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Texts of Taoism (Volume 1)

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Volume1 of sacred writings of mystical Chinese religion reveal Tao, the way the key to living an obstacle-free life. Based on wu-wei, taking no unnatural action, it would make individual existence like the flow of water with no obstacles to impede. Famed Sinologist here offers standard English version of major Taoist writings.
Paperback, 418 pages
Published June 1st 1962 by Dover Publications
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Paul Gibson
May 26, 2015 Paul Gibson rated it it was amazing
I first read The Texts of Taoism, Volume One, in about 1983. It was written in 1890 by James Legge of Oxford.
Prior to this version, I had read a few interpretations of the Tao Te Ching and this wasn't my favorite. But having pondered upon and studied this subject for 32 years, and even attempted my own translation, I now appreciate just how great of job he did. He followed the text quite closely and so even if it isn't as elegant as some, it is excellent as translation. Volume One also gives yo
A.E. Reiff
May 09, 2016 A.E. Reiff rated it really liked it
"The first two sections of Chuang Tzu constitute one of the fiercest and most dazzling assaults ever made not only upon man's conventional system of values, but upon his conventional concepts of time, space, reality, and causation as well" (Burton Watson, 5).

You might think from this that anybody reading Chuang Tzu could catapult right out of the ordinary into the "unconventional." Conventioneers would sit cross legged on the ground, legs askew at their death, hair reasonably white amid the mini
Roger Norman
Mar 28, 2013 Roger Norman rated it it was amazing
There seems little point in making judgements of a book that has survived well over two thousand years. It's as intriguing and rewarding to the quester now as it was (presumably) when it was written and Legge (writing in the 1890s)is good company as an editor, sensible and impartial on the great unresolvable matters here at issue. I have been looking for this book (the Chuang Tzu sections) on and off for forty years and found it in a secondhand book in the Sydney norther suburbs, not the most li ...more
James Violand
May 23, 2016 James Violand rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Philosophy majors, religiously inclined
Shelves: own
Great read. Taoism cuts through the clutter of imposed values and instructs the way to live as life is intended. Very deep, but it is beckons man to become what he had been before ego got in the way. Almost an attempt to go back to before the Fall of Man. Can't wait to begin the second volume.
I didn't understand many of these verses. It seems to be a study on opposites. We obtain everything by desiring nothing. Generally, it seems like Tao is a path of simplicity and contentment. But I didn't understand much of it so I need to read a book that includes a commentary.
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