Great Ideas Tao Te Ching

Mass Market Paperback | September 22, 2009

byTzu Lao

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Fundamental to Chinese philosophy and religion, the Tao Te Ching is a simple guidebook for virtue, encouraging peace, understanding and humility. Ranging from political advice to common wisdom, it has also served as an inspiration to artists across the ages and throughout the world. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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Fundamental to Chinese philosophy and religion, the Tao Te Ching is a simple guidebook for virtue, encouraging peace, understanding and humility. Ranging from political advice to common wisdom, it has also served as an inspiration to artists across the ages and throughout the world. Throughout history, some books have changed the wor...

Lao Tzu is traditionally regarded as the author of the Tao Te Ching, and is said to be a contemporary of Confucius (551-479 BC).

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.15 × 4.4 × 0.25 inPublished:September 22, 2009Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141043687

ISBN - 13:9780141043685

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Literal Translation Well, I say "literal," but I don't speak any form of Chinese. Yet, having had some dozen or more translations, this is the one I feel renders the others (and their possible interpretations) most clearly. While Mitchell's is my favourite "free" or poetic version... and McDonald's, the one I feel finds the best middle ground... and Wu's and Lau's among the better scholarly translations... *this* is the one that says all that with the fewest words. Just as the punchline of a joke needs to be short to have its effect, and just as a koan requires that same "aha factor," this is the variant that gives me that "oomph" -- that "best bang for the buck" (or "word," in this case). It's the one I come back to when I want to *feel* the message rather than analyze it. In short: highly recommended. But I wouldn't make it my *first* copy of the TTC. I suspect my fondness for this copy comes from the fact that I've read so many others. It does, however, make an excellent 2nd or 3rd copy... and it really is hard to go back to those others that first inspired me. This is the one that does that, now, more than any other. db
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I raged. Well, maybe I didn't but... Vile. They go on and on in their abhorrently tl;dr preface about how careful they were with puny details, most annoying of which being their reverence of the word Tao. This makes me wonder how they managed to translate the text without somehow reading the very first couple lines, which call to attention that Tao is just a word chosen to convey the way. Authenticity is important, but making such a fuss over every aspect of presentation, not to mention putting on airs of mysticism in the translation itself which could only serve to muddy the waters for the more linguistically casual readers, such an approach is deplorable. A tacky glamorization of a way which stresses a life without excesses and unnecessary complexities. But I suppose in that sense it is somewhat comical. And certainly, there must be people who will be better reached by the philosophy from reading this style of translation. Thankfully though, however poor a one it may be, this is no more than a manifestation~
Date published: 2010-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Way Indeed I've read numerous translations of Lao Tsu's first recorded teaching, but none has seemed so true in word as this edition. It almost seems as if the Tao Te Ching was first written in english. A definate purchase.
Date published: 2005-11-20