365 Tao: Daily Meditations
by Deng Ming-Dao
A delightful collection of aphorisms, meditations, commentary, and daily practice to help you live a full and rewarding life.
Published by Harper San Francisco 1992, ISBN 0062502239 [Book]
Deng Ming-Dao presents Tao as refreshingly life-affirming and inclusive of
all people and spiritual paths. The daily meditations collectively provide
insight into most human experiences from ancient traditions to modern
stresses. Here is a sample page:
Angles against lavender sky
Flung Far across heaven's vault.
Circle back to the nest.
Swallows are famous for their daring speed and the unpredictable paths that
they take in flight. Yet no matter how far they fly, they circle back to their
The idea of returning is significant for all of us. We must
work, explore, travel, and make our achievements in life. No matter how much
we strain and how wide we wander, we all need some lodestone, some center from
which to operate. For some of us, this is a place, a home. For others, this is
merely withdrawal into our own hearts.
Followers of Tao believe that there is a core spirit to
which each of us should return. This core spirit is increasingly obscured by
our own thoughts and the complexity of civilization. All education, while a
necessary evil, is a stain upon the primal soul. Therefore, returning is a
process of simplification that throws off the unnecessary problems of
socialization. One gradually peels back the layers and makes one's way back to
the unsullied, pure inner person. The time to do this is long, and one needs a
great deal of guidance and self-cultivation to achieve it, but until one
returns to the natural state, one cannot truly hope to be one with Tao.
Book reviewed by
Saturday, May 26, 2001
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