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Tao Te Ching Paperback – February 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613822421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613822425
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is NOT translated by Stephen Mitchell, but James Legge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackson on July 5, 2013
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This book is one for the appreciators of The Alchemist, The Prophet, and the like. Tao Te Ching is a book that simply historical and engages and won't let go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parker on January 17, 2013
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I wanted Stephen Mitchell's version of this but this is just great..a small book meant for contemplation. Thank y'all so much.
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The Tao Te Ching is the most widely translated book after the bible and is said to be by Lao Tzu by was probably written by several people. It consists of a collection 81 short pieces, poems and proverbs regarding the Tao, or Way of Life. It is difficult to understand. The Tao is a road or path—the way of ultimate reality. Many of the statements refer to a “wise man” who is in reality the king and much of the book consists of advice as to how he should behave. Taoism, which is the religion of the Way, has three goals, happiness, wealth and long life. Many of these statements are based on paradox and the idea of keeping things in balance. For example, yin and yang are complementary, yet opposite concepts. Verse 28 says, ”Be aware of the white all around you ; but remembering the black that is there. Verse 47 is another example:

“The world may be known without leaving the house;
The Way may be seen apart from the windows.
The further you go, the less you will know.

The thoughts expressed are paradoxical but they assert the contrast between reality and appearances.

This is a short book and difficult to understand, but it is well worth the effort.
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By HNeveski on July 31, 2013
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This book shows the importance of non-being and taking a step back from ourselves and our lives to understand what's truly important and relevant.
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By Amy Minichiello on June 16, 2013
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Bought this for my mom, and she loves it! Great book for a good price! I would buy it again for a gift or something!
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By Mary J. Rettig on March 18, 2013
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The translation is very stilted and is not very user friendly in my opinion. I'll try it again at a later date.
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It was a gift for a friend in prison and it arrived safely so I'm very happy about that! Thanks!
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By MIKER on December 10, 2012
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I was looking for a specific version of the Tao this was not it, and sometime a bit confusing compared to the other version I have read.
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