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Tao Te Ching [Kindle Edition]

Lao Tzu
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"Meticulously researched...Very readable and enjoyable" (Library Journal)

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A scholarly yet poetic translation of one of the greatest works in Chinese literature

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Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text. According to tradition, it was written around 6th century BC by the sage Laozi (or Lao Tzu, "Old Master"), a record-keeper at the Zhou dynasty court, by whose name the text is known in China. The text's true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated, although the oldest excavated text dates back to the late 4th century BC.

The text is fundamental to both philosophical and religious Taoism and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts.

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It seems likely that the Tao Te Ching dates from the Warring States period of Chinese history (480 222BC) and that it is a collection of ancient Taoist sayings rather than the work of one man. Originally, this text was known as the Lao Tzu, which means 'Old Man'.
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