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Tao Te Ching: The Ancient Classic (Capstone Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Lao Tzu , Tom Butler-Bowdon
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Book Description

A luxury, keep-sake edition of an ancient Chinese scripture

This ancient text, fundamental to Taoism, has become a source of inspiration and guidance for millions in modern society. It's focus on attunement, rather than mindless striving, offers an alternative to command-and-control leadership and a different way of seeing personal success – a position that has led to this ancient Chinese text becoming an internationally bestselling personal development guide. Now the text has been given a makeover and this deluxe, gift edition is set to become the market leader, following in the footsteps of the other bestselling Capstone Classic editions.


  • Paints a picture of a person in full attunement
  • Illustrates how fulfillment and peace, without struggle, can deliver to us what we need and desire
  • An alternative way to view personal success
  • A new introduction by Tom Butler Bowdon, the classic personal development expert

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From the Back Cover

A Timeless Philosophy on Personal Success

One of the true classics of international literature, the Tao Te Ching is still a source of inspiration and guidance for millions. The oldest scripture of Taoism, its focus on attunement, rather than mindless striving, offers an alternative to commence–and–control leadership and a different way to seeing and achieving personal success.

This keepsake edition includes and introduction by Tom Butler–Bowdon, drawing out lessons for the contemporary reader, showing how the Tao Te Ching remains vital reading for anyone seeking to win without conflict, and to achieve a balanced and productive life.

About the Author

Tom Butler–Bowdon is the author of five bestselling books on classic self–help and motivational writing. He has been described by USA Today as ′a true scholar of this type of literature′. Tom has also written introductions to the other editions in the Capstone Classics series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (25 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082F5MEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Wisdom, but this edition? 1 July 2012
What can I say that's not already been said about this timeless classic. Its philosophy of God (Tao), attunement and character building (humility, dignity, leadership etc.) holds such depth and covers such scope. I've personally witness its success not only in my own life but also of other accomplished people in all spheres of life including the cut and thrust of the corporate world.

So why only four stars?

Because unfortunately I'm not enamoured with this particular translation by Dwight Goddard. Please realise this a personal choice so by all means don't let me put you off (check out the preview). I feel it tries too hard for clarification whilst paradoxically it achieves only confusion and in some chapters almost unintelligible. It tries to be poetic but comes across as prosaic.

It really is a shame as it's quite a handsome edition (handy sized black hardback) and includes a wonderful sixteen page introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon which adds enormous value to the text.

In summary if this specific rendering of the Tao Te Ching touches you I can whole-heartedly recommend this edition. It's great value for money and you'll be wiser for the experience; indeed you'll be also richer for its assiduity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
There is no shortage of outstanding translations of Lao Tzu's ancient classic and an even greater number of commentaries on what he characterizes as "the timeless, changeless spirit that runs through all life and matter...Being that is all inclusive and that existed before Heaven and Earth."

Those who have read one or more of the volumes that comprise Tom Butler-Bowdon's "50 Classics" series already know that he possesses superior reasoning and writing skills as well as a relentless curiosity when conducting research on history's greatest thinkers and their major works. For these and other reasons, I cannot think of another person better qualified to provide the introductions to the volumes that comprise a new series, "Capstone Classics."

Unlike so many others, he provides more, much more than a flimsy "briefing" to the given work. In his 32-page Introduction to this edition of Tao Te Ching, Butler-Bowdon discusses subjects and issues such as these in order to create a context, a frame-of-reference, for Lao Tzu's insights:

o What is - and isn't - "Tao"
o Recognizing and then being in harmony with its power
o The value and limits of worldly power, fame, and riches
o The need for self-restraint
o Why we should treasure simplicity, purity, compassion, economy (i.e. frugality), and humility
o The importance of "not doing" (i.e.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new approach to a complex ancient classic 5 Aug. 2012
For readers who want to get the essence of this Chinese classic without having to access the olden text or go through dubious translations, this is the book to get.

Chinese classics are usually perceived as being hard to comprehend and cryptic as they were written in an olden style, and I believe that is one of the main reasons for declining interest in ancient classic texts.

However, this book proved otherwise- this difficult topic is now easy to read and understand. The ideas were presented in an audience-centric manner and well introduced by Tom Butler-Bowden to people new to classics like myself. He did a good job in deciphering and distilling the essence of this 'mystical' subject that has withstood the test of many centuries.

The ideas were captured well in short paragraphs and the huge concept headings helped in capturing the essence of each subject, making the book enjoyable and understandable.

A must-read for those who want to get a quick introduction and insight into this ancient Chinese classic.

(An icing to the cake would be to have some Chinese characters for the main topics or the original text to assist bilingual readers to better appreciate the Tao Te Ching; but it has already done its job well)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wisdom of the Tao 5 Mar. 2013
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The wisdom contained within the Tao is timeless and indeed references many of indigenous wisdom found across the world, particularly in African proverbs.

This is a fascinating book that prompts one to reflect on and assess their very lives, as well as the nature of their social and other reflect on their own selves and motivations for self-directed actions.

Definitely worth a read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful classic 9 July 2012
Tao Te Ching - The first thing that struck me with this wonderful book was how well presented and set out it is. I find that there is something about these very old texts that give off a kind a positive energy and builds the excitement of wanting to read its timeless wisdom. What gives this CAPSTONE version an advantage over many other versions of Tao Te Ching, is the introduction / commentary by Tom Butler-Bowdon. Tom is superbly qualified by the sheer numbers of books of this kind and books on so many other related subjects he has read, to write an introduction that can point the reader to getting the best out of the original text of Tao Te Ching. Which then makes this book a must read. Tony Brassington. Mind and Achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read, would recommend this to anyone interested in Philosophy
Published 24 days ago by Thomas Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Book cover scuffed and marred slightly
Book condition slightly marred.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... for my husband and it is one of the best books he keeps on telling...
I got it for my husband and it is one of the best books he keeps on telling me
Published 2 months ago by portia kudoto
3.0 out of 5 stars A comment on this particular Capstone product, not on the ancient text...
I was put off by the apparent lack of proof reading in this edition - doesn't seem like much care was taken over it. Read more
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classic, nice book
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Excellent! If you like to contemplate this book will keep you picking it up to just be in the moment.
Published 8 months ago by John whittaker
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much philosophical !!
First of all, the book is written in a sort of old English and I didn't like it at all because I only read and understand modern English!! Read more
Published on 16 Aug. 2012 by Fab
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Being a fan of the works of Deepak Chopra I knew that I would like this classic of eastern philosophy and spirituality. I was not disappointed. Read more
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