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The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching

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Written around 500 B.C., the 'Tao Teh Ching' is one of the most frequently translated and most cherished works in the world. 'The Complete Works of Lao Tzu' by Hua-Ching Ni is a remarkable elucidation of the famed 'Tao Teh Ching', the core of Taoist philosophy and a bridge to the subtle truth as well as a practical guideline for natural and harmonious living. Poetic and be ...more
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Published January 1st 1979 by Sevenstar Communications
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Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Coming from a non-scholar, who knows little about the Chinese language, the Tao Teh Ching translation seemed good for me. The Hua Hu Ching was a bit harder for me to appreciate. It seemed repetative. Also, after hearing the history of the Hua Hu Ching, for some reason I doubted the authenticity of the text. Of course, if a text were inauthentic, but still effective, I wouldn't mind, but I did not feel that Hua Hu Ching offered anything to me that the Tao Teh Ching didn't already have. I feel tha ...more
Jessie Cooper
Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
amazing. you can truly find yourself somewhere in this book. it definitely lightens the soul.
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
one of the best books ive read!
Richard Newton
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am usually a bit wary of ancient books on eastern mysticism, religion or wisdom - this is simply because as a reader reading in English I usually find the translations unsatisfactory. They can be literal translations which are usually unintelligible without the cultural background or interpretations where you are left at the mercy of the interpreter who has to veer well away from the original to make it understandable.

I was recommended this by a Chinese friend who said it was a good balance of
Apr 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy, ancient
I did not like it for several reasons.

I have read many translations of the Tao Teh Ching, so I have a lot to compare the first half of this volume to. I know nothing of the original language, so I can make no assessment of the accuracy, but I can compare it to other translations. Based on that, I can say that I found this one to be clunky and unappealing. It was difficult and unpleasant to read.

I have never read any translation of the Hua Hu Ching before, but I read this one concurrently with
Steven Peterson
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This appears to be a literate version of Lau Tzu's work. There is a brief introduction that puts his work into context; however, I would have preferred a bit more detail on his life and the context in which he lived and wrote.

A couple brief excerpts to give a sense of his thought:

"Tao, the path of subtle truth,
cannot be conveyed with words.
That which can be conveyed with words
is merely a relative conception."


"The virtue of the universe is wholeness.
It regards all things as equal.
The virtue o
Shannon Braybrook
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is in my top 5! It had a profound effect on my last 10 years of life. I tend to return back to it when life gets complicated. It is quite a difficult read and I have now found a great audio version that just puts me at ease. I don't think you could read this book and fully understand everything quickly. It takes time. All I can really say about it is that it will resonate with you if you need it. I love it. The Complete Works of Lao Tzu is really beautiful. ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book.
J.B. Riebel
I think of this book as a philosophical diary of an ancient Chinese scholar. Many of the statements are both simple and profound at the same time.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good work. Quite helpful if you are spiritual person or have decided to be one.
Mohamed Badri
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 to 3. I apparently need more practice.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended reading for all on a spiritual journey! Such ancient and well rounded teachings of Taoism.
Howard Derkson
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
can,y say have not read ,,your site is for morons!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
David Miller
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is an experience I found to be both relaxing and intriguing, as I contemplated the principles of Taoism and my own customary worldview. Taoist philosophy poses a difficult challenge to many traditional ways of thinking, but its implications also offer a sense of comfort and peace.

The first part of this volume, the Tao Teh Ching, is older, shorter, and historically more likely to have been written by the actual Lao Tzu/Laozi. It consists mainly of short declarations about the Ta
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Your basic Taoism writings by the founder himself, Laozi. There are several translations of the Tao Teh Ching, but I don't think any of them capture the essence of what was written as well as this Translation and Elucidation by Hua Ching Ni, who himself is also Chinese and familiar with its oral traditions. Although an additional Taoist text, The Hua Hu Ching, is included, some scholars believe it was not written by Laozi because they can't find history of him writing it. Nonetheless, these text ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book needs to be respected, to be read slowly daily to contemplate upon the truth and wisdom shared. Will always remain among the best books I've always read. Top 5 at the moment. ...more
Dhananjay Shukla
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i never read this kind of word in any book of history.what an insight for this world,this life.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I finished the Tao Teh Ching a long time ago, but I never read Hua Hu Ching. I loved Tao Teh Ching, though. I'm excited to see what Hua Hu Ching has to say about life! ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Bum fodder.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Though oftentimes vague, the Tao Teh Ching offers up some sharp wisdom.
Phong Ho
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
just reading tao teh ching...about 14 chapters in.
Rohit Balyan
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Vry-2 nice .. & a must read who r interested in self introspection..
Christian Brown
Jun 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
A fantastic look at Taoism from the Master himself.
May 04, 2012 marked it as to-read
its a good book that inform to us about philosophy life
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After sipping one drop you'll know the entire taste of the ocean. This book is one river's Way. ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, advice
Loving this so far. I've wanted to read it for ages, and it's so interesting. ...more
Jaret Manuel
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Book.
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Lao Tzu (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ; Wade-Giles: Laosi; also Laozi, Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Lao Zi, Laocius, Lao Ce, and other variations) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi). His association with the Tao Te Ching has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of Taoism (pronounced as " ...more

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