Tao Te Ching - Stephen Mitchell

Tao Te Ching

By Stephen Mitchell

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
4 Score: 4 (From 89 Ratings)

Description

Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching llods at the basic predicatment of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how wo work for the good with the efforless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love, to childrearing, business, and ecology.

The Tao Te Ching is the most widely traslated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas. Now the Tao Te ching has been rendered into English by the eminent scholar and traslator Stephen Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell's Dropping Ashes on the Buddha is a modern Zen classic, and his translations of Rilke and of the Book of Job have already been called definitive for our time.

Reviews

  • lots of unneded blank pages

    2
    By SadUser3
    I have the physical version of this book; I bought the e-copy as well. I was dissaporinted because it is a very literal transfer of the book -- there is at least one, and often two unnneded blank pages between every verse. That becomes tedious on a small screen very fast...
  • Life altering

    5
    By Charms434
    This very short, very old book, has changed many lives. All those 'self help' books in one way or another borrow from the Tao. Read the source.
  • The best interpretation of the Tao Te Ching

    5
    By JW LeGrand
    Stephen Mitchell has, in my opinion, the most eloquent, reliable, and consistent interpretation of the Tao Te Ching! I've been reading and studying this great text since 1996, and have read over 30 interpretations. I continue to return to the Mitchell translation. However, reading any translation of this great body of work will improve your life substantially. Therefore, this is the best translation of one of the best books ever written.

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