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Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching

by Lao Tzu

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A beautiful translation with a wonderfully illustrated explanations. Everyone ought read The Tao once. ( )
  LaPhenix | Nov 22, 2015 |
One Berkeley professor I worked for encouraged students to memorize poems so they could reflect on them while waiting in line. This was not just a throw-away piece of "do as I say, not as I do" advice--he would frequently come to class with a story about how he contemplated a stanza by Yeats (or whoever we were studying that week) while walking to his car (or something) and had a profound philosophical insight.

The poems of the Tao Te Ching are perfect examples of the kind of verse you need to mentally chew on over time, to revisit again and again (although I feel rereading can be as useful as memorizing the short lines). The messages are still strikingly relevant after hundreds of years.

It's comforting to know that people from many different ages have struggled with distractions and have struggled to be mindful (to live in the moment). Often, modern technology is blamed for the inability to quiet the mind. The people in Lao Tzu's time did not have social media, but there were enough distractions that he wrote about the need to free oneself from fame and material goods.

Overvaluing objects and money--what we now call late capitalism in that it rules our social, economic, and political spheres--is also not new. This too is comforting because we can look to what did and didn't work in the past to deal with the present incarnation of greed. The Way is there and here, then and now.
1 vote Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
Some things were true and I didn't need an ancient master saying them for me to know that. Other things were not true but were couched in psuedo-wisdom and illogical platitudes. Some things were useful and reaffirmed what I know at my core and other things were purely fanciful. It is fascinating that the author starts he book with the notion that the true Dao cannot be described and then continues to try to describe it.

It was interesting when the author wrote that if his logic doesn't make sense, the reader doesn't understand the Dao (even if they are very intelligent). That's a nice built-in defense mechanism. If you criticize the content, you just don't understand it. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
Wisdom. ( )
  JorgeCarvajal | Feb 13, 2015 |
It didn't really explain WHAT Tao is. Maybe it was just my translation, but when the whole explanation of Tao is that ~those who know about don't talk about it, and those that talk about it, don't know about it~ isn't particularly helpful. ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 2, 2015 |
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Lao Tzuprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
English, JaneTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Feng, Gia-FuTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ames, Roger T.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blakney, R. B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blok, J.A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Despeux, CatherineAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duyvendak, J. J. L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ervast, PekkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hall, David L.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lau, D.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, Ursula K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Legge, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. (Mitchell translation)
I will begin with a comparison.
The person of superior integrity does not insist upon his integrity. (Mair translation)
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)
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Is not the constant way;
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Is not the constant name. (Lau translation)
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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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A new version of the classic "Book of the Way" provides a manual on the art of living, offering eighty concise chapters that offer wisdom and advice on how to achieve balance, perspective, and serenity in every aspect of one's life.

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