1300 187 187
 
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu

Paperback

Published: 26th January 2000
For Ages: 18+ years old
In Stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days
RRP $9.95
$7.95
20%
OFF

Whether or not Lao Tzu was a historical figure is uncertain, but the wisdom gathered under his name in the fourth century BC is central to the understanding and practice of Taoism. One of the three great religions on China, Taoism is based upon a concept of the Tao, or Way, as the universal power through which all life flows. The Tao Te Ching offers a practical model by which both the individual and society can embody this belief, encouraging modesty and self-restraint as the true path to a harmonious and balanced existence.

D. C. Lau's translation captures the full poetic grace of the Tao Te Ching. This edition also contains a detailed introduction, a chronological table, glossary and appendices.

About The Author

Chinese tradition has it that the classic text of Taoism, Tao Te Ching (also called the Lao Tzu), was written by an older contemporary of the great philosopher Confucius (551-479 bc) called Lao Tzu. In the most common of the stories of its creation, a sage, Lao Tzu, tiring for some reason of his life in the province of Chou, intends to leave through the mountain pass of Xian Gu, and, when asked by the Keeper of the Pass to leave something in writing for the world he is about to exit, he writes the Tao Te Ching and gives it to the man.

The idea that the text had a single author called Lao Tzu is now widely disputed. Lao Tzu, meaning 'the Old One', is more of an epithet than a personal name, and it seems that, as there are several other similarly titled texts, the work may actually be an anthology of aphoristic thoughts in the Taoist tradition as opposed to a coherent and deliberately designed work of Taoist philosophy. There is little firm factual evidence as to the authorship of the text and so much debate as to the real identity of Lao Tzu, if indeed he existed as an individual. He has, for instance, been variously identified as Li Erh, a historian calling himself Tan who was sought by Confucius for advice; as another contemporary of Confucius called Lao Li Tzu who wrote Taoist texts; and as a Tan the Historian living nearly 130 years after Confucius. These three suggestions alone occur in just one text, an early history of China, Shih Chi, written in the first century bc by Ssu-ma Ch'ien.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Tao Te Ching
 
4.0

(based on 2 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Reviewed by 2 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-2

Back to top

 
5.0

Classics

By Inquisitive book addict

from QLD

About Me Bookworm

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • A Classic Reference Book
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Informative
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Reference

    Comments about Tao Te Ching:

    If the book is in stock it is always in my hands within a few days. I always keep Tao Te Ching handy and was so happy that I could have another copy when I gave my old copy to a friend with a need for some wisdom

    Comment on this review

     
    3.0

    Perception is everything

    By David Globetrotter

    from Melbourne

    About Me Everyday Reader

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings

    Cons

    • Difficult To Follow

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Special Needs

    Comments about Tao Te Ching:

    Tried reading this in my 20s following the recommendation of a much older friend. Did not get it. Now at 51 years of age I find I still have to read many elements more than once.

    Service and delivery comments:

    First class delivery and communication.

    Comment on this review

    Displaying reviews 1-2

    Back to top

    Introductionp. vii
    p. 3
    p. 43
    List of Passages for Comparisonp. 89
    Appendices
    The Problem of Authorshipp. 90
    The Nature of the Workp. 104
    Chronological Tablep. 115
    Glossaryp. 116
    Notesp. 126
    Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780140441314
    ISBN-10: 014044131X
    Series: Penguin Classics
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 18+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 192
    Published: 26th January 2000
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.1
    Weight (kg): 0.14
    Edition Number: 1