Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics) Kindle Edition
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Tao Te Ching is written by "Noza". In Chinese character "Noza" means an old man. "Old men" in oriental countries are very respectable. But in America "Old men" is not as respectable as in China. So how could you interepret "Noza" in English? Tao Te Ching is written by an old man literally. But better translation could be: "Toa Te Ching" is written by an "Old Wise Man", "Sage", or "Master" instead of (senile) old man.
If you, as a serious student, are looking for the literal translation of the original Tao Te Ching, you'd better read a few different translations by Chinese scholars. But if you are looking for a book to learn Tao Te Ching's intent and spirit, I have not found any other English translation smoother than Mitchell's.
I have another translation of Mitchell's, "Dropping Ashes on the Buddha." My interest in wisdom literature, coupled with my delightful experience with the other Mitchell translation in my collection, prompted me to pick up this copy of the Tao and browse it in a bookstore. When I read that Mitchell paraphrased the original language (for which there are excellent precedents in other wisdom texts), I compared a few of the stanzas with other, more literal translations. There are substantial differences between Mitchell's paraphrase and other translations. If that is important to you, then pass on this version.
That said, there are positive aspects of this book I'd like to share. The language is beautiful and poetic. Mitchell captures, in English, the essence of what Lao Tzu was thinking and writing in Chinese centuries ago, at least from what I can tell. As a dilettante in wisdom literature, this book fills the niche I wanted nicely. There is plenty to think about and meditate on. If that is what you seek, then this book can fill that need.
But, here I would have to say that this presentation of the Tao is not very inspiring. It's good, but not great.
The Tao, after all, is not simply a philosophical work, though it has that aspect. Rather, I see it primarily as a work of the spirit meant to actually be applied to living. In my experience, that is how most Taoists see it.
I recommend that you read this instead: Tao Te Ching, 25th-Anniversary Edition (English and Mandarin Chinese Edition) by Lao Tzu, Jane English and Gia-Fu Feng (Mar 4, 1997) - Deluxe Edition (or the more recently updated edition). The foreword, introduction and notes by Lippe and Needleman are well worth your perusal.
In this version, the spirit of the original is not lost. Therefore, the reader will not be misguided.
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This book was very good. Made clear a lot of my questions.highly recommend 🌹Published 1 day ago by Nancy
This powerful text is infused with new life and meaning in this elegant translation. I very highly recommend! A perfect text for morning meditation and reflection.Published 3 days ago by 12345
This is a beautiful, down to earth, version of the Tao. Mitchell doesn't give an exact translation, but rather says what he believes the text is saying. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Donna Miesbach
This is the best version out. Read this along with Dr Wayne Dyer's "Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life".Published 10 days ago by annonymous
especially meaningful, thought provoking, life changing. especially read with Dr Dyer's course about it...Change your thoughts, change your life.Published 13 days ago by susan denault
LOVE THIS BOOK. GIVE IT AS A GIFT, RECIPIENT WILL ALWAYS APPRECIATE!Published 28 days ago by Marmaloo
The book is a great quick read. It might not make sense to some people but there are a few things that might make you think about how to approach a simple problem.Published 1 month ago by Christopher Lee
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