Derek Lin is the director of Tao studies at the Great Tao Foundation of America and is the author of four books including The Tao of Daily Life. He draws wisdom from the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu's classic, which speaks to us across 2,500 years and immerses us in its lyrical, mystical, and down-to-earth wisdom. It stands with the Bible as one of the most translated books of all time.
In this paperback, Lin brings us the glad tidings of Taoism in the form of a 365 sayings, stories, and sacred teachings organized as a daybook. Some of the major themes of this path come through, such as simplicity, emptiness, silence, selflessness, balance, and restraint.
Here are a few examples of what you will find in this daybook:
• On Courtesy
"Tao cultivators keep up with the fast-moving world without losing sight of basic courtesies. They give others the gift of space to express themselves completely without being rushed. This is one of the simplest things that demonstrates the difference that the Tao makes in life."
"Resist the temptation to cut people off. Notice how people expose their impatience and rudeness when they do so. Distinguish yourself by being the exact opposite. Give people the chance to say what they want to say. Over time, this will have far-reaching effects on your communication and connections."
• On Handling Praise
"The key to the sage's ability to handle praise is that they demand far more from themselves than others do, so for them getting approval from other people is not a great cause for celebration. Incorporate this into your thinking, and you will find it easier to free yourself from the need to seek recognition."