'What is rooted is easy to nourish What is recent is easy to correct' Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) is the classic manual on the art of living. In 81 short, poetic chapters, the book looks at the basic predicament of being alive and teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the ...Read More'What is rooted is easy to nourish What is recent is easy to correct' Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) is the classic manual on the art of living. In 81 short, poetic chapters, the book looks at the basic predicament of being alive and teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao, or the basic principle of the universe. Stephen Mitchell's acclaimed translation is accompanied by ancient Chinese paintings that beautifully reflect Lao Tzu's timeless words. * An illustrated edition of one of the most widely translated texts in the world. * Features the best of classical Chinese painting * A modern, accessible translation which reflects the poetry of Lao Tzu's words. * 'Beautiful and accessible; the English, as 'fluid as melting ice,' is a joy to read throughout' The New Republic. * 'I have read many translations of this ancient text but Mitchell's is by far the best.' James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces.Read Less
I have found this little book to be of great benefit when looking for mantra's or beautiful sentences to use in my stress management and relaxation therapy work. The cost of this little gem was excellent and I received it extremely quickly following order. I would recommend this as something to always keep at hand.
Jan 20, 2011
Do read this book - if you can get it.
The Tao Te Ching is a life altering book. I like it a great deal and have owned a number of different editions. Lao Tzu's ancient wisdom is always meaningful - the illustrated edition with calligraphy and beautiful black and white pictures is especially desirable - which is why I ordered it for a friend for Christmas - (however I have yet to receive it and so had to give her mine - I do hope the replacement arrives).
My tip is that you should order more than one copy so that you will always have at least one to give away (and still have one for yourself).
Dec 15, 2008
Have to be ready to read
Tao Te Ching is one of those books you must want to read and not have to read. It is full of details and sometimes can make you stop reading it but you will return to it. It is a good book to keep for a long time.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-03-24 Dale, a teacher of alternative medicine and author of Acupuncture with Your Fingers, offers a new translation of the ancient Chinese text credited by legend to the sixth-century sage Lao Tzu. Relying on several earlier translations from Chinese, Dale lovingly renders the 81 sections into verse rather than prose. Accompanied by Cleare's evocative black-and-white nature photographs, each poem is titled and stands alone. Included are Dale's informed commentaries for each verse that present the meaning of Lao Tzu's words for life today. For example Verse 30, "Defense and Aggression," is interpreted as permitting defense against violence, but never taking revenge or attempting to conquer others through the use of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. One meaning of Verse 49, "Wisdom," is that each human, no matter how compromised and corrupted, has an innate humanity in his or her core. Dale uses the last verse, "The Paradoxes of Life," to summarize the meanings in the first 80. He contends that despite the evil uses that technology has been put to, such as the development of weapons of mass destruction, it is possible to transform this technological knowledge into a mutually dependent system of economy and communications that may be used to meet the needs of people worldwide. This transformation is a way for the modern world to live within Lao Tzu's Great Integrity, a life of harmony with one another. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-09-09 More than five dozen translations of the Tao te Ching exist in English, making it questionable whether there is a need for yet another. But Stephen Hodge's Tao te Ching: A New Translation and Commentary is revisionist enough to warrant a look. He spends a good part of the introduction situating Lao Tzu's work in the context of the Warring States period (475-221 B.C.E.), even to the point of neglecting to tell the reader much about the content of the text itself. He also discusses the perplexing question of authorship and outlines various translation difficulties. The remainder of the book is more accessible, and is organized thematically to help the reader understand the Tao te Ching's key ideas. Hodge writes well, and the book is beautifully designed with more than 100 photographs and illustrations. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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