The Tao Te Ching, attributed to the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, has been called "the wisest book ever written". Comprised of 81 short verses, it is a book of wisdom that has been translated more than any work in the world, with the exception of the Bible. This classic text offers advice and guidance that is moral and spiritual, and is a valuable resource for achieving a way of life that guarantees integrity, joy, and balance.
In this extraordinary program, taped live on the campus of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, California, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer presents his interpretation of the verses, encouraging you to see them as insights into life and nature. The core program addresses how, by applying the Tao, it's possible to change your thoughts on some of the most profound questions and issues confronting you today - and how, by doing so, your life will be transformed in a peaceful and harmonious way.
You will understand how, by understanding and emulating the qualities of water, you can go from "being rigid and certain, confident and demanding" to being "flowing and allowing, humble and soft"...and so can bring about the dramatic achievement of living an unhurried life.
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Tao made sowbiz. Dissappointing
No, this is not a book by the way, but a TV show recorded from one of Dyer's "performances', including life singing!!!
Give two stars because is has encouraged me to go elsewhere to find out more about Lao-Tzu. If you eliminate all the limelight and the icing and the drama... there are a few ideas worth thinking about... (somewhere else)
I'm all for adapting ancient traditions and philosophy to the modern western ears and minds, but this is pure trivialisation of a ageless message.
No, try any other serious text on Taoism, this is a mere trivialisation, and Dyer is a show-off.
It should be clearly advertised for what it is: TV SHOW, not an Audiobook!
A complete contradiction with the 'message' he's trying to spread about being humble, about being a noone... rather it comes across as a Neon sign saying 'be like me...' 'I'm the model'
He constantly 'humbly' boasts about how healthy he is:
- He's been 30 years sober...(applause) but he's not and never was an alcoholic by the way... then why making the point other than to showing-off?
- He has run 8 miles every day all his life, and then swims in the ocean (in front of his garden) for half hour to one hour everyday, and then does his daily yoga practice, and then of course his meditation, and then.... Well... sorry, we mere mortals that live in the real world don't find inspiration in your super-human life in Maui... Really happy for you Wayne... but I would have preferred to hear more about the Tao and less about your wonderful life.
- He sold all his earthy possessions and renounced the world to go to live in Maui... Maybe is my inner cynic (I'm definitely not a saint myself) but all this 'messianic' innuendo takes away credibility to the message. I'm really happy about Dyer and his wonderful life, but please don't sell me a "pseudo-taoist version of the american dream for spiritual seekers", it feels like a cheap self-help diatribe.
I would have liked to hear more about the Tao and maybe also (why not?) about Wayne the human, his faults, his doubts, his struggle and his sins... and how the Tao helped him to live with them... then I would have said, hey! one of us!
Oh well, never mind, maybe next time!
Please remove the singing. Lovely voice, etc, but it's completely out of place!!!
Over sell under deliver
- james braithwaite