Annotations for Tao Te Ching on the Art of Harmony : The New Illustrated Edition of the Chinese Philosophical Masterpiece

Random House, Inc.
Written in about the sixth century BC, the "Tao Te Ching" is the classic text written by the Chinese sage, Laozi( or Lao Tzu), a contemporary of Confucuis. Although written more than 2,500 years ago its concepts and teachings have never been more relevant to the Western world than they are today. He offers profound wisdom, arguing that humankind is but a tiny part of the whole universe and that individuals can attain true fulfilment by striving to live in harmony - not only with others but with their natural environment. This illustrated silk-bound edition offers an insightful new translation with the works organised into 81 verses divided into two parts - it is an essential edition to any collection of the world's classic texts.


Although written more than 2,500 years ago and within a radically different culture, the Tao Te Ching's concepts and teachings have become more influential in the West than ever before.

Laozi, the Chinese sage and founder of Taoism, sets out a path (tao) that allows us to tune in to the nature of the universe. His axioms are intended to help us achieve transcendence and a life of integrity and balance: they explore the importance of male and female complementary qualities while praising self-knowledge and criticizing rational understanding. Among his insights are the beliefs that flexibility and suppleness are superior to rigidity and strength, and that self-absorption and self-importance are vain and destructive.

This illustrated edition of a classic work is an essential addition to any home library of the world's classic philosophical texts.