Lao-Tzu: Te-Tao Ching Paperback – Jun 30 1992
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From Library Journal
Based on contemporaneous texts discovered by archeologists in China in the last 20 years, this new translation of the Te-tao Ching is very readable and enjoyable yet at the same time meticulously researched and accurate. It has a clear introduction, extensive commentary, and complete notes. A library wanting complete holdings on Chinese philosophy should surely consider this first of a five-volume series on Chinese classics that will appear in the next years. Otherwise, it will suffice to have translations of Lao-Tzu, the Tao (The Way), and/or the Tao-Te Ching by some or all of its past translators, including Stephen Mitchell, Wing-Tsit Chan, H.B. Crill, Witter Byner, Feng and English, Arthur Waley, Lin Yutang, and James Legge.
- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
Lao-tzu's "Te-Tao Ching" has been treasured for thousands of years for its poetic statement of life's most profound and elusive truths. This new translation, based on the 1973 discovery of two copies of the manuscript more than five centuries older than any others known, corrects many defects of the later versions. In his extensive commentary, Professor Henricks reevaluates traditional interpretations.
Top Customer Reviews
If you would like to read a translation that is perhaps a little more poetic and which contains a more intelligible sense of the living ideas, then you could try the translation by Jane English. The ideas in the TTC are hard to describe, because they are fundamental and help us understand the workings of everything: anything from the course a trickling rivulet of water takes down a pane of glass, to how to govern a state of millions of people. I think the Jane English translation communicates these ideas effectivly. In fact, it is best to read more than one translation: it is always helpful for interpretation to listen to the same idea as expressed by more than one person.
This edition reproduces the entire Chinese text, which will clearly be of use to many people who are studying the original.
This translation is based on two original manuscripts - named Ma-Wang-Tui - that pre-date the manucripts used in the excellent tranlation by D.C. Lau. In Mr Henricks' translation, he presents two choices for the reader; the translation of the text only, or the translation of the text including commentaries plus both original chinese texts. For each of the 81 chapters either text A or B is used - where the commentaries include comparison analysis between Text A and B.
Besides the translation of the 81 Chapters, information is included about the historical background of the texts to enable the reader to put the meaning and thought of the text into context.
Reading each chapter in this book for me is close to reading poetry that has powerful meaning and thought embedded in it. I recommend this book to people who are interested in Taoist 'thought'. Mr Henricks is a well respected and skilled translator that has done extensive research for this translation. Well worth a 5-star recommendation.
One of my favorite chapters: #20.
Lao Tzu uses the phrase "uncarved wood" to represent the way the common people should be. This is particularly effective because when we read it, we get a vivid, clean, natural image. The uncarved wood is unaltered by man. It is, according to Lao Tzu, "genuine and simple" (26), and this is how people should exist.
So, "in the government of the Sage: He empties [the people's] minds, and fills their bellies. Weakens their ambition, and strengthens their bones" (55). By keeping the people fed, healthy, and without knowledge, the people become happy, simple, and contented. He "causes the people to be constantly without knowledge and without desires... Then there is nothing that will not be in order" (55). According to Lao Tzu, when you "throw away knowledge,... the people will benefit a hundredfold" (71). Knowledge seems to be unnecessary for true contentment. In fact, it seems to hinder it. When people have knowledge, they become ambitious. When the people are ambitious, they will not be content in their lives.Read more ›
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If you are looking for technically accurate translation, this is the book to have. Based on the recent Ma-Wang-Tui texts, this is a must have for any serious student of Taoism. Read morePublished on March 26 1999 by Brooks
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