Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching For nearly two generations Gia fu Feng and Jane English s translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought Now Jane English and her long

  • Title: Tao Te Ching
  • Author: Lao Tzu Gia-Fu Feng Jane English Toinette Lippe Jacob Needleman
  • ISBN: 9780679724346
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • For nearly two generations, Gia fu Feng and Jane English s translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought Now Jane English and her long time editor, Toinette Lippe, have revised and refreshed the translation so that it faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, taking into aFor nearly two generations, Gia fu Feng and Jane English s translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought Now Jane English and her long time editor, Toinette Lippe, have revised and refreshed the translation so that it faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities They have retained the simple clarity of the original rendering of a sometimes seemingly obtuse spiritual text, a clarity that has made this version a classic in itself, selling over a million copies Written most probably in the sixth century B.C by Lao Tsu, this esoteric but infintely practical book has been translated into English frequently than any other work except the Bible Gia fu Feng and Jane English s superb translation the most accessible and authoritative modern English translation offers the essence of each word and makes Lao Tsu s teaching immediate and alive This edition includes an introduction and notes by the well known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman.

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    • Lao Tzu Gia-Fu Feng Jane English Toinette Lippe Jacob Needleman

      Lao Tzu Chinese pinyin L oz Wade Giles Laosi also Laozi, Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Lao Zi, Laocius, Lao Ce, and other variations was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching often simply referred to as Laozi His association with the Tao Te Ching has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of Taoism pronounced as Daoism He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of the Taoist religion, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or One of the Three Pure Ones Laozi translated literally from Chinese means old master or old one , and is generally considered honorific.According to Chinese tradition, Laozi lived in the 6th century BCE Historians variously contend that Laozi is a synthesis of multiple historical figures, that he is a mythical figure, or that he actually lived in the 5th 4th century BCE, concurrent with the Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States Period As a result of being a a central figure in Chinese culture, both nobility and common people claim Lao Tzu in their lineage.

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    • The book that can be reviewed is not the constant book.The review which reviews can be neither full of review nor lacking.But as the river changes course over seasons must the reviewer neither review nor not review, but follow the constant review.


    • I m an unbeliever and have been since the first time I played hooky from Sunday services and the Eye in the Sky didn t say boo So it may seem strange that I m reviewing the Tao Te Ching, the widely known and influential Taoist text, written by Lao Tzu and poetically translated in this edition by Stephen Mitchell For me, the Tao Te Ching is folk wisdom than religious treatise and is useful than a million sermons.Where the Tao Te Ching parts company with religious attempts at morality such as th [...]



    • The Tao is always nameless Chapter 71 Trying to narrow down the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching with limiting words is to violate its primordial essence How can one describe the Universe, the natural order of things, the incessant flowing from being to non being, the circular unity of a reality traditionally mismatched in dualistic terms The Tao Te Ching doesn t provide answers because there needn t be questions, just the harmony of moulding to the landscape rather than trying to impose a particu [...]


    • This is, by far, my favorite translation of the Tao Te Ching I own a few others and they re all well and good, but this one is the one I continually read from and refer to when people ask me about the Tao.The translation is well done, it captures the nature of the text well, and it flows fairly evenly It s not overly flowery or ornate, it gives you the basics of what you need to understand the various entries and assist in understanding what Tao is i.e the the Tao named Tao is not the great, ete [...]


    • There are many translations of the Taoteching, nearly every one of which is probably worth reading, but this is my favorite version I can t attest to the accuracy of the translation, but having read so many different translations of the same text I feel like in some strange way I have a grasp of the original as if a blank space the Chinese original has been given shape and definition by all the English versions surrounding it But anyway while I like the spare sensitivity of the language in this [...]


    • Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu 2012 1379 109 1382 81 9649447229 1383 1386 9648496064 1386 1387 1388 1389 1390 1391 1392 9789648496062 6 600 160 200 .


    • I m always reading this little book containing the essence of wisdom For years I ve read it again and again, one chapter every morning.



    • This version irritates me a lot, largely because of Stephen Mitchell s arrogance in writing it I ll go into that in a bit This is not a translation which Mitchell was at least gracious enough to make clear in the back of the book it s a translation of various translations The problem with this is that a translation of a translation turns out the same way that a copy of a copy does while some of the original words and phrases are identifiable, there s a lot that s lost or skewed.For example, here [...]


    • review after rereading This book s contents and history have both a sense of vagueness, but not in a bad way, in my opinion It s somewhat uncertain when it was written circa 4th 3rd century BC , the author s life details are largely invented, and the existence of the author is not quite certain either Lao Tzu is just his title, and also it s not known if the text is by one author, or a group of authors worked over some years It was first translated in the late 1700s, and the oldes existing copy [...]



    • When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is createdWhen people see things as good, evil is createdThe master leads by emptying people s mindThe Tao is like an empty vesselIt can never be emptied and can never be filledMaster doesn t take sidesThe spirit of emptiness is immortalThe location makes the dwelling goodDepth of understanding makes the mind goodA kind heart makes the giving goodIntegrity makes the government goodAccomplishment makes your labors goodProper timing makes a decision go [...]


