Texts and Practice Books
1. I CHING or BOOK OF CHANGES The Richard Wilhelm translation. foreward by C G Jung.
Used in the Lotus tree for standard text study. Classic Taoist text more than 5.000 years old .An essential Life Practice Cultivation book, using readings as a way of strategising problem solving in Tao to come back to and /or realise harmony in life goals and situations.
2.THE ILLUSTRATED I CHING by R. L. WING.
A useful translation for accessible study, illuminated by exceptional chinese paintings. Many translations around. Find the one that resonates.
3. THE TAO-TE-CHING by LAO TZU.
A pivotal part of the Taoist Canons written by the great Taoist Sage Lao Tzu, these works refer to the way of the Tao, behaviour, principles and harmony up held as Wu Wei (effortless doing) within civilisation, society, state, community, family and the Self. Invaluable guidance and help for our relationships within everyday life. Many copies and translations are around, but try to find an accessible one. A translation we often use as a starting point is by Stephen Mitchell: A New English Version Tao Te Ching. ISBN 0-06-081245-1. It is a pocket size edition and handy to carry around! ….but get what you feel drawn to!
4.AWAKEN HEALING LIGHT OF THE TAO by MANTAK AND MANEWAN CHIA
A comprehensive compendium of basics, health maintenance, foundational practice, meditations, Qi Gong Inner Alchemy and overview of Mantak Chia’s Universal Tao System. An extremely useful reference and self help book to get started particulary in reference to illnesses, conditions and the relevant practices for them.
ISBN 0-935621-46-6 available online Awaken Healing Light Of The Tao.
5. LOVE, AN INNER CONNECTION. Based on principles drawn from the I Ching. by CAROL. K. ANTHONY
One of my most respected practitioners of the I Ching, Carol. K. Anthony has written I think one of the most important books on relationships through the way of Tao and through the teachings of the I Ching. It is a book that explores the inner laws of nourishing and keeping relationships, authentic, alive and conscious. A must for the modern world of love in relationships. One of my most frequent recommendations.A brilliant practitioners book.
ISBN 0-960382-6-3 available online at Anthony Publishing House Inc I-Ching Oracle.
6.THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE LIVING AND DYING by SOGYAL RINPOCHE
(Tibetan Buddhism’s ) “practical instructions and spiritual guidance on how to live in the light of our greatest teacher of all-death.”
7. THE SHAMBALA GUIDE TO TAOISM by EVA WONG.
A practical and historical guide to eras, dates, times and the historical (recorded) evolution of Taoist Practices in China.
8. SPINNING THE WHEEL OF ANA.
A spirtual quest to find the British Primal Ancestors by KATHY JONES
A lovely friend of a book on the way of the British Medicine Wheel, the clans, tribes and primal creation myths of the British Isles. Weaving back through the ages from thre earliest Paelolithic times to the heritage of our standing stones, through the portals of the Solstices and Equinoxes, the flicker of fire festivals, gods and goddesses and the light and dark rhythms our landscapes and nature based spiritual practices, Kathy Jones helps reclaim our ancient British Medicine Wheel.
Stories and Novels
9. SEVEN TAOIST MASTERS by EVA WONG.
Historical and Legendary figures of the Complete Reality School undergo hardship training with their teacher Wang Ch’ung-yang and in the process of cultivation having to deal with anger, greed lust and drunkeness. A book of practice written through folklore and myth; my recommended way of reading practice books!
10. MONKEY. A journey to the West thought to be written by WU CH’ENG-EN.
A wonderfully hilarious, sharp, startling adventure story of the rogue-trickster monkey and his encounters as he travels with a Buddhist T’ang monk in search of some scriptures. With a host of characters, this tale is steeped in the Chinese psyche and culture as both an adventure story and a book of Taoist formula/ Buddhist practice. It is as relevant as ever to us today, for our practice.
Find out how great skill, immortality, invincibility, power and spiritual ambition lead nowhere until the monkey mind, restlessness, ambition and desire are transformed. It is a story of the struggle that must occur to make spiritual transformation possible. It is also a children’s tale of adventure and derring do! Loved by both children and adults in China. Everything you need to know about the way of practice is in there. it will also make you laugh! Again many translations are around; either go for Wu ch’eng-en himself or a storyteller that you are drawn to. At this stage it is important that it is accessible. It is the story that is important. One translation by a good storyteller is Monkey. Journey to the West. The Chinese tale of pilgrimage and adventure. Retold by David Kherdian.