Call it Philosophy, a Spiritual Tradition, or a Chinese ancient Religion, Taoism was originated by the Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu around 500 BCE. Taoism or also known as Daoism leads to the spiritual path of “Tao” which means “the way”, which underlies our Universe and recognizes the powers of Cosmic Forces, and the spirit of Nature and Belief.
A belief that is regarded as contemporary, and followed still in the modern world by people to bring positivity in life, the power of Tao is indeed strong and can bring a positive change in anyone’s life. Taoism positively impacts physical, mental, and spiritual health, so it can benefit people of any age at any stage of life. If you too want to discover the secrets and wonders of Tao and want to live a more sorted, positive life ahead, then here are some of the best books on Taoism that can enlighten you:
The most important book on Taoism you will ever come across, the Tao Te Ching: The Book of the Way written by its originator Lao Tzu, is among the most important book in Chinese History, and among one of those Chinese books that have been translated into several and praised across the world. A book full of meditations on the mysterious nature of Tao, Tao Te Ching lets you explore the power of Tao, on which all the source of our existence depends.
Written 2,500 years ago, this book by Lao Tzu is still relevant for it deals with the central aspects of “Taoism” that revolves around the duality of nature, virtue, and knowledge. A contemporary book for diving in deep into the forces of nature that we are unaware of or often overlook, Lao Tzu’s precious book will change your perception of life and the Universe, and help you recognize the power of Tao.
A book full of contemporary meditations that lead you to the path of moving and living with Tao, Ming-Dao Deng’s 365 Tao is an important book if you want to understand better the order and forms of nature and the Universe.
From placing the word “Tao” in your heart, realizing its worth, living with it every day, to being in complete harmony with oneself and the World as a whole, Deng’s mindful book is all that you need to lead your life in the Taoist way. And perhaps, make it even better, and perceive the world and its natural forces differently.
You all might have seen and heard of the famous cartoon character Winne the Pooh who is popular even today among kids, but what if you could understand Taoism from A. A. Milne’s adorable creation? Benjamin Hoff in his work The Tao of Pooh introduces the philosophy of Taoism and makes it easier to understand. By focusing on“Winnie-the-Pooh” and other characters from A.A. Milne’s well-known children’s books, Hoff brings out the literal meaning and function of Tao from the qualities that Pooh possesses.
The book is full of Taoist concepts, that are presented in the most simple and understandable form, although Pooh lives a carefree life, Hoff presents Pooh’s journey to recognizing Taoism along with his friends in such a way, that you too get involved in the journey. A book that is equally enjoyable and insightful, you will never come across such a brilliant and yet simple book on Taoism than this.
Alan Watts‘ Tao: The Watercourse Way introduces readers to the Chinese, ancient concepts of Tao. A perfect book for complete beginners, this book by Watts is ideal for readers with no background or knowledge in Taoism, but want to understand it. Written in a style that is easy-to-follow for all types of readers, Watts lets readers explore the traces of the origin of Taoism, Lao Tzu’s wisdom, and the power of Tao on which the Universe depends.
Although Taoism might be difficult to follow for all, Watts tries his best to simplify it, and present it to the readers as a book of wisdom, that is contemporary and powerful.
Dyer in his mindful and insightful work Change Your Thoughts- Change Your Life takes readers back 5,000 years ago, the time even before the birth of Jesus Christ, to the time of a legend, Lao Tzu a Chinese Philosopher who introduced the world to Taoism and made all the difference.
Dr. Dyer uses all the 81 verses of Tao, divides them into chapters, that explain how you can make them part of your living, or to be precise, how you can live with the Tao. The chapters are beautifully constructed and mindful, some of them have titles like “Living with Flexibility,” “Living Without Enemies,” “Living by Letting Go”, and many others that will change your lives forever. If you were looking for some positive changes in your lives, then it will come through this book.
A book that unravels the “Secrets of the Golden Flower”, Osho through his book The Secret of Secrets teaches its readers how not to remain a seed rather, bloom like a “golden flower” with the essence of Taoism. Diving in deep at the core of Taoism and talking about its origin, Osho highlights meditations, forces of nature, and other factors of life that can help you harmonize with your body, and the Universe.
The “Golden Flower” is a holy symbol in Chinese history, for it signifies “perfection and totality”, and you can too achieve that state by realizing the worth of Tao. There are many other things that Osho talks about including Taoist Golden Light Meditation and awakening Sexual energy, you will come across so many such things that will become a part of your lives.
7. Taoism for Beginners: Understanding and Applying Taoist History, Concepts, and Practices by Elizabeth Reninger
Now if you are a complete beginner and don’t know at all what Taoism is all about, don’t worry, Elizabeth Reninger would introduce you in the easiest and beautiful way. Taoism for Beginners is a mindful guide to understanding the Tao, and applying it in your everyday lives, this book is presented in such a way, that you will understand its complex philosophy and apply it in your lives.
Reninger’saim of bringing harmony to modern life is truly fulfilled in this book, because its mindful advice, exercises, and other techniques help anyone stay away from their phones, and relax. This book is surely a ticket to the journey of spiritual exploration and discovering ancient practices that are still relevant.
Rosemarie Anderson in her The Divine Feminine Tao Te Ching presents a translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching in such a way, that it brings out the feminine nature of Tao. While exploring the feminine essence of Tao Te Ching, Anderson lets readers also explore the 81 verses of Taoism that depict profound wisdom, and help find readers that Tao is rather more “feminine”.
With the use of feminine words like “mother”, “virgin” and the “womb of creation”, Anderson justifies how Tao is more of a feminine force and opens a new path to peace and well-being. A great book of translation and mindful ideas especially for women to recognize and realize the feminine power of Tao, Rosemarie Anderson indeed does a wonderful job of shaping an ancient text and giving it a feminine form.
As the name of the book suggests, Mantak Chia through his book Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao presents a unique and comprehensive version of Taoism, that results in discovering the secret of the “Chi” which is the generative life force. The book is full of detailed diagrams that aid the development of a powerful energetic flow, for psychological and spiritual health and balance.
Mantak Chia has written many such books that explore Taoism and recognizing its power, and this one too does the job by focusing mainly on the acupuncture meridians of the body.
The last book on this list will take you thousands of years back to the history of Taoism, and let you explore the folks that revolve around Tao and the ancient Chinese traditions.
Written anonymously, Seven Taoist Masters is an amazing tale of one woman and six men who overcome hardships and many obstacles, and embark on a spiritual journey to “self-mastery”. A book full of motivation and positivity, the lessons you would learn come from the purified branch of Taoism. You will also discover the essentials of Taoist philosophy, focus on the cultivation of mind and body, meditation techniques, and learn about the power of Tao in the best possible way.
These 10 books on Taoism are surely some of the most popular ones and will help you establish a sound understanding of what it is all about. Discover the power of Tao, and make it a part of your everyday lives to bring a new change that is necessary to harmonize your modern life.