Wen-Tzu

Wen Tzu Lao tzu the legendary sage of ancient China is traditionally considered to be the author of the Tao Te Ching one of the most popular classics of world literature Now Lao tzu s further teachings on

  • Title: Wen-Tzu
  • Author: Lao Tzu Thomas Cleary
  • ISBN: 9780877738626
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lao tzu, the legendary sage of ancient China, is traditionally considered to be the author of the Tao Te Ching, one of the most popular classics of world literature Now Lao tzu s further teachings on the Tao, or Way, are presented here in the first English translation of the Chinese text known as the Wen tzu Although previously ignored by Western scholars, the Wen tzu haLao tzu, the legendary sage of ancient China, is traditionally considered to be the author of the Tao Te Ching, one of the most popular classics of world literature Now Lao tzu s further teachings on the Tao, or Way, are presented here in the first English translation of the Chinese text known as the Wen tzu Although previously ignored by Western scholars, the Wen tzu has long been revered by the Chinese as one of the great classics of ancient Taoism In it, Lao tzu shows that the cultivation of simplicity and spontaneity is essential to both the enlightened individual and the wise leader This timeless work will appeal to a broad audience of contemporary readers who have come to consider Lao tzu s Tao Te Ching a classic on the art of living.

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    1. There are plenty of daoist lessons to be learnt from this volume, although its repetitiveness of certain lessons does tire if you're reading the book consistently. Towards the end it becomes somewhat easier reading.I felt that the translator, Thomas Cleary, may have been a little misguided in enacting the daoist ideal of simplicity in his translation. however. Much of the translation seems unnecessarily wordy, and you may find yourself reaching for a dictionary a number of times. The Tao Te Chin [...]

    2. For anyone interested in Taoism, this is the place to go after the Tao Te Ching (preferably in Stephen Mitchell's translation, although the one by Thomas Cleary, who translated this book, is also solid). Most of the 180-odd sections in Wen-Tzu are attributed to Lao-Tzu, but the name was used to represent the wisdom flowing from a particular source, so it's really an anthology (which accounts for a certain amount of repetition).More even than the Tao Te Ching or Chuang-tzu, Wen-Tzu reflects the b [...]

    3. Quotes:The way of developed people is to cultivate the body by calmness and nurture life by frugality… To govern the body and nurture essence, sleep and rest moderately, eat and drink appropriately; harmonize emotions, simplify activities. Those who are inwardly attentive to the self attain this and are immune to perverse energies.The essential nature of humanity likes peace, but habitual desires damage it.Those who overcome the lesser by strength come to a standoff when they meet their equals [...]

    4. For those of us who could not get enough of the Lao Tzu this is perhaps a more explicit read. The language seems more complete; less of the poetry, as Wen-Tzu was written at a later, more developed time in the Chinese vernacular. If we assume this is the same Taoism (which there is no guarantee), we should note the conflation between society and subjectivity, that the ruler stands in for the nation and vis versa. The flow between ruler and nation, subject and environment is one that is best left [...]

    5. I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month.Re-reading this book proved insightful, and humbling.

    6. A nice inspirational read. It is also only 184 pages with 181 verses so its an easy read for someone who doesn't have much time to read or is looking for a book on the side.

    7. Tao Te Ching is simplest and any attempt to simplify it further, only complicates. This has few attempts but I appreciate that it has few really good chapter in between.

    8. Me parece que este libro está describiendo las enseñanzas a veces demasiado largo o justo mucho para mi leerlo primero.Así pues, creo que la traducción es un poco superficial y exagerado.Sin embargo, es asombroso que Lao-Tzu puedó entender estos asuntos en la antigüedad.Después yo ya había leído dos más de sus obras, podría decir que este hombre fue un sabio real.Además, los enseñanzas son aplicables en el corriente tiempos y es una buena perspicacia principalmente en el conocimient [...]

    9. This book is deep, the depth of understanding Lao had WOW mind blowing, awe inspiring. He talks about how an unjust leader harms his people, it was as though he was here now writing about some of the current world leaders. Wisdom is forever timeless. GREAT READ but very slow going.

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