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Tao Te Ching

The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Book of the Tao
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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"No one has done better in conveying Lao Tsu's simple and laconic style of writing, so as to produce an English version almost as suggestive of the many meanings intended. This is a most useful, as well as beautiful, volume - and what it has to say is exactly what the world, in its present state, needs to hear." (Alan Watts)

Religion/Eastern studies

This translation of the Chinese classic, which was first published 25 years ago, has sold more copies than any of the others. It offers the essence of each word that makes Lao Tsu's teaching immediate and alive.

The philosophy of Lao Tsu 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 for all without discrimination - therefore let us present the same face to everyone and treat all men as equals, however they may be have.  

If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop looking for results.  

In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected.  

We will come to appreciate the original meaning of the word understand, which means "to stand under". We serve whatever or whoever stands before us, without any thought for ourselves. 

Te - which may be translated as "virtue" or "strength" - lies always in Tao, or "natural law". In other words: Simply be.

©2018 John Minford (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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“The power of the ­Lao-­tzu’s imagery and, ultimately, the simplicity of its message seem to be able to overcome the problems of language and of distance in time and place, so that at the end of the twentieth century, this has become one of the most influential of texts, cherished by people in all walks of life throughout the world.” (From the introduction by Sarah Allan)

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  • Todd S Cutler
  • 01-04-19

Part history, part geneology.

After looking and feeling dissatisfied with the other books and translations I got exactly what I wanted with this text. This book provides context from the translator while being completely self-aware of the pitfalls this task. The translator takes a "this is what you are getting yourself into approach" which is surprisingly liberating when it gets to the text. Can't recommend this enough.

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  • Gary alpis
  • 30-01-19

Tao te ching

Peaceful awareness, connections to Tao, being in the Void of TAO, silent and still, in this present moment of the Now.

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