About Taoist Living

Taoist Living features the work of William Martin. Essays, poems, and excerpts from his books will appear here at intervals, as well as news of new releases. Occasionally we will publish book reviews and essays from other authors on the theme of Taoist living in a time of transformation and revolution. You can also visit William at his personal site: williamcecilmartin.org


Day by Day With the Tao – 2017

2017 will be a year in which balance and clarity will be essential to all beings. Bill will be working through the Tao Te Ching on a daily basis and will publish, beginning on January 1, 2017, a daily guide through verses of The Tao Te Ching. These  guides will feature quotes from the Tao, as well as his own reflections in poetry and prose. If you would like to receive these daily reflections in you email in-box, click this link to register.  We hope these reflections will be of help and support during a year of transitions and transformations.

These Day by Day reflections are free of charge. If you find William Martin’s work helpful, please consider donating by clicking this link which will take you to his PayPal account.  DONATE


Activist's coverHis latest book, The Activist’s Tao Te Ching – Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution was published by New WorldLibrary in the Spring of 2016. It is now available at bookstores and on-line at Amazon, and Indiebound






Happy Independence Day!

NW Bookbinding is pleased to announce that William Martin’s newly published book, The Activist’s Tao Te Ching – Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution, (New World Library, paperback edition 1016) is now available in a special hand-bound hardback edition. Bill considers this his most important work. It deals with many subjects we would all rather avoid, but presents them against a background of hope and confidence in the unstoppable movement of the Tao.

The paperback edition is available at all bookstores and on-line sellers, but this hand-bound edition is available only through NW Bookbinding. It is bound using traditional sewing techniques, cased in a flat-back hardcover and is covered in an archival quality book cloth. The care and craftsmanship put into this edition is appropriate to the critical and timeless message of the words. It will last as an indispensable guide throughout the decades during which a momentous transformation will occur. 


The cost of this edition is $65. Go to NW Bookbinding for more information on ordering.




New World Library interview with William Martin, discussing The Activist’s Tao Te Ching