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The Wisdom of the Tao

Ancient Stories that Delight, Inform, and Inspire

Deng Ming-Dao


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Taoism is an ancient Chinese philosophy that emphasizes living in harmony with the universe. It is a tradition that has become widely popular in Europe and North America over the past fifty years--largely through its core text, the Tao Te Ching.

The Wisdom of the Tao is filled with over 140 ancient stories express great truth by fusing anecdotes with philosophy. The stories are frequently humorous, ribald, irreverent, or sarcastic--but they always speak to great and universal truths.

Here are stories that lead people to:

  • Flow with life
  • Live from the heart
  • Develop an openness to possibilities
  • Live in balance
  • Drop expectations
  • Embrace acceptance

The wisdom here fills a universal need. We need stories. They help us make sense of who we are and how we got here. They keep us sane as we try to absorb our experiences, our aging, and our emotions. Stories help us visualize the future by taking the messages of yesterday and helping us get tomorrow right.

Praise For The Wisdom of the Tao: Ancient Stories that Delight, Inform, and Inspire

"Deng (365 Tao: Daily Meditations) says that we need stories to help us "make sense of who we are and how we got here." In this delightful little book, Deng shares 144 ancient tales that are at times folkloric, others more comedic or tragic or paradoxical, and some just plain ribald. Tao, the author explains, is just someone on a journey as they seek to align themselves with universal truths. And as that journey does not end, there is no end of engaging the wisdom of Tao. Furthermore, despite our uniqueness, we face many of the same choices as others living millennia ago. The advice contained here is simply presented: carry only what you need for the journey, literally and metaphorically. Sayings such as, 'Everyone knows the usefulness of being useful. No one knows the usefulness of being useless," encourage moments of reflection on surprisingly relevant truths. VERDICT Quiet wisdom of the best kind.' --Library Journal, Sandra Collins, Byzantine Catholic Seminary Lib., Pittsburgh
— Reviews

"In ancient China, storytellers were the CNN, Twitter, and of their day. They traveled through the land, spreading their stories far and wide. The stories with the most human appeal stuck. Generations passed on important lessons through these tales. And thus the TAO was born. Deng Ming-Dao continues this sacred tradition with more than 140 carefully-selected, finely-crafted, ancient stories that inform and instruct by delighting readers." --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
— Reviews

Hampton Roads Publishing, 9781571748379, 208pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2018

About the Author

Deng Ming-Dao is an author, artist, philosopher, teacher, and martial artist. Deng is his family name; Ming-Dao is his given name. From a young age, he studied Taoism and internal arts such as qigong, tai chi, and kung fu. He is the author of 8 books, including 365 Tao, Everyday Tao, Scholar Warrior, and Chronicles of Tao. His books have been translated into 15 languages. Visit him at