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298 pages (2006); 1.0MB download
Arsenal Pulp Press Book Publishers; ISBN: 9781551522005
This fascinating and useful book is a modern-day interpretation of Lao Tzu's Tao te Ching for those concerned with social issues and activist movements in Western civil society. It's a thoughtful examination of how the Tao, and Taoist thought, might be applied to the challenges, conflicts, and obstacles that activists and concerned citizens face as they deal with such issues as poverty, workers' rights, environmentalism, freedom of expression, gender and sexual equality, and social justice. The book also includes a verse-by-verse interpretation of the Tao te Ching, one of the most important historical works of Chinese philosophy and is the basis of Taoism (or Daoism).
This is a timely book about the role of spirituality in activism in the 21st century, and how we — not only activists per se, but those for whom issues of social and political justice are important — can forge new paths in our daily struggles to make the world a better place, and at the same time restore personal balance to our lives. It includes a foreword by Dr. Jim Butler, a political activist for the past 30 years who is also a Buddhist monk.