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The original mindfulness book, in a landmark new translation by the award-winning translator of the I Ching and The Art of War.

A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, with flaps and deckle-edged paper.
The most translated book in the world after the Bible, the Tao Te Ching, or “Book of the Tao,” is a guide to cultivating a life of peace, serenity, and compassion. Through aphorisms and parable, it leads readers toward the Tao, or the “Way”: harmony with the life force of the universe. Traditionally attributed to Lao-tzu, a Chinese philosopher thought to have been a contemporary of Confucius, it is the essential text of Taoism, one of the three great religions of ancient China. As one of the world's great works of wisdom literature, it still has much to teach us today, offering a practical model based on modesty and self-restraint for living a balanced existence and for opening your mind, freeing your thoughts, and attaining enlightenment and self-awareness. With its emphasis on calm, simplicity, purity, and non-action, it provides a time-tested refuge from the busyness of modern life.

This new translation seeks to understand the Tao Te Ching as a guide to everyday living and encourages a slow, meditative reading experience. The Tao Te Ching's eighty-one brief chapters are accompanied by illuminating commentary, interpretation, poems, and testimonials by the likes of Margaret Mead, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Specially commissioned calligraphy for more than two hundred Chinese characters illustrates the book's essential themes.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143133803

    November 12, 2019

    Penguin Classics

    368 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • Paperback

    9781611800777

    August 1, 2013

    Shambhala

    256 pages

    RRP $32.00

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  • Hardback

    9781590305461

    March 3, 2008

    Shambhala

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  • Paperback

    9780140441314

    January 26, 2000

    Penguin Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • Tao Te Ching
    Lao Tzu

    EBook

    9780141922324

    January 26, 2000

    Penguin eBooks

    192 pages

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