For nearly two generations, Gia-fu Feng and Jane English's bestselling translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have revised and refreshed the translation so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities. They have retained the simple clarity of the original ...
For nearly two generations, Gia-fu Feng and Jane English's bestselling translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have revised and refreshed the translation so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities. They have retained the simple clarity of the original rendering of a sometimes seemingly obtuse spiritual text, a clarity that has made this version a classic in itself, selling over a million copies. Written most probably in the sixth century B.C. by Lao Tsu, this esoteric but infintely practical book has been translated into English more frequently than any other work except the Bible. Gia-fu Feng and Jane English's superb translation--the most accessible and authoritative modern English translation--offers the essence of each word and makes Lao Tsu's teaching immediate and alive. This edition includes an introduction and notes by the well-known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman.
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Any civilized person living in these times must have this volume on their bookshelf. Next to the Bible and the Bhagavad-Gita, this ancient work brings the reader a sense of insight/calm/ reverence that lifts you way beyond the daily news and turmoils. Nothing has been lost in this new translation, which now rests alongside the earlier volume which I have read now for over 30 years. Excellent photographs reflect the nature of the peace and depth coming through the centuries. "First, there was one..."
Dec 17, 2009
I've loved this book from the first time I read it in college. Boy, that was a long time ago. Excellent illustrations and thought provoking. The lessons are timeless, thus, the reason this book has circulated in print for thousands of years.
If you like philisophical thought, you'll definately enjoy the read.
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