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The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu
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The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu

An American Translation by Witter Bynner (1881-1968)

Calligraphy by Li Ging Guay

Later trade paperback edition, Perigee books, Penguin Putnam, New York.
Though some scholar’s have begrudged its freely rendered verse, this is the best “translation” of Lao Tzu’s, Tao Te Ching in print.  As poetry, it has the classic Zen quality of “the turning word” that moves the reader into new and unexpected states of mind.  As many translations of it have been made, especially in recent years, nothing compares.  This is one of the truly inexhaustible books that reveals the depth and substance of the ancient Chinese.  Unlike others, Bynner truly had the pulse of the old sage Lao.  This book is a real treasure.