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lao tsu tao te ching; A new translation by gia-fu feng and jane english
lao tsu tao te ching A new translation by gia-fu feng and jane english Author:alfred a. knopf lao tsu, an older contemporary of confucius, was keeper of the imperial archives at Loyang in the province of Honan in the sixth centry B.C. All his life he taught that "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao"; but, according to ancient legend as he was riding off into the desert to die, sick at heart at the ways of men, he was persuad... more »ed by a gatekeeper in northwestern china to write down his teaching for posterity.
The essence of Taoism is contained in the eighty one chapters of the book, roughly 5,000 words, which have for 2,500 years provided one of the major underlying influences in chinese thought and culture, emerging also in proverbs and folklore. Whereas Confucianism is concerned with day to day rules of conduct, taoism is concerned with a more spiritual level of being.« less