the first comprehensive verbatim translation of the entire text of the Tao Te Ching;
literal character definitions that allow the reader to create his or her own interpretation;
a concordance section that enables the reader to track the different ways a single character is used throughout the work;
grammatical and interpretive notes on individual terms and verses; * a unique commentary on the first verse, which represents a complete spiritual teaching in itself; and
a literary translation of the Tao Te Ching that can be read on its own or compared with the verbatim translation.
Jonathan Star has been widely acclaimed for his translations of everything from Rumi to the Tao Te Ching to the greatest Christian mystics. Of his celebrated
Rumi: In the Arms of the Beloved, Larry Dossey wrote, "Rumi would be proud of Star's luminous translations." Star lives in upstate New York.