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Tao Te Ching

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The Lao Tzu, as it is usually called, is the principal classic in the thought of Taoism. Traditionally ascribed to one Lao Tzu, an older contemporary of Confucius, the work is more probably an anthology of wise sayings compiled in about the fourth century B.C. As a treatise both on personal conduct and on government it is moral rather than mystical in tone, and advances a philosophy of meekness as the surest path to survival. In the clear English of D.C. Lau's new translation this famous Chinese book can be enjoyed especially for its pure poetry.
  CenterPointMN | Jun 13, 2018 |
One of the greatest sages of history was a man named Lao-tzu, who was born in China in the year 604 B.C. He is regarded as the founder of the system of religion known as Taoism. His writings have been preserved in a small volume of poetry entitled Tao-Teh-King. Because of its sublime and timeless concepts, the Tao-Teh-King has endured through the centuries; it has been translated into many languages, and has been the subject of numerous volumes of philosophical and speculative literature.
  CenterPointMN | Jun 13, 2018 |
"No one has done better in conveying Lao Tsu's simple and laconic style of writing, so as to produce an English version almost as suggestive of the many meanings intended. This is a most useful, as well as beautiful, volum-and what it has to say is exactly what the world, in its present state, needs to hear."
  CenterPointMN | Jun 13, 2018 |
Mixed reviews on this one; best translation I've found because he managed to keep the poetry element after translating. Otherwise, I'd say equal parts enlightening, common sense, and unfortunately large parts that I think just continue to resist translation. ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
Laozi's set of 81 brief chapters sets forth the philosophy of Taoism. The author cautions the reader that words alone cannot faithfully describe his subject, the Tao or the way of the universe, which in our time has led some to dismiss this perspective due to its ambiguity. Enigmas and apparent contradictions appear frequently, which compelled me to pause to contemplate what Laozi was trying to convey. The necessity of pausing and reflecting makes reading this material fulfilling, especially when I felt I moved closer to understanding.

I found the three jewels of Taoism appealing: Compassion, frugality (also translated as restraint and moderation), and humility (or not seeking to be first). Laozi is also persuasive in advocating selective gradual change rather than confrontation.

This book is not for the been-there-done-that crowd, who see the ideal life as a experience of episodes of serial consumption. Instead the truths here are intended to be revealed though a combination of experience and contemplation. Some have wisely recommended memorizing some of the chapters, allowing the enigmas and puzzles to remain with us and perhaps to be solved later on with the help of experiential and contextual diversity.

The edition I read was translated by Thomas H. Miles and his students. It served my purpose well, though at times I would have appreciated some additional commentary to supplement the helpful existing guidance. Miles' translation also has some useful introductory material in which key terms are defined, insofar as that is possible within Taoism. I intend to read other translations to get a better idea of the range of interpretations. ( )
  bkinetic | Feb 17, 2018 |
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Epigraph
Who can find a good woman?

She is precious beyond all things.

Her husband's heart trusts her completely.

She is his best reward.

PROV. 31:10-11 (Mitchell translation)
"Venture not beyond your doors to know the world..."
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TO MY MOTHER AND FATHER (Mitchell translation)
To Vicks. Who can find a good woman? / She is precious beyond all things. / Her husband's heart trusts her completely. / She is his best reward. Proverbs 31:10-11
TO VICKI (Mitchell translation)
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The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. (Mitchell translation)
I. OPTIMIZING EXPERIENCE:  THIS FOCUS AND ITS FIELD - We will argue that the defining purpose of the Daodejing is bringing into focus and sustaining a productive disposition that allows for the fullest appreciation of those specific things and events that constitute one's field of experience.
The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
Way-making (dao) that can be put into words is not really way-making, And naming (ming) that can assign fixed reference to things is not really naming. (Ames/Hall translation)
I will begin with a comparison.
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This work covers translations of the Tao Te Ching by multiple translators, some of which may also be grouped as separate works under the individual translator (eg Ursula K Le Guin's translation).
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A cycle of short poems, this is a work of world literature and has the significance of the Bible for more than a quarter of humanity. Written in two halves, the "Tao" ("way") and the "Te" ("virtue"), it is treasured for its poetic statements about life's most profound and elusive truths.
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Traditionally attributed to Lao Tzu, an older contemporary of Confucius (551-479 BC), it is now thought that the work was compiled in about the fourth century BC. An anthology of wise sayings, it offers a model by which the individual can live rather than explaining the human place in the universe. The moral code it encourages is based on modesty and self-restraint, and the rewards reaped for such a life are harmony and flow of life.

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Das Daodejing (chin. ???, D?d?ing) (l?tere Umschrift: Tao Te King) ist eine Sammlung von Spruchkapiteln, die dem legendr?en Weisen Laozi zugeschrieben wird. Die Entstehungsgeschichte ist ungewiss und Gegenstand sinologischer Forschung. Ungeachtet weiterer bersetzungen bedeuten D? Weg, Prinzip" und Sinn", und D ? Kraft, Leben" und Charisma, Tugend, G te". Jing bezeichnet einen Leitfaden bzw. eine klassische Textsammlung. Die beiden namengebenden Begriffe stehen f r etwas Unaussprechliches, auf dessen eigentliche Bedeutung das Buch hindeuten mc?hte. Aus diesem Grund werden sie auch oft un bersetzt belassen. Das Werk gilt als die Gr ndungsschrift des Daoismus. Obwohl dieser verschiedene Strm?ungen umfasst, die sich vom D?d?ing erheblich unterscheiden kn?nen, wird es von den Anhgern aller daoistischen Schulen als kanonischer, heiliger Text angesehen.… (more)

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