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Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching has served as a personal road map for
millions of people. It is said that its words reveal the underlying
principles that govern the world in which we live. Holding to the laws
of nature--drawing from the essence of what all things are--it offers
both a moral compass and an internal balance. A fundamental book of the
Taoist, the Tao Te Ching is regarded as a re
The review which reviews can be neither full of review nor lacking.
But as the river changes course over seasons must the reviewer neither review nor not review, but follow the constant review.
Where the Tao Te Ching parts company with religious attempts at morality ...more
Trying to narrow down the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching with limiting words is to violate its primordial essence. How can one describe the Universe, the natural order of things, the incessant flowing from being to non-being, the circular unity of a reality traditionally mismatched in dualistic terms?
The Tao Te Ching doesn’t provide answers because there needn’t be questions, just the harmony of moulding to the landscape rather than trying to impose a p ...more
The translation is well done, it captures the nature of the text well, and it flows fairly evenly. It's not overly flowery or ornate, it gives you the basics of what you need to understand the various entries and assist in understanding what Tao is (i.e. the the Tao named Tao is not the great, ...more
"تائو" مبدأ و جوهر نهانى جهان را نوعى ظلمت و بى شكلى مى داند كه توصيفش از آن به قدرى به "عدم" نزديك است كه سخت بتوان آن را منطبق بر مفهوم رايج "خدا" دانست.
بر اساس حكمت تائو سالك با رسيدن به اين ظلمت و عدم است كه به آرامش مى رسد: با رها كردن انديشيدن و همه ى دانش هايش، با واگذاشتن "ذهن" و رسيدن به "بى ذهنى" و يكسره متحد شدن با "عين". تائو مى گويد همه ى بلايا و رنج ها و تيره بختى هاى بشر، به خاطر همين "ذهنيت" و توهم "تشخص" است، و در صورتى كه بشر تشخصش را كنار بگذارد، آرامش طبيعت بر زندگى ...more
عاش معلم الزن ريوكان فى كوخ متواضع عند سفح الجبل ,فى إحدى الأمسيات دخل الكوخ لص فوجد المكان خاليا ً من أى شئ له قيمة, وبينما وهو خارج من الباب أمسك به ريوكان الذى وصل لتوه من الخارج وقال له :- لقد أتعبت نفسك فى الوصول غلى هذا المكان النائى لتجده فارغاً , وإنه ليعز على أن أتركك تذهب خالِ الوفاض , إليك ثوبى هدية , تسمر اللص مكانه ذاهلا بينما كان ريوكان يخلع ثوبه ويقدمه إليه , وفى غمرة إرتباكه أخذ الثوب وولى هارباً , جلس ريوكان عارياً تقريباً قبالة النافذة يرقب القمر الذى توسطها , ثم هز رأسه قائلاً ...more
For examp ...more
This book's contents and history have both a sense of vagueness, but not in a bad way, in my opinion. It's somewhat uncertain when it was written (circa 4th-3rd century BC), the author's life details are largely invented, and the existence of the author is not quite certain either (Lao Tzu is just his title, and also it's not known if the text is by one author, or a group of authors worked over some years). It was first translated in the late 1700s, and the oldes existin ...more
This book might be better as an audio. That soothing rhythmic beat woul ...more
3 - not collecting treasures prevents stealing.
13- accept disgrace willingly
23- he who does not trust will not be trusted
46- he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough
57- the more rules and regulations, the more thieves and robbers there will be
lowlights: eh, pretty much the whole translation. i guess this version is popular because it has nice calligraphy of the original chinese and BW photos of nature accompanying the english translation. but despite not having read ...more
A friend told me that he thought Heraclitus, the Greek pre-Socratic philosopher, was somewhat like Lao Tzu. Heraclitus said "you can't step in the same river twice". He believed that reality was a flux composed of a unity of opposites. I suppose it is possible to c ...more
It is by being alive to difficulty that one can avoid it.As much as I wished to write a review for Tao Te Ching, I'd abandoned the prospect of writing a review a couple of days ago. Too many changes over the past few days that I couldn't summon the will to write as I had intended to. To bring a little peace, I opened my journal to write and my eyes fell to the last line I'd written, the line I've quoted from Tao Te Ching, and it almost magically assuaged the tremors of my mind.
Whether Lao Tzu ...more
زندگی ات را فراموش کن
گره هایت راباز کن
نگاهت را نرم و لطیف کن
و گرد و خاکت را بتکان
این هویت اصلی توست
چون تائو باش
فرزانه هنگام غم آرام باقی می ماند
بدی به دل او راهی ندارد
چون کمک کردن را ترک کرده
بزرگترین کمک کننده است
شکست یک فرصت است
اگر دیگری را مقصر بدانی
پایانی برای مقصر دانستن دیگران وجود نخواهد داشت
فرزانه به وظایفش عمل می کند
و اشتباهاتش را اصلاح می نماید
او آنچه ضروری است را به انجام می رساند
و از دیگران چیزی طلب نمی کند
خوب همانند آب است
بدون تلاش همه را سیراب میکند
جمع شدن در گودها را کوچک نمیشمارد
"Like Stephen Mitchell, acclaimed author and poet Ursula K. Le Guin has attempted a nonliteral, poetic rendition of the Tao Te Ching"
It's nothing like Mitchell's pretty but totally opaque translation. LeGuin gives you readable ideas, arguments in poetry, a philosophy to ponder. Of all the translations I have encountered, this is the only one that gives you a point of entry into the rich treasury of ideas in the Tao Te Ching.
Everyone should study this simple yet complex philosophy at least once in their lifetime.
Tao Te Ching is not good for ones impatient and unimaginative. Short and complex, but sound-like-mad poems might bore you easily. I don't advise you using it for studying in c ...more
When people see things as good, evil is created
The master leads by emptying people's mind
The Tao is like an empty vessel
It can never be emptied and can never be filled
Master doesn’t take sides
The spirit of emptiness is immortal
The location makes the dwelling good
Depth of understanding makes the mind good
A kind heart makes the giving good
Integrity makes the government good
Accomplishment makes your labors good
Proper timing makes a decision go ...more
As a Wiccan, I've found that the tao provides a necessary elemen ...more
"This is a rendition, not a translation. I do not know any Chinese."
I wish I could see what Ursula Le Guin sees in this book. She writes in her introduction:
"It is the most lovable of all the great religious texts: funny, keen, kind, modest, indestructibly outrageous, and inexhaustibly refreshing. Of all the deep springs, this is the purest water. To me, it is also the deepest spring."
Her father had a copy lying around t ...more
For ever nugget of wisdom, there was much in here that said, "Dude, if your poor, just be glad that your poor. People who try to better themselves do nothing but suffer. Just enjoy your dirt floor"
This of course reminded me much of Huxley's writing from "A Brave New World". Lao Tzu would have no problem finding a job in Huxley's setting. They would love to have this guy writing chants/slogans for ...more
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These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”