Philosophy (Eastern) Lao Tze Tao Te Ching

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Tao Te Ching

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9780764121685: Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching is a classic work of ancient Chinese philosophy. It has been translated into virtually every written language in the world, with more than 60 versions existing in English alone. This brand-new translation with modern commentary by a student of Eastern Asian culture is of unusual value in that it reflects recent manuscript discoveries in China. Examined in light of modern scholarship methods, the discoveries suggest that previous translations of this seminal philosophical work are wrong in several important details. Stephen Hodge's commentaries explore the Tao Te Ching by placing its concepts and observations in the context of ancient Chinese culture, and then pointing out the philosophy's key ideas as they relate to the lives of men and women today. In discussing the limitations of words and language, he emphasizes our need to go beyond words in our quest for universal truths. The philosophical work's traditional 81 short chapters are arranged thematically, and are supplemented with commentary that explains both the ancient and modern significance of each text. More than 100 photographs complement the text with scenes of natural peace and serenity.

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For centuries the Tao Te Ching has intrigued and inspired generations of readers. This ancient Chinese classic text is regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The guiding principle of the Tao (the ?Way?) offers advice for life that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and concerned with working for the good in whatever sphere its wisdom is applied.

The insights of the Tao Te Ching have been rediscovered in this new edition of the text. Arranged thematically, the profound and beautiful language of the verses is elucidated with a commentary that explains its ancient and modern significance, and draws on the most recent discoveries to deepen our understanding of this seminal philosophical classic.

About the Author:

Lao Tze was a major Chinese philosopher who lived from approximately 604 to 531 B.C.

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