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Written by Lao TsuAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Lao Tsu
Translated by Gia-Fu FengAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gia-Fu Feng , Jane EnglishAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Jane English and Toinette LippeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Toinette Lippe
Introduction by Jacob NeedlemanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Jacob Needleman

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: November 1, 2011
  • Price: $22.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-94930-1 (0-307-94930-3)
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"No one has done better in conveying Lao Tsu's simple and laconic style of writing, so as to produce an English version almost as suggestive of the many meanings intended. This is a most useful, as well as beautiful, volume—and what it has to say is exactly what the world, in its present state, needs to hear." —Alan Watts

The Tao Te Ching, the esoteric but infinitely practical book written most probably in the sixth century B.C. by Lao Tsu, has been translated more frequently than any work except the Bible. This translation of the Chinese classic, which was first published twenty-five years ago, has sold more copies than any of the others. It offers the essence of each word makes Lao Tsu's teaching immediate and alive.

The philosophy of Lao Tsu is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides for all without discrimination—therefore let us present the same face to everyone and treat all men as equals, however they may be have. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. We will come to appreciate the original meaning of the word "understand," which means "to stand under." We serve whatever or whoever stands before us, without any thought for ourselves. Te—which may be translated as "virtue" or "strength"—lies always in Tao, or "natural law." In other words: Simply be.