Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Teh Ching

A lucid translation of the well-known Taoist classic by a leading scholar--now in a Shambhala Pocket Library edition. Written more than two thousand years ago, the Tao Teh Ching, or -The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue, - is one of the true classics of the world of spiritual literature. Traditionally attributed to the legendary -Old Master, - Lao Tzu, the Tao Teh Ching teaches that the qualities of the enlightened sage or ideal ruler are identi...


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TitleTao Teh Ching
ISBN9781611804768
Author
Release DateDec 12th, 2017
PublisherShambhala
GenreClassics, Cultural, China, Philosophy, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Eastern Philosophy, Reference, Self Help, Asia, Religion
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Reviews Tao Teh Ching

  • trivialchemy
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 this edition by Stephen Mitchell. For me, the Tao Te Ching is more folk wisdom than religious treatise and is more useful than a million sermons.Where the Tao Te Ch...
  • Foad
    1970-01-01
    آيين تائو"تائو" مبدأ و جوهر نهانى جهان را نوعى ظلمت و بى شكلى مى داند كه توصيفش از آن به قدرى به "عدم" نزديك است كه سخت بتوان آن را منطبق بر مفهوم رايج "خدا" دانست.بر اساس حكمت تائو سالك با رسيدن به اين ظلمت و عدم است كه به آرامش مى رسد: با رها كردن انديشيد...
  • Dolors
    1970-01-01
    “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 circular unity of a reality traditionally mismatched in dualistic terms? The Tao Te Ching doesn’t provide answers because there needn’t be questions, just the harmony of m...
  • Burt
    1970-01-01
    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 it flows fairly evenly. It's not overly flowery or ornate, it gives you the basics of what you need to understand the various entries and assist in understanding what Ta...
  • Eddie Watkins
    1970-01-01
    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 have a grasp of the original; as if a blank space (the Chinese original) has been given shape and definition by all the English versions surrounding it. But anyway......
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    1970-01-01
    Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سوم آگوست سال 2012 میلادیعنوان: تائو ته چینگ؛ نویسنده: لائو تزو؛ مترجم: امیرحسن قائمی؛ ویراستار: ایوب کوشان؛ تهران، مترجمها، 1379؛ در 109 ص؛عنوان: تائو ته چینگ؛ نویسنده: لائو تزو؛ مترجم: فرشید قهرمانی؛ تهران، سیاه مشق، 1382؛ ...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    1970-01-01
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتابِ ارزشمند، نوشتهٔ انسانِ خردمندی به نامِ <لائو تزو> است که در زمانِ <کنفوسیوس> بزرگ، در چین زندگی میکرده است... داستانِ زندگیِ او در چین بیشتر به یک افسانه شباهت دارد... امّا آنچه مهم است، سخنانِ زیبا و اندیشمندانه ایست که از ا...
  • Bruce
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Heidi Parton
    1970-01-01
    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 problem with this is that a translation of a translation turns out the same way that a copy of a copy does: while some of the original words and phrases are identifia...
  • 7jane
    1970-01-01
    (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 not quite certain either (Lao Tzu is just his title, and also it's not known if the text is by one author, or a group of authors worked over some years). It was first t...
  • Issa Deerbany
    1970-01-01
    عرفت الان بعد قراءة هذا الكتاب سر التواضع والاحترام التي تسود سكان شرق اسيا عموما والصين واليابان خصوصا.التاو تدعوا الى التكامل وليس التناقض.الفلسفة السائدة في الشرق الأوسط وأوروبا هي فلسفة التناقض:الخير ضد الشر، السلام ضد الحرب، الليل ضد النهار....
  • Farhan Khalid
    1970-01-01
    When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is createdWhen people see things as good, evil is createdThe master leads by emptying people's mindThe Tao is like an empty vesselIt can never be emptied and can never be filledMaster doesn’t take sidesThe spirit of emptiness is immortalThe location makes the dwelling goodDepth of understanding makes the mind goodA kind heart makes the giving goodIntegrity makes the government goodAccomplishment mak...
  • James
    1970-01-01
    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 Greek pre-Socratic philosopher, was somewhat like Lao Tzu. Heraclitus said "you can't step in the same river twice". He believed that reality was a flux composed of a...
