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Being Taoist

Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life
By: Eva Wong
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Taoist living rests on four pillars: the public, the domestic, the private, and the spirit lives. Not only do Taoists strive to live these four aspects fully and in a balanced way, they also believe there is an outlook and an art to each of them. Eva Wong uses the teachings of Taoist masters themselves to explain the essential concepts. She then gives voice to these texts - simplifying them, removing barriers to understanding, and making them completely accessible and relevant to the modern reader. Wong is a clear and enthusiastic guide to this intriguing spiritual way, and she challenges us to stop, reflect, and ask ourselves: Do we balance the public, domestic, private, and spirit aspects of our lives, or do we emphasize some at the expense of the others? How can we think about unifying worldly and spiritual wisdom in day-to-day living?

©2015 Eva Wong (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Pizzo
  • 25-01-2017

Magnificent!

Would you listen to Being Taoist again? Why?

An outstanding introduction to "The Natural Way." I've read many other books on the subject, and up to this title, I found them full of information but dull in their delivery. This book, tho it can become somewhat repetitive at times, it does provide you with a solid and illustrative "idea" of what unravelling the true Taoist in you mean.

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It was sometimes too detailed (ongoing without added depth), but the supporting arguments more than made up for this observation(s).

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The entire book!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every time the author would make the connection between all things existing in a natural order. We can never see past the choices we make, right? Often the author challenges your current perception regarding the interconnection of the "world" inside and outside us. We are part of the "ebb-n-flow" yet we fail to see the vastness of our reality.

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  • Ismail
  • 07-06-2016

What an spiritual uplifting book

This is one of the greatest books on morality, ethics, and virtue ever written in my opinion. Its Ramadan and I wanted to elevate myself in the way of the creator and this book has definitely helped. Thank you to the author and translator for this wonderful work. I plan to buy the book.

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  • Branden Osborne
  • 16-02-2019

Understand Balance!

I have been looking for something like this for a while. learn about how you and yang effect everything. Learn how a sage conducts themeslves. This was a great book.

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  • Kale Meng Lee
  • 19-07-2018

wonderful and peaceful listen

A little repetitive in parts but overall a peaceful listen. I'd recommend for students of philosophical Taoism.

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  • Carlos A. Padilla
  • 27-03-2018

Simple clear and very profound

What an inspirational book. I feel uplifted and totally inspired to continue to develop my spirit and improve my physical health every time I listen to this jewel. Thanks for having this wonderful gift for your listeners

And the reading does justice and if it would be possible enhancement to the text. A perfect marriage of text and voice. It is a book to listen many many times.

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  • O'sensei Gary Masengale
  • 30-12-2017

Awesome book with only one draw back.

It's a very well written book except for one thing. She "gives voice" to the sacred text. It would be much better to include the original text and follow up with her interpretation after. In this way the readers can form their own opinion.
I give it the full 5 stars because it is an excellent book for those curious about Taoism . I listen to it about 2 times a week while sleeping.

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  • John Vode
  • 01-11-2017

Words to live by<br />

Fantastic guide to simplicity. Clear explanation of a virtuous balance of life. I wish that I had this understanding years ago.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-2017

Good information

This book helped me understand and learn more about Taoism at a beginner level. Thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-2017

5/5

sounded good and a different way to look at things. I liked listening to it

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  • M
  • 18-10-2018

哎呀 Please find a narrator who can speak Chinese

This is a great book, but if you speak Chinese, it is a constant brutal assault on the ears to hear this painful butchering of Mandarin Chinese. GOOD LORD, why? Gabra Zackman is fine at narrating but, and I would have thought this would have been an important choice in selecting a narrator, SHE DOESN'T SPEAK CHINESE. Not only is it almost impossible to understand but It's so distracting that I lose track of what is being said. 老子 = LAOH ZEE... the pronunciation sounds like lousy...

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  • Mr
  • 25-02-2018

Please get on with it !!!!

Eva is clearly a very accomplished Taoist scholar, but her books are painfully slow, stale and quite frankly boring.

I feel like she’s constantly reading the menu for an incredible meal, who made it, how it was made, where was sourced, blah blah blah and never ever gets to eating it!!!

Please change your writing style 😫

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