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Tao Te Ching

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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 looks at the basic predicament 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 to work for the good with the effortless 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 child rearing, business, and ecology.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

 

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In a widely praised translation, Stephen Mitchell provides an accessible understanding of a classic guide for living, now in an attractive, pocket-size trim designed to fit in a purse, briefcase, backpack, or pocket. "The English, as 'fluid as meling ice, ' is a joy to read throughout".--New Republic.

Synopsis:

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 looks at the basic predicament 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 to work for the good with the effortless 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 child rearing, business, and ecology.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

About the Author

Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.

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metababe, August 30, 2013 (view all comments by metababe)
I personally believe this is the best translation of the Tao Te Ching; I have compared at least 8 translations from several languages. It is the translation I study almost daily.
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nimblewan, April 4, 2009 (view all comments by nimblewan)
I love this book. It is the first version of the Tao Te Ching I had read. Though I have read others, I believe this is the easiest version to understand. I don't speak Chinese so I can't speak to the accuracy of the translation. Many say it isn't accurate. However, the idea of the Tao is universal and if you wish to explore and perhaps become enlightened to the power of the Tao; I recommend you start here. There are versions which are known to be more accurate. I have some of them and enjoy them, but they don't read as easily as this translation by Stephen Mitchell. For that reason when someone asks me, "what is the Tao?" I hand them a copy of this translation and say "read this." I never get the book back, so I am here to buy another.
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aimee.altman, April 1, 2009 (view all comments by aimee.altman)
This book has added so much to my life. I have had a copy for many years and it has traveled many miles by my side. It is worth owning and easy to use because of it's small size. It fits well in most purses or backpacks. I find myself pulling it out and opening up to any given page when I am in moments of "waiting".
I have come across other translations but this is so poetic and eloquent that it is by far my favorite. It should sit on the family bookshelf right next to the bible. I hope you enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060812454
Translator:
Mitchell, Stephen
Foreword:
Mitchell, Stephen
Translator:
Mitchell, Stephen
Foreword by:
Mitchell, Stephen
Foreword:
Mitchell, Stephen
Author:
Lao-Tzu
Author:
Mitchell, Stephen
Author:
Mitchell, Stephen A.
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Taoism
Subject:
Tao te ching
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Taoism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
Report no. 93-110
Publication Date:
19000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
5 x 3.5 x 0.4 in 2.51 oz

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Product details 144 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060812454 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a widely praised translation, Stephen Mitchell provides an accessible understanding of a classic guide for living, now in an attractive, pocket-size trim designed to fit in a purse, briefcase, backpack, or pocket. "The English, as 'fluid as meling ice, ' is a joy to read throughout".--New Republic.

"Synopsis" by ,

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 looks at the basic predicament 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 to work for the good with the effortless 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 child rearing, business, and ecology.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

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