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This book is about a way of return to one’s own true life. In any society, ancient or modern, which has made busyness a virtue, lost itself in pursuing the accumulation of power, knowledge, and material goods, and finds its only way forward to be into increasing complexity and a one-sided quest for incessant growth, people find their lives displaced, and long for a r This book is about a way of return to one’s own true life. In any society, ancient or modern, which has made busyness a virtue, lost itself in pursuing the accumulation of power, knowledge, and material goods, and finds its only way forward to be into increasing complexity and a one-sided quest for incessant growth, people find their lives displaced, and long for a return to authenticity, freedom, and simplicity. Returning to one’s true life is returning to pure being-ness. This book will introduce anyone newly exposed to Lao Tzu to a wisdom that we already know on at our deepest level, but seem to have forgotten on the turbulent and distracted level of everyday living. Includes a new translation of the Tao Te Ching with attention to the recently discovered Ma-Wang-Dui texts. This Kindle e-book is FREE when you buy the paperback.


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This book is about a way of return to one’s own true life. In any society, ancient or modern, which has made busyness a virtue, lost itself in pursuing the accumulation of power, knowledge, and material goods, and finds its only way forward to be into increasing complexity and a one-sided quest for incessant growth, people find their lives displaced, and long for a r This book is about a way of return to one’s own true life. In any society, ancient or modern, which has made busyness a virtue, lost itself in pursuing the accumulation of power, knowledge, and material goods, and finds its only way forward to be into increasing complexity and a one-sided quest for incessant growth, people find their lives displaced, and long for a return to authenticity, freedom, and simplicity. Returning to one’s true life is returning to pure being-ness. This book will introduce anyone newly exposed to Lao Tzu to a wisdom that we already know on at our deepest level, but seem to have forgotten on the turbulent and distracted level of everyday living. Includes a new translation of the Tao Te Ching with attention to the recently discovered Ma-Wang-Dui texts. This Kindle e-book is FREE when you buy the paperback.

30 review for Sitting with Lao-Tzu: Discovering the Power of the Timeless, the Silent, and the Invisible in a Clamorous Modern World

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Fredrickson

    This book opens with the author's translations of the 81 verses of the Tao. These translations are based on obviously extensive knowledge of the different texts (including one version which appears to be a recent discovery, the Ma-Wang-Dui) that are available, and of the many different translations that have been made by other scholars. The verses are sometimes accompanied by explanatory notes at the bottom of the page - I wish there had been more of these. After the set of verse translations, t This book opens with the author's translations of the 81 verses of the Tao. These translations are based on obviously extensive knowledge of the different texts (including one version which appears to be a recent discovery, the Ma-Wang-Dui) that are available, and of the many different translations that have been made by other scholars. The verses are sometimes accompanied by explanatory notes at the bottom of the page - I wish there had been more of these. After the set of verse translations, the author has included several chapters that discuss the themes that flow through the verses, and how fundamentally the perceptions/conceptions offered by the verses differ from those that people of Western cultures are used to. I found these chapters to be very good and helpful, though I also found them a bit repetitive. Overall, I wish the author had put some of this information into an introductory section, and potentially discussed the themes in-line with the relevant verses, rather than waiting until the end of the book. I struggled with some of the verse translations themselves, and it took comparisons with other translations before I realized what felt strange to me. The author's translations can come across as more personally didactic than other translations do. Using verse 9 as an example, the author's version includes: If you over-sharpen a blade it will dull more quickly. If you fill a place with gold and jade, no one can make it safe. If opulence and rank make you important, you have begun your own downfall. The same lines from another translation that I have reads instead: Measure and pound it - It will not long survive. When gold and jade fill the hall, They cannot be guarded. Riches and pride Bequeath error. I cannot know which translation is more accurate to the original verse, but I can say that I found the continual reference to "you" in these verses odd. The interjection of "you" at some level seems at odds with a text that argues that 'much of what is considered to be 'you' is an artificial construct.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dewi Rhys-jones

    Recently, I’ve read 1/ Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, the Richard Wilhelm edition, Penguin Arkana, 2/ The Way of Lao Tzu (Tao-te ching), Wing-Tsit Chan, MacMillan, 3/ Sitting with Lao-Tzu, Andrew Beaulac, Apocryphile Press and 4/ Lao-Tzu’s Taoteching, Red Pine. I did this, reading each verse in all four books one after the other, to enjoy the variations. Of course, the Tao Te Ching has sentences of brilliance. Sentences that point to Life. In my opinion, the translations and commentaries are to be enjoy Recently, I’ve read 1/ Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, the Richard Wilhelm edition, Penguin Arkana, 2/ The Way of Lao Tzu (Tao-te ching), Wing-Tsit Chan, MacMillan, 3/ Sitting with Lao-Tzu, Andrew Beaulac, Apocryphile Press and 4/ Lao-Tzu’s Taoteching, Red Pine. I did this, reading each verse in all four books one after the other, to enjoy the variations. Of course, the Tao Te Ching has sentences of brilliance. Sentences that point to Life. In my opinion, the translations and commentaries are to be enjoyed whilst remembering that what Lao Tzu’s words point at is what matters, not the words themselves. The first two or four lines (depending upon which translation you read) of verse 1 says it all. No need to read on. From the Richard Wilhelm edition, The DAO that can be expressed/is not the eternal DAO./The name that can be named is not the eternal name.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    Discussing The Tao Written by a Westerner for Westerners, and not a slavish translation of the Dao De Jing, the book is a delightful, short read. The concepts are brought home effectively without a lot of specialized language or deep, confusing philosophical discussions. While some knowledge of Taoism is useful, you can pick this book up without it and enjoy the read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kerstin Ivonne Sy Tieng

    Excellent book It is an excellent book to read. The writer gives readers a clear and concise explanations on what is the Dao,and how it works in our lives and how to deal with difficult people skilfully without having to result to high words and war.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Garry Shearman

    A great book full of clarity. Not a book to be rushed through, but take your time and let the wisdom of this book permeate your thinking.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah gibbons

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    Wayne Pamposa

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    Annie Nicoll

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    Debra Cresse

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    Rafe Shanmugam

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marco Santia

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    Michael Yonkers

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    Aaron Perkins

  25. 5 out of 5

    w. lawrence campbell M.D.

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    Mickey Asteriou

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    Hayley McMahon

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    Gary Edelstein

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