Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching Summary

For nearly two generations, this translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have refreshed and revised the translation, so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, while taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities.
Lao Tsu’s philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what isonly sets up resistance. Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks. It does so without discrimination. So let us present the same face to everyone and treat them all as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop “trying,” if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. Te—which may be translated as “virtue” or “strength”—lies always in Taomeaning “the way” or “natural law.” In other words: Simply be.

Book Reviews


Preview Shows Only Foreword1 star

How can I judge a content if the preview only shows foreword? Improve iBooks, Apple.15


Must read5 star

Most in depth and authentic teaching of the Tao te Ching.55


Ill5 star

This is hard55

Pete Youell

Tao Te Ching5 star

The best Tao I’ve found. I’ve Loved this translation for years.55

John B. Sloop

No photographs?!?2 star

More than half of the poetry of the hard copy edition lies in the beautiful fine art photography. That photography is missing from the iBooks edition, in spite of the iPad being an ideal vehicle for displaying them. Had I know, I would not have purchased this. It gives new meaning to the real Tao cannot be seen.25


This is a text only version !3 star

I checked out several samples, the sample provided for this book is a lengthy forward that speaks of beautiful artwork and calligraphy so I thought that's why it 4x pricier than others, very misleading. I could've gotten the same content in the $2.99 book.35


The finest translation ever!5 star

I have followed the Tao my whole life and have read many versions. This is the one unlike the best. I have many copies of this book and now I will have it on my phone. It is beautiful and simple. It is everything and nothing at the same time.55

   Users Online