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Tao Te Ching

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Paperback Book
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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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November, 2011
ISBN:
9780307949301
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$25.00 CAD
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Know the strength of a man,

But keep a woman’s care!

Be the stream of the universe!

The Tao Te Ching, written in
China about six hundred years before Christ, has been translated into English more often than any other book except the Bible. It expresses and articulates the dynamic of a natural wisdom applicable to all circumstances of life; as useful for individual awakening as it is pertinent to social and business life.

Teaching without words and working without doing

Are understood by very few.

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In the pursuit of learning, something is acquired every day.

In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is relinquished.

Since 1972, this 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 refreshed and revised the translation, so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, while taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities.

Green plants are tender and filled with sap.

At their death they are withered and dry.

Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.

The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.

This Tao is published in two editions: a compact text-only edition and a beautiful oversized edition which features over a hundred black-and-white photographs by Jane English that help express the vast spirit of the Tao. Also included is an introduction by the scholar of philosophy and religion, Jacob Needleman.

In Toinette’s words:

Lao Tsu’s philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance... If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop “trying,” if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. Te—which may be translated as “virtue” or “strength”—lies always in Tao meaning “the way” or “natural law.” In other words: Simply be.

Publisher’s Description: 

For nearly two generations, this 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 refreshed and revised the translation, so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, while taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities. This beautiful oversized edition features over a hundred new photographs by Jane English that help express the vast spirit of the Tao. Also included is an introduction by the well-known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman.

Lao Tsus philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks. It does so without discrimination. So let us present the same face to everyone and treat them all as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop "trying," if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. Tewhich may be translated as "virtue" or "strength"lies always in Tao meaning "the way" or "natural law." In other words: Simply be.

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