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Lao Tzu
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26 Jan 2000 Classics

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (26 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014044131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140441314
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lao Tzu is a Chinese philosopher and founder of the Taoist religion in China. His name means 'Old Master'. He worked as a librarian at the court of Chou. When the kingdom showed signs of decay, Lao Tzu left and was never heard of again. Tao Te Chingis said to be his the principles of his philosophy.

D. C. Lau read Chinese at the University of Hong Kong and in 1946 he went to Glasgow where he read philosophy.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching: Translated by DC Lau. 1 April 2012
By ShiDaDao Ph.D TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Tao Te Ching (pinyin: Daodejing) is a book of ancient Chinese philosophy, emphasising the understanding of, and the living in accordance with, the natural flow of nature. This natural flow is termed 'tao' which translates as the 'way', or 'path' - it is a road to be followed. Such a path, once discovered and adhered to, is said to be 'te', or 'virtuous' - therefore the title 'Tao Te Ching' means the 'Way of Virtue Classic'. As a distinct text it is central to Taoist thought and is believed to have been written by the ancient sage called Lao Tzu - the old, wise one. Although relatively brief,(it contains 81 short chapters), its philosophy has permeated Chinese thought for centuries. It is often referred to in Chinese as the 'Lao Tzu'.

The paperback (1974) edition contains 191 numbered pages, and contains an Introduction, the translated text (from Chinese into English), and two Appendices:

Lao Tzu Book One.
Lao Tzu Book Two.
List of Passages for Comparison.
Appendix 1) The Problem of Authorship.
Appendix 2) The Nature of the Work.
Chronological Table.

The author - DC Lau - Din Cheuk Lau (1921-2010) was a British born Chinese academic and Chinese scholar. Being fluent in both English and Chinese, Lau was able to produce clear and concise English translations of important Chinese texts that are academically reliable. Like his other excellent translations, the Tao Te Ching appears in the Penguin Classics series. Translations of this kind, although they may appear common today, are nevertheless not easy to produce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great intro 6 Jan 2012
This version of the Tao Te Ching for me is a must have. Not because of the translation of the tao te ching itself - which in my opinion isn't one of the best - but because of the magnificent introduction of the book. The book is worth buying alone simply for it's introduction. Its introduction is only 45 pages long but it's one of the most insightful 45 pages you will ever read on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality at its deepest 8 Nov 2002
As a 14 year old teenager some people may believe that the finest of philosphical literature cannot be enjoyed. I believe that is rubbish, this book, in all its nonsensical ravings makes the most sense of any book I have ever read. The paradoxes brought up in this book are endless yet come to an end, and in one reading, i found myself willing to submit my mind further to the teachings and ideas that are risen in this book. A truly fine example of what is surely not a dying subject of philosophy.Read this book and it will change your behavior for the better. You will realise that there is a way that is right and it is not difficult to follow.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not good 11 Jun 2014
By ali
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this book is filled with a lot of weird and uninteresting sections. The delivery was very late and I would not reccommend this
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5.0 out of 5 stars lifechanger 3 Feb 2014
By alex
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All i can say is buy and discover for yourself. study, meditate and practice with the insights. life changing bliss
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