Dao, those who follow Tao must be simple, they have to enjoy everything they have, to feel the intimate relationship with nature and help those in need. Qualities such as simplicity, sensitivity and discipline are often mentioned in the book. Simple and positive messages that author expresses motivate us to look back at our true selves, to our origins and to the nature around us and teaches us how to enjoy even the simplest things in life.

The book is devided into fifteen parts that cover different aspects of life: nature, silence, books, strategy, movement, skill, craft, conduct, moderation, devotion, perseverance, teaching, self, simplifying and union. The book is based on the structure of ancient Chinese characters that the author explains and analyzes in every page. Since Tao was originally formulated in Chinese, it helps to understand it better and to avoid misconceptions. The author also encourages the reader to think and study every ideogram from your own perspective.

This book is for everyone who wants to know more about Tao, nature and your natural self.

Deng Ming Dao – Chinese-American author, philosopher, artist, teacher and martial artist. He was born in 1954 in San Francisco. He has published 8 books that are translated into 15 languages. He is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist whose work is in several collections, including those of the Brooklyn Museum.

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