About this book
This fascinating and useful book is a modern-day interpretation of Lao Tzu's Tao te Ching
for those concerned with social issues and activist movements in Western civil society. It's a thoughtful examination of how the Tao, and Taoist thought, might be applied to the challenges, conflicts, and obstacles that activists and concerned citizens face as they deal with such issues as poverty, workers' rights, environmentalism, freedom of expression, gender and sexual equality, and social justice. The book also includes a verse-by-verse interpretation of the Tao te Ching
, one of the most important historical works of Chinese philosophy and is the basis of Taoism (or Daoism).
This is a timely book about the role of spirituality in activism in the 21st century, and how we—not only activists per se, but those for whom issues of social and political justice are important—can forge new paths in our daily struggles to make the world a better place, and at the same time restore personal balance to our lives. It includes a foreword by Dr. Jim Butler, a political activist for the past 30 years who is also a Buddhist monk.
Stephen Legault's Carry Tiger to Mountain
reminds us that social activism and personal awareness need each other to be complete, that undisciplined activism and passive spirituality both lead nowhere. Legault's account of his personal experiences with activism demonstrate that he learned these lessons first hand. This is an important book for anyone who dreams of a better world.
—Rex Weyler, author of Greenpeace: The Inside Story
Stephen Legault believes the Tao te Ching contains much that can help people who are working to change the world.... His sincerity, and the concrete examples he gives, will make you receptive to what he has to say.
—The Vancouver Sun
Stephen Legault's marvelous ability to connect the experiences of the present leaders of social causes with the wisdom of the ancients shows us all that there is a passage through the often seeming insurmountable obstacles of the present, a way that enables all who care to be successful in their personal lives as well as in their chosen work.
—Brock Evans, US Endangered Species Coalition
It is the work of an honest and dedicated layman who's looking for guidance in his vocation.
—George Fetherling, New Brunswick Reader
This is a fascinating book about carrying the Tao of Lao Tzu to leadership in social issues and activist movements in Western Civil society. It is a timely book about the role of spirituality in activism that covers the left side of the social and political spectrum. It is a relief to see that the whold world hasn't been converted to the fundamentalist Christian conservative side.
—Books On Line/Amazon
Carry Tiger to Mountain: The Tao of Activism and Leadership
pairs a modern interpretation of Lao Tzu's Tao te Ching to Western leadership goals and values, considering how these principles can be applied in a new era of spirituality in activism. Experiences of present leaders of social causes blend with the author's own decades of experience as a social and political activist: from mistakes to ego in organizational management, everything is covered.
Legault has crafted a solid spiritual guide.... This is both a wise meditation and a good source of strategies for activism, one of the most important being how to step back and get a grip.