Book recommendations & reviews

On this page and the next, are my favorites. Most of these were on the reading list of a "Zen, Tao and Psychology" course I taught at Purdue University (yes, even the Tao of Pooh).

A group of friends have been meeting every other week for about the last 7 years now in our "Zen Tao Group" and we've often discussed these books and the perspective they give to strolling the great red road.

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tao book review: 5 kites

The Tao of Pooh
A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply:
"Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie."

Whimsical & authentic introduction to Taoism.

Tao Te Ching
The Feng & English translation. For over a quarter of a century, this has been the most popular translation. Each chapter has Feng's distinctive Chinese calligraphy and English's haunting black & white photographs.
feng & english ttc
 book review: 5 oxen
Riding the Ox Home:
Stages on the Path of Enlightenment

Abbot John Loori, of the Zen Mountain Monastery, teaches about the process of enlightenment based the on 12th century Ox-herding Pictures.

Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters
The Feng & English companion work to Tao Te Ching.

book review: 5 fingers