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Tao Te Ching by Derek Lin
Lao Tzu. NOTE: This is a new annotated version of the author's original translation. Originally authored over years ago, the Tao Te Ching is even more relevant today than when it was first written. Long considered to be a mystical text, many scholars now consider this classic of ancient China to be a pragmatic guide to understanding human psychology and dealing with the NOTE: This is a new annotated version of the author's original translation.
Long considered to be a mystical text, many scholars now consider this classic of ancient China to be a pragmatic guide to understanding human psychology and dealing with the unnatural challenges that come with civilization. Although the Tao Te Ching has been translated countless times already, this unique new version stands out for its clarification of the implicit vagueness and poetic allusions of the original.
In interpreting the text from a contemporary perspective, this version helps modern readers more easily make sense of this book's timeless, practical ideas and suggestions, and incorporate them into their own lives. Despite its utilitarian approach, the original beauty and poetry of the original book has not been sacrificed. Hence, this "Tao for Now" seeks to appeal to both the scientific- and spiritual-minded alike.
A cordial introduction by the author helps explain his version's approach to the path of Tao, as well as introduce the core Taoist principles espoused in the Tao Te Ching. Additionally, simple and clear essays follow each of the 81 verses, investigating and explaining their meaning and relevance in today's world.
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Sort order. Aug 16, Dennis Littrell rated it it was amazing. The layout, with the commentary on the left even numbered pages and the text on the right odd numbered pages, makes for easy reading and study. I could not use existing translations as references because they were not sufficiently accurate. However whenever choices are made between ambiguous alternatives—and Lin and others all admit that the ancient Chinese they are translating from is full of them—that choice involves an interpretation.
Furthermore because the Tao Te Ching is a treatise written in poetic language—actually it can be considered a long poem—interpretation is unavoidable. We should keep in mind that a real poem is a non-linear extra-denotative expression. There are layers of meaning in poetic words and phrases beyond their denotative meanings. Allusion, sound, rhythm, rhyme, simile, reference—hyperbole even or in the Tao, especially!
So something is always lost in translation and something is sometimes gained. That which is gained may not be what was originally meant. Another thing to remember is that ancient texts get corrupted. But can we be sure? Sometimes scribes copying the text make mistakes. Sometimes they purposely alert the text to suit their beliefs. It is also true that the meaning of some of the Chinese calligraphy characters has changed over time. Sounds deafen the ear.
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Flavours numb the taste. Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart. Lin purposely eschews punctuation whenever possible. Those who talk don't know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Bottom line: the fine translation and the informed commentary make this book very much worthwhile.
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Derek Lin is an award-winning, bestselling author in the Tao genre. His The Tao of Daily Life, a breakout Eastern wisdom bestseller, integrates Taoist stories with dharmic Derek Lin is an award-winning, bestselling author in the Tao genre. His The Tao of Daily Life, a breakout Eastern wisdom bestseller, integrates Taoist stories with dharmic lessons for life in the modern world. His The Tao of Success reveals the secrets of the ancients to transform the self in order to live life to the utmost.
His The Tao of Joy Every Day provides short yet profound daily thoughts for meditation, or for keeping in mind as one goes through the day's activities.