Lao Tzu: TAO: The Tao Teh Ching, Translation/Commentary (Revised) (Paperback)

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Lao Tzu: TAO: The Tao Teh Ching, Translation/Commentary (Revised) (Paperback)

By Lao Tzu, Herrymon Maurer (Translator)

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Herrymon Maurer (1914-1998) has created a remarkable new translation of the Tao Teh Ching, inspired by a Quaker understanding of simplicity and religious experience and informed by his immersion in Chinese culture during a 1939-1941 sojourn in rural Sichuan province with his young family. The translation strives to preserve many of the Chinese metaphors as well as the directness of the sacred text and to find English phrases that render, at least to some extent, the beauty and economy of Lao Tzŭ's original. Maurer's masterful commentary helps clarify phrases that may baffle Westerners as he weaves together insights from Christianity, Judaism and Islam to situate the Tao in a context of universal humility and hope. A member of Alcoholics Anonymous, the author was acquainted with the destructive power of self, but had also discovered that the self can learn to live in relationship. First published in 1982, this revised edition of Maurer's translation and expanded commentary on Lao Tzŭ's enduring attempt to proclaim the Way of the Ways is published posthumously by family and friends who share the author's hope that it may be useful to other seekers, as suggested by Chapter 4:

Tao is empty Use it
And it isn't used up.
Deep It seems like
The forbear of the ten thousand things.
It blunts edges,
Unties tangles,
Harmonized lights,
Unites all dusts.
Existent and deep
I don't know whose child it is.
It looks to be the source.

Product Details ISBN: 9780990865100
ISBN-10: 099086510X
Publisher: Proving Press
Publication Date: December 27th, 2018
Pages: 258
Language: English