Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching
Ursula K. Le Guin, a student of the Tao Te Ching for more than fifty years, offers her own thoughtful rendering of the Taoist scripture. She has consulted the literal translations and worked with the scholar J. P. Seaton to develop a version that lets the ancient text speak in a fresh way to modern people, while remaining faithful to the original Chinese. This rendition reveals the Tao Te Ching’s immediate relevance and power, its depth and refreshing humor, illustrating better than ever before why it has been so loved for more than 2,500 years. Included are Le Guin’s own personal commentary and notes along with two audio CDs of the text read by the author, with original music composed and performed by Todd Barton.
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beginning body Bynner Call Carus’s chapter 19 Chinese Confucian death deep easy eternal everything favor or disgrace fear Feng-English follow forever Gibbs-Cheng give Guin hard Heaven and earth Henricks hold human ignorance interpretation isn’t J. P. Seaton jade keep Lafargue language Lao Tzu says last line last two lines last verse lead literally live look lose Ma wang tui mean mind mother natural never obscure one’s Paul Carus phrase poem quiet ruler run things second verse seems small dark light soft standard text stanza stay straw dogs t’ien hsia Tao Te Ching Taoist teaching ten thousand things There’s they’re third verse thought thousand things Todd Barton true trust Tzu’s uncarved uncut wood unnamed ursula K Waley explains Waley says Waley’s wang tui text wanting weapons what’s whole wise soul words wu wei yin and yang