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Tao Poster Shop

The Single Step Media Poster Shop is our sister web site that sells posters with Taoist and Zen Buddhist themes. Go to www.singlestep.info Here are some samples:






No one wants to read a whole book off a computer screen.  Fortunately, the Tao is one of the cheapest books you could buy (US$7-$17.50 for the ones I'm recommending here).  Ironically, the latest 'Far Side' will cost you double what you'll pay for one of the greatest books in human history.  Here's some Taos I've owned and loved:

coverFirst timers
Stephen Mitchell's translation is quite modern although it loses some of its classic flavor in the process. Available as a (quite good) audio tape for busy people. 
Book version here 
Cassette version here



cover Illustrated
Great prints of Chinese paintings.  Otherwise, the same author and translation as above.
Tao Te Ching : An Illustrated Journey


coverA fresh & different perspective
The Tao of Gung Fu -Bruce Lee - Interesting application of the Tao with surprisingly deep insight.  Very little translation, but very practical application.  Did you ever see anyone beat Bruce Lee?

 The Tao of Gung Fu : A Study in the Way


Comic version
The Sayings of  Lao Zi - Asiapac Publications - Great graphics in an easy to read format.  More of an interpretation with examples than translation.  In two parts, but either one works fine on is own.
 Sayings of Lao Zi - Part 1


coverPeople who can read a little Chinese or Japanese or
want to study different versions seriously

Robert G. Henricks - Lau Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Features original Chinese text and detailed commentary.       
Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching


coverQigong is one of the fastest growing adjuncts to Western health care. Connecting your body energy with the way of nature, Qigong is one of the Taoist Sciences.  This book is for people wanting to know what works and how to use it.
Qigong for Living


A great version of the Tao, titled, The Sayings of Laotzu, is available from Cave Books if you're in Taiwan.  There, it is packaged with Lin Yutang's, quite different, translation lot's of extra notes in Chinese, original text, and Modern Chinese.  Outside of Taiwan, try this one:

coverPeople who can read Chinese fluently or for Christians
R. B. Blakney - Lot's of comparisons to the Greek classics and the Bible in the commentary of the Taiwanese translation.  I've not sighted this American edition, but the translation is pretty solid and the price is right.. 
The Way of Life : Tao Te Ching

Popular alternative
A big hit for years, this a an off-beat, Western perspective featuring the very cute Pooh-bear.
 The Tao of Pooh



Another alternative
Many visitors to this site became interested in the Tao after hearing Dr. Wayne Dyer speak. I haven't read this book myself but put it here after recommendations from visitors to this site.  Have a look.
Change Your Thoughts -

Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao






Gateway to the Chinese Classics

You'll never understand what Lao Tzu or Confucius are saying even if you can read modern Chinese OK.  It's like reading Shakespearean English except much harder.  If you can read Chinese on an intermediate level, this is the book that will have you reading the classics in no time.  Lots of examples and exercises.  $17



That Yin Yang Symbol is so popular it gets everywhere including on these products:

Jumbo Sport Bag with Yin Yang logo
1½" (4 cm) wide shoulder strap with shoulder pad. PVC twill. 14" wide x 32" long x 16" tall (35 x 81 x 40cm).  US$45




Yin Yang Adult Long Sleeve T-Shirt
100% preshrunk cotton with design printed on the front, 5.6 oz with shoulder-to-shoulder tape with a seamless collar, and double needle construction throughout.




  Yin Yang Keychain
Gold-trimmed pin; 1 1/8" (2.8cm) wide.  What else is there to say?  US$3





Product image for ASIN: B0000C6HHF Yin Yang Uniform Pin
Also pretty obvious.  Best of all  US$1.50




Zoppini Tao Link
It's a fashion trend that some of my friends are fond of, so I thought I'd list this here.  If you recognise what it is from the image the I don't need to explain any more.  US$18




Yin Yang Door Beads
Gateway Beaded Curtains are 36" x 72" (91x182cm), making them ideal for any standard doorway. 

Includes a rugged, wooden crossbeam and eyelets for easy mounting anywhere.  US$15







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