About the Book
About the Author
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.
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