The Tao Te Ching: Backward Down the Path

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The Tao Te Ching: A New Approach, Backward Down the Path

Jerry Dalton

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Backward Down the Path moves you forward by offering a comprehensive explanation of Taoism. This new and unique approach breaks down the Tao Te Ching for thoughtful study. Any form of philosophy may deliver deep thoughts, and as we strive for spiritual guidance, some may not fully grasp certain concepts. Taoism, an ancient Chinese philosophy, finds its place in the ancient Eastern world and the modern Western world. Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching has been interpreted countless times through the years. Explaining Taoism and implementing its practices come in many adaptations that all Westerners may not fully understand.

Dr. Jerry Dalton begins with text from the Tao Te Ching, paraphrases the words, or explains them to modern readers. He then gives you central concepts to contemplate and an action to take to start embracing Taoism. The book also has space to write down your reflections. Backward Down the Path takes the deep philosophical concepts of Taoism and delivers them practically for daily living.

The structure of Backward Down the Path and Dalton’s adept delivery of the interpretations make it easier to apply Taoist principles to your life. Dr. Jerry Dalton has personal experience with Taoist spirituality and does a remarkable job at interpreting the text. Backward Down the Path gives you a great starting point for your journey for anyone interested in exploring “the way” or beginning to practice Taoism.

About the Author

Dr. Jerry Dalton earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Louisville. He may be best known for being the only non-family member to be a Master Distiller for Jim Beam Bourbon. He was the Master Distiller from 1998-2007 and mentored Jim Beam’s great-grandson, who took over after Jerry’s retirement. Before working in the bourbon business, Dr. Dalton was a teacher, workshop leader, consultant, and inventor. He published works about technical management, but his studies of Taoism led him to write Backward Down the Path. He wanted to provide a faithful interpretation of the Tao Te Ching for any interested reader, not just scholars. Dr. Dalton summed up his philosophy in the four words: Mundane Events, Magical Process.

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  1. Ed T.

    An Easy Path To Follow
    Jerry Dalton makes the Taoist path an easy one to follow. He opens up the 81 steps of the Tao and paraphrases them with easy to understand language. His translation is first-rate.

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