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  • Writer's pictureTherese Poon

Recommended Reading List: on Daoism, Qigong & Chinese Medicine

Updated: May 27, 2020

Listen to your Body: The Wisdom of the Dao – By Dr Bisong Guo

This is the book that my teacher wrote and quite a few of the things we discussed are in this book. It’s written very well for people with no knowledge of Chinese medicine or Daoism.

Lao Zi’s Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching)

This is the best version I have come across... but this book is the MOST translated book in the world after the bible, so there really are sooo many versions to choose from.

Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity

This starts to go in depth with translations of Daoist concepts and quotes, maybe not the best place to start, but a good read if you really want to dive deep into it all.

Taoism: An Essential Guide

This is the best place to start in order to learn about the history, background, key concepts of Daosim. Anything by Eva Wong ensures she knows what she’s talking about and it’s just an academic conclusion of something.

Daoist Nei Gong: The Philosophical Art of Change

This teacher Damo Mitchell is UK based and although I have never trained with him, I’ve heard only good things. He has a great background, his students I’ve met have been very impressive in their grasp of the teachings and he’s a very good writer. If you were more interested to train with him he is easy to find on google and I would highly recommend him.

Healing with Whole Foods

This is a hefty reference book but if you wanted to know about foods and Chinese medicine this will have it all.

Between Heaven and Earth

This is a great book to explore in depth the theory, interaction and uses of the five elements in Chinese medicine.

Effortless Living: Wu-Wei and the Spontaneous State of Natural Harmony

Audible Recommendations:

Alan Watts is a great teacher and this audible link is just one of many...

Technically he’s not talking on Daoism but he covers a lot of areas that are congruent with it.

Taoism: A Friendly Beginners' Guide on Taoism and Taoist Beliefs

This is an easy to follow audible file that will give good introductory principles of Daoism to get people started.

The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

This is the Qigong version. It’s a great starting place to get a good idea of what Qigong is and how to tap into it (medically orientated)

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