The Second Book of the Tao (Paperback)

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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

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"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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About the Author


Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, New York, 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, and Gilgamesh. Mitchell is married to Byron Katie and cowrote two of her bestselling books: Loving What Is and A Thousand Names for Joy.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780143116707
ISBN-10: 0143116703
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 5th, 2010
Pages: 224
Language: English
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