Tao Te Ching: The New Translation from Tao Te Ching: the Definitive Edition
In the hands of Jonathan Star, the eighty-one verses of the Tao Te Ching resound with the elegant, simple images and all-penetrating ideas that have made this ancient work a keystone of the world's wisdom literature.
In his critically acclaimed guidebook, Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition, translator-scholar Star provided a comprehensive codex to the ancient Chinese masterpiece - as well as a fresh literary translation, which, of its own accord, became a favorite among readers and teachers. Now, in this concise volume, readers can discover Star's literary adaptation on its own, and find in it a foundation of wisdom to turn to again and again.
'It would be hard to find a fresh approach to a text that ranks only behind the Bible as the most widely translated book in the world, but Star achieves that goal.' Napra ReView
Jonathan Star has been widely acclaimed for his translations of Rumi, Hafez, the poet-saints of India, and the Christian mystics. He is the author of the celebrated Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition, Rumi: In the Arms of the Beloved, and other books. Star live in upstate New York.
Introduction by August Gold
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In this edition of the Tao Te Ching, Jonathan Star provides for the Western mind an accessible and understandable translation of the mysterious ancient Chinese teachings regarding the way of life and its effortless manifestation. Devoid of much of the Zen underpinnings found in the translation by Stephen Mitchell, the text by Star is profound and comprehensive, at once bristling with nothingness yet playfully frank. I began studying the Tao in the late 1990s, but my understanding of That Which Cannot Be Named greatly improved after reading this translation.
Another exceptional translation is that by John C.H. Wu, whose phrasing and style echoes throughout Star's work.
I wish to express my profound thanks to Jonathan Star for this masterful effort. X
Essential knowledge of pure emptiness.