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Tao Te Ching Pocket Edition

A New English Version
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Paperback Book
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HarperCollins
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August, 1992
ISBN:
9780060812454
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$18.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living from the ancient springs of Chinese civilization. It is one of the wonders of the world. In 81 brief chapters, it looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice to help achieve balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. A guide for wisdom in action, it teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe, the way it is—and applies equally to good government and sexual love; to child rearing, business, and ecology. It is among the most widely translated books on Earth.

Stephen Mitchell’s 1988 translation, which has earned an honoured place in the hearts and by the hearths of thousands of people, is here published in an admirably modest new edition.

Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions, says it “embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original—a gem-like lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, large-heartedness, and deep wisdom.” The English, “fluid as melting ice,” rolls well across the heart and mind with a natural touch. Mitchell’s use of both “he” and “she” interchangeably adds an appropriate and much appreciated element of truth for our time, making this great document even more accessibly human.

Those who know don’t talk.

Those who talk don’t know.

Close your mouth,

block off your senses,

blunt your sharpness,

untie your knots,

soften your glare,

settle your dust.

This is the primal identity.

Be like the Tao.

It can’t be approached or withdrawn from,

benefited or harmed,

honored or brought into disgrace.

It gives itself up continually.

That is why it endures.

Handy for a vest pocket, briefcase, purse, backpack or coat pocket, the “old fellow” and his natural common sense are ready to make their contribution everywhere in our culture. Quietly.

“Mitchell’s great talent is to communicate with the profound simplicity utterly appropriate for this task.” —Common Boundary

 

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living, and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love; to child rearing, business, and ecology.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

 

Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living, and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love; to child rearing, business, and ecology. Stephen Mitchell’s bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

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