Tao Te Ching

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Traditionally attributed to Lao Tzu, an older contemporary of Confucius (551 - 479 BC), it is now thought that the work was compiled in about the fourth century BC. An anthology of wise sayings, it offers a model by which the individual can live rather than explaining the human place in the universe. The moral code it encourages is based on modesty and self-restraint, and the rewards reaped for such a life are harmony and flow of life.

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Lao Tzu, whose name means 'Old Master', was a contemporary of Confucius in the sixth century BCE and the founder of the philosophical tradition of Taoism.

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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    Gateway to All Marvels

    The Tao that can be Told

    Is not the True Tao;

    Names that can be Named

    Are not True Names.

    The Origin of Heaven and Earth

    Has no Name.

    The Mother of the Myriad Things

    Has a Name.

    Free from Desire,

    Contemplate the Inner Marvel;

    With Desire,

    Observe the Outer Radiance.

    These issue from One Source,

    But have different Names.

    They are both a Mystery.

    Mystery of Mysteries,

    Gateway to All Marvels.

    The River Master

    The Tao that can be Told is the mundane Tao of the Art of Government, as opposed to the True Tao of Nature, of the So-of-Itself, of Long Life, of Self-Cultivation through Non-Action. This is the Deep Tao, which cannot be Told in Words, which cannot be Named. The Names that can be Named are such worldly things as Wealth, Pomp, Glory, Fame, and Rank.

    The Ineffable Tao

    Emulates the Wordless Infant,

    It resembles

    The Unhatched Egg,

    The Bright Pearl within the Oyster,

    The Beauteous Jade amongst Pebbles.

    It cannot be Named.

    The Taoist glows with Inner Light, but seems outwardly dull and foolish. The Tao itself has no Form, it can never be Named.

    The Root of the Tao

    Proceeds from Void,

    From Non-Being,

    It is the Origin,

    The Source of Heaven and Earth,

    Mother of the Myriad Things,

    Nurturing All-under-Heaven,

    As a Mother Nurtures her Children.

    Magister Liu

    The single word Tao is the very Core of this entire Classic, its lifeblood. Its Five Thousand Words speak of this Tao and of nothing else.

    The Tao itself

    Can never be


    We can but witness it


    Its Origin,

    Mother of the Myriad Things.

    The Tao itself can never be


    It cannot be Told.

    And yet we resort to Words, such as Origin, Mother, and Source.

    Every Marvel


    Every Radiance


    Issues from this One Source.

    They go by different Names,

    But are part of the same

    Greater Mystery,

    The One Tao, the Origin, the Mother.

    In freedom from Desire,

    We look within

    And Contemplate

    The Inner Marvel,

    Not with eyes

    But inwardly

    By the Light of Spirit.

    We look outward

    With the eyes of Desire,

    And Observe

    The Outer Radiance.

    Desire itself, in its first Inklings, in the embryonic Springs of Thought, is born within the Heart-and-Mind. Outer Radiance is perceived through Desire, in the World, in the opening and closing of the Doors of Yin and Yang. This is the Named, the Visible, these are the Myriad Things. Thus, both with and without Desire, we draw near to the Mystery of Mysteries, to the Gateway that leads to all Marvels, to the Tao.

    John Minford: The Tao and the Power says to its reader at the very outset, "Only through experience, only through living Life to the full, in both the Inner and Outer Worlds, can the True Nature of the Tao be Understood and communicated. Not through Words." Desire and the Life of the Senses are part of that experience. Through Desire we witness and enjoy the Beauty of the World, we Observe the Outer Radiance of the Tao. We live Life, we bask in its Radiance. Taoists do not deny the Senses. But Contemplation, the Light of Deep Calm, of meditative experience, goes further. It reveals the Inner Marvel, the Mystery of Mysteries. Outer Radiance and Inner Marvel issue from one and the same Source, which is the Tao. This twofold path is one of the central themes in Magist
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    Book One
    Book Two
    List of Passages for Comparison
    1. The Problem of Authorship
    2. The Nature of the Work
    Chronological Table

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 176
Erscheinungsdatum 31.10.1969
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-044131-4
Verlag Penguin Uk
Maße (L/B/H) 19.9/12.9/1.2 cm
Gewicht 145 g
Übersetzer D. C. Lau
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