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Lao Tzu's Tao and Wu Wei [Kindle Edition]

Dwight Goddard , Henri Borel

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In this clarion translation of Laotzu's Tao Te Ching, first published in 1919, Goddard brings the complexity and depth of the ancient philosopher's poetry into the English language, his great love for the topic overcoming the necessary shortcomings of translation. There are three concepts that are essential to the Tao Te Ching-Tao, Te, and Wu Wei-- that all have complex meanings that cannot be directly translated, but spiritual seekers and those with an interest in philosophy and religion will find Goddard's treatment of Laotzu lyrical and deeply meaningful. American writer DWIGHT GODDARD (1861-1939) studied at a monastery in Kyoto, Japan, for a year and was among the first Westerners to bring Zen Buddhism to the United States. His most famous book is The Buddhist Bible (1938).

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very misleading title... 27 Sept. 2014
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This is titled "Lao Tzu's Tao and Wu Wei," however it does not contain the Wu Wei chapters by Henri Borel, it only contains the translation of the Tao Te Ching by Dwight Goddard. While the text is formatted nicely -- nicer than other reprints of this book -- the title is misleading. I wouldn't personally purchase a copy of the Tao Te Ching by Dwight Goddard simply for that alone. I have read the full ebook "Lao Tzu's Tao and Wu Wei," and in my experience, while the translation of the Tao Te Ching is good -- better then others out there -- it's really the Wu Wei chapters by Borel that bring the book to life. His narrative stories help to illustrate the concepts outlined in the Tao Te Ching so well, it feels like they chopped out some necessary heart and soul of this book by not including it. While the original book is worthy of 5 stars, this reprint, with the Wu Wei chapters missing is just barely worth 2 stars. It's not that the Goddard translation is bad -- it's really not. It's just that if you are reprinting a book, reprint *all* of it, or change the name to reflect the fact that you're only reprinting part of it. For example: "Tao Teh King" by Dwight Goddard, 1919 edition, would have been an appropriate title for this book. Calling it "Lao Tzu's Tao and Wu Wei" by Dwight Goddard and Henri Borel is just dishonest as it does not include the Wu Wei chapters.
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Lao Tzu 28 April 2015
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I love Lao Tzu, but was very disapointed to find out the WU Wei by Henri Borel wasn't included as indicated in the title, since I know how enlightening it is...
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