Tao Te Ching

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-06-12
  • Publisher: Shambhala
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Renowned translator William Scott Wilson has rendered Lao Tzu's classic in the most authentic way possible, using both the ancient text and the even older Great Seal script used during Lao Tzu's time. The result is a new and nuanced translation, accompanied by Chinese ink paintings and ancillary material. Wilson includes an introduction that tells the story of Lao Tzu, the "old man" and the "keeper of the archives," and notes to illuminate the text. He also includes two short essays-one explains the relationship between Taoism and Zen, and the other explores the roots that link the spiritual aspects of the Tao with the practice of Chinese and Japanese martial arts. Wilson's version of this ancient classic is wonderfully fresh and readable.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xix
The Story
The Background
The Old Man and His Book
The Translation
The Interior
Key Terms of the Tao
The Perennial Philosophy
Tao Te Ching-The Text
The Book of the Way Verses 1-37p. 1
The Book of Virtue Verses 38-81p. 65
Further Explorations
Taoism and Zenp. 151
Taoism's Path
The First Patriarch
Seng-ts'an and the Hsin Hsin Ming-Taoist Zen or Zen Taoism?
The Tao Te Ching and the Martial Artsp. 163
The Tao Te Ching and The Art of War
The Tao and the Martial Arts of Japan
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 207
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