Taoist Books

A selection of books about the Lee style as well as some other works of more general interest.

The books written by Chee Soo are directly applicable to the Lee style of T'ai Chi, the other books are of more general interest. Remember that Taoism is a practical philosophy not an abstract set of beliefs, some of the meaning may not become obvious at the first reading, and of course much has been lost in translation by western authors who may lack a comprehensive knowlege of actual Taoist practices. Taoism has a documented history in China spanning more than five thousand years and most writers will specialise in their own particular field such as: Taoist philosophy, Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts, Religion and Spiritual practices, Alchemy, Meditation etc.

Chee Soo's Taoist Arts of the Lee style

Chee Soo's books can be obtained direct from the Seahorse Books online shop.

Taoist Arts of the Lee style.

Our thanks goes to Marilyn Soo who kindly gave us the exclusive copyright to have this series re-printed.

The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan by Chee Soo

The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan by Chee Soo
published by ©Seahorse Books 2003

Paperback, £16.95, ISBN: 0954524403

"The Taoist way to mental and physical health." The classic book of Lee style T'ai Chi complete with pictures and full description of the T'ai Chi form, as well as background information on Taoism and the history of T'ai Chi.

Taoist Yoga, The Chinese Art of K'ai Men, by Chee Soo

The Taoist Art of K'ai Men by Chee Soo
published by ©Seahorse Books 2006

Paperback, £15.95, ISBN: 0954524411

Opening the doorway to the inner world. "Physical rejuvenation and mental vigour through this ancient and powerful system of energy utilisation."

The Tao of Long Life, The Chinese Art of Ch'ang Ming, by Chee Soo

The Tao of Long Life, The Chinese Art of Ch'ang Ming, by Chee Soo
published by ©Seahorse Books 2008

Paperback, £12.95, ISBN: 0954524438

"Health and long life using a time tested approach to diet and nutrition that has been practised by Taoists for thousands of years."

The Taoist Ways of Healing, The Chinese Art of Pa Chin Hsien, by Chee Soo

The Taoist Ways of Healing, The Chinese Art of Pa Chin Hsien, by Chee Soo
published by ©Seahorse Books 2012

Paperback, £15.95, ISBN: 0954524449

"An introduction to the complete system of ancient Chinese Taoist health arts the 'Eight Strands of the Brocade'."

The Taoist Art of Feng Shou by Chee Soo

The Taoist Art of Feng Shou by Chee Soo
published by ©Seahorse Books 2006

Paperback, £19.95, ISBN: 095452442X

A complete illustrated guide to this unique Chinese system of self defence which combines 'softness' with speed to great effect.

The Tao of my Thoughts by Chee Soo

The Tao of my Thoughts by Chee Soo
published by Seahorse Books 2006

Hardback, £24.95, ISBN: 0954524454

A previously unpublished book by Chee Soo detailing his thoughts about Taoist philosophy gathered over many years since 1976. Also includes a transcript of an interview with Marilyn Soo.

Further readings on Taoism

Being Taoist by Eva Wong

A beautifully clear and accessible explanation of how to live a Taoist life--by reknowned Taoist master Eva Wong.

     Being Taoist is one of the most readable books on Taoist philosophy available. It shines a light on exactly what it takes to live a Taoist life. Taoist living rests on four pillars--the public, the domestic, the private, and the spirit lives. Not only do Taoists strive to live these four aspects fully and in a balanced way, they also believe there is an outlook and an art to each of them. Eva Wong uses the teachings of Taoist masters (one for each pillar) to explain the essential concepts. She then gives voice to these texts--simplifying them, removing barriers to understanding, and making them completely accessible and relevant to the modern reader. 

Seven Taoist Masters by Eva Wong

History and legend are interwoven in this folk novel that both entertains and instructs. Written by an unknown author, Seven Taoist Masters is the story of six men and one woman who overcome tremendous hardships on the journey to self-mastery. These characters and their teacher, Wang Ch'ung-yang, are all historical figures who lived in the Southern Sung (1127–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties. Wang is regarded as the greatest patriarch of the Complete Reality school, a highly purified branch of Taoism having a strong affinity with Zen Buddhism. The novel brings to life the essentials of Taoist philosophy and practice, both through the instructions offered by Wang—on topics such as the cultivation of mind and body, meditation techniques, and overcoming the obstacles to enlightenment—and through the experiences of the characters.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as "Sunzi" and "Sun Wu"), a high ranking military general, strategist and tactist. The Art of War has also been applied to business and managerial strategies. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is said to be the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time, and is still read for its military insight which can be applied to business and managerial strategies as well.


