Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching
Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307949301, 184pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Lao Tsu's philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks. It does so without discrimination. So let us present the same face to everyone and treat them all as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop "trying," if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. Te which may be translated as "virtue" or "strength" lies always in Tao meaning "the way" or "natural law." In other words: Simply be.
Feng was educated in China, and came to the United States in 1947 to study comparative religion. He held a B.A. from Peking University and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, and directed the Stillpoint Foundation, a Taoist community in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
"No one has done better in conveying Lao Tsu's simple and laconic style of writing, so as to produce an English version almost as suggestive of the many meanings intended. This is a most useful, as well as beautiful, volume—and what it has to say is exactly what the world, in its present state, needs to hear." —Alan Watts