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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.

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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.

I Ching – Yi Jing – Book of Changes

The I Ching, Yi JIng or The Book of Changes is unquestionably one of the most important books in the world’s literature. The I Ching has been part of my world since I was 21.

I Ching KIn Wen arrangement

I have studied the I Ching with Master Joseph Yu briefly. I was initially referred to Master Yu by a friend when I was looking for a Feng Shui consultant. He did a Feng Shui consultation for me at my home in Toronto. Some years later I began to study with him.

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

The I Ching is a very ancient book. It existed more than two thousand years before Confucius (ca. 551–479 B.C.).

The origin of the I Ching goes back to mythical antiquity, and it has occupied the attention of the most eminent scholars of China down to the present day.

It was used, and still is used, mainly as divination means, that is, a device to predict future events.

Nearly all that is greatest and most significant in the three thousand years of Chinese cultural history has either taken its inspiration from this book, or has exerted an influence on the interpretation of its text. Therefore it may safely be said that the seasoned wisdom of thousands of years has gone into the making of the I Ching.

Small wonder then that both of the two branches of Chinese philosophy, Confucianism and Taoism, have their common roots here.

The book sheds new light on many a secret hidden in the often puzzling modes of thought of that mysterious sage, Lao-tse, and of his pupils, as well as on many ideas that appear in the Confucian tradition as axioms, accepted without further examination.

Richard Wilhelm

Structure of the I Ching

The book is a collection of 64 short essays. Each essay is assigned to 64 figures called hexagrams. Each hexagram is composed of two trigrams – a lower and an upper.

The trigram, the basic unit of the I-ching, is made of 3 lines that can be continuous (_____) or broken (__ __), meaning yang or yin.

Thus, we have 8 possible trigrams, called pa-kua. Traditionally, the pa-kua are the work of the mythical forefather Fu Hsi, the one who invented the I-ching.

Each hexagram corresponds to a specific life situation, therefore when we consult the Book as oracle it leads us to a more or less personal event which may or may not further develop in time.

I think that the following written by I Ching – Brian Browne Walker nicely captures for the western mind the essence of the I Ching. The version by Brian Browne Walker is considered by many to be the most elegant, distilled version of the I Ching available.:

On its surface, the I Ching is merely a book. It is a very old book — one that has survived for thousands and thousands of years in many different forms — but it is just a book. It is also a very wise book — it is regarded as the foundation text of Chinese wisdom and philosophy, and was instrumental to sages such as Confucius, whose education and teachings were formed by it — but it is just a book.

Beneath the surface, however, the Book of Changes is more than just a book. It is a living, breathing oracle, a patient and all-seeing teacher who can be relied upon for flawless advice at every turning point in our lives. Those who approach the I Ching sincerely, consult it regularly, and embody in their lives the lessons it teaches inevitably experience the greatest riches that life has to offer: prosperity, understanding, and peace of mind.

The Book of Changes speaks to us not in abstract platitudes but with direct advice about what to do now, in this situation, to bring about our own success and good fortune. It is for this reason that it is so dynamically alive today, thousands of years and thousands of miles from its place of origin.

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (Laozi) is a major figure in Chinese philosophy and considered to the author the author of the Tao Te Ching.

His authorship of the Tao Te Ching has led him to be considered traditionally as the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as “Daoism”).

Lao Tzu is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or “One of the Three Pure Ones”.

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