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Recommended Reading Deng Ming-Dao

Deng Ming-Dao is the author of numerous books. Many have been translated into fifteen languages. Deng began his writing career with a trilogy based on the life of his teacher Kwan Saihung. His books include:

Reading the books that Deng Ming-Dao has written has helped me to appreciate more deeply Taoist / Daoist thinking and philosophy as well as giving insights into the history and culture of China.


Master Lee Holden

Lee Holden, a Qi Qong Master, is a student of Grand Master Mantak Chia. He has also written many books with Master Chia.

His expertise, experience, and down-to-earth approach have made him a popular workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and trainer.

His online QiQong training is simply excellent and so easy to follow.

The Power of Qi

Master Holden first discovered the power of qi at the early age of 10 from his parents’ meditation lessons.

Studies in Martial Arts, Taoism, Qi Gong, and Chinese Medicine

He studied a variety of martial arts including Karate, Kung Fu, and Capoeira and had an early interest in Taoism, Qi Gong, and Chinese medicine. After college, he set out on a path of self-discovery in Asia, visiting China, Japan, and Indonesia to study with master teachers, and Thailand, where he was hired to write books for Qi Gong Master Mantak Chia.

Popular DVDs & American Public Television

Returning home to California, Master Holden then opened his own healing arts clinic in California and produced and created a series of educational Qi Gong DVDs. Those DVDs were picked up by American public television and have been shown in more than 50 million households on more than 105 PBS stations throughout the United States and Canada.

Weight Watchers

He is currently working with WW, Inc. (formerly Weight Watchers) as a way to bring healthy movement and flowing practice to millions of members worldwide.

Holden QiQong

Master Holden is the founder of Holden QiGong and holds teacher trainings in his accessible style of practice and training.

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Master Mantak Chia

Master Mantak Chia is the founder of the Universal Healing Tao System. This system is has been taught throughout the world to tens of thousands of students of the Tao.

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Master Chia’s Training

Master Chia began studying the Buddhist method of “still the mind” at the age of six, and later he studied Muay Thai boxing, T’ai chi ch’uan, Kung Fu and Taoist and Buddhist meditation practices from several masters.

The most influential of all his masters was Yi Eng (White Cloud), an eremitic (recluse) member of the Dragon’s Gate sect of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of Taoism. Yi Eng taught Mantak Chia a complete Taoist training system and authorized him to teach and heal.

Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort

Mantak Chia lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort.

Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort

Mantak Chia created Tao Garden, a beautiful spa and health resort, to help teach the Tao. Students are welcome to come to Tao Garden and study with Master Chia and the Senior Instructors during his Taoist retreats throughout the year.

Books, DVDs, Media

Master Chia has authored many books about the UHT – Universal Healing Tao System and has created DVDs and other media to support his teaching.

  • Cosmic Inner Smile
  • Cosmic Healing Sound
  • Awaken Healing Light of the Tao : The Microcosmic Orbit Meditation
  • Chi Self-Massage: The Taoist Way of Rejuvenation

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Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao is a companion volume to the bestselling 365 Tao: Daily Meditations.

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony provides clear, specific directions on bringing the Taoist spirit into our work, our relationships, and other aspects of our everyday lives.

Each ideogram provides the starting point for a Taoist lesson. The narrative that follows shows how we can achieve an intimate relationship with nature, others, and our natural selves.

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The Taoist spirit comes to life, made vibrant and contemporary through the Chinese ideograms whose images and stories speak of living in harmony with the Tao. Everyday Tao revives an ancient approach to meditation and reflection by using these stories as sources of insight for spiritual growth.

I really found the this idea to be so enlightening:

Tao is a person running along a path.

I use this book as part of my study of Taoism.

Deng Ming-Dao writes this about Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony:

This book takes the structure of Chinese words as its framework. Many words (though not all) are pictures, and oftentimes, understanding the picture helps illuminate the meaning.

Studying Taoism in the United States is undeniably shaped by translation. Oddly, studying Taoism in China is, in some ways, also influenced by translation: classical Chinese is hard to decipher even for current scholars, and the books are interpreted into contemporary Chinese. But by looking at the word-pictures and understanding what the ancients were trying to convey, we can have wonderful keys to the deeper meanings of Taoism.

With the help of Edward Thi, a professor and calligrapher, I explored the origins of each word. The pictures led me back to the beginnings of the Chinese language, and thus the beginnings of what it meant to follow the Tao.

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao is available from Amazon.com in Kindle and other formats.

I enjoyed reading the following reviews:

In this companion volume to 365 Tao, Deng Ming-Dao explores the central features of Taoism and their application to everyday life. Divided into sections with names like “Nature,” “Silence,” “Devotion” and “Self,” Deng’s individual meditations focus on virtues like charity, kindness, patience and diligence. Each meditation is preceded by a drawing of an ancient Chinese ideogram of which Deng offers a translation and an extended reflection on the drawing’s meaning, or instruction, for following the Tao. For example, in his reflection on travel, he illustrates the various ways in which the act of traveling is synonymous with following the Tao. In his words, “to travel means to trust the Tao.” Deng’s poetic conversations on the harmony and balance of living the Tao in everyday life should have broad appeal.
—Publishers Weekly

In his introduction, Ming-Dao explains that Tao is “literally the movement of all life … the total ongoing of the universe,” and that to live according to Taoist principles is to go along with this movement, this flow. Ming-Dao notes eight “special qualities” of people who internalize Taoism: simplicity, sensitivity, flexibility, independence and being focused, cultivated, disciplined, and joyous. The body of the book consists of texts based on Chinese characters emblematic of certain aspects of the Taoist way, including specific aspects of nature, silence, conduct, moderation, devotion, teaching, self, and union. In his clear and concise definitions of each concept, Ming-Dao provides a running history of Tao, a summary of Tao practice, and suggestions for how the study of Taoism can enrich everyday life in the Western world.
—Donna Seaman, Booklist

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao is available from Amazon.com.

