Everything you need to understand or teach Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell.
The TAO TE CHING by Lao-tzu is a classic work of Chinese philosophy that talks about the art of living, embracing an inscrutable, eternal Way (Tao). Stephen Mitchell presents it in a free translation, with endnotes that offer literal translations in some cases, short commentaries, and examples.
TAO TE CHING (pronounced roughly: Dow Deh Jing) is a classical work of Chinese philosophy dating from the time of Confucius (551-479 BCE), authored by Lao-tzu, whose name means "The Old Master" or "The Old Boy." It talks about the art of living with humor, grace, large-heartedness, and deep wisdom. Translator Stephen Mitchell aims to provide in English the effect that Lao-tzu would have had on an ancient Chinese reader. Whenever he feels his "improvisations" are too radical, he provides the literal text in endnotes.
From the outset, the book differentiates a path that can be expressed (lower-case tao) from the...