Tao Te Ching: An All-New Translationby Lao Tzu
Renowned translator William Scott Wilson offers a fresh version of the Tao Te Ching that will resonate with the modern reader. While most translators have relied on the "new" text of 200 B.C., Wilson went back another 300 years to work from the original characters used during Lao Tzu's lifetime. By referring to these earlier characters, Wilson is able to
Renowned translator William Scott Wilson offers a fresh version of the Tao Te Ching that will resonate with the modern reader. While most translators have relied on the "new" text of 200 B.C., Wilson went back another 300 years to work from the original characters used during Lao Tzu's lifetime. By referring to these earlier characters, Wilson is able to offer a text that is more authentic in language and nuance, yet preserves all the beauty and poetry of the work.
This elegant hardcover edition also features two insightful essays by Wilson, "Zen and Taoism" and "Zen and the Martial Arts," that link the spiritual aspects of the Tao to the practice of Zen and to the martial arts of both Japan and China.
With its 81 memorable passages, the Tao Te Ching is one of humanity's touchstones. As Wilson notes, "We read this book because it takes us away from the busy world of business and politics, and provides an entry to a Way. But we also read it for the rhythm and beauty of its phrasing and vocabulary, which often give us an astonishing satisfaction. And this is perhaps the secret of why the book has consistently been on people's bookshelves and bed-stands for nearly twenty-five centuries."
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Meet the Author
WILLIAM SCOTT WILSON is the bestselling translator of many spiritual and Asian classics, including Hagakure, The Book of Five Rings, and The Unencumbered Spirit: Reflections of a Chinese Sage. He is also the author of The Lone Samurai, the biography of the legendary samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.
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I have several copies of the Tao Te Ching; this one is my least favorite. Perhaps an academic would disagree, telling me how accurate the text is, true to the original, and all of that...But it's boring, uninspired, not poetic, not worth a second reading, and certainly not worth the money I paid for it.
How I came to know or why I purchased this book does not matter. What I can appreciate about the Tao Te Ching is that much of it is up to you to come to a conclusion... on your own. You can read this book and never truthfully understand it if you are expecting something out of it. The numerous translations of the Tao Te Ching is irrelevant, look for the truth in yourself when reading any translation of the Tao Te Ching and you will know what it is about.