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Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Author: Lao Tzu
Book title: Tao Te Ching
ISBN10: 1848375441
ISBN13: 978-1848375444
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd (August 31, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 128
Size PDF: 1770 kb
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Rating: 4.7 ✯
Votes: 278
Subcategory: Philosophy

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Excerpt: ... PREFACE. Lao Tgze, so named, the immortal author of the Tao Teh King, the only writing he left to posterity, was born in the year 604 before the Christian era, in the third year of the Emperor Ting-Wang, of the expiring Chow dynasty, in what is now the province of Ho-nan, but which was then a part of the great State of Kau. He disappeared, at the age of about one hundred years, in voluntary exile into the unknown feudal and barbarian lands northwest of China, as described in the Epilogue in this translation. The wall and the northwest, or barrier-gate, there described, it is needless to say, were not a part of the Great Wall of China, which was not constructed until nearly four centuries later, but were the wall and gateway which protected the valleys leading from the unknown regions beyond. Lao Tsze was contemporary with Confucius, but was his senior by about fifty-four years. When Confucius was about thirty-five years old he visited the old philosopher, who was then nearly ninety years old, at his residence at the court of Kau. In an interview Lao severely condemned the system of Confucius, charging that it was based on a man-made and artificial code of ethics and ceremonials, that it ignored the fundamental principles of life and mind, and tended to obscure the divinity, dignity and immortality of man, and the spirituality which constituted the energy and purpose of the entire universe, not only in its origin, but in its eternal progress. Confucius, in a state of wonder, left him, saying to his disciples that he could understand the ways of the birds, of the fish, and of the beasts; how to snare the running ones wilh nooses, how to entrap the swimming ones with nets, and how to take the flying ones with arrows. But the dragon; he knew not how this one could bestride the winds and...
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I had no idea what to expect of this book when It arrived. I turned it over in my hands and it was clearly very short in length, so I decided to just read a few pages while I finished my morning coffee.

One and a half hours later I had finished the book entirely, along with my coffee, and I immediately knew upon completion that I would read this book many, many more times in my life.

It was a highly profound, dare I say life changing read that dramatically impacted my perspective towards my own happiness and how I interact with others. Written as a collection of very short, almost poem-like chapters, often each occupying less than a single page, this book is a masterfully crafted guide to find real happiness and fulfillment in your life. It is a tome that empowers you, humbles you, and leads you around the pitfalls that so many humans fall into throughout their lives.

It is not a modern self help book with life-hacks, habit forming tips, or other such articulations, but rather a fundamental, deep, and moving look at what makes up a fulfilling life.

If you are someone who has discovered mindfulness, explores meditation, or ponders philosophy, then this book is, without question, a must-read.

And if you are more of a go-getter. A driven entrepreneurial type who is looking more or straightforward advice on building your business, achieving goals and finding ‘success’, then I encourage you more-so than anyone else to pick this book up.

It has helped me make difficult business decisions, cut through the unimportant details and roadblocks, optimize my time, and improve my relations with my clients and really everyone else in my life for that matter. It is a book for the true winners, who understand that karma is practical, and that compassion is the path to real success.

It is a book that I will cherish for the rest of my life, and I feel indebted to the author and translator for bringing its wisdom into the world.
I first read the Tao Te Ching in college. Somewhere along the line I lost that copy so I decided to pick up this one (especially since it had such high reviews). This copy seemed much different than the one I read years back. And I am not just talking about the author's choice to use female pronouns as well as male pronouns in his version (incidentally - how close can one get to awareness of Tao if one allows oneself to get hung up on seeing "He" rather than "She" in the teachings?).
In one portion of this "tao de ching: A New English Version" ("Version" is the key word) the author chooses to translate "When the Tao is absent in a country,/ war horses are bred on the borders" to "When a country goes counter to the Tao, Warheads are stockpiled outside the cities". This author has written his "modernized" version of the Tao Te Ching and he claims to have been open in this fact, supposedly by him using the terms "A New English Version". When one reads further one in the notes you see the author admitting he does not even know Chinese (so his interpretation of the Tao is from other translations - and how he thinks the lines should read for poetics sake, or P.C. sake, etc).
At first I thought I would not write a review on this book. But when seeing the author admit to what I had suspected it made me feel like I really got ripped off. If you are looking for a translation of the Tao Te Ching do not get this author's book. The author respects the Tao but this is not the real deal. I will be purposefully losing this book and looking for a better translation.
As with so many books, we endure the scholarly and erudite reviewers who claim to know which text and translation is the most recondite, the most accurate, the most true to the original. I don't know about all that. I know Lao Tsu was so important to Asian culture and life, and I know this book makes me feel whole again with each reading. I slow down, and his true words align the iron filings in my heart.

Let the educated debaters go on with their "Ten thousand things" arguing about translations and meanings. They miss the point. Get this book, make some tea, turn of the incessant rattlings in your brain and the screens in your home and relax to ancient wisdom that has influenced millions of hearts and minds for thousands of years...
From the book: "Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don’t realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant...." I could select any page or any line from this work by Lao Tzu and translated by Stephen Mitchell and find insight. If any of these words in this review or other reviews or in previewing this book has touched you you may want to purchase this work :-)

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