Tao Teh Ching

Tao Teh Ching


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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 is part poetry and part paradox, yet always dynamic and profound. Today, Lao Tzu’s words are as useful in mastering the arts of leadership in business and politics as they are in developing a sense of balance and harmony in everyday life. To follow the Tao—or Way of all things—and realize their true nature is to embody humility, spontaneity, and generosity.

This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series.

The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611804768
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Series: Shambhala Pocket Library Series , #11
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 416,655
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

JOHN C. H. WU, a jurist and scholar, was a recognized authority on Taoism and the translator of several Taoist and Zen texts and of Chinese poetry.

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Tao Teh Ching 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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ProfessionalBookNerd More than 1 year ago
The Tao Te Ching has wisdom for everyone, no matter what they believe. It is a fast read, great for rainy days. Read it over and over and you'll get new meanings and new inspirations. I like this translation out of all the translations I've read (and I've read over 10 different translations). I think this one has the best balance of accuracy and poetry and clarity. Makes a great gift, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is my absolute favorite translation of the Tao, and the truest to its essence. Wu manages to be poetic and vivid without being too specific. He allows the Tao to retain the ambiguity that makes it so very universal. Many translations of the Tao include a lot of interpretation or positive/negative bias, which I believe is very counter to the spirit of the Tao Teh Ching. This translation has little or none of that skew, and so I would earnestly reccomend this version of the Tao to anyone, and especially to those who are first being introduced to it.