Stephen Mitchell breathes new life into the profound wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by fashioning a "sequel" the author has amalgamated by choosing selected writings of two famous students of the original Tao teachings. After each brief passage Mitchell translated from original source material, he adds a wonderful poetic commentary resulting in an added layer of meaning and wisdom. If you like the Tao Te Ching, do yourself a favor and buy this book!
Recommended book pairings:
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu translated by Stephen Mitchell
Bhagava Gita translated by Stephen Mitchell
— Sam Baker
"A twenty-first-century form of ancient wisdom . . . Mitchell's flights, his paradoxes, his wonderful riffs are brilliant and liberating." -Pico Iyer
The most widely translated book in world literature after the Bible, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching
, or Book of the Way
, is the classic manual on the art of living. Following the phenomenal success of his own version of the Tao Te Ching
, renowned scholar and translator Stephen Mitchell has composed the innovative The Second Book of the Tao
. Drawn from the work of Lao-tzu's disciple Chuang- tzu and Confucius's grandson Tzu-ssu, The Second Book of the Tao
collects the freshest, most profound teachings from these two great students of the Tao to offer Western readers a path into reality that has nothing to do with east or west, but everything to do with truth. With his own illuminating commentary alongside each adaptation, at once explicating and complementing the text, Mitchell makes the ancient teachings at once modern, relevant, and timeless.
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