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Michael LaTorra is a devotee of Adi Da. He writes and teaches in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he is a professor in the English Department at New Mexico State University. He is the author of A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao. He serves as President and Abbot (Rev. Michael "Gozen" La Torra-Sensai) of the Daibutsuji Zen Temple (the Zen Center of Las Cruces). He is on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology and Humanity+.
Mike LaTorra

A Warrior Blends with Life

A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao

by Michael LaTorra

June 24, 1993
North Atlantic Books
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Tao Te Ching, or The Classic of the Way and its Virtue, is considered to contain the essence of Taoism. For 2,500 years, this book has been a major influence on Chinese thought, shifting it from a preoccupation with Confucian rules of day-to-day conduct to concern with a more spiritual level of being. Author Michael LaTorra's training in internal martial arts and his understanding of the new physics influence his reading of the Tao Te Ching, grappling with the vicissitudes of contemporary culture and the ever-shifting nature of reality.

Clear, concise advice on how to implement the Tao into everyday life. Very helpful on the Path of Awareness. Highly recommended!

—Paul Schroder

I've read many spirituality books and this one is very good. It contains advice you'll find elsewhere like "keep everything simple," advice often attributed to Taoism. It also contains Latorra's interesting interpretations of the Tao Te Ching such as "when there are free markets, the people's needs are met." But by far my favorite part of the book are the very beginning and very end. It tells Lao-tzu's story of leaving the palace on an ox and meeting a guard at the edge of Chinese territory when he gave the guard the Tao-teh-ching. I plan to buy a copy of this book for my taoist sister for her birthday. Latorra also has comments about the afterlife about a paradisaical earthlike realm where people still live and die, one realm lower than heaven but 6 realms higher than earth. The story of the guard is continued at the end of the book to a beautiful conclusion. In my own conclusion, I recommend this book highly.

—Hadar Shapir


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