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The Tao of the Chessboard is not about chess although it contains chess puzzles, some cryptic chess jargon and many allusions to the "Royal Game." The Tao of the Chessboard is really an invitation to mastery. There are a multitude of influences converging in this one work: Jewish Wisdom Literature, New Testament literary conventions, Li Po and the Taoist poets, Zen Buddhist images and especially the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching. All of these pieces have been thrown up into the air and have landed on the chessboard to form a coherent whole. These verses invite the reader to a life of discipline and delight. The Tao of the Chessboard also contains two additional works: Forty Years in Haikuand Endgame: Selected Poetry. The former is akin to a spiritual autobiography that is intimately linked to nature and geography. The latter is an offering for the altar of Polyhymnia. DALE SMITH is a perennial student who occasionally earns a degree. He holds a B. A. from Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, Missouri), an M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas) and an S. T. M from Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut). Dale is an avid reader, an amateur chess player and an itinerant preacher. He spends much of his time observing that "sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes and the grass grows by itself." His dream is to visit the lands of Middle-earth and settle down in the Shire. However, he currently lives in Blue Springs, Missouri with Teresa and their halfling, Andrew.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781598586732
ISBN-10: 1598586734
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 127mm x 8mm)
Pages: 140
Imprint: Dog Ear Publishing
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publish Date: 17-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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