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Wen-Tzu: La Comprension de los Misterios del Tao

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EL Wen-Tzu, conocido como 'la comprension de los misterios', es una de las grandes obras clasicas taoistas Y fue escrito hace mas de dos mil anos. Su autor, discipulo de Lao Tse, habria recogido directamente las palabras del maestro, aunque esta hipotesis puede no ser real, y es probable que lo escribiera basandose en el conocimiento de su escuela. La primera noticia de es ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Edaf S.A. (first published 1991)
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Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taoism, china
There are plenty of daoist lessons to be learnt from this volume, although its repetitiveness of certain lessons does tire if you're reading the book consistently. Towards the end it becomes somewhat easier reading.

I felt that the translator, Thomas Cleary, may have been a little misguided in enacting the daoist ideal of simplicity in his translation. however. Much of the translation seems unnecessarily wordy, and you may find yourself reaching for a dictionary a number of times.

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Craig Werner
For anyone interested in Taoism, this is the place to go after the Tao Te Ching (preferably in Stephen Mitchell's translation, although the one by Thomas Cleary, who translated this book, is also solid). Most of the 180-odd sections in Wen-Tzu are attributed to Lao-Tzu, but the name was used to represent the wisdom flowing from a particular source, so it's really an anthology (which accounts for a certain amount of repetition).

More even than the Tao Te Ching or Chuang-tzu, Wen-Tzu reflects the b
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


The way of developed people is to cultivate the body by calmness and nurture life by frugality… To govern the body and nurture essence, sleep and rest moderately, eat and drink appropriately; harmonize emotions, simplify activities. Those who are inwardly attentive to the self attain this and are immune to perverse energies.

The essential nature of humanity likes peace, but habitual desires damage it.

Those who overcome the lesser by strength come to a standoff when they meet their equals.
Alex Lee
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, religion, 2016
For those of us who could not get enough of the Lao Tzu this is perhaps a more explicit read. The language seems more complete; less of the poetry, as Wen-Tzu was written at a later, more developed time in the Chinese vernacular. If we assume this is the same Taoism (which there is no guarantee), we should note the conflation between society and subjectivity, that the ruler stands in for the nation and vis versa. The flow between ruler and nation, subject and environment is one that is best left ...more
Scarlet Drakonin
I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month.

Re-reading this book proved insightful, and humbling.
Dana Kohut
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent translation of the writing of Lao Tzu.
Ryan Christensen
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
A nice inspirational read. It is also only 184 pages with 181 verses so its an easy read for someone who doesn't have much time to read or is looking for a book on the side.
Apoorv Kulshrestha
Tao Te Ching is simplest and any attempt to simplify it further, only complicates. This has few attempts but I appreciate that it has few really good chapter in between.
Will Robinson
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Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Not known to be a big seller but this was an excellent read.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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