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This collection of translated texts includes:

Tao Te Ching: Cleary's original translations of the great classic of Taoism, accompanied by his commentary illuminating the text and its context.
Chuang-tzu: The "Inner Teachings" of a widely influential compendium of wisdom stories, fables, and anecdotes.
Wen-tzu: Understanding the Mysteries: Another core text of Chine
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published February 11th 2003 by Shambhala (first published 1999)
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J.D.
I kept reading the Tao Te Ching in this text, over and over again, wondering if I missed something. Yet, no matter how many times I read it, it's really the most awful translation I've ever read (and I've read quite a few). In addition, I've translated some of the chapters on my own, from the original Chinese. I really have to wonder if perhaps Cleary translated this in some attempt to be literal, without actually understanding the poetry and underlying nuance of it. I have a considerable number ...more
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