They represent the wisdom, knowledge, and en- lightenment of a soul that has never stopped training, never stopped learning. vii *f THE TAO OF WU THE RZA . Page 1. The Tao of Wu. The RZA. Page 2. Start by marking “The Tao of Wu” as Want to Read: A unique book of wisdom and experience that reaches from the most violent slums of New York City to the highest planes of spiritual thought by the RZA, hip-hop?s most exalted wise man. A prominent figure in hip hop, RZA is the.
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From the founder of the Wu-Tang Clan—celebrating their 25th anniversary this year—an inspirational book for the hip hop fan. The RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang . mon interpretation of wu wei as submission that will log ically end in absorption of the spirit in Tao as. Nirvana. This understanding of wu wei., which Henri Borel. The Tao of Wu is the second philosophical book written by Wu-Tang Clan member and . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
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He wants to produce and make music while being faithful. By reading this book I look at RZA as one word, and that This was a book of using great religious fate to accomplish all goals in life. By reading this book I look at RZA as one word, and that word is a prophet. The whole group has been taught by RZA under their Islamic faith.
These are not those guys. They legitimately lived, breathed, and spoke what they learned from Islam, well at least RZA. He was the most dedicated out of all of them. He promised to his group that within five years they will rise to the top of the Hip Hop game, and they did.
RZA was more motivated than anyone else. He did what he had to do.
He meditated, he created, he produced, he provided shelters and studios, but most of all he was a brother to his group. He came through with another self realization, but this time he was enlightened. He says that he was completely set free one day while in a Nightclub with some girl. He continued his faith and producing ever since. May 09, David Turko rated it really liked it.
Its really nice how each chapter is at the most ten pages. And in-between the chapters are some thoughts on life lessons or meditations. However these short stories are misplaced.
Then he throws out goofy stuff like, he is God but Allah is greater. Or how he was reborn but still dead. The way he talks about subjects such as spiritual gifts feels like adhd he goes to different topics. Now do I hate this? No, in fact even with these flaws I was still entertained by his ideas.
Even through the wackiness of this book I still found tidbits of knowledge. The book overall is a clumsy mess but a wonderful mess.
RZA is unquestionably talented. He writes with such force, passion, and faith that you can't help but be drawn in. His little nuggets of wisdom, framed as parables from his upbringing are thought-provoking and sweet. In fact the best parts of this book involve him recounting his childhood, the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan, and his fame.
Where the book falls apart are in the scattered and hard to follow explorations of the different faiths and philosophies that have shaped his worldview, ranging RZA is unquestionably talented.
Where the book falls apart are in the scattered and hard to follow explorations of the different faiths and philosophies that have shaped his worldview, ranging from the Abrahamic religions to Eastern philosophy.
I found them altogether disjointed and superficial, never really dissecting their ideas but simply repeating their tenants at faced value. Sep 08, William Rossy rated it it was amazing. Being a fan of both Rza and Wu-Tang Clan for some 25 years or more. I never had any doubt that I wouldn't enjoy this book. However, I can honestly say, The insight and wisdom included within has made me rethink things in my own life that are stagnant, bettering myself and learning new things to live a fuller life.
I've already told many people of this book, how good it is.
Now I'm gonna give it to others as a gift. I feel it is that good. I wasn't expecting it to have this kind of impact on me. Thank you Rza.
This is just what I needed in my life right now.
Nov 06, Mae rated it liked it. Although I am not in full agreement with some of the religious aspects quoted or stated in this book; this book is very interesting. The ties that are made between the different religions and life are deep and intense. There is much that one can take from this book and apply to their own growth. This book will be something I will use with the population I work with.
I feel that if you are not to literal in interpretation and you understand that this is his journey and that yours will be differen Although I am not in full agreement with some of the religious aspects quoted or stated in this book; this book is very interesting. I feel that if you are not to literal in interpretation and you understand that this is his journey and that yours will be different that it could assist in ones walk. Mar 12, Maria rated it liked it.
The first thing this book taught me was that I know very little about the Wu Tang Clan. I've got a lot to make up for on that front, so they're in the B rotation right now. We were just broke. East Coast, Staten Island projects is a whole different world, and I'm not sure I want to learn much more about it. I try to imagine raising my daughter in that world and it frightens me.
Next, I learned that there are so many strains of Islam in this country that I may never know of them all. In SoCal in the '80s, my siblings and I were taught to steer clear of bow-tied black men holding pies, but in retrospect, this was bullshit from my fallen Catholic parents.
Now I see that the many paths of Islam are a way to educate young black men who have pushed the mainstream aside - or been forced out of it and into incarceration. There are so many things for me to learn that I may never circle back to the teachings RZA talks about in this book, but it was definitely eye-opening.
As for the music, and the philosophy, and the craftsmanship RZA writes of in this book - what an amazing mythos he has! Quote that currently has me gobsmacked: You just have to be detached enough to recognize the good and the bad in yourself and not judge either one.
You are a track recording - the tracks are always there, they're always with you. Sometimes the harsh tracks are cranked up and the rest are rolled down to zero. Other times the sweet tracks are high and the darkness is low. But it's all you. Might be too esoteric for anyone else, though I don't regret the time spent reading it.
Jan 19, Reggie Shoats rated it it was amazing. After years of listening to one of Hip-Hop's greatest MC collectives, I finally had the time to gain a better perspective on the group's background, rise, shortcomings, and untimely fall by reading this book. Throughout The Tao of Wu the RZA ties together teachings from Taoism, 5 Percenter logic, Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism with tales of his life to give the reader an astonishing view of the realities of superstardom. Sep 02, A-ron rated it liked it.
I liked the autobiographical references and it was cool to see a glimpse into the spiritual life of one of hip hops great producers.
But it was a thin book. Not enough depth into either aspects of his life and none the philosophy was groundbreaking. Many of the facts he said were just wrong. For example, Taft did not serves two non-consecutive terms, that was Grover Cleveland.
Where were the editors? Jul 23, David Pugliese rated it liked it. A pretty interesting read when you could pick through a lot of his Five Percenter nonsense. He's had an interesting life and I enjoyed reading about the trials and tribulation of his time with Wu Tang and growing up poor.
But strewn throughout was this pseudo-philosophical gobbledygook that I could not decipher the point of. I could have done without that. That being said, there are some great insights if you're willing to wade through the nonsense.
Goodreads post 2 1 4 Oct 14, Readers Also Enjoyed. About The RZA. The RZA. Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, better known by his stage name RZA, is an American music producer, multi-instrumentalist, author, rapper, actor, director, composer, and screenwriter.
He has produced almost all of Wu-Tang Clan's albums as well as many Wu-Tang solo and affiliate projects. He is a cousin of the late band-mate, Ol Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, better known by his stage name RZA, is an American music producer, multi-instrumentalist, author, rapper, actor, director, composer, and screenwriter. He has also released solo albums under the alter-ego Bobby Digital, along with executive producing credits for side projects.
He also appeared in the Showtime TV series Californication. His directorial debut is for the film he co-wrote and in which he plays the title role, The Man with the Iron Fists, also starring Russell Crowe. On November 1, , he introduced the movie at a preview screening in the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, the evening before the Universal picture opened nationwide.
The magazine The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine's twenty-year history. Books by The RZA. Trivia About The Tao of Wu. No trivia or quizzes yet.
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