A New English Translation by Stephen Mitchell
The Tao Te Ching is one of the most important texts within the Taoist tradition and the most widely translated work in world literature after the Bible. Long believed to be the work of Lao-Tzu, "The Book of the Way" is considered the classic manual on the art of living.
The Tao Te Ching (pronounced, more or less, Dow Deh Jing) is essentially about being in harmony with the way things are. It teaches how to live and work effortlessly by being in accord with the Tao -the basic principle of the universe-. This wisdom is applied to themes as diverse as raising a family, business, good government and ecology.
We love Stephen Mitchell's bestselling translation because, among other things, it reveals the deep wisdom and pure poetry of the Tao Te Ching by using a language that feels both genuine and contemporary. By drawing from his own Zen training and freely translating parts of the text, Mitchell has managed to translate Lao Tzu's mind in 81 very beautiful passages.
Praise for Stephen Mitchell's Tao Te Ching:
"[This translation] comes as close to being definitive for our time as any I can imagine. It embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, large-heartedness, and deep wisdom."
—Huston Smith, author of "The Religions of Man"
"Stephen Mitchell is an extraordinary scholar and translator. His rendition of the Tao Te Ching is beautiful and accessible; the English, as "fluid as melting ice," is a joy to read throughout."
—The New Republic
"Mitchell…has translated the Tao Te Ching… with passion and scholarly dexterity. None of the other translations comes off as smooth, clear, and simple — as Taoist — as this one… His intuition and willingness to improvise revitalizes the message of the Tao Te Ching."
—San Francisco Chronicle
Using Stillness Buddy will help you to practice, and be reminded of, Tao Te Ching's most important teachings, practices and messages on: Being at one with the Tao; effortless work; seeing the world as your self; inner stillness; the wisdom of letting events take their own course; staying centered in the midst of activity; the gentleness that comes from understanding, and many more.
These selected teachings, practices and messages are contained in Tao Te Ching's module. Once you have installed the application on your computer, you will be able to try this module within Stillness Buddy (as well as any other modules you may be interested in).
Try Tao Te Ching's module of Stillness Buddy FREE for 14 days and keep it by purchasing a user licence. Please note that 30% of the sales of this module will go to Stephen Mitchell.
Finally, before you download the application, we assume that you are familiar with Tao Te Ching's teachings. If not, we invite you to read Mitchell's translation.
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You will notice that in the passages where Lao-Tzu describes the Master, Mitchell has used the pronoun "she" as often as "he", since both men and women are, potentially, the Master. Feel free, if you like, to substitute in the quotes, "he" for "she" or viceversa.
About Lao-Tzu there is practically nothing to be said. He may have been an older contemporary of Confucius (551-479 B.C.E.) and may have held the position of archive-keeper in one of the petty kingdoms of the time. But all the information that has come down to us is highly suspect. Even the meaning of his name is uncertain (the most likely interpretations: “the Old Master” or, more picturesquely, “the Old Boy”).
Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn in 1943, educated at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and de-educated through intensive Zen practice. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, Meetings with the Archangel, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao. When he is not writing, he likes to 'in no particular order 'think about writing, think about not writing, not think about writing, and not think about not writing. His favorite color is blue, which happens to be the color of his wife's eyes, Byron Katie.