Tao Teh Ching

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The Tao Teh Ching teaches that the qualities of the enlightened sage or ideal ruler are identical with those of the perfected individual. This lucid translation demonstrates that these teachings are as useful in the arts of leadership as they are in developing a sense of balance and harmony in everyday life. John C. H. Wu has done a remarkable job rendering this difficult and subtle text into English while retaining the freshness and depth of the original. This edition features ...
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Overview

The Tao Teh Ching teaches that the qualities of the enlightened sage or ideal ruler are identical with those of the perfected individual. This lucid translation demonstrates that these teachings are as useful in the arts of leadership as they are in developing a sense of balance and harmony in everyday life. John C. H. Wu has done a remarkable job rendering this difficult and subtle text into English while retaining the freshness and depth of the original. This edition features the Chinese text alongside the English translation.

One of the Chinese classics most widely known by Westerners, the Tao Teh Ching is a series of insightful comments on life and nature--part poetry, part paradox, always forceful and profound. Over one million copies have been sold in other translations.

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Tao Teh Ching than Dr. John C. H. Wu, whose rendering is superb. Absolutely necessary for us not only to progress but even to survive.”—Thomas Merton
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Cherished for its profound and elusive wisdom, the Tao Teh Ching or "The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue" is at once lyrical poetry and a practical guide to personal spiritual development. Set down over two thousand years ago, it advocates following nature's rhythm rather than the vagaries of one's will.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877735427
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Series: Pocket Classics Series
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 284,438
  • Product dimensions: 3.00 (w) x 4.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted January 10, 2009

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    Favorite translation

    The Tao Te Ching has wisdom for everyone, no matter what they believe. It is a fast read, great for rainy days. Read it over and over and you'll get new meanings and new inspirations. I like this translation out of all the translations I've read (and I've read over 10 different translations). I think this one has the best balance of accuracy and poetry and clarity. Makes a great gift, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    great translation of the Tao

    I think this is my absolute favorite translation of the Tao, and the truest to its essence. Wu manages to be poetic and vivid without being too specific. He allows the Tao to retain the ambiguity that makes it so very universal. Many translations of the Tao include a lot of interpretation or positive/negative bias, which I believe is very counter to the spirit of the Tao Teh Ching. This translation has little or none of that skew, and so I would earnestly reccomend this version of the Tao to anyone, and especially to those who are first being introduced to it.

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