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Tao Te Ching

by Lao Tzu

In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

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Recommendations: 3

Categories: Philosophy

Reading time: 01 hours


Jason Nemer
AcroYogo Founder

So the Tao Te Ching would be a close second, and I feel like they have similar things where there’s so much energy in each passage that you can sit down and speed read it but the depth of these ideas and these concepts, that’s actually the book that I have on my traveling altar because all I do is travel.

So I have the Tao Te Ching and oftentimes before meditation, I’ll just open it randomly to a page and read about something and then just have that be what I steep in as I sit.

Rick Rubin
Record Producer

What’s great about it is, it’s 81 short pieces, that you could look at them as poems, that, if you were to read the book today, you would get one thing from it. And, if you were to pick it up in two years and read it again, it would mean something entirely different, and always on the money. Always what you need to read at that particular period of time. So, it’s a magic book, in that way, in that it always fits.

Josh Waitzkin
Chess Player, Martial Artist, and Author

Lao Tzu, the Tao Te Ching, hugely just unbelievable deep.