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Tao Te Ching,The Tao and its Characteristics-The Classic Edition(A translation of the Taoist Classic by James Legge)

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The founder of Taoism is Laozi (also spelled Lao-Tzu), whose literal translation means "ancient child." Very little is known about Laozi's life. What we do know is that his birth name was Li Erh, and that he was a native of the southern feudal state of Chu. As an adult, he held a minor government post as a librarian in the imperial archives. At some point he relinquished this post - presumably to engage more deeply with his spiritual path.

As legend has it, Laozi underwent a profound spiritual awakening, and then traveled to the western frontier, where he disappeared forever, into the land of the Immortals. The last person that he encountered was a gatekeeper, named Wen-Tzu, who requested that Laozi offer to him (and all of humanity) the essence of the wisdom that had been revealed to him.

In response to this request, Laozi dictated what was to become known as the Daode Jing (also spelled Tao-Te-Ching). Along with the Zhuangzi (Chuang-Tzu) and the Liehzi (Lieh-Tzu), the 5,000 word Daode Jing forms the textual core of Daojia, or philosophical Taoism.
James Legge (/l??/; Chinese: ???; December 20, 1815 ? November 29, 1897) was a noted Scottish sinologist, a Scottish Congregationalist, representative of the London Missionary Society in Malacca and Hong Kong (1840?1873), and first professor of Chinese at Oxford University (1876?1897). In association with Max Müller he prepared the monumental Sacred Books of the East series, published in 50 volumes between 1879 and 1891.
This impeccably accurate translation from the original Chinese writings of the legendary Taoist classic is sure to quench your thirst for discovering the magic of the Orient.

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Scholars say that the original Tao Te Ching is a poem. Like a poem, this version of the Tao Te Ching is not meant to be read in one breath from front to back, but is to be at intervals internalized and contemplated. Jane English's haunting black-and-white photos that undulate in and out on every page act as glycerin elixirs, helping the words slide into our souls for patient digestion. The photographs--of a glistening spider web, cloud-enveloped mountain tops, reflections on water, leaves in the sunlight--are as serenely lyrical as the ancient text, itself.

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The founder of Taoism is Laozi (also spelled Lao-Tzu), whose literal translation means "ancient child." Very little is known about Laozi's life. What we do know is that his birth name was Li Erh, and that he was a native of the southern feudal state of Chu. As an adult, he held a minor government post as a librarian in the imperial archives. At some point he relinquished this post - presumably to engage more deeply with his spiritual path.

As legend has it, Laozi underwent a profound spiritual awakening, and then traveled to the western frontier, where he disappeared forever, into the land of the Immortals. The last person that he encountered was a gatekeeper, named Wen-Tzu, who requested that Laozi offer to him (and all of humanity) the essence of the wisdom that had been revealed to him.

In response to this request, Laozi dictated what was to become known as the Daode Jing (also spelled Tao-Te-Ching). Along with the Zhuangzi (Chuang-Tzu) and the Liehzi (Lieh-Tzu), the 5,000 word Daode Jing forms the textual core of Daojia, or philosophical Taoism.
James Legge (/l??/; Chinese: ???; December 20, 1815 ? November 29, 1897) was a noted Scottish sinologist, a Scottish Congregationalist, representative of the London Missionary Society in Malacca and Hong Kong (1840?1873), and first professor of Chinese at Oxford University (1876?1897). In association with Max Müller he prepared the monumental Sacred Books of the East series, published in 50 volumes between 1879 and 1891.
This impeccably accurate translation from the original Chinese writings of the legendary Taoist classic is sure to quench your thirst for discovering the magic of the Orient.

ASIN B00CFSI232
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Language(s) English (Published)
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