Laotzu's Tao and Wu Wei (Tao Teh King)


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(4.6 stars; 110 reviews)

The classic of the Way and of High Virtue is the Tao Teh Ching. Its author is generally held as a contemporary of Confucius, Lao Tzu, or Laozi. The exact date of the book's origin is disputed. The book is divided into two parts, the Upper Part and the Lower Part. The Upper Part consists of chapters 1-37, and each chapter begins with the word "Tao," or the Way. The Lower Part consists of chapters 38-81, and each chapter begins with the words "Shang Teh," or High Virtue. This 1919 edition names the Lower Part as the Wu Wei, or translated variously as "not doing," "non-ado," or "non-assertion." This edition also contains a history of the book and its author, Lao Tzu, along with a discussion of the Wu Wei. Lao Tzu's classic has been cherished as suggestions, rather than commandments, for finding one's path to beauty, goodness, and quality of life through a non-assertive understanding of the Way. (Summary by Melanie McCalmont)

(3 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Introduction 15:48 Read by Melanie Schleeter McCalmont
Tao Teh King, Chapters 1-18 17:05 Read by Melanie Schleeter McCalmont
Tao Teh King, Chapters 19-37 19:14 Read by Melanie Schleeter McCalmont
Tao Teh King, Chapters 38-50 13:21 Read by Melanie Schleeter McCalmont
Tao Teh King, Chapters 51-81 and Valedictory 28:38 Read by Jc Guan
Wu Wei, Preface and Chapter 1: Tao 45:37 Read by Jc Guan
Wu Wei, Chapter 2: Art 34:32 Read by Jc Guan
Wu Wei, Chapter 3: Love 29:23 Read by Jc Guan

Reviews

fantastic!

(5 stars)

I found this immeasurably beneficial to me. I look forward to listening again!

(5 stars)

Both readers do an excellent job on this version.

(5 stars)

the most profound yet simple and beautiful philosophy I have ever encountered. beautiful reading voice.

"be simple of heart, like a child finding flowers"; loved this!

(5 stars)

My favorite book. A true blessing in my life.

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wow

(5 stars)

Shockingly fresh and beautiful. 2500 years young.

Excellent. Very easy to listen to.

(4 stars)

(0.5 stars)

Quite well read, but a very bad and umpoetical translation and interpretation. The Western Christian Capitalist bias of the translators definitely shines through a lot.