The Way of Chuang Tzu

Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thought—used parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity. The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting upon four different translations of the Chinese classic that bears Chuang Tzu's name. The result is this collection of poetic renderings of the great sage's work that conveys its spirit in a way no other translation has and that was Merton's personal favorite among his more than fifty books. Both prose and verse are included here, as well as a short section from Merton discussing the most salient themes of Chuang Tzu's teachings.

Chuang Tzu The Inner Chapters translated by Leon Wieger

Chuang Tzu's Inner chapers pure and simple.

365 Tao by Deng Ming Dao

This explanation of Taoism avoids the use of Chinese and technical terms, even such well-known terms as yin and yang. Each meditation included in this book begins with a one-word title and its Chinese character, the number of the meditation, and a brief poetic aphorism. Each meditation illustrates a single Taoist principle in natural imagery. An appendix of months and days aids readers who want to read one prayer each day.

Chronicles of Tao by Deng Ming Dao

This introduction to Taoism as chronicled in the secret life of a Taoist master incorporates Deng Ming-Dao's three-volume biography and history of China in the 20th century. Kwan Saihung, born to a noble military family, left his post as under-secretary to Zhou Anlai to follow the last master of a rare ascetic lineage of Taoist teachings. Pushed out of the temple to find the way on his own, Kwan was exiled from China only to land in the ghettos of Pittsburgh and to be beaten on the streets of New York and in the harsh realm of Golden Gloves boxing. The author, to whom Kwan Saihung has transmitted his lineage, spins his master's story in a manner that reads like a novel - part fantastical, part historical.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

"Winnie-the-Pooh is ‘The Bear for all Ages’, and now he’s more fun than ever before. Join in The Tao of Pooh! Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear, and Pooh's Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism."

The I Ching workbook

"The 5,000-year-old Chinese book of wisdom, presented in a unique work-book format designed to help truth-seekers find new meaning and enlightenment in its ancient lore."

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The Tao Teh Ching

The Tao Teh Ching written by Lao Tzu around the third century BC is considered by many to be the cornerstone of modern day Taoism. In recent years archaeologists have unearthed never before seen versions of this important text from tombs, notably at Mawangdui in 1973 - known as the Mawangdui silk texts - dating from around 167 BC and the oldest text in existence so far: the Guodian Chu bamboo slips discovered in 1993 and dating back to about 300 BC. Here are some interesting translations of these various versions of the Tao Teh Ching:

Lao-Tzu: Te-Tao Ching: A New Translation Based on the Recently Discovered Ma-Wang-Tui Texts

In 1973 archaeologists unearthed a tomb in Mawangdui in China and discovered written on silk a version of the Tao Teh Ching which had not seen the light of day since 167 BC, far older than any previously known translations.

Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching: A Translation of the Startling New Documents Found at Guodian

In 1993 archaeologists excavating the Guodian tombs in Jingmen discovered hundreds of bamboo slips which were painted in great detail containing the oldest known version of the Tao Teh Ching from around 300BC, with some very interesting differences to modern day translations. These bamboo slips contain previously unknown Taoist classics as well as throwing new light on the relationshipo between early Taoist and Confucian philosophy.

The Guodian Laozi

The first major publication in English on the bamboo slips excavated from a late fourth century B.C. Chu-state tomb at Guodian, Hubei, in 1993. The slip texts include both Daoist and Confucian works, many previously unknown. Thie monograph is a full account of the international conference held on these texts, at which leading scholars from China, the United States, Europe, and Japan analyzed the Laozi materials and a previously unknown cosmological text. In addition, the contents include nine essays on topics such as the archaeological background of the discovery, conservation of the slip-texts, and the relation of the Guodian Laozi materials to the received Laozi text. An annotated edition of the Guodian Laozi materials and the cosmological text are included, as well as a critical bibliography with summary of Chinese scholarship on the Guodian texts in the year following the conference.

The Taoist Classics - by Thomas Cleary

Volume one

  • Tao Teh Ching
  • Chuang Tzu
  • Wen-tzu
  • The book of leadership and strategy
  • Sex, Health and Long Life
ISBN: 1570629056

Volume two

  • Understanding reality
  • The Inner teaching of Taoism
  • The book of balance and harmony
  • Practical Taoism
ISBN: 1570629064

Volume three

  • Vitality, Energy, Spirit
  • The secret of the golden flower
  • Immortal Sisters
  • Awakening to the Tao
ISBN: 1570629072

