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In brief chapters Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching or Book of the Way provides advice that imparts balance and perspective as well as a serene I have read other versions of the Tao This is not bad but I have read other versions of the Tao that were better The Author tried to modernize it too much Example bringing in modern millitary euipment in place of weapons used 2500 years ago Using she or her to offten Came off as attempting to be politically correct There is nothing wrong with westernizing or updating the language to some extent However there is a charm about Lao Tsu and meaning of the Tao long ago It resonates by itself without having to over modernize it or drag in political correctness If you never read any other version this might be fine for you I would recommend Wayne Dyer He did a straight writing of the Tao and wrote a marvelous book called Change your thoughts change your life It was a great interpretation of the Tao and for me a real life changer

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Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

He basic principle of the universe Stephen Mitchell's best selling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary cultu This is a very good translation the language is colourful and poetic reminiscent of the Victorian English of Charles Dickens does not say who the actual translator is I imagine it could be Paul Carus or at least strongly based on his version which has been very popular with Taoist scholars for many decades This Kindle version shows that a Free Audio book version is also available though it does not mention who the reader is I tried unsuccessfully to download this However fortunately I was able to purchase a word for word audio MP3 version by Emma Topping from the couk Digital Music store for only 99p this is very good Emma Topping has a very pleasant voice and is an excellent reader I am very happy with this Kindle version especially as I have uick reference to Kindle s dictionary facility for those lesser used words that appear here and there in the book The book and MP3 are excellent value at very nice price

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And generous spirit It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao t As a lifelong and I hope devoted Christian I love the Tao te Ching for the different light it throws on many Bible scriptures Diamonds of truth are illuminated from a different direction revealing new facets that I had not seen before I have parallel Bible and Book of Mormon verses scribbled in margins all through my copyThis translation is not word for word but feels like an inspired effort to bring Lao Tsu s intentions to the western awareness


13 thoughts on “Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

  1. says:

    I ordered this HC format because I couldn't locate my soft covered book Every so often I need to return to the basics read this book and contemplate the wise succinct teachings on life It brings me back to centre I am once reminded of

  2. says:

    I have read other versions of the Tao This is not bad but I have read other versions of the Tao that were better The Author tried to modernize it too much Example bringing in modern millitary euipment in place of weapons used 2500 years ago Using she or her to offten Came off as attempting to be politically correct There is nothing wrong with westernizing or updating the language to some extent However there

  3. says:

    I'm a practitioner and teacher of Tai Chi for over 38 years No English translation of the Tao Te Ching is as good as Stephen Mitchell's alliteration It is a wonderful guide book on how to live your life and an inspiration on how to follow the Way I heartily recommend this to anyone seeking wisdom and knowledge during these stressful times

  4. says:

    As a lifelong and I hope devoted Christian I love the Tao te Ching for the different light it throws on many Bible scriptures Diamonds of truth are illuminated from a different direction revealing new facets that I had not seen before I have parallel Bible and Book of Mormon verses scribbled in margins all through my copyThis transl

  5. says:

    A classic of philosophy and Asian culture the Tao Te Ching appears to be a series of aphorisms offered as guidanc

  6. says:

    One of the most life changing books I've ever read sent me the wrong addition I'd strongly recommend the Steven Mitchel translation Despite that I don't want to give this book a negative review its to important of a work Pl

  7. says:

    My favorite translation of this timeless classic after reading the 5 most well know versions The Tao is a joy for those in good times and a rock of refuge for those in hard times I have the book itself the audible version which is also uite good and I have given this translations to many people So good Can't reco

  8. says:

    Good stuff but the translations seems a bit odd sometimes The illustrations that pops up here and there didn't seem like it was necessary to b

  9. says:

    This is a very good translation; the language is 'colourful' and poetic reminiscent of the Victorian English of Charles Dickens does not say who the actual translator is I imagine it could be Paul Carus or at least strongly

  10. says:

    This is personal opinion but do not like the blueprint for keeping the people in ignorance as a way to manipulate control

  11. says:

    peaceful

  12. says:

    Absolutely fantastic book

  13. says:

    What an amazing voice the narrator has