    • 12 13 17 Great translation, helped me understand it My favorite religious philosophical book aside from the Christian Bible Shows a path of peace, contentment and subtle, quiet, managable power Update, 9 15 17 I found this quote in my notebook, the only one I wrote down Beautiful Heaven is long enduring and earth continues long The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue this long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves This is how they are able to continue and end [...]


    • The Tao Te Ching is a book that cannot be read directly Unfortunately, I have little experience reading books indirectly, so I found this a difficult book to read, end even difficult to discern what was being said by the author A friend told me that he thought Heraclitus, the Greek pre Socratic philosopher, was somewhat like Lao Tzu Heraclitus said you can t step in the same river twice He believed that reality was a flux composed of a unity of opposites I suppose it is possible to consider Lao [...]




    • This has got to be one of the most perennially beguiling, elliptical things ever written And it seems all the mysterious to me because so much of it is couched as this extremely practical, almost Machiavellian political advice Having been schooled entirely in the western intellectual tradition, with its notions of hierarchy, dualism and progression historical, socio cultural or otherwise , this was a complete mind fuck to me It sort of reminds me of Heidegger, with those really crazy, cyclical [...]


    • highlights 3 not collecting treasures prevents stealing.13 accept disgrace willingly23 he who does not trust will not be trusted46 he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough57 the rules and regulations, the thieves and robbers there will belowlights eh, pretty much the whole translation i guess this version is popular because it has nice calligraphy of the original chinese and BW photos of nature accompanying the english translation but despite not having read any of the other [...]


    • Interesting in that round about way, the way ambiguous wordplay in poetry tend to be Overall though it couldn t hold my attention for long I had to stop and restart a page several times because my mind wandered It had nothing to do with the content of the writing, but rather the soothing rhythmic beat that made it easy for me to not focus Half the time I didn t even realized I was doing it until I reached a photo page This book might be better as an audio That soothing rhythmic beat would be eve [...]


    • This version of the Dao De Jing, translated by Richard John Lynn, is highly recommended to those who are not looking for the touchy feely Laozi Rather it is a translation for those interested in ancient Chinese thought A wonderful translation.The Dao De Jing was probably written, by author or authors unknown, in the fourth century B.C.E and is primarily addressed to the ruler who would be a sage king and is mainly concerned with achieving the good society through harmony with nature This version [...]


    • It is by being alive to difficulty that one can avoid it.As much as I wished to write a review for Tao Te Ching, I d abandoned the prospect of writing a review a couple of days ago Too many changes over the past few days that I couldn t summon the will to write as I had intended to To bring a little peace, I opened my journal to write and my eyes fell to the last line I d written, the line I ve quoted from Tao Te Ching, and it almost magically assuaged the tremors of my mind Whether Lao Tzu was [...]


    • The description of this book is wrong Like Stephen Mitchell, acclaimed author and poet Ursula K Le Guin has attempted a nonliteral, poetic rendition of the Tao Te Ching It s nothing like Mitchell s pretty but totally opaque translation LeGuin gives you readable ideas, arguments in poetry, a philosophy to ponder Of all the translations I have encountered, this is the only one that gives you a point of entry into the rich treasury of ideas in the Tao Te Ching.




    • An ode to apathy as a means of utopia If people are simple and cannot think and the rulers are good then the empire will work Except this would be the death of humanity s constant evolution and revolution I could literally see this being handed out in Orwell s Oceania, that s how far off I find this philosophy.


    • To a Westerner, the Tao Te Ching presents another perspective for understanding meaning and effectiveness For example, the Tao Te Ching shows how movement towards progress creates movement against progress, Do not exalt the worthy, and the people will not compete Do not display objects of desire, and the people s minds will not be disturbed Therefore the ordering of the sage empties their minds, fills their bellies and causes the wise ones not to dare to act He does nothing, and there is nothing [...]


    • Profound, Reflection provoking piece of ancient text, studded with natural imagery and lyricism The message has lots of similarities with the Gita Some parts were obscure and contradicting though, so planning to read a guidance text soon.


    • Ancient poems contain numerous interesting things, pleasure of silent air coolness of still water beauty of trees perfume of blossom riches of emotion and the most important thing, brightness of wisdom What does appear to the readers depends on their ways of interpretation It is, in my opinion, the law of philosophy.Tao Te Ching is not good for ones impatient and unimaginative Short and complex, but sound like mad poems might bore you easily I don t advise you using it for studying in classes, e [...]


    • I had actually forgotten that I had this translation of Lao Tzu s classic work on my shelf, serviceable as it is Since this is the only one I could find to review, I ll talk about the text here I was given a less scholarly and poetic version of the Tao Te Ching as a young teen, entitled The Way of Life by Witter Bynner, and it damn near blew my head off my shoulders The worldview was so profound and radically different from what I had been exposed to up to that point, it caught my fancy and I q [...]


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