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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (37,478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lao Tsu Narrator: Jason McCoy Publisher: BN Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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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 edition includes an introduction by the well-known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman.

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. 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. Te - which 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Tish | 2/18/2014

    " I marked this book as "read" but practically speaking it will probably be read and re-read for the rest of my life. A "must read" for anyone serious about the spiritual life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathaniel | 2/14/2014

    " A book to be read and re-read. It will take more than one pass to fully grasp all the wonderful concepts of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/3/2014

    " Basic knowledge on how to live your life that you should have thought of on your own, but didn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 1/20/2014

    " Still left wondering what this means.. :( I wasn't the best student of philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunni | 1/19/2014

    " Really, I've picked through this book, covering what must be every page, at least a dozen times in the last year and a half. Every time I find something that strikes me as being profoundly true. Not just sounding true, which some things do, but I can think of examples in my life that prove they are true. I just wish I could live it better. But then I would be trying too hard. And that is not the Tao. Okay, I'll admit it: I'm still the tiniest bit shaky on some of it: I shouldn't talk about the Tao, just live it, but not try too hard to live it.... Yeah, I'll work on that. Just not too much. I'll let myself just be. But be the Tao. Am I getting closer? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/18/2014

    " I pick this up once every few months. Its insightful, beautiful, and it always has meaning to me no matter stage of life I am in. I am not a Taoist but this is definitely one of my spiritual sanctuaries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/16/2014

    " I love this book. It is more my religion than anything else. I have read it, but I am always reading it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Graham | 1/15/2014

    " This is my preferred translation. I came across it in 1999 when I took Prof. Hendricks' class in college. In this translation, the "Te" part comes before the "Tao" part. Usually it's the other way around. I've wondered since why that is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/15/2014

    " Very good translation of my favorite Taoist text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SCPublishing | 1/14/2014

    " Lessons learned and relearned in this adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jscorse | 12/21/2013

    " I detest religion but there is some wisdom in these beautiful parables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/9/2013

    " I love Le Guin's fiction and voice. She lends a poet's understanding to her translations and also adds her own notes of wise woman wisdom. Made the Tao very approachable for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Chute | 10/29/2013

    " That book got me through my early adulthood. Hope you enjoy it. It is still n my shelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 9/4/2013

    " The preaching of the two parts are easily applicable to one's daily life. Much can be gained internally through reading Lao Tzu's work. Overall, I would recommend this short piece. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dania | 5/26/2013

    " Kind of boring, to be honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 3/24/2013

    " I highly recommend the illustrated version; looking at the illustrations after you read each poem brings even more meaning "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin McRoberts | 3/16/2013

    " Gorgeous poetry of observation and contemplation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 3/16/2013

    " The original version published in 1973. Amazing photographs... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Maseda | 2/17/2013

    " Amazing that this book was written so long ago and can still readily be applied to our modern way of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 2/14/2013

    " I think that I'll be reading this over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Bailey | 2/8/2013

    " This book first showed me that others felt about the world as I do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariann Pancoe | 1/5/2013

    " This has informed my life in all manner. An indispensiable work for reading, learning, living! Began using it and all the attributes of the hexagrams in the late 70s and early 80s. A guide to life and how to act with correctness in any given circumstances. remarkable! "

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