Way to Life: At the Heart of the Tao Te Ching, The

Selections adapted from various English translations of the Tao de Ching Lao Tzu s Tao Te Ching, one of the most inspired and provocative pieces of Chinese literature, has intrigued Westerners for generations Countless translations and commentaries have been produced, but the meaning of the ancient text has remained obscure and subject to controversy These new and and eSelections adapted from various English translations of the Tao de Ching Lao Tzu s Tao Te Ching, one of the most inspired and provocative pieces of Chinese literature, has intrigued Westerners for generations Countless translations and commentaries have been produced, but the meaning of the ancient text has remained obscure and subject to controversy These new and and extremely creative versions by Benjamin Hoff, accompanied by an introduction to the basics of Taoist philosophy, bring the words of the sage to life once again.The Tao Te Ching, or Tao Virtue Classic, concerns the workings of Tao, the way or path to life in harmony with natural laws The Tao Te Ching cautions us to seek wisdom rather than knowledge Along the way to knowledge many things are accumulated Along the way to wisdom many things are discarded In just this manner, Benjamin Hoff has succeeded in dispersing the mysteries surrounding this ancient text and in reducing the Taoist philosophy to a straightforward message, ever intriguing but no longer elusive Such basic principles of Taoism as the uncarved block, the source, and wu wei are given lucid definition And in further accordance with the Taoist belief that words are an insufficient vehicle for conveying the meaning of Tao, sixteen colour photographs are juxtaposed to selected passages, reflecting their essential truth Not merely decorative, these photographs form an integral part of this unique presentation from front flap.
Way to Life At the Heart of the Tao Te Ching The Selections adapted from various English translations of the Tao de Ching Lao Tzu s Tao Te Ching one of the most inspired and provocative pieces of Chinese literature has intrigued Westerners for gen

  • Title: Way to Life: At the Heart of the Tao Te Ching, The
  • Author: Benjamin Hoff Lao Tzu
  • ISBN: 9780834801561
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Benjamin Hoff Lao Tzu

    Hoff grew up in the Portland, Oregon neighborhood of Sylvan, where he acquired a fondness of the natural world that has been highly influential in his writing Hoff obtained a B.A in Asian Art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1973.Hoff has also studied architecture, music, fine arts, graphic design and Asian Culture His studies in Asian Culture included reaching the certificate level in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, had two years of apprenticeship in Japanese fine pruning methods, and four years of instruction in the martial art form of T ai chi ch uan, including a year of Ch i Kung In his spare time, he practices Taoist Qigong and T ai chi ch uan.Hoff was awarded the American Book Award in 1988 for The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow The Tao of Pooh was an international bestseller and spent 49 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list The Te of Piglet also became an international bestseller and spent 59 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.In 2006, Hoff published an essay on his website titled Farewell to Authorship , in which he denounced the publishing industry and announced his resignation from book writing.

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    • Guy said:
      Aug 19, 2018 - 05:18 AM

      I mostly enjoyed Hoff's selections and interpretations. He has a keen eye and a good sense of Tao. I want to write 'however', at this point, with the observation that he can be very hard or blunt. And that there is a distinctly American-centric feeling to his interpretations that gives it an interesting flavour. This makes itself particularly apparent in his summary descriptions. And I find myself reacting to this in an ambivalent way, which brings a smile to my face because recently I have been [...]

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