Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

For nearly two generations, Gia-fu Feng and Jane English's translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have revised and refreshed the translation so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, taking into a For nearly two generations, Gia-fu Feng and Jane English's translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for thos...

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Title:Tao Te Ching
Author:Lao Tzu
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:道德經 [dào dé jīng]
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

Tao Te Ching Reviews

  • trivialchemy
    Jun 06, 2007
    The book that can be reviewed is not the constant book. The review which reviews can be neither full of review nor lacking. But as the river changes course over seasons must the reviewer neither review nor not review, but follow the constant review. ...
  • Gerry
    Jun 28, 2007
    I'm an unbeliever and have been since the first time I played hooky from Sunday services and the Eye in the Sky didn?t say boo. So it may seem strange that I?m reviewing the Tao Te Ching, the widely known and influential Taoist text, written by Lao-Tzu and poetically translated in ...
  • Rob
    Feb 04, 2008
    highlights: 3 - not collecting treasures prevents stealing. 13- accept disgrace willingly 23- he who does not trust will not be trusted 46- he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough 57- the more rules and regulations, the more thieves and robbers there will be ...
  • Burt
    Aug 17, 2007
    This is, by far, my favorite translation of the Tao Te Ching. I own a few others and they're all well and good, but this one is the one I continually read from and refer to when people ask me about the Tao. The translation is well done, it captures the nature of the text well, and i...
  • Alex
    Dec 11, 2007
    To a Westerner, the Tao Te Ching presents another perspective for understanding meaning and effectiveness. For example, the Tao Te Ching shows how movement towards progress creates movement against progress, "Do not exalt the worthy, and the people will not compete... Do not display ob...
  • Evan
    Aug 29, 2007
    The description of this book is wrong: "Like Stephen Mitchell, acclaimed author and poet Ursula K. Le Guin has attempted a nonliteral, poetic rendition of the Tao Te Ching" It's nothing like Mitchell's pretty but totally opaque translation. LeGuin gives you readable ideas, argume...
  • James
    Feb 12, 2009
    The Tao Te Ching is a book that cannot be read directly. Unfortunately, I have little experience reading books indirectly, so I found this a difficult book to read, end even more difficult to discern what was being said by the author. A friend told me that he thought Heraclitus, the ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Apr 27, 2012
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  • Jeremy
    Mar 10, 2011
    This has got to be one of the most perennially beguiling, elliptical things ever written. And it seems all the more mysterious to me because so much of it is couched as this extremely practical, almost Machiavellian political advice. Having been schooled entirely in the western intelle...
  • Eddie Watkins
    Mar 13, 2009
    There are many translations of the Taoteching, nearly every one of which is probably worth reading, but this is my favorite version. I can?t attest to the accuracy of the translation, but having read so many different translations of the same text I feel like in some strange way I ha...
  • Bruce
    Jun 04, 2008
    I'm always reading this little book containing the essence of wisdom. For years I've read it again and again, one chapter every morning. ...
  • Mimi
    Jan 19, 2015
    Interesting in that round-about way, the way ambiguous wordplay in poetry tend to be. Overall though it couldn't hold my attention for long. I had to stop and restart a page several times because my mind wandered. It had nothing to do with the content of the writing, but rather the soo...
  • Farhan Khalid
    Sep 04, 2014
    When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created When people see things as good, evil is created The master leads by emptying people's mind The Tao is like an empty vessel It can never be emptied and can never be filled Master doesn?t take sides The spirit o...
  • soheila
    Nov 26, 2009
    ????? ?? ?????? ???? ????? ?? ?? ?????? ?? ??? ???? ????? ?? ????? ?? ??? ? ???? ?? ? ??? ? ???? ?? ????? ??? ???? ???? ???? ??? ???? ??? ?????? ????? ?? ??...
  • Heidi Parton
    Nov 15, 2011
    This version irritates me a lot, largely because of Stephen Mitchell's arrogance in writing it (I'll go into that in a bit). This is not a translation (which Mitchell was at least gracious enough to make clear in the back of the book); it's a translation of various translations. The pr...
  • RK-ique
    Jan 31, 2015
    This version of the Dao De Jing, translated by Richard John Lynn, is highly recommended to those who are not looking for the touchy feely Laozi. Rather it is a translation for those interested in ancient Chinese thought. A wonderful translation. The Dao De Jing was probably written,...
  • Vipassana
    Jun 29, 2015
    It is by being alive to difficulty that one can avoid it. As much as I wished to write a review for Tao Te Ching, I'd abandoned the prospect of writing a review a couple of days ago. Too many changes over the past few days that I couldn't summon the will to write as I had intended to....
  • Dolors
    Sep 02, 2014
    ?The Tao is always nameless? (Chapter 71) Trying to narrow down the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching with limiting words is to violate its primordial essence. How can one describe the Universe, the natural order of things, the incessant flowing from being to non-being, the circul...
  • Sinem A.
    Jan 30, 2017
    bu kadar eski bu kadar gncel , bu kadar in bu kadar evrensel olmas? nas?l heyecanland?rmaz insan?! ...
  • Issa Deerbany
    Jul 12, 2017
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  • Foad
    May 07, 2015
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  • Vimal Thiagarajan
    Jul 03, 2016
    Profound, Reflection-provoking piece of ancient text, studded with natural imagery and lyricism. The message has lots of similarities with the Gita. Some parts were obscure and contradicting though, so planning to read a guidance text soon. ...
  • João Fernandes
    Apr 29, 2015
    An ode to apathy as a means of utopia. If people are simple and cannot think and the rulers are good then the empire will work. Except this would be the death of humanity's constant evolution and revolution. I could literally see this being handed out in Orwell's Oceania, that's how fa...
  • Brian
    Sep 04, 2017
    Update: 3.14.18 Third translation I've read, my favorite of the three. I love this book of philosophy. It gives great common sense and helps pave new thought patterns not taught in American culture, paths that lead to peace and sanity. My favorite book of philosophy. 12-13-17: Grea...
  • Elsa
    Feb 01, 2015
    This is an amazing book to read through out our lives, over and over again. While I was intensively studying Qi Gong I got to know this book in different translations and versions. This one is not just very good but also very beautiful because of all the wonderful illustrations / pain...
  • Onaiza Khan
    Jan 13, 2017
    This is just mindblowing. ...
  • Hussein Dehghani
    Jun 03, 2017
    "????" ???? ??? ? ??? ?? ????? ???? ?? ???? ? ???? ? "??" ?? ????? ?????? ???? ? ????? ????? ???. ??? ????? ?? ?? ????? ?? ?? ????? ????? ????? ?? ??? ?? ????? "???...
  • 7jane
    Feb 16, 2014
    (review after rereading:) This book's contents and history have both a sense of vagueness, but not in a bad way, in my opinion. It's somewhat uncertain when it was written (circa 4th-3rd century BC), the author's life details are largely invented, and the existence of the author is no...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    Oct 08, 2017
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  • Poo1987 Roykaew
    May 26, 2008
    Ancient poems contain numerous interesting things, pleasure of silent air; coolness of still water; beauty of trees; perfume of blossom; riches of emotion; and the most important thing, brightness of wisdom. What does appear to the readers depends on their ways of interpretation. It is...