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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
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This book is a dialogue between Lao-Tzu and a wealthy young prince. It's a very important and overlooked book. There's another "translation" by Brian Walker that changes the genre, eliminates more than half of the text, and makes it look like "Tao Te Ching Part II." I have no idea why Walker thought this was OK. Hua-Ching Ni, who translated this version, writes wonderfully clear and direct English and is also heir to a long tradition of Taoist teachers. You can tell how well he understands this material because he makes it clear, rather than "wonderfully mystical and magical" which I think was Walker's goal. These New Age people want it all to be mystifying and foggy. Ni's translation of the Tao Te Ching is also the best I've come across. Highly recommended, unless you would prefer to be lost in a luminescent fog.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2013
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This book is paramount for those interested in authentic Teachings of Dao. It clears the mind from stereotyped thinking, yet is subtitle and non-dominating.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2012
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After graduating with honors from college, i left civilization live in the trackless wilderness. In the four years i was in the forest, from Spring to Fall, this was one of the four books i took with me (also a translation of the tao te ching, BKS Iyengars 'Light on Yoga', and Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'(for reading out loud)). Now, over 15 years later i still refer to this book, still learn from this book, directly quote from this book in order to share with others, and consider it the number one teaching available to a sincere practitioner of my sort.

What is my sort? To say it in four qualities, i would say gentleness, piety (or say reverent awareness), sincerity, and supportiveness. (acronym=GPSS). To say it in terms of two qualities: enjoy life and respect all beings; or stay relaxed and stay connected; or be more, buy less. My sort doesn't mind a lot of self-discipline, but doesn't use discipline like a club or a way to reduce options; rather we see it as a matter of principle and moral commitment to all beings. We don't need the ordainment and histrionics of most teachings and teachers; rather we prefer to maintain quiescence and simplicity.

If this sounds like agreeable, then this book could be something to learn form over an entire lifetime at the most; and at the least something worth looking into. Separated into over 80 sections of generally one to two or three pages the book can be read any order. The book can be used even more freely by going to what ever page number or section number comes to mind. Written within are accurately predictions of the modern difficulties we are now facing, as well as succinct and relevant advice on how to deal with the current situation.

One story about this book (which is not addressed in this book nor necessarily supported by the translator), is that the "Kind Prince" questioning and receiving support from the unnamed master is in fact Jesus Christ; who, after his fiasco in the Middle East, went east to seek guidance. I do not mean to insult anyone by describing Jesus time in the Middle East as a fiasco; that is just the way it seems to me.

It is not a question of will one become enlightened; it is a question of will one realize a wholesome way of life with all beings.

Listen only to those who speak with love.

Thank you for your time,

Ro
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on July 27, 2014
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Interesting Book.
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on October 1, 2014
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This is such crap, I don't even want to know why the book was written. You may want to look up Huainanzi not Hua hu Ching for a real Taoist classic.
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