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and its related arts. This bookshop contains a selection of those that
this author has found the most interesting and useful over the years
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Hoff illustrates Taoist thought with extracts
from the Winnie the Pooh. This book has now become a classic introduction
to Taoism, and is both entertaining and extremely informative. Written in
a light, easy to read way, it is the ideal first introduction to Taoism,
and comes highly recommended.
This companion book to The Tao Of Pooh. It goes
into more detail about the specifics of 'te' which is often translated
as 'virtue' but has more to do with being true to yourself and not struggling
against the tide. Particular emphasis is given to the problems one might
encounter on the Taoist path. Hoff does take a rather judgemental viewpoint
at times which detracts from the book a little, but it remains a useful
and fun read.
The true story of Kwan Saihung, a boy born into a rich Chinese
family, who leaves behind his riches for the strict life of a Taoist Monk.
Eventually leaving the mountain temple of his master he travels to America
where he attempts to understand a culture very different to his own. Full
of insight into the Taoist path, and an excellent story in its own right.
A Chinese folk story by an unknown author, telling
the tale of 7 students of Taoism seeking enlightenment. Written in a traditional
style, with plenty of interesting points on Taoist philosophy and practice.
A one page Taoist meditation for each day of the year. Each
has a short poem followed by a brief discussion. Topics vary from the
everyday to the profound. You can either dip in and out as you fancy, or
read the meditation recommended for the particular day of the year. Highly
The true story of the training of Wang Liping, a modern Taoist Master. Loads of detail of his training and the highest level of Taoist achievements. Wang was taken as a boy by 3 old Taoist masters looking for a disciple, and is now the authorised transmitter of the Dragon Gate school of Taoism. A truly amazing story.
An excellent guide to the use of Western herbs for medicinal
purposes. Individual actions of a large selection of herbs is given and
suggested recipes for common conditions. Lovely illustration throughout.
The tonic herbs are those considered most safe and useful for the general population, and Teeguarden here describes his 22 favourites in detail. Each herb has a number of pages devoted to its effects and uses, how to take it, and what to look for when purchasing.
The book is an excellent introduction to the topic with enough info to start trying some herbs yourself if you choose to. It is written for the layperson in an easy to read style, and although a little Chinese medicine knowledge would help, it is not necessary.
A hugely detailed book combining 'Asian Traditions and
Modern Nutrition'. Covering every aspect of nutrition from ancient Chinese
and modern scientific viewpoints, with sections on the 5 elements, actions
of individual foods and lots of recipes. Essential for anyone interested
Way Of The Warrior is a kind of encyclopedia of martial arts. It's divided into regions of the world, with details of the traditional and modern martial arts practiced in that region. Everything is covered, from ancient shaolin kung fu to modern arts such as the French Parkour and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
But this is much more than a book of facts - it is also a gorgeous 'coffee table' kind of book with loads of photos, which makes it a delight to pick and flick through. If you're interested in martial arts, this is pretty much a must have!
The classic text on Chinese Medicine, still in use today.
A highly detailed text that contains everything you might need to know
about Chinese Medical Theory. Heavy going, and not recommended for the
beginner! (see below)
A fantastic beginners guide to Chinese medicine.
The author clearly knows his stuff, and puts across the basic theory,
as well as more detailed material, in a clear and accessible manner.
Covers yin/yang theory, diagnosis methods, meridians and organs, the
‘8 classifications’ and much more. Highly recommended.
For the more serious student of Chinese Medicine, this is
an immensely detailed text book covering all aspects of Traditional
Chinese Medicine theory in great depth. Covers 5 elements thoery, 8 classifications,
detailed decriptions of the energy meridian system and locations and uses
of points. Excellent.
A superb introduction to organic gardening, with a good explanation
of organic principles and detailed information on how to go about putting
them into practice yourself. Well written and very informative.
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