Daodejing

ISBN-10: 0199208557

ISBN-13: 9780199208555

Edition: 2008

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Description: "Of ways you may speak, / but not the Perennial Way; / By names you may name, / but not the Perennial Name." So begins the best-loved of all the classical books of China and the most universally popular, the Daodejing or Classic of the Way and Life-Force. Laozi's 2,500 year-old masterpiece is a work that defies definition. The dominant image is of the Way, the mysterious path through the whole cosmos modeled on the great Silver River or Milky Way that traverses the heavens. A life-giving stream, the Way gives rise to all things and holds them in her motherly embrace. It enables the individual, and society as a whole, to find balance, to let go of useless grasping, and to live in harmony with the great unchanging laws that govern the universe and all its inhabitants. This new translation draws on the latest archaeological finds and brings out the word play and poetry of the original. Straightforward commentary accompanies the text, and the introduction provides helpful historical and interpretative context.

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List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

Laozi (Lao Tzu), chinese philosopher, was a native of Chu, a southern state in the Zhou dynasty. His birth and death dates are uncertain. He is considered to be the founder of Taoism. According to legend, he set out on a journey to leave China. At the border, he was asked by a border guard to record his teachings. These teachings were compiled into what we know as the Tao-te-Ching, translated Classic of the Way and Virtue.

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A Chronology of the Daodejing
Daodejing
The Way
The Life Force
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