The Way and Its Power : A Study of the Tao TE Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought
Arthur Waley s brilliant and definitive translation of one of the foremost of all mystical books, Lao Tzu s Tao Te Ching, has become a modern classic in its own right. Unlike previous translations, it is founded not on the medieval commentaries but on a close study of all the early Chinese literature, and it provides a singular example of authoritative scholarship skillfully blended with brilliant, precise writing. In his introduction, Dr. Waley gives an extensive scholarly account of Chinese thought down to the end of the third century B.C. Here, the author presents a full picture of Chinese prehistory, early philosophy, and literature, showing the original, lofty conception of Taoism before the gradual corruption through the course of centuries, tracing this conflict of philosophies and its background of politics."
- Paperback | 262 pages
- 140 x 210 x 20.32mm | 295g
- 20 Jan 1994
- Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
- New York, United States
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Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is one of the most important and profound texts of world literature. A guide to transcending everyday appearances and dilemmas in order to find peace in the immortal spirit of Tao, the book is divided into eighty-one short sections that are both eloquent and inspiring. This edition of Arthur Waley's definitive translation includes a comprehensive introduction, commentary, and notes section and offers the reader a perfect introduction to this timeless spiritual document.