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Tao Te Ching: The Ancient Classic (Capstone Classics) (edition 2012)

by Lao Tzu (Author)

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In 81 brief chapters, Lao-Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao-the basic principle of the universe. Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.… (more)
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It's hard to give such a legendary and profound work a 'rating' so my rating here is really for this particular translation and publication - and it is very good indeed. The language is generally very clear, if a little unpoetic at times, and the notes and commentary - as well as the introductory essays and appendix - are very useful guides to help understand more of what the text is saying.

If you are interested in the nature of our ongoing experience of living, in the idea or illusion of causality, what it is to know something, or what it means to act wisely or not, then you will want to keep some version of this text close to hand. For me it is a text to return to periodically, to remind me of a way of thinking that is too easily covered over by everyday ways of thinking. ( )
  breathslow | Jan 27, 2024 |
The way that can be reviewed is not the way ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 4, 2023 |
Obviously it's kind of ludicrous to "rate" the Tao Te Ching and I have no knowledge to rate Le Guin's translation so it's just a personal feeling about how much the chapters caught my imagination. I do appreciate the recurring themes but it does get quite repetitive with them and there were only a few that were put in a way that really grabbed me. I'm certain it's a me problem, hopefully one day I'll come back to it. ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
I initially thought the book was just a lot of mumbo-jumbo but I warmed to it as I read on. It can perhaps be boiled down to 'Let Go', which is certainly wise. The translator readily admits to improviising quite a bit but I didn't have an issue with that. ( )
  heggiep | Sep 22, 2023 |
[This rating and review refers to the Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English translation.]
As far as I'm concerned this is the canonical translation of the classic. No forward or introduction, but it does have a cover blurb from Alan Watts. Beautifully printed, with each verse on a separate page with accompanying original text and background illustration. Better still, the translation has the rhythm and cadence of English free verse, and reads easily. This book is considered a world treasure, and this edition is by far my favorite. ( )
  dhaxton | Jul 2, 2023 |
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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..."
Dedication
TO MY MOTHER AND FATHER (Mitchell translation)
For A. L. K. and J. P. S.
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)
The way you can go
isn't the real way.
No one actually knows where the Tao Te Ching came from, but this slim book of about five thousand words forms the foundation of classical Chinese philosophy.
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.
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Laozi Tao Te Ching on The Art of Harmony: The New Illustrated Edition of the Chinese Philosophical Masterpiece translated by Chad Hansen is set apart from other translations of the Tao by it's extensive color plates on 50%+ of the pages and then an addition 100 pages of introduction and commentary. Please don't combine with other translations. "Tao The Ching de kunst van harmonie" is a Dutch translation.
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In 81 brief chapters, Lao-Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao-the basic principle of the universe. Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

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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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