Called "a first-rate piece of work" by T. S. Eliot, this book offers a comprehensive discussion of Taoism, one of the world's major religions, as well as a study of the Tao te ching, the best known Taoist text, and Lao-tzu as a Taoist prototype.
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About the Author
Holmes Welch (1924-1981) was a scholar, researcher, and theorist whose specialization focused on Buddhism and Taoism. Welch worked with the State Department for much of his career, both during and after World War II. Welch studied at Harvard University and published Taoism: The Parting of the Way.
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Better than most on the more popular and religious aspects of Taoism
Welch starts with an analysis of the main metaphor in the Tao Te Ching, then moves on to a historical look at how taoism changed and morphed in Chinese society, and ends with a chapter on what Laozi might say to Americans today. For me, the explanation of the metaphors and seeing those metaphors contrasted to the dominant philosophy around me were the most valuable parts of the book.