365 Tao : Daily Meditations by Ming-DAO Deng

365 Tao : Daily Meditations by Ming-DAO Deng

Author: Ming-DAO Deng
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Introducing an exquisite meditation companion imbued with a Taoist and environmentally conscious approach, “365 Tao” effortlessly brings the essence of Taoism to life by presenting a collection of thought-provoking aphorisms and teachings in a contemporary and easily understood manner. With its rich poetic wisdom persisting throughout the journey of an entire year, this book offers valuable insights and practical guidance for embracing the principles of Taoism in our daily lives.

365 Tao: Daily Meditations for Mindful Living

Hello, my name is Lisa Shay, and this article is part of my series on Japanese and Chinese books, articles, blog posts, and other types of content. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite books that I always keep on my bedside table. It’s called “365 Tao: Daily Meditations” by Deng Ming Dao.

The concept of this book is simple – it offers 365 short sayings and interpretations for each day of the year. Each saying gives you something to ponder on, and Deng Ming Dao provides a few paragraphs of his own thoughts and insights on the topic. While you can choose to focus solely on the saying itself, reading his words can be valuable in understanding his perspective and adding your own thoughts to it.

Let me share a few of my favorite passages from the book:


On page 120, the topic is openness. Deng Ming Dao writes, “Nothing is meant to be; there is no predestination.” This idea resonates with me because it reminds us that we are in control of our own destinies. We should pursue our dreams and not be swayed by others’ expectations, especially when we’re young. It’s important to listen to your own heart and follow the path that truly interests you. Even if you find yourself on a path you’re not satisfied with, remember that change is always possible. New opportunities can arise, and you have the power to start fresh and try something new.


On page 250, Deng Ming Dao explores the concept of reverence. He expresses it beautifully by saying, “An ocean of ink in a single drop trembling at the tip of my brush, poised above stark white paper, a universe waits for existence.” This passage speaks to artists, writers, and poets, highlighting the idea that until we create and share our thoughts with others, they don’t exist in the world. Whether it’s filling a canvas with paint or writing a story or poem, our actions of sharing bring forth something unique and meaningful. This passage also emphasizes the importance of approaching everything we do with reverence, recognizing the impact our creations can have on others.


On page 286, Deng Ming Dao focuses on the significance of teaching. He encourages giving back what you’ve learned and sharing your experiences. We all have people in our lives who have offered us guidance and shared their wisdom, and it’s essential for us to pass that knowledge on. Sharing experiences not only helps others but also enhances our own understanding. By teaching without reservations, we contribute to the growth of the entire community. The real secret to life is only known when people apply it to their own lives and make it a reality, rather than merely hearing about it.

I personally like to read one passage a day from “365 Tao: Daily Meditations” and reflect on it. Sometimes the saying perfectly aligns with what I’m doing, while other times it may not initially seem relevant, but I later discover its connection throughout the day. These daily readings serve as a reminder to be mindful, present, and thoughtful in everything I do and recognize the importance of my actions both on my own path and for those around me.

If you have any questions about this book or if you have other recommendations for me to explore, please feel free to reach out. Have a wonderful day!

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