Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao te Ching is one of the best, most egalitarian crystallizations of world changing wisdom I've ever encountered, and I've encountered a LOT.
This is the version that speaks to our time and to those of us with zen practice. Those starting to meditate may enjoy this as well.
It's as genuine of an expression of the Tao as I've ever found.
Narrator translates the lessons in a clear soft spoken manner. An easy listen! Great for a cup of tea at Starbucks while watching people go by or a deep meditation to put me asleep. Each time I listen to the chapters I get a new meaning out of the lesson.
A beautiful reading of this wise and poetic collection of teachings. My only criticism is the jarring intrusion of lengthy promotional material following close upon the final syllable. I encourage purchasers and listeners to discourage the insertion of this kind of material wherever and whenever it appears uninvited. It is not what we pay for, and it is destructive to the efforts of the authors and readers of good literature to create a rewarding experience for the purchaser.
tall, first you must be short . . . to be happy, first you must be sad . . . (or something like that . . . )
I had heard so often and read so many times recommendations and references to the book of wisdoms by Lao Tzu. So, I was pleased to find it on Audible. And listened to it right away.
But, since I've been listening to a number of books on the topics of meditation, mindfulness, and some touching on consciousness . . . too many of the books have had Zen or Buddhism leanings or teachings inserted or running through as a thread and I have sincerely come to dislike those strange little short stories where someone usually asks "But, What does it mean Master?" (of course, there never is an answer given because we are supposed to figure it out ourselves . . . )
The great reviews have always come from people who can meditate. If I ever get good at meditating, maybe these sayings will resonate with me. At this point I'm not, so they don't.
Absolutely. Great modern translation without losing the spirit of the Tao. Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is timeless and always relevant.
It has no real comparison.
The in book advertisement at the end of the book really distracts from the feeling of the book. Giving 2 stars overall for this reason only. It's too bad such a deep work launches into an advertisement right at the end.
Stephen Mitchel's annunciation is so perfectly suited to this text and even though this is not my favorite translation of the book I was quickly won over by his presentation.
The chapter on the master in government "the people will say: look, we did it, all by our selves."
I usually put it on before bed or on long walks.