Main CategoriesTaoism and ConfuciusThe Taoist Canon Christ the Eternal Tao

Christ the Eternal Tao

Product no.: 1-887904-23-9
The ancient wisdom of Lao Tzu is presented alongside the otherworldly revelation of Jesus Christ in a way that encompasses the full significance of both.

Product is in stock
$19.00

Additional product information

Publisher's Synopsis
Through heretofore unpublished translations and teachings of Gi-ming Shien - perhaps the greatest Chinese philosopher to have ever come to the West - this book uncovers the esoteric core of the Tao Teh Ching. Then, through the transmission of mystics of the ancient Christian East, Lao Tzu's teaching is brought into a new dimension, exploding with new meanings. Christ, in turn, is seen in a unique light, His pure image shining in the clarity of Lao Tzu's intuitive vision.

With its practical, time-tested advice on how to unite oneself with the incarnate Tao and acquire uncreated Teh, this is both a philosophical source-book and a spiritual manual, touching the heart and leading one to profound inward transformation. It is a long-awaited Answer to those who, having turned away from modern Western "churchianity," are drawn to the freshness, directness and simplicity of Lao Tzu, and at the same time are strangely, inexplicably drawn back to the all-compelling reality of Jesus Christ.

Reviews
"This is a remarkable book, and one that should be read not only by those interested in comparitive religion, not only by those who have turned to the East in their search for reality, not only by those who feel that Christianity is no longer pertinent, but also by those who wish to deepen their spiritual lives and come to know, love, and serve God."       ~Rama P. Coomaraswamy, Parabola Magazine

"Inspired by Fr. Seraphim Rose’s early studies of the Tao Teh Ching, this book draws from the unpublished translations and teachings of Fr. Seraphim’s Chinese philosophy teacher, Gi-ming Shien, in order to uncover the esoteric core of the Tao Teh Ching. Then, through the transmission of mystics of the ancient Christian East, Lao Tzu’s teaching is brought into a new dimension, exploding with new meanings.

Part I contains a 'New Testament' of the Tao Teh Ching, which looks at Christ through the eyes of Lao Tzu and presents the Gospel in Lao Tzu’s own intriguing way. Part II unfolds the history of the revelation of God, from the creation of man, through the fall, primordial civilization, Lao Tzu, Confucius, and the ancient Hebrews, and finally to God’s Incarnation in Jesus Christ and His ultimate revelation of His Being as Three Persons. Part III offers practical advice from Eastern Orthodox teachers on how to unite oneself to Christ the Incarnate Tao/Logos and acquire His Divine Grace (in Chinese, Teh).

Much more than a mere study in comparative religion, Christ The Eternal Tao uses Lao Tzu’s intuitive realizations as a springboard by which to catapult the spiritual seekers of our day all the way into the mystical depths of Eastern Orthodox Christianity."       ~St. Herman Press

Excerpt

"Those who lived in accordance with the Logos [Tao] are Christians, even though they were called godless, such as, among the Greeks, Socrates and Heraclitus and others like them... Those who lived by the Logos [before Christ came], and those who live so now, are Christians, fearless and unperturbed."      ~Justin Martyr

"Therefore the Ancient Sage said:
The Three produces all things.
The Three acting as One.
One not acting without the Others.

The Triad contains itself in perfection,
For it is the first that surpasses the dyad.
It lies beyond the duality of matter,
Of subject and object,
Of self and other.

The Triad is beyond the distinction of the one and the many;
Its perfection goes beyond the multiplicity of which duality is the root.
Two is the number that separates,
Three is the number that transcends all separation.
The one and the many find themselves gathered together in the Three,
For the Triad, being many, is also a Unity:
Not a unity of self-absorption, but of Love.

The Mind spoke through His child, the Word,
And at His Breath there appeared the multitude of spirits."     ~Chapter Five

Author Damascene, Hieromonk
Coauthor Shibai, Lou
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 548 pp.
Publisher Valaam Books 2004
Browse these categories as well: The Taoist Canon, Taoist Wizards and Immortals, Mystic and Esoteric Christianity, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Christian Classics: Ancient and Modern, Syncretism and the Perennial Philosophy, Masterworks of the Western Mystery Tradition, Noteworthy Releases 2004

We also recommend