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Tao Te Ching : Zen teachings on the Taoist classic

Author: Laozi.; Takuan Sōhō; Thomas F Cleary
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This version of the Tao Te Ching presents the classic in a unique light, through the eyes of a renowned master of the Rinzai Zen tradition. Takuan Soho, who lived from 1573 to 1645, was an acerbic, witty, free spirit; a painter, poet, author, calligrapher, gardener, and a tea master. He was also a confidant and teacher to shoguns and many other powerful and famous figures, among them the famed swordsmen Yagyu  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laozi.; Takuan Sōhō; Thomas F Cleary
ISBN: 9781590308967 1590308964
OCLC Number: 635461307
Language Note: English translation of Dao de jing and of Takuan Sōhō's Japanese commentary on it.
Description: x, 192 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Translator's Introduction (starting p. ix) --
1. A Way That Can Be Spoken (starting p. 1) --
2. When Everyone in the World Knows (starting p. 4) --
3. Not to Esteem Sagacity (starting p. 7) --
4. The Way Is Empty (starting p. 10) --
5. Sky and Earth Are Not Benevolent (starting p. 12) --
6. Nurture the Spirit, and It Won't Die (starting p. 14) --
7. The Sky Is Lasting, the Earth Is Enduring (starting p. 17) --
8. Higher Good Is Like Water (starting p. 19) --
9. To Hold and Fill Something (starting p. 21) --
10. Bearing Body and Soul (starting p. 23) --
11. Thirty Spokes (starting p. 26) --
12. The Five Colors (starting p. 28) --
13. Favor and Disgrace (starting p. 29) --
14. When You Look at It, You Don't See (starting p. 32) --
15. Those Skilled as Scholars in Ancient Times (starting p. 35) --
16. Reaching Extreme Emptiness (starting p. 38) --
17. In High Antiquity (starting p. 40) --
18. When the Great Way Is Abandoned (starting p. 42) --
19. Eliminate Sages, Abandon Intellectuals (starting p. 44) --
20. Stop Academics and There's No Distress (starting p. 47) --
21. The Appearance of Great Virtue (starting p. 50) --
22. The Flexible Remain Whole (starting p. 52) --
23. Speaking Little Is Natural (starting p. 55) --
24. One on Tiptoe Can't Keep Standing (starting p. 57) --
25. There Is Something, an Undifferentiated Whole (starting p. 59) --
26. Weightiness Is the Root of Lightness (starting p. 62) --
27. Good Travel Has No Ruts or Tracks (starting p. 64) --
28. Knowing the Male (starting p. 67) --
29. Those Who Would Want To Take the World (starting p. 69) --
30. Those Who Assist Human Rulers by Means of the Way (starting p. 72) --
31. Those Who Want War (starting p. 75) --
32. The Constant of the Way Is Nameless (starting p. 78) --
33. Those Who Know Others Are Intelligent (starting p. 80) --
34. The Great Way Is Universal (starting p. 82) --
35. Holding on to Universal Law (starting p. 84) --
36. In Order to Gather (starting p. 86) --
37. The Way Is Always Free from Contrivance (starting p. 88) --
38. Higher Virtue Isn't Virtuous (starting p. 90) --
39. Those Who Got the One Before (starting p. 94) --
40. Return Is the Action of the Way (starting p. 97) --
41. When the Best Students Hear the Way (starting p. 98) --
42. The Way Produces One (starting p. 102) --
43. The Greatest Flexibility in the World (starting p. 104) --
44. Your Name or Your Body (starting p. 106) --
45. Great Fulfillment Seems Lacking (starting p. 108) --
46. When the World Has the Way (starting p. 110) --
47. Without Going Out the Door (starting p. 111) --
48. The Practice of Learning Adds Daily (starting p. 113) --
49. Sages Have No Constant Mind (starting p. 115) --
50. Going Out Is Life, Entering In Is Death (starting p. 118) --
51. The Way Gives Birth to Them (starting p. 121) --
52. The World Has a Beginning (starting p. 123) --
53. If We Make Ourselves Get Involved (starting p. 126) --
54. What Is Well Established Is Not Done Away With (starting p. 128) --
55. Richness of Inner Virtue (starting p. 131) --
56. Those Who Know Do Not Say (starting p. 134) --
57. Use Regularity to Govern Nations (starting p. 136) --
58. When the Government Is Bumbling (starting p. 139) --
59. Governing People and Serving Heaven (starting p. 141) --
60. Governing a Big Country (starting p. 144) --
61. Great Nations, Flow Downward! (starting p. 146) --
62. The Way Is the Secret of All Things (starting p. 148) --
63. Acting Without Contrivance (starting p. 157) --
64. What Is at Rest Is Easy to Hold (starting p. 154) --
65. Experts in Effecting the Way in Ancient Times (starting p. 157) --
66. Rivers and Seas Are Kings of a Hundred Valleys (starting p. 159) --
67. Everyone Says (starting p. 161) --
68. Good Magistrates (starting p. 164) --
69. There Are Maxims for the Use of Arms (starting p. 166) --
70. My Sayings Are Very Easy to Know (starting p. 168) --
71. Knowing Ignorance Is Superior (starting p. 170) --
72. When the People Do Not Fear Authority (starting p. 171) --
73. Brave in Daring (starting p. 173) --
74. When the People Aren't Afraid of Dying (starting p. 175) --
75. The Starvation of the People (starting p. 177) --
76. When People Are Born (starting p. 179) --
77. The Way of Nature (starting p. 181) --
78. Softest and Most Yielding in the World (starting p. 183) --
79. When You Pacify Great Hostility (starting p. 185) --
80. A Small Country with Few People (starting p. 189) --
81. True Words Are Not Beautiful (starting p. 191)
Other Titles: Dao de jing.
Zen teachings on the Taoist classic
Responsibility: Lao-tzu and Takuan Sōhō ; translated from Chinese and Japanese by Thomas Cleary.

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This version of the Tao Te Ching presents the classic in a unique light, through the eyes of a renowned master of the Rinzai Zen tradition. Takuan Soho, who lived from 1573 to 1645, was an acerbic, witty, free spirit; a painter, poet, author, calligrapher, gardener, and a tea master. He was also a confidant and teacher to shoguns and many other powerful and famous figures, among them the famed swordsmen Yagyu Munenori and, according to legend, Miyamoto Musashi. True to the teachings of the Tao Te Ching itself, as well as to the tradition of Zen, Takuan draws from everyday experience and common sense, to reveal the basic sanity of nature and the inherent wholeness of life. Takuan reveals how the Tao Te Ching applies to a wide range of concerns, including health, personal relationships, and individual lifestyle. He interprets the text through a philosophical and psychological lens, and also elucidates its radical social and political concepts.

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