Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
A New Translation

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Renowned translator William Scott Wilson has rendered Lao Tzu's classic in the most authentic way possible, using both the ancient text and the even older Great Seal script used during Lao Tzu's time. The result is a new and nuanced translation, accompanied by Chinese ink paintings and ancillary material. Wilson includes an introduction that tells the story of Lao Tzu, the "old man" and the "keeper of the archives," and notes to illuminate the text. He also includes two short essays—one explains the relationship between Taoism and Zen, and the other explores the roots that link the spiritual aspects of the Tao with the practice of Chinese and Japanese martial arts. Wilson's version of this ancient classic is wonderfully fresh and readable.


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Not much is known about the legendary Lao Tzu, to whom authorship of the Tao Te Ching is popularly attributed. Some scholars believe the author was an elder contemporary of Confucius.
Published June 12, 2012 by Shambhala Publications. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Readers in Taoist and Buddhist traditions often find overlapping ideas among the major texts—a correspondence that provides the set-up for Robert Rosenbaum’s “Zen encounters” with Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching.

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