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The Tao Speaks: Lao-Tzu's Whispers of Wisdom

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A profoundly wise and humorous rendering of the classic Chinese text on military strategy, as told through the delightful Chinese cartoon panels of best-selling author Tsai Chih Chung.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 20th 1995 by Anchor (first published January 1st 1378)
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Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author/illustrator, Tsai Chih Chung once again uses ancient scriptures/writings as the basis for this book and while the illustrations are superb, and the overall concept unique, I enjoyed the stories in “Zen Speaks” a lot more, and that left me somewhat conflicted when writing this review. I realize that Tsai had no control over the original material and I don’t think a less than perfect rating should reflect on his contribution; however, I did REALLY enjoy “Zen Speaks” more and if a person ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great introduction to Taoism. It's no stuffy, serious, heavy text. I found myself smiling and even giggling in a few spots. The comic book format is perfect because it takes a few pages for each "lesson" whereas it would be one paragraph in a book (gives you time to stew!)
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sacred-text
Followed up "zen speaks" with this one. Still just as enjoyable as it ever was.
Mar 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful introduction to the tao. I've read parts of it once and wish deeply I could get a copy for myself.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Who would have thought that Lao-Tzu in "comic" form would be such a great fit!
Mary Catelli
This is a cartoon version of the Dao Te Ching. Quite well done. Sometimes the cartoons do a great deal to illustrate the meaning of the more cryptic sayings. Even when it's fairly straightforward, the picture of water eroding through stone nicely underscores it.

It also has some biographical data -- some traditional biographical data -- about Lao-Tzu. Who is said to have written the Dao Te Ching when he was living the country, after a border guard asked him to write some words of wisd
Gloria Sun
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Nietzsche, Lao Tzu's philosophy was like a breath of fresh air. This book is "The Way and the Virtue" presented in a simple, cartoon format, with both Chinese and English text (I read the English but would read the Chinese once in a while to confirm the meaning). What I find interesting is that even though Lao Tzu didn't know about the existence of a God, the conclusions he came to through his meditations are comparable to Christian beliefs. For example, "to give is to better than ...more
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"Rulers create disasters by giving free reign to their desires, which leads them to invade other countries, causing death and destruction on all sides."

Another classic adapted and illustrated by Tsai Chih Chung and translated by Brian Bruya.
Mario D'Amore
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Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Decent, workman-like translation of the Tao with cool cartoons.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The Tao Speaks is an illustrated adaptation of the Tao Te Ching, by Taiwanese artist Tsai Chih Chung. The book provides a great visual aid to understanding the core teachings of Laozi and Taoist thought in general.

Tsai’s illustrations do a good job of visualizing somewhat esoteric or abstract philosophical concepts, providing intuitive understandings of concepts such as being-nothing. Some of the axioms still come off as a little Kabbalistic, admittedly, the logic under-girded mostly
This one isn't as good as Zen Speaks, also by Tsai Chih Chung. But I'm also much more familiar with the Tao Te Ching so it's mostly just reading another interpretation and comparing it to other ones I have. Reading it in comic strip form actually makes it feel even more disjointed, though, since many chapters kind of bounce around topics. The translation sticks more to a literal version, which is good for strictness but doesn't offer as much personal insight as a version like Stephen Mitchell's. The or ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book for beginners on daoism. This book is for the people who wants to understand the teachings of Laozi (Lao Tsu) in a very contemporary and easy way :)
serves as a preparation to understand the Tao Te Ching.
love to read and reread it.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Taoism can be hard to digest and depending on your translation the Tao De Ching(Qing?...damn you pinyin! I never know how to spell anything anymore!) can be very hard to digest. This comic however is great and not intimidating. This is a great series of books. Get this book, Buddha speaks, Confucius Speaks, and Victor Mair's translation of the Art of War and you'll have a pretty good distillation of a quarter of the worlds philosophical a nut shell.
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Tsai Chih Chung (蔡志忠) is a world-renowned cartoonist and popularizer of Chinese classics whose books have sold more than 40 millions copies worldwide. He first came to prominence through his award-winning animated movies and his immensely popular daily comic strips. When he turned his hand to the classics after a prolonged period of self-education, they were acclaimed by critics and shot to the top of ...more