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
  • Sales rank: 911,880
  • 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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