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To obtain everything you desire in life, let go of desire.500 years before Jesus taught about losing one's life in order to find it, the author of the Tao Te Ching had already revealed the secret to living this principle.When you stop trying to force reality to be something that it isn't, when you understand reality as it really is and work within it, you can obtain something greater than you could have possibly hoped for.

For many people, the exotic traditions and unfamiliar cultures that produced the Tao Te Ching create too insurmountable a barrier to experience the bliss of this world-famous Taoist work and the philosophy it embodies. In Understanding the Tao Te Ching, Wright shares his translation, coupled with personal stories and illustrative commentary, drawing upon the works of world-renowned teachers such as Jesus, the Buddha, Mahavira, and Gandhi.He also shares his nearly 20 years of Taoist experience, aiding the reader in grasping the meaning behind this enigmatic text produced more than 2,500 years ago.

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Spencer Wright lives with his wife and daughter in bliss. Wright has been living the principles of Taoism for most of his life, but more recently, has just been living and being. He is also the author of "Understanding the Art of War."

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  • PDF | 166 pages
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 26, 2012)
  • English
  • 7
  • Self-Help

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  • By Angela J. Welsh on November 28, 2012

    I've had very little exposure to Taoism, but reading this book has increased my curiosity. I found myself re-reading several passages to understand this 'way of life' that seems so foreign to the Western way. Wright's translation of the Tao Te Ching and the descriptions and examples that follow are good advice in a world of control freaks, endless and incessant talk shows, and political and religious hatred. If everyone could understand and live the principles of this book, accepting things we cannot control while keeping our eyes on our goal, the world and individuals would have more peace.

  • By Cody Rees on May 14, 2013

    I've never really "got" Taoism before, and I was always very dismissive of anything Eastern, but this book really changed my mind. By approaching Taoism and the Tao Te Ching from a practical perspective (as opposed to mystical), it shows that Taoism can is a great way of understanding reality as it really is. After finishing this book, I've already picked up two more books on the Tao!

  • By m r on November 18, 2015

    Reading through this again. Really enjoy the purity. So grand

  • By phoenixqueen on January 29, 2013

    Spencer Wright's Understanding the Tao Te Ching is a combination literal translation/interpretation of the original text written for a Western audience whose primary religious language is Christianity. This naturally narrows his audience somewhat, but for a explanatory version of the Tao Te Ching written in English, it is a fair and far-reaching one.The book is organized chapter by chapter with each of the Tao Te Ching's original chapters translated literally - which means the language is quite poetic, even riddle-like in most cases (this is, of course, very confusing to someone opening this book of scripture for the first time!). Wright then goes on to explain the chapter as best he can for his Western audience, in simple, clear language (never condescendingly so), drawing comparisons to the teachings of Jesus Christ, to situations Wright has experienced at work or at home, to physical Aikido principles, and even to situations Wright's young daughter has experienced in preschool. When applicable, Wright also points to other similar chapters within the Tao Te Ching for comparison, depth, or contrasting ideas.This can be a quick read if you're interested in understanding Taoism on a very quick surface level, but it can also be an in-depth read as you try to apply the principles of this Eastern path in your own behaviors. I highly recommend this book, particularly to novices who are curious about Taoism.

  • By L. M. Butler on January 8, 2013

    He presents Tao Te Ching in a whole new light. His use of more literal translation and modern application make this text easy to read and comprehend. It will definitely be one of those books I read over and over!


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