Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Taoism books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- Taoism: An Essential Guide (2011)
- 365 Tao: Daily Meditations (1992)
- Tao Te Ching (2016)
- Tao: The Watercourse Way (1977)
- Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment (2015)
- Taoism For Dummies (2013)
- Taoism: A Friendly Beginners Guide On Taoism And Taoist Beliefs (Taoism – Taoist – Eastern Religion – Psychotherapy – Buddhism) (2015)
- The Tao of Daily Life: The Mysteries of the Orient Revealed The Joys of Inner Harmony Found The Path to Enlightenment Illuminated (2007)
- Sufism and Taoism: A Comparative Study of Key Philosophical Concepts (2016)
- Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao (2009)
- Nourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism (2004)
- The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition (2004)
- Tao Te Ching: The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained (2011)
- No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology Is Catching Up to Buddhism (2019)
Taoism: An Essential Guide (2011)
For the first time, the great depth and diversity of Taoist spirituality is introduced in a single, accessible manual.
365 Tao: Daily Meditations (1992)
Place the word Tao Into your heart. Use no other words. The Tao is constantly moving, the path that all life and the whole universe takes.
Tao Te Ching (2016)
The Tao Teh King (Tao Te Ching) forms the fundamental core of modern Taoist philosophy and has informed the beliefs and mode of life of the people of China for 2500 years. For all those who seek peace, contentment, harmony and balance in life, the Tao Teh King is an indispensable resource.
Tao: The Watercourse Way (1977)
Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen. Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts.
Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment (2015)
Tao has been built into the foundation of East Asian culture for millennia, and many books have been written to explain it. But Tao cannot fully be explained in words; it can only felt and experienced. Tao is something you live, day by day, moment by moment. It’s the omnipresent oneness beyond ephemeral phenomena that expresses itself in everything.New York Times bestselling author Ilchi Lee, an enlightened Tao master from South Korea, has laid out a path to living Tao everyday.
Taoism For Dummies (2013)
Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching is the second most translated book in the world, and the practice of religious Taoism is on the rise in China, where adherents currently number in the hundreds of millions. Yet there remains a remarkable lack of reliable information about Taoism for curious westerners.
Taoism: A Friendly Beginners Guide On Taoism And Taoist Beliefs (Taoism – Taoist – Eastern Religion – Psychotherapy – Buddhism) (2015)
Taoism For Beginners: The Philosophy Of A Happy Life Taoism teaches the basic principles of living a long and healthy life. The Taoist principles help us understand the inseparable nature of the self and the nature of the cosmos, to participate in the natural flow of events.
The Tao of Daily Life: The Mysteries of the Orient Revealed The Joys of Inner Harmony Found The Path to Enlightenment Illuminated (2007)
The perfect book for readers who are interested in Taoism and want a little daily inspiration. The Tao of Daily Life combines ancient Eastern wisdom with practical application-perfect for busy Western readers! Derek Lin, Taoist master and expert in Eastern philosophy, brings his deep knowledge of this time-honored Chinese spiritual thought system into the twenty-first century. “There is one simple reason for the Tao to have survived through the ages intact: it works,” writes Lin.
Sufism and Taoism: A Comparative Study of Key Philosophical Concepts (2016)
In this deeply learned work, Toshihiko Izutsu compares the metaphysical and mystical thought-systems of Sufism and Taoism and discovers that, although historically unrelated, the two share features and patterns which prove fruitful for a transhistorical dialogue.
Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao (2009)
Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence.
Nourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism (2004)
The teachings of Taoism, China’s great wisdom tradition, apply to every aspect of life, from the physical to the spiritual—and include instruction on everything from lifestyle (a life of simplicity and moderation is best) to the work of inner alchemy that is said to lead to longevity and immortality.
The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition (2004)
The best-selling Rumi book ever is now better than ever! This revised and expanded edition of the comprehensive one-volume edition of America′s most popular poet includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks, and 57 new poems never published before. The ecstatic, spiritual poetry of Rumi is more popular than ever, and The Essential Rumi continues to be far and away the top-selling title of all Rumi books.
Tao Te Ching: The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained (2011)
is the 2,500 years old source to Taoism, written by the legendary Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu. In 81 short chapters, he presented the world according to Tao, the Way, and how mankind should adapt to it. The book has become one of the foremost world classics of wisdom – maybe even more relevant today than it was to Lao Tzu’s contemporaries.This translation of the text focuses on the clarity and simplicity by which Lao Tzu expressed his fascinating cosmology and profound ethics.
No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology Is Catching Up to Buddhism (2019)
While in grad school in the early 1990s, Chris Niebauer began to notice striking parallels between the latest discoveries in psychology, neuroscience, and the teachings of Buddhism, Taoism, and other schools of Eastern thought.
Best Taoism Books Worth Your Attention
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The Eternal Tao Te Ching: The Philosophical Masterwork of Taoism and Its Relevance Today
Author(s): Hoff, Benjamin;
ID: 3148526, Publisher: Abrams, Inc., Year: 2022, Size: 10 Mb, Format: epub
Responsible and Sustainable Business: The Taoism's Perspective
Author(s): Liangrong Zu
ID: 3429090, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2022, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf
Taoism: The Fundamental Books: Tao Te Ching, Lieh Tzŭ, Chuang Tzŭ
Author(s): Medeiros, R.; Laozi; Liezi; Zhuangzi; Giles, Herbert
ID: 3550312, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 645 Kb, Format: mobi
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly record-breakers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.