Volume four

  • The Taoist I Ching
  • I Ching Mandalas
ISBN: 1570629080

The Tao of Love and Sex: The Ancient Chinese Way to Ecstasy

Two thousand years ago, at a time when the Christian West was frantically repressing sexuality, the Chinese were enjoying an erotic life that fused the sensual and the spiritual, in which sexual guilt and sexual aberrations like sadism and masochism were all but absent. This bestselling book by a leading modern exponent of Taoism makes that erotic life available to all who seek it. With its emphasis on male restraint and female pleasure and its healing vision of sex as an expression of a deeper cosmic balance, The Tao of Love and Sex offers us nothing less than a new model of loving, at once exciting and serene, passionate and compassionate.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Longevity: Tao of Eating and Healing

Aileen Yeoh a biochemist, acupuncturist and reflexologist wrote a series of articles published in Singapore for The Straits Times about the Ch'ang Ming diet. Here she details in depth the relationship between Chinese Medicine principles and the effects of various foods for people eating according to the Taoist Ch'ang Ming diet. A rare a beautiful classic.

The foundations of Chinese Medicine

The foundations of Chinese Medicine

Richly illustrated and fully updated throughout, Foundations of Chinese Medicine 3e retains its careful structure to present the subject in a systemized manner which ranges from first principles to the diagnosis and management of a wide range of disease states. The latest edition of this important volume has been redesigned to provide a more accessible, up-to-date feel to the content to enhance the reader's learning experience.

Offering a unique combination of rigorous scholarship together with a wealth of clinical experience, Maciocia's Foundations of Chinese Medicine 3e will be ideal for all students of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as well as qualified practitioners needing to stay up-to-date with changes in the field.

Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine

Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine

a complete, easily accessed and highly illustrated guide to diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. Emphasis is placed on "real world" issues and symptoms, and the text focuses on clear interpretations of signs and symptoms - the practice beyond the theory. Since Chinese medicine diagnosis relies on a subjective appraisal of the patient's symptoms and signs - which form a pattern - many factors beyond traditional Western symptoms are taken into consideration e.g. a patient's voice, the absence of thirst, feeling hot or cold, the patient's smell, tone of voice, glitter of eyes. Thus, Chinese diagnosis is based on a subtle appraisal of a patient's disharmony, which may not be a "disease" at all, and as such requires careful interpretation of a range of nuances. This book will help lead students and practitioners through basic on to sophisticated levels of diagnostic interpretation

Five element constitutional acupuncture

Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture

A clear, detailed, and accessible presentation of the main features of constitutional Five Element acupuncture. It covers the context and history of this form of acupuncture, as well as the relevant Chinese medicine theory. After examining the Elements themselves and the functions of the Organs, the book explores the basis of diagnosis in Five Element acupuncture, possible blocks to treatment and the treatment itself. It puts this style of treatment into the context of other styles of acupuncture treatment - especially Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as it is used in the West today.


Healing your emotions

Healing your emotions

Discover your five element type and change your life The Chinese described the emotions as being a cause of ill health as early as 200 BC. It is now universally recognized that anger, guilt, joy, jealousy, fear etc have a strong effect on our body. The book clearly explains the link between the elements, the body's organs and our feelings. Using the elements and philosophy behind Chinese medicine, this book shows you how to: • Transform Anger • Conquer Fear • Release Sadness • Break the Worry Habit • Enhance Self Awareness Each Element - fire, water, wood, earth and metal has a different personality type associated with it. Healing Your Emotions takes you through case studies and questionnaires to reveal your Element type, and then offers exercises, both mental and physical, which will help you identify and deal with the emotions which stop you being healthy. 


five spirits

Five Spirits

An introduction to the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Five Spirits are the Taoist map of the human psyche. The system provides a mythical view of the nervous system and forms the basis of Chinese medical psychology. It, also, describes a precise and efficient technology for spiritual transformation, the process through which a human being rediscovers their essential wholeness and innate connection to the divine. The "Five Spirits" can be understood as the Taoist version of the Chakra System of Vedic India. Like the chakras, the spirits exist as centres of consciousness in the subtle body rather than as structures in the physical body. Just as each chakra relates to a particular level of consciousness, each spirit relates to a particular aspect of human awareness, a particular vibration or frequency of psychic energy. An understanding of the Five Spirits is the key that opens the doorway to the mysteries of Taoist psycho-spiritual alchemy.

The yellow Emperor's Classic - The Nei Ching

The classic Nei Ching or Yellow Emperor's classic of Internal Medicine an essential text for anyone seriously into Taoism.

Dragon rises red bird flies

By viewing Chinese healing arts, such as acupuncture and herbalism through western eyes, the author has evolved a system of healing that examines the natural energy functions of the human organism as differentiated into mental, emotional and spiritual manifestations. The book provides clinical insight into the healing experience.

Hoffman's Holistic Herbal

Holistic Herbal 4th Edition: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies by Hoffman, David (2003) Paperback (Paperback)