Tao Te Ching: A New English Version
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Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

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by Stephen Mitchell, Stephen A. Mitchell
     
 

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In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely

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In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

Editorial Reviews

James Frey
“I have read many translations of this ancient text but Mitchell’s is by far the best.”
Francette Cerullis
Hinton carefully and meticulously weaves Lao Tzu's philosophy and poetry into its historical, philosophical, and political context.... There is something fresh about Hinton's translation that goes right to the heart of how we ourselves live.
New Republic
Beautiful and accessible; the English, as 'fluid as melting ice,' is a joy to read throughout.
Common Boundary
Mitchell's great talent is to communicate with the profound simplicity utterly appropriate for this task. The obscure has been made transparent and available.
Huston Smith
Stephen Mitchell's rendition fo the Tao Te Ching comes as close to being definitive for our time as any I can imagine. It embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, largeheartedness, and deep wisdom.
Library Journal
Based on contemporaneous texts discovered by archeologists in China in the last 20 years, this new translation of the Te-tao Ching is very readable and enjoyable yet at the same time meticulously researched and accurate. It has a clear introduction, extensive commentary, and complete notes. A library wanting complete holdings on Chinese philosophy should surely consider this first of a five-volume series on Chinese classics that will appear in the next years. Otherwise, it will suffice to have translations of Lao-Tzu, the Tao (The Way), and/or the Tao-Te Ching by some or all of its past translators, including Stephen Mitchell, Wing-Tsit Chan, H.B. Crill, Witter Byner, Feng and English, Arthur Waley, Lin Yutang, and James Legge.-- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061142666
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Series:
Perennial Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
48,390
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 5.22(h) x 0.36(d)

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Wing-Tsit Chan
No one can understand Chinese philosophy, religion, art or social ethics without reading the Te-Tao Ching. We welcome, therefore, the translation of the recently discovered, the earliest, the most authentic texts.
Huston Smith
Embodies the virtues its translator credits to the original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, largeheartedness, and deep wisdom. -- Author of The Religions of Man
James Frey
“I have read many translations of this ancient text but Mitchell’s is by far the best.”
Louise Erdrich
"I read the Stephen Mitchell translation of the Tao Te Ching in one sitting, three times. It is stunning, so lovely. It is a treasure."
Josh Waitzkin
With [this translation], you feel a very powerful grounding. -- International Master in Chess

Meet the Author

Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.

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Tao Te Ching 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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Changed my life
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All books and life in the world summed up!
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This book is nothing like the true Tao Te Ching. In fact, it shouldn't even be called by that name. It is loosely based on the original, but is full of Mitchell's own New Age ideas. If you want true literal translations that also have commentaries, Ellen M. Chen, Derek Lin, and Rodney A. Cooper are excellent choices. Mitchell's version is completely different than the original. Its a real shame that it has gained such popularity.
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There is no way to view actual chapters or read anything.
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Clearly the best translation. Captures the meaning, humor and depth of Tao.
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PorscheWarrior More than 1 year ago
Translation is great, love the use of both 'he' and 'she' throughout. As the author points out, the original Chinese is gender-neutral - so the use of both he and she makes it appealing to myself as a woman because I find the use of 'he' all the time in other texts to be annoying. It is nice that this translation uses both. Thought-provoking yet relaxing. Easy read, but to really grasp it, it should be read slowly or read through multiple times. Very refreshing read that I keep near me always now.
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If I could only have 3 books - this would be top on my list
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CWood More than 1 year ago
A great book. Insightful, intellectual, and impossible to put down. A spiritual must read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many versions and translations of The Tao Te Ching. This one flows like the water of a stream. It is the true embodiement of the Tao. I highly recommend this and most other of Stephen Mitchell's books.