The Way and Its Power: Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought

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5.3 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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Lao Tzu is traditionally considered to have lived in the 6th century BC during China's Spring and Autumn period. This era was marked by significant intellectual and cultural development but also by political fragmentation and turmoil among the various states competing for power in the waning years of the Zhou dynasty.Lao Tzu, often considered the founder of Taoism, is best known for writing the Tao Te Ching. This text, central to Taoist philosophy, explores themes such as the nature of existence, the virtue of yielding, and leading with humility. Despite debates surrounding his historical existence, Lao Tzu's teachings have profoundly influenced Eastern philosophy and spirituality, emphasizing harmony with the Tao, or the fundamental way of the universe.The Tao Te Ching holds significant historical importance as a foundational Taoist text, shaping not only religious practices but also Chinese culture and thought. Its teachings on simplicity, naturalness, and the balance of yin and yang have transcended cultural boundaries, influencing various philosophical traditions and offering deep insights into the human condition and governance. The work's poetic and paradoxical nature invites continuous interpretation, making it a timeless guide to living harmoniously within the natural order.

Arthur David Waley (1889-1966) was best known for his translations of Chinese and Japanese classical texts.