March 17, 2006

Tao Te Ching

Book Review: Tao Te Ching
Author: Lao Tsu
Translated by: Gia-Fu Feng/Jane English
Publisher: Vintage Books

The Tao Ching, a collection of eighty-one short chapters, has long been one of the most often translated books ever written. Legend and time have clouded the details of its origin. Intellectual arguements have ensued. And still the most commonly adhered to and accepted explanation is that a single man, an author named Lao Tsu lived during the Sixth century writing universal truths that would be as applicable and relevant to the state of the human condition today as they were on the day they were penned.

"The Tao Te Ching... helps us see how the fundamental forces of the cosmos itself are mirrored in our own individual, inner structure. And it invites us to try to live in direct relationship to all of these forces. To see truly and to live fully: this is what it means to be authentically human."

Favorite Chapter:
Twenty-two.

Yield and overcome.
Bend and be straight.
Empty and be full.
Wear out and be new.
Have little and gain.

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