Deng Ming-Dao

Deng Ming-Dao, an American born spiritual teacher, author, artist, philosopher and martial artist from San Francisco known for his ability to write clear, understandable and practical books on Taoist concepts.

In the Chinese language the family name comes first and given names follow. Deng is his family name; Ming-Dao is his given name. Dao or Tao is the name given to him by his grandfather so Taoism has been an integral part of his life since birth.

Deng Ming-Dao. Keep life simple. Turn towards the divine.

From a young age, he studied Taoist internal arts such as Qigong, Kung-Fu, philosophy, meditation. He studied internal martial arts with Taoist master Kwan Saihung for 13 years and studied with two other masters before that.

Deng earned degrees from Occidental College in Los Angeles and the University of California in Berkeley.

Deng is the son of two artists, Jade Snow Wong and Woodrow Ong.

He is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist whose work is in several collections. Some of Deng’s watercolors appear at the beginning of each chapter in his book The Living I Ching.

The Deng Ming-Dao website contains information about his books, his art and his workshops.

Books by Deng Ming-Dao

Deng Ming-Dao is the author of numerous books. Many have been translated into fifteen languages. Deng began his writing career with a trilogy based on the life of his teacher Kwan Saihung. His books include:


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Reading the books that Deng Ming-Dao has written has helped me to appreciate more deeply Taoist / Daoist thinking and philosophy as well as giving insights into the history and culture of China.

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