I've been devoted to regularly reading the Tao Te Ching since I was 16 (now 34). It is a continual source of wisdom that guides me through life. While not the most technically accurate, Stephen Mitchell's version is the most poetic, and comes closest to capturing the original spirit for a modern mind in contemporary English. His reading is calming and contemplative, suitable for meditation.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
The content of this book is better off in print where you can underline and reread specific lines. Audio really doesn't work here.
I have this book constantly available in my audible library and I dip into it frequently, so frequently that I can complete many of the lines before they're spoken. I aim to memorize the whole thing. In the meantime phrases come to me through the day, inspiring and guiding me. This book is one of the top five I would bring to a private island or into a future where we had towere limited in selecting the greatest wisdom literature to help us start a new civilization
Its not easy for me to follow audio books but this book was so easy to follow because of both the narrator and the translation itself. Thank for making great lessons available.
This translation really strikes true to Lao Tzu. Where others wrap subtle Taoist principles in heavy and flowery English vocabulary, Stephen speaks directly using colloquial English. His words reverberate in the heart rather than the brain.