Renowned translator William Scott Wilson has rendered Lao Tzu's classic in the most authentic way possible, using both the ancient text and the even older Great Seal script used during Lao Tzu's time. The result is a new and nuanced translation, accompanied by Chinese ink paintings and ancillary material. Wilson includes an introduction that tells the story of Lao Tzu, the "old man" and the "keeper of the archives," and notes to illuminate the text. He also includes two short essays—one explains the relationship between Taoism and Zen, and the other explores the roots that link the spiritual aspects of the Tao with the practice of Chinese and Japanese martial arts. Wilson's version of this ancient classic is wonderfully fresh and readable.
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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.