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Red Pine (a.k.a. Bill Porter) offers a new perspective on the Chinese classic Taoteching. A competent translator and interpreter of Chinese religion, he renders his work with an eye for detail and a spiritualism cultivated during years of Zen monastery living. It's odd that many read translations of Chinese classics as bare-bones texts, whereas no Chinese would tackle such obscurity in the absence of a helping hand from previous pundits. Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to rely on mystical insight in order to understand the Taoteching. Instead, we can look to the 12 or so commentators that Red Pine resurrects from Chinese history. With its clarity and scholarly range, this version of the Taoteching works as both a readable text and a valuable resource of Taoist interpretation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Here is a refreshing new translation by an American scholar of Chinese (Guide to Capturing a Plum, Mercury House, 1995) that offers a simple version of this great sixth-century B.C. work. Accompanying each of the 81 verses are brief commentaries by scholars ancient and modern, plus an appended glossary explaining who they are. Many translations appear, in comparison, to be needlessly personalized and poetic. Here, one feels, are the bare bones, shining brightly. There is also an introductory background essay on what is known of this gnomish founder of Taoist philosophy. Chinese characters for each verse are included. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries.?Jeanne S. Bagby, formerly with Tucson P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Red Pine is the best translator I've read. He does a great job with this work. There are also many commentaries by different people after each verse so you'll have many... Read morePublished 2 months ago by robert p.
I don't know who "Red Pine" is, but this book explains more about the "Tao Te Ching" thna anything I've ever come across - and I am an "Eastern Philosophy"... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John J. Gibbs
I study Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Qigong and my Qigong master quotes Lao Tzu often so this book is really awesome.Published 7 months ago by Nicki Kelly
If you are looking for a deeper understanding of the Tao te ching this is a great book.Published 7 months ago by George E. McCandless
One of the strengths of this edition of the Tao Te Ching is the inclusion of selected commentaries from various centuries. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Charles
If you find yourself collecting translations of the Taoteching, this is a good one. The glossary alone is a gem.Published 15 months ago by T. Coonen
I got the book on time, it was in good condition. That is all I look for so there you go.Published 16 months ago by J. Schneider
I like the translation. I like that other chinese sages comments were included. The comentaries were short and very helpful to understanding the text. Read morePublished 17 months ago by LMWizard