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Tao Te Ching: A New Translation [NOOK Book]

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Part poetry, part paradox, always stirring and profound, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching has been inspiring readers since it was written over two thousand years ago. This masterpiece is also one of the most frequently translated books in all of history, in part because the multiple meanings of the Chinese characters make it impossible to translate into a Western language in a strictly literal way. For this reason, many translations are either too loosely interpretive or are too overloaded with notes, thereby losing the ...

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Overview


Part poetry, part paradox, always stirring and profound, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching has been inspiring readers since it was written over two thousand years ago. This masterpiece is also one of the most frequently translated books in all of history, in part because the multiple meanings of the Chinese characters make it impossible to translate into a Western language in a strictly literal way. For this reason, many translations are either too loosely interpretive or are too overloaded with notes, thereby losing the clarity of the terse poetry found in the original
Chinese.

The extraordinary strength of Sam
Hamill’s translation is that it has captured the poetry of Lao Tzu’s original without sacrificing the resonance of the text’s many meanings and possible interpretations. The result is a beautiful and deeply meditative rendering, one that is a delight to read over and over again.

Accompanying Sam Hamill’s translation are seventeen Chinese characters brushed by one of the great masters of calligraphy, Kazuaki Tanahashi. Hamill provides a comment for each character, giving the reader a fuller sense of the richness of the original text and insight into the process of translation itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834822993
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/22/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kazuaki Tanahashi, a Japanese-trained calligrapher, is the pioneer of the genre of "one stroke painting" as well as the creator of multicolor enso (Zen circles). His brushwork has been shown in solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and universities all over the world. Tanahashi has edited several books of Dogen's writings and is also the author of Brush Mind.

Not much is known about the legendary Lao Tzu, to whom authorship of the Tao Te Ching is popularly attributed. Some scholars believe the author was an elder contemporary of Confucius.

Sam Hamill has translated more than two dozen books from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Latin, and Estonian. He has published fourteen volumes of original poetry. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Mellon Fund. He was awarded the Decoración de la Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry from Washington Poets Association, and the PEN American Freedom to Write Award. He cofounded and served as Editor at Copper Canyon Press for thirty-two years and is the Director of Poets Against War.

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7.

Heaven is eternal. The earth endures.

The reason for heaven's eternity and earth's endurance

is that they do not live for themselves only,

and thereby live forever.

The sage steps back but remains in front,

the outsider always within.

Self is realized through selflessness.


8.

It's best to be like water,

nurturing the ten thousand things without competing,

flowing into places people scorn,

very like the Tao.

Make the earth a dwelling place.

Cultivate the heart and mind.

Practice benevolence.

Stand by your word.

Govern with equity.

Serve skillfully.

Act in a timely way,

without contentiousness,

free of blame.

49.

The sage has no fixed heart and mind.

Therefore the hearts and minds

of ordinary people

become his.

To good people, he is good;

to those lacking goodness,

he is also good.

Virtue is good

Truthful people, he trusts.

Those lacking honesty, he also trusts.

Virtue is honest.

In this world the sage

brings harmony to harmony,

universalizing
the hearts and minds of people.

People fix their eyes and ears.

The sage regards them as children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Not the best translation

    I was very disappointed after bringing this book home. Not only does the author provide you with a pre-packaged understandings and assumptions ripe for today's 'spiritualist' culture, but the translation itself is troublesome. It is clear that this author's own interpretation of the 'tao' comes ringing all too clear through the translation. Moreover, I found the change of pronouns to 'she' and 'her' as suspect, suggesting to me that other non-PC aspects of this work might also be edited out. Just give me the translation as acurately as possible. I rated this 'disappointing' though not a complete loss.

    20 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    The Perfect Book that can be reviewed is not the Perfect Book!

    This was the first time I ever studied the classic of philosophy, the 'Tao Te Ching.' The notes by Yi-Ping Ong are exceedingly helpful, especially considering that I am a silly Westerner that is positively ignorant about Chinese history and culture. Her introduction was also extremely enlightening and allowed even a novice to grasp the major principles of Lao Tzu's philosophy. The translation by Charles Muller was easy to understand (but I cannot compare it to other translations). An excellent book and a truly wondrous philosophy! I wish I could give it an infinite number of stars! To paraphrase the Master: the perfect book that can be reviewed is not the perfect book! This book is simply TOO good for a mere five stars!!!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Very Insightful

    I truly believe that this is a suberb source of wisdom on the Tao. It is such an interesting method of thinking and can be applied quite easily to any other religous background. I enjoyed reading it and sharing in the words of Lao Tzu. To compare with other translations, I thought that this one was rather well done. It is indeed worth reading.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    Recommended

    A great book on wisdom from the Tao. Even though the true author of this book is unknown (and even if its more than one person who wrote it) it still provides useful solutions to some of our spiritual and ethical problems.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    A Recommended Edition

    Although the introduction to this edition of the Tao Te Ching is not accurate, I highly recommend this ancient text to all seeking a higher understanding and approach to experiencing life itself.

    Known as an integral part of understanding Tao (or, 'the way') its purpose is well served through a series of odd paradoxes and other thought exercises. These are designed to impart a sense of higher wisdom and humaneness.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    To you peoole

    You are wrong. Just stop. Major issues

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Good, but will need to read it again

    This is a veru interesting book, but a reread (or three) may be needed to fully understand it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    Pure wisdom

    This book is really great. Made me think about a lot of things that I really hadn't considered before. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels a little confused about their life, and anyone who just wants to better themselves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 11, 2013

    Good

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    Posted August 15, 2013

    Hummmm

    Walks away. Beautiful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Ok.....

    I was going to use this as a demigod camp, but........ nevermind

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