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Tao Teh Ching:The Way and Its Nature: Translated by John R. Leebrick Paperback – September 2, 2008
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The appeal of the Leebrick translation comes from his personal mastery of the mystical insights of Taoism. Although the work exists in numerous English versions, typically the profound concepts and paradoxes of Lao Tse have evaded the minds of translators using an academic approach.
As Leebrick, a native Texan, points out, "It is a tremendous help, if not a necessity, for a translator to understand what is being said. This understanding only comes from study and meditation. In short, to properly translate the Tao Teh Ching, one must be a Taoist."