The Tao of Success: The Five Ancient Rings of Destiny

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Penguin, Dec 23, 2010 - Self-Help - 272 pages
A modern book of destiny and power, using the ancient principles of the Tao Te Ching.

How do we begin to discover and live our destined life? How can we use the ancient, Eastern philosophy to experience more success in our lives?

From Derek Lin, Taoist master and author of The Tao of Daily Life, comes this practical, systematic approach to the ancient and time-honored spiritual learning process. The Tao of Success navigates the five rings of life, which are common patterns of traditional Tao cultivation, conceptualized by the ancient sages: your spirit, your mind, your relationships, your world, and your destiny. Success is achieved by discovering and experiencing these five concentric rings, from the inside out, and not in the future but in the here and now.

Using the same format that made The Tao of Daily Life a breakout Eastern wisdom bestseller, Lin draws on the power of Taoist stories to illustrate important keys, or lessons. He then offers commentary on understanding and applying that story in modern life-all aimed to help readers live out the destiny that lies within themselves.

By integrating the life-altering lessons of this book into their busy lives, readers can begin to cultivate the Tao. In The Tao of Success, Lin returns with his enlightening approach to understanding, centered on story and illumination of ancient Taoist secrets for the modern beginner and the familiar student alike.

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I received this book a couple of days before Christmas 2010 and spent a week enjoying every word. Individuals looking for a step-by-step guide to assist them on their spiritual journey should seriously consider reading this book. Derek Lin uses stories that make the knowledge of the lessons easy to understand and remember. His commentaries on the stories break down the deeper meanings of Tao Cultivation in a way that even a beginner can comprehend.
If one is willing to follow the road map that The Tao of Success provides they will realize their full potential and become the kind of person they are destined to be. The information that Derek provides illuminates the path to success in life. All the reader has to do is follow the time tested techniques that Taoist masters have been practicing for centuries.

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The Birthday Present
The Temple Renovation
The Devoted Buddhist
Grandpas Greatest Secret
The Kung Fu School

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About the author (2010)

Derek Lin has become one of the best-selling Taoist teachers and writers in America today. He was born in Taiwan and grew up with native fluency in both Chinese and English. This background lets him convey Eastern teachings to Western readers in a way that is clear, simple, and authentic. His other books, including The Tao of SuccessThe Tao of Joy Every Day, and his own translation of the Tao Te Ching, have become category bestsellers. Lin offers a weekly lecture on the Tao that anyone can attend over the internet. Currently, he is the only notable author of the Tao to provide this level of access to the public.

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