Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

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by Ursula K. Le Guin
     
 

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No
other English translation of this greatest of the Chinese classics can match
Ursula Le Guin's striking new version. Le Guin, best known for
thought-provoking science fiction novels that have helped to transform the
genre, has studied the
Tao
Te Ching

for more than forty years. She has consulted the literal translations

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No
other English translation of this greatest of the Chinese classics can match
Ursula Le Guin's striking new version. Le Guin, best known for
thought-provoking science fiction novels that have helped to transform the
genre, has studied the
Tao
Te Ching

for more than forty years. She has consulted the literal translations and
worked with Chinese scholars to develop a version that lets the ancient text
speak in a fresh way to modern people, while remaining faithful to the poetic
beauty of the work. Avoiding scholarly interpretations and esoteric Taoist
insights, she has revealed the
Tao
Te Ching
's
immediate relevance and power, its depth and refreshing humor, in a way that
shows better than ever before why it has been so much loved for more than 2,500
years. Included are Le Guin's own personal commentary and notes on the text.
This new version is sure to be welcomed by the many readers of the
Tao
Te Ching

as well as those coming to the text for the first time.



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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834824638
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
223,589
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin is the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Gandalf, Kafka, and National Book Awards. She is the author of many short stories and more than fifteen novels, including The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. She is also an honored author of children's books, poetry, and criticism.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
October 21, 1929
Place of Birth:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952
Website:
http://www.ursulakleguin.com

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Chapter
25:
Imagining
mystery

There
is something

that
contains everything.

Before
heaven and earth


it is.

Oh,
it is still, unbodied,

all
on its own, unchanging,

all-pervading,

ever-moving.
So
it can act as the mother


of all things.

Not
knowing its real name,

we
only call it the Way.

If
it must be named,

let
its name be Great.

Greatness
means going on,

going
on means going far,

and
going far means turning back.

So
they say: "The Way is great,

heaven
is great,

earth
is great,

and
humankind is great;

four
greatnesses in the world,

and
humanity is one of them."

People
follow earth,

earth
follows heaven,


heaven follows the Way,

the
Way follows what is.



Chapter
34: Perfect trust

The
Great Way runs


to left, to right,

the
ten thousand things

depending
on it,


living on it,

accepted
by it.

Doing
its work,

it
goes unnamed.


Clothing and feeding


the ten thousand things,

it
lays no claim on them

and
asks nothing of them.

Call
it a small matter.

The
ten thousand things


return to it,

though
it lays no claim on them.

Call
it great.

So
the wise soul

without
great doings

achieves
greatness.



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