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The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons by Deng Ming-Dao

The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons by Deng Ming-Dao has helped me to gain a deeper understanding and feeling of China, Chinese culture and Taoism in particular. This a particularly wonderful book for someone like me who has lived in, and travels to, China as it is packed with useful information. And it is a wonderful companion book to The Living I Ching.

The lunar calendar is a main pillar of Chinese tradition and culture, encompassing many festivals and stories. Though most explorations of Taoism take place within the realm of scripture, exercises, formal lectures, and meditation, this book looks to the lunar calendar and highlights where these festivals and stories coincide with Taoism. Each day of the lunar year is represented with a reading meditation, illustrations, and interesting facts about festivals and traditions, providing readers with the context that gives Taoism depth and resonance.

The book is a wealth of information:

  • Chinese festivals
  • Observations of the lunar calendar, including the birthdays and memorial days to the major Taoist gods and Buddhist figures.
  • Original translations of some of China’s most famous poems, and discussions showing how they relate to a spiritual path.
  • Passages showing how Taoism is intertwined with Confucianism and Buddhism.
  • A Taoist meditation for each day of the year.
  • Incorporation of the Twenty-Four Solar Terms, the traditional division of the lunar calendar, and the qigong (breath training) exercises created for each term.

Many photographs and illustrations, including photographs of Taoist rituals and locations in China. More than 400 illustrations.
Unlike any other book, The Lunar Tao gives readers a new way to explore Taoism and shows readers a way to include the tenets of Taoism into daily life.

The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons is available from Amazon.com.

Having The Lunar on my Kindle as well as in hard copy is quite wonderful.

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Deng Ming-Dao

Deng Ming-Dao, an American born spiritual teacher, author, artist, philosopher and martial artist from San Francisco known for his ability to write clear, understandable and practical books on Taoist concepts.

In the Chinese language the family name comes first and given names follow. Deng is his family name; Ming-Dao is his given name. Dao or Tao is the name given to him by his grandfather so Taoism has been an integral part of his life since birth.

Deng Ming-Dao. Keep life simple. Turn towards the divine.

From a young age, he studied Taoist internal arts such as Qigong, Kung-Fu, philosophy, meditation. He studied internal martial arts with Taoist master Kwan Saihung for 13 years and studied with two other masters before that.

Deng earned degrees from Occidental College in Los Angeles and the University of California in Berkeley.

Deng is the son of two artists, Jade Snow Wong and Woodrow Ong.

He is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist whose work is in several collections. Some of Deng’s watercolors appear at the beginning of each chapter in his book The Living I Ching.

The Deng Ming-Dao website contains information about his books, his art and his workshops.

Books by Deng Ming-Dao

Deng Ming-Dao is the author of numerous books. Many have been translated into fifteen languages. Deng began his writing career with a trilogy based on the life of his teacher Kwan Saihung. His books include:

Reading the books that Deng Ming-Dao has written has helped me to appreciate more deeply Taoist / Daoist thinking and philosophy as well as giving insights into the history and culture of China.

My Teachers, Guides, and Mentors

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My Points of Reference

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Deng Ming-Dao, an American born spiritual teacher, author, artist, philosopher and martial artist from San Francisco known for his ability to write clear, understandable and practical books on Taoist concepts.

The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life by Deng Ming-Dao

I have been using and working with the I Ching since I was 21 years old and The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life by Deng Ming-Dao is a game changer in providing an easy to comprehend path to understanding and integrating the wisdom of the I Ching into your daily life.

While known mostly as a tool of divination, the I Ching is truly a repository of centuries of wisdom. Most of the existing translations offer either dense, scholarly commentary or little more than fortune-cookie platitudes, but The Living I Ching takes a more holistic approach.

This translation recovers the true wisdom and philosophy of this ancient classic, so that the I Ching becomes more than just a book of fortune-telling—it becomes a manual for living.

In ebook format it is always available to me via Kindle on my android phone. It is also used by all of my students and all of my clients.

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is an ancient manual for divining the future. Its basic text is traditionally attributed to three sages: King Wen, the Duke of Zhou, and >Confucius.

By tossing coins, rolling dice, using a computer, or, more traditionally, counting yarrow stalks, one can create a seemingly random combination of heads and tails, odd and even, yin and yang, to construct six lines (for example, solid for odd numbers and broken for even numbers). These six lines make up a hexagram that provides advice, predictions, and answers to questions on topics from love and career to family and finance.

Archetypal observations of the human dilemma were made that long ago, and they became part of the Chinese and Taoist outlook. While there have been many variations in the ensuing centuries, the core observations of rise and fall, fortune and misfortune, and life and death remain valid. They are worthy of study because all of us living today are limited by our age and our uncertainty of the future. Studying books like the I Ching reveals the patterns of history and gives us the chance to live with greater insight.

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