Buy New
$14.98
Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.95
  • Save: $3.97 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 11 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $2.75
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Tao Te Ching Hardcover – December 11, 2007


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$14.98
$10.25 $10.57
Paperback
"Please retry"
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"


Frequently Bought Together

Tao Te Ching + The Bhagavad-Gita : Krishna's Counsel in Time of War (Bantam Classics)
Price for both: $19.47

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st Shambhala Ed edition (December 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305461
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“This crystalline translation of the Tao Te Ching is accurate down to the nuance and is as concisely poetic as the original. Of the many translations I have read in English, this is unquestionably the best.”—Gary Snyder

“This is by far the best translation on the market today.”—Livia Kohn, Professor of Religion, Boston University

Language Notes

Text: English
Original Language: Chinese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
20
4 star
1
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 24 customer reviews
I wish it were possible to give 10 stars!
J. Fails
This is a beautiful and excellent version of the classic Taoist text.
Avid Reader
Wisdom imparted through simple stories and reflections.
L. Kountze

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I know two things: 1) There is no such thing as a perfect translation of the Tao Te Ching. The Chinese language is so completely different from English, that any translation of the Tao is going to be somewhat flawed, no matter how skillful the translator. 2) All serious spiritual seekers must read the Tao Te Ching. If possible, they should own at least three translations.

This translation is excellent and is a personal favorite of mine. I give it "five stars" for integrity. Addiss and Lombardo explain, in their four page Introduction, the philosophy of how they translated the text and why it might be different from previous English translations. Indeed, they begin the Introduction as follows "There are already more than one hundred translations of the Tao Te Ching into English. Why should this text be translated again?" Then they proceed with a very persuasive case for this translation. For example, they have tried to "recreate much of the terse diction and staccato rhythm of the ancient Chinese" while other translations tend to be verbose. Also, they have specifically avoided any use of the gender specific pronouns, "he" and "she." Thus rendering the text neither politically correct nor politically incorrect.

Beyond the translation itself, this book is beautifully designed, with extensive use of Chinese calligraphy, art, and characters. This almost gives the impression of having an original copy of the Tao Te Ching in your hand.

If you want to read the Tao Te Ching, this is a great version. Three other good translations include those by Victor Mair, D.C. Lau, and John C. H. Wu. Personally I do not like the popular version by Stephen Mitchell, or the Gia-fu Feng & Jane English translation. They try too hard to be modern -- but who can fault them for trying?
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
You may not realize it, but most "translations" of the Tao Te Ching are not translations at all, but people's interpretations of what they think Lao Tze meant. As time goes on, the interpretations seem to get more and more involved; often replacing one, consise line from Lao Tze with a whole paragraph of their own ideas. If you want to know what Lao Tze actually said, and decide for yourself what he meant, this true translation is a must!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dylan on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Example: Chapter 10 excerpt

Give birth and cultivate.
Give birth and do not possess.
Act without dependence.
Excel but do not rule.
This is called dark Te.

The last line is for which the Chinese characters are provided in this chapter. "This is called dark Te." Te is virtue/integrity/energy/force/moral power, why is it describing these guidelines as dark?
The characters are "Shih wei hsüan te." Following the book's glossary you are provided with:
This/it
to stay/to call
mysterious/dark/profound/subtle
virtue/integrity/energy/force/moral power

Translating this line for myself filled me with doubt, what about the other lines that don't provide the characters for you to reference? I was a little upset by this, as it was my first copy of the Tao Te Ching that I had read. Despite this, I don't think it diminishes the work as a whole. It is very difficult to translate Chinese to English, as in.. it doesn't always fit. I would highly recommend this book to introduce yourself to the ideas presented within the Tao Te Ching. For deeper exploration I would recommend getting a version with all of the Chinese characters so you can construct your understanding for yourself.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chinarain on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was given the name of this book by a friend to read when I was having problems. It is a simple yet effective. It actually made me rethink my life. I would recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Fails on February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wish it were possible to give 10 stars!
The layout, the use of few words, the art....all work together perfectly!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By patricia colantuono on April 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was introduced to this book after reading Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Dyer. I would encourage everyone to read these inspiring messages that affect our everyday lives. A handbook on how we should treat others and understand the choices we make
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on March 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I owned a previous paperback version of the Tao Te Ching and rarely picked it up because it was poorly laid out and the font size was small. So I bought this copy and what a delightful difference. This hardcover version and this translation are so nicely laid out, set down in a way that allows you sit and ponder the wisdom on each page. This translation by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo is easy to grasp, which seems like the way the Tao was meant to be expressed, simply. Also the images laid out on some pages, with Chinese written characters or various images makes the book more reflective and artistic, which also makes it a little more contemplative to me. I love this version. If you are considering pondering the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching I would strongly recommend this version.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas on December 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Speaking as one new to studies on the topic, I find the book speaking volumes in so few words. The translator's notes and introduction are honest and well thought.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?