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Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching (Shambhala Dragon Editions) Paperback – November 25, 1989


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Product Details

  • Series: Shambhala Dragon Editions (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (November 25, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877733880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877733881
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English, Chinese, Chinese (translation)

About the Author

Not much is known about the legendary Lao Tzu, to whom authorship of the Tao Te Ching is popularly attributed. Some scholars believe the author was an elder contemporary of Confucius.

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One doubts it.
tepi
Its a book of guidance & direction on how to live your life & look & everything in Nature as part of the master plan of creation.
Lee Burgess
I absoutely love this edition of the "Tao Te Ching"!
Sarah Nashold

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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By tepi on May 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Anyone who may be looking for a stripped-down edition of the Tao Te Ching, one without Introduction, Commentaries, or Footnotes, so that one may immediately come to grips with this most fascinating and profound of texts without any distracting impedimenta at all, could hardly do better than get hold of a copy of this book.
A brief description of its translator, Dr John C. H. Wu, will be found in the Introduction to Red Pine's 'Lao-tzu's Taoteching.' From Red Pine, who attended a graduate course on the Tao Te Ching given by Dr Wu at the College of Chinese Culture in Taiwan many years ago, we learn that he was a person of considerable attainments.
Besides translating the Tao Te Ching, Dr Wu also translated the New Testament, drafted his country's constitution, and served as China's ambassador to the Vatican and it's chief representative to the Hague. Clearly we are dealing here, not with some sort of 'mystical' dreamer, but with an accomplished scholar, diplomat, and man of the world, and one who must have realized the world has never stood in greater need of Lao Tzu's religion of peace than it does in our present era of aggression.
After a brief Foreword, and a couple of pages of Editor's Notes, we are immediately confronted by the text. Here is an example of Dr Wu's style from the opening of Chapter 29, slightly adjusted since it should be set out as poetry:
"Does anyone want to take the world and do what he wants with it? / I do not see how he can succeed. // The world is a sacred vessel, which must not be tampered with or grabbed after. / To tamper with it is to spoil it, and to grasp it is to lose it" (page 59).
In the present age of manipulators both great and small, could there be any more apt words for us than these?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Nashold on June 8, 2007
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I absoutely love this edition of the "Tao Te Ching"! I've bought multiple coppies as gifts. It's simple read, it provides some feedback from the translator to help you think about what you just read in perhaps a different way or wiht better insight, and it's tiny which is great for traveling-it takes no more room then a pack of cards. This is convienient becuse I personaly find the content perfect for traveling. Reflecting on days past and events past happens naturally while suspended between one place and the next which makes relating to the content even easier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kilgore on April 30, 2011
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I think this book gets to the essence of what the Tao Te Ching is. It is written simply, yet allows for many interpretations. The writing is insightful and the translator does not seem bent on adding his own feelings to the text.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1998
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This book is a necessity for anyone who looks with distrust at the excessive organization and mechanization that our country and other countries have gone through, Lao Tze reminds us that enevitably "all things come back to their roots", and "to go far is to return". Also contains the essential teaching of the Tao or the "Way". Includes penetrating insight from this Great Master. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nebai E Somarriba on September 15, 2013
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This book was recommended to me for a course I was taking about East Asian philosophy and psychology. My professor recommended the text because it was the closest translation he'd found that maintained the depth of the original text. It's become a text that I return to and reflect on. I highly recommend it as a resource. Thank you!
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Haven't gotten around to reading this just yet as I've ordered quite a few books via Amazon. However in flipping through the book I'm actually pretty impressed so far.
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By Janice Huff on October 30, 2013
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It is very interesting. So nice to see life in a different perspective. I am not sure I will ever understand each of them but it's cool how when you read it you might perceive it one way but after some thought you see how it could mean something else.
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