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Tao Te Ching
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March 31, 2012
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April 27, 2012
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We will discuss the Tao Te Ching (Pronounced Dao De Jing or Daodejing) which is a classic Chinese text th…more

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Clif Hostetler
May 05, 2012 Clif Hostetler rated it it was ok
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This book deserves respect because of its antiquity (6th Century B.C). But frankly, I found it to be less than exciting to read. It's a collection of aphorism purposely constructed to be ambiguous (e.g. He who knows the Dao, does not know the Dao). It's a form of poetry where the combination of words are intended to communicate more than the words alone. Unfortunately, the subtlety and nuances in the original writing is partly hidden by the translation to English plus the gulf that exists betwee ...more
Bernard Norcott-mahany
“It don’t mean a thing, without Tao te Ching….”

He who talks doesn't know,
he who knows doesn't talk":
that is what Lao-tzu told us,
in a book of five thousand words.

If he was the one who knew,
how could he have been such a blabbermouth?
Po Chu-i

In the notes to his translation of the Tao te Ching, Stephen Mitchell relates these words from Po Chu-i. Mitchell then goes on to say, “That's the problem with spiritual teachers. They have to be blabbermouths. But their words are (in the traditional Buddhist