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What is a good book on Taoism besides the Tao Te Ching?

I want to learn about what Taoists do: their traditions, beliefs, styles of worship.

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  1. Have you read the Tao of Pooh? It’s Tao explained through the famous character of the Hundred-acre Wood.
    It was really cute and one of the least complicated books I’ve read on Taoism.

  2. Run a search in Amazon.com and it will give you some suggestions.
    I don’t know why you are learning about Taoism, but if you are searching for the Powers of mind, learn Buddhism which teaches you about this mind, its powers, how to control it and finally, how to be free from it.
    I copy the following for you from a powerful teaching of Lord Buddha (~ 624BC – 544BC). I’m sure you will find this very interesting.
    (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.11.0.than.html)
    “…Supranormal Powers
    “With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers. He wields manifold supranormal powers. Having been one he becomes many; having been many he becomes one. He appears. He vanishes. He goes unimpeded through walls, ramparts, and mountains as if through space. He dives in and out of the earth as if it were water. He walks on water without sinking as if it were dry land. Sitting cross-legged he flies through the air like a winged bird. With his hand he touches and strokes even the sun and moon, so mighty and powerful. He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds. Just as a skilled potter or his assistant could craft from well-prepared clay whatever kind of pottery vessel he likes, or as a skilled ivory-carver or his assistant could craft from well-prepared ivory any kind of ivory-work he likes, or as a skilled goldsmith or his assistant could craft from well-prepared gold any kind of gold article he likes; in the same way – with his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability – the monk directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers… He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds…”

  3. zhuangzi
    lie zi
    huai nan zi
    bao pu zi nei pian
    xi jing za ji
    tai xuan jing
    but if you want to learn their life styles, you must read shi shuo xin yu

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