Mark Forstater

The Spiritual Teachings of the Tao

The Spiritual Teachings of the Tao by Mark Forstater
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Taoism is one of the world's oldest belief systems, originating in China in the fourth century before Christ. This book is Forstater's own introduction to the Tao--"the Way"--and its relevance today. He faces head-on the first problem in writing about the Tao, lines by Chuang Tzu saying "The Tao that can be talked about is not the real Tao... He who knows does not speak, he who speaks does not know." But words in books, as Chuang Tzu says, are for conveying ideas, just as fishing baskets are for catching fish, and once you have grasped the ideas you can forget the words. The Tao cannot be described, but Forstater's book is a useful aid toward understanding it. The Tao is about living in the world as it is; Chuang Tzu would have understood the phrase "go with the flow". It's about being in tune with the way of nature, so fits in well with today's Gaian philosophy. Taoism, Forstater explains, is "a true marriage of mind, body and spirit"; it underlies acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, Tai Chi and much more. "A life in touch and flowing with the original essence of existence can restore us to the wholeness that we seek."

This was my first attempt to write about The Tao. This is Part One of a longer book. I'm happy with what I wrote but I suspect I would do it differently now.

About the Author

Mark Forstater is a film, TV, radio and audio producer as well as the author of six non-fiction books. His most famous film production is Monty Python and The Holy Grail, but he has also made twenty nine other films in a career that has lasted for over 40 years.Forstater has written six books and audios on philosophy and spirituality, including . He has also produced an audio of the famous Chinese classic the Tao Te Ching, read by the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne. Mark Forstater was born in Philadelphia, USA, and moved to England in 1964 to attend Manchester University. After graduating from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1965 he returned to the UK and has lived in London ever since. After attending the London Film School he began making films in 1969. Mark’s interest in spiritual matters began in the early 1970s when he was introduced to the works of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. He was immediately inspired by Chinese philosophy, in particular Taoism. He is a member of the British Taoist Association, a group which aims to bring the authentic teachings of Taoism to the West. Mark Forstater’s self-cultivation practices include meditation, yoga, tai chi, as well as massage and self-massage. He has recently published The 7th Python. Mark has been married twice, has four children and three grandchildren.I Survived A Secret Nazi Extermination Camp ,The Spiritual Teachings of Yoga, The Spiritual Teachings of The Tao, The Spiritual Teachings of Marcus Aurelius and The Living Wisdom of Socrates

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