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Lao Tzu, The Legendary Sage Of Ancient China, Is Traditionally Considered To Be The Author Of The Tao Te Ching, One Of The Most Popular Classics Of World Literature Now Lao Tzu S Further Teachings On The Tao, Or Way, Are Presented Here In The First English Translation Of The Chinese Text Known As The Wen Tzu Although Previously Ignored By Western Scholars, The Wen Tzu Has Long Been Revered By The Chinese As One Of The Great Classics Of Ancient Taoism In It, Lao Tzu Shows That The Cultivation Of Simplicity And Spontaneity Is Essential To Both The Enlightened Individual And The Wise Leader This Timeless Work Will Appeal To A Broad Audience Of Contemporary Readers Who Have Come To Consider Lao Tzu S Tao Te Chinga Classic On The Art Of Living I don t have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year The dates are approximated, as I have been in out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2 5 books a day depending on the book length and my ability to focus All dates are approximated, by month.Re reading this book proved insightful, and humbling. For those of us who could not get enough of the Lao Tzu this is perhaps a explicit read The language seems complete less of the poetry, as Wen Tzu was written at a later, developed time in the Chinese vernacular If we assume this is the same Taoism which there is no guarantee , we should note the conflation between society and subjectivity, that the ruler stands in for the nation and vis versa The flow between ruler and nation, subject and environment is one that is best left to its course, for we are caught in the process being a mere part of it and yet able to direct it by being what we are It is our own attempts at crafting schemes that we are unable to get away from our attempt to enforce a worldview that we become trapped within our own horizons, so that we cannot see the consequences of our actions as they appear to not belong to us Knowing the essence of what we are and keeping to that without attempting to refine it appears the natural way of sagehood This kind of abstraction is perhaps useless but it is maybe the best way of speaking what cannot be spoken and a noting what cannot be noted This book does get a little repetitive, but there is a rhythm to its enunciation that might be left out simply because it is a translation. There are plenty of daoist lessons to be learnt from this volume, although its repetitiveness of certain lessons does tire if you re reading the book consistently Towards the end it becomes somewhat easier reading.I felt that the translator, Thomas Cleary, may have been a little misguided in enacting the daoist ideal of simplicity in his translation however Much of the translation seems unnecessarily wordy, and you may find yourself reaching for a dictionary a number of times The Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi are the essentials for daoist insight, this volume acts as a complementary read there is very little in here that cannot be found elsewhere, and put far simpler, in my opinion. A nice inspirational read It is also only 184 pages with 181 verses so its an easy read for someone who doesn t have much time to read or is looking for a book on the side. Tao Te Ching is simplest and any attempt to simplify it further, only complicates This has few attempts but I appreciate that it has few really good chapter in between. Excellent translation of the writing of Lao Tzu. Not known to be a big seller but this was an excellent read. For anyone interested in Taoism, this is the place to go after the Tao Te Ching preferably in Stephen Mitchell s translation, although the one by Thomas Cleary, who translated this book, is also solid Most of the 180 odd sections in Wen Tzu are attributed to Lao Tzu, but the name was used to represent the wisdom flowing from a particular source, so it s really an anthology which accounts for a certain amount of repetition.More even than the Tao Te Ching or Chuang tzu, Wen Tzu reflects the breadth of Taoist thinking, from the intensely introspective though never solipsistic to the worlds of politics, the economy and war The central message is clear and familiar to anyone who s spent any time with Taoism circumstances change in ways the render rigid rules destructive correct behavior is likely to become part of the problem unless it flows from deep roots in an acceptance of the Way Nothing that differs from the Tao Te Ching, but the connections between levels are elaborated at greater length As a teacher, I found myself frequently reflecting on the connection between a section and classroom practice.As I reached the end of Wen Tzu, which I read while on retreat at a hermitage in the Rocky Mountains Nada, near Crestone, Colorado if you re in need of withdrawal and rejuvenation and don t mind silence, you can t do better , I found myself thinking of how difficult it would be to realize any of the Taoist vision in the culture we ve created for ourselves Our media, politics, insitutions, everything militates against the clarity and dispassion not to be confused with non involvement Wen Tzu counsels That situation wouldn t have been unfamiliar to the writers who put the book together they clearly felt that the world they were living in had lost contact with the Way That doesn t really change the call to us as we work in the world it s still a matter of acting in ways that nurture the harmony and balance that feels a million light years away.First book I ve added to the favorites shelf in quite a while I ll revisit regularly. This book is deep, the depth of understanding Lao had WOW mind blowing, awe inspiring He talks about how an unjust leader harms his people, it was as though he was here now writing about some of the current world leaders Wisdom is forever timeless GREAT READ but very slow going.