The Tao of the Tao Te Ching: A Translation and Commentary
In this new translation and commentary, LaFargue interprets the concept of “Tao” in the Tao Te Ching as a spiritual state of mind cultivated in a particular school in ancient China‚ a state of mind which also expressed itself in a simple but satisfying life-style, and in a low-key but effective style of political leadership. The interpretation offered here is not only historically accurate, but also conveys the spiritual depth of the Tao Te Ching and its contemporary relevance. The translation is made transparent by a design that presents all of the commentary on the page facing the relevant text.
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Excellence That Is Not Outstanding
Stillness and Contentment
Knowledge Learning and Teaching
Majesty That Is Not Awesome
The Soft Way
Against Disquieting Improvements
Additional Textual Notes
What Kind of Writing Is It?
The Laoist System
A Note on Translation
List of Chapters in the Traditional Arrangement
A Reasoned Approach to Interpreting the Tao Te Ching
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