  • Hussein Dehghani
    1970-01-01
    "تائو" یعنی راه و روش یا قانون حاکم بر هستی و حیات و "تِ" به معانی فضیلت، نفوذ و نیروی اخلاق است. این واژه، در خط چینی، از سه نشانه ترکیب یافته که یکی به معنای "رفتن"، دیگری به معنای "مستقیم" یا "سرراست" و سومی به معنای "دل" است.وقتی این سه نشانه با هم گذاشته...
  • Onaiza Khan
    1970-01-01
    This is just mindblowing.
  • Jeremy
    1970-01-01
    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 intellectual tradition, with its notions of hierarchy, dualism and progression (historical, socio/cultural or otherwise), this was a complete mind-fuck to me. It sort of r...
  • Brian
    1970-01-01
    Update, 9/15/17:I found this quote in my notebook, the only one I wrote down. Beautiful."Heaven is long-enduring and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue this long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves. This is how they are able to continue and endure."----------------------------------“Nothingness cannot be defined; the softest thing cannot be snapped.” – Bruce LeeMy favorite qu...
  • Rob
    1970-01-01
    highlights:3 - not collecting treasures prevents stealing.13- accept disgrace willingly23- he who does not trust will not be trusted46- he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough57- the more rules and regulations, the more thieves and robbers there will belowlights: eh, pretty much the whole translation. i guess this version is popular because it has nice calligraphy of the original chinese and BW photos of nature accompanying the...
  • M.
    1970-01-01
    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 soothing rhythmic "beat" that made it easy for me to not focus. Half the time I didn't even realized I was doing it until I reached a photo page. This book might be be...
  • RK-ique
    1970-01-01
    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, by author or authors unknown, in the fourth century B.C.E. and "is primarily addressed to the ruler who would be a sage-king and is mainly concerned with achieving the...
  • Vipassana
    1970-01-01
    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. To bring a little peace, I opened my journal to write and my eyes fell to the last line I'd written, the line I've quoted from Tao Te Ching, and it almost magically...
  • Evan
    1970-01-01
    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, arguments in poetry, a philosophy to ponder. Of all the translations I have encountered, this is the only one that gives you a point of entry into the rich treasury of ideas in t...
  • soheila
    1970-01-01
    حواست را نادیده بگیرزندگی ات را فراموش کنگره هایت راباز کننگاهت را نرم و لطیف کنو گرد و خاکت را بتکاناین هویت اصلی توستچون تائو باشفرزانه هنگام غم آرام باقی می ماندبدی به دل او راهی نداردچون کمک کردن را ترک کردهبزرگترین کمک کننده استشکست یک فرصت اس...
  • João Fernandes
    1970-01-01
    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 far off I find this philosophy.
  • Alex
    1970-01-01
    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 objects of desire, and the people's minds will not be disturbed. Therefore the ordering of the sage empties their minds, fills their bellies... and causes the wise on...
  • Vimal Thiagarajan
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Poo1987 Roykaew
    1970-01-01
    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, in my opinion, the law of philosophy.Tao Te Ching is not good for ones impatient and unimaginative. Short and complex, but sound-like-mad poems might bore you eas...
  • W.M. Driscoll
    1970-01-01
    I had actually forgotten that I had this translation of Lao Tzu's classic work on my shelf, serviceable as it is. Since this is the only one I could find to review, I'll talk about the text here. I was given a less scholarly and more poetic version of the Tao Te Ching as a young teen, entitled The Way of Life by Witter Bynner, and it damn near blew my head off my shoulders. The worldview was so profound and radically different from what I had bee...
  • Rupert Dreyfus
    1970-01-01
    If I was allowed to only read one book for the rest of my life then it would be the Tao Te Ching by Laozi. I read it at the right time in my life courtesy of a good friend's timely recommendation. I find myself returning to it whenever I hit my deep and meaningful mode. It's the original anarchist text and is based on principles rather than dogma. Everyone should study this simple yet complex philosophy at least once in their lifetime.