The Second Book of the Tao

Category: Book
By (author): Mitchell, Stephen
Subject:  PHILOSOPHY / Eastern
  RELIGION / Taoism (see also PHILOSOPHY / Taoist)
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: January 2010
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.40in x 5.50in x 0.62in
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From The Publisher* "A twenty-first-century form of ancient wisdom . . . Mitchell's flights, his paradoxes, his wonderful riffs are brilliant and liberating." -Pico Iyer

The most widely translated book in world literature after the Bible, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living. Following the phenomenal success of his own version of the Tao Te Ching, renowned scholar and translator Stephen Mitchell has composed the innovative The Second Book of the Tao. Drawn from the work of Lao-tzu's disciple Chuang- tzu and Confucius's grandson Tzu-ssu, The Second Book of the Tao collects the freshest, most profound teachings from these two great students of the Tao to offer Western readers a path into reality that has nothing to do with east or west, but everything to do with truth. With his own illuminating commentary alongside each adapta­tion, at once explicating and complementing the text, Mitchell makes the ancient teachings at once modern, relevant, and timeless.

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From The Publisher*Poet, novelist, and Rilke translator Mitchell concedes that his "second" Tao is a kind of invention, a personal selection from the Chuang-Tzu and the Chung Yung. He does not claim here to be a translator; he has "compiled and adapted" from more than a dozen prior translations and added his own commentary on each right-hand page. An interesting introduction to the Chinese manuals, with notes that answer at least the first questions for the scholarly mind.
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Biographical NoteStephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943, educated at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and de-educated through intensive Zen practice. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, Meetings with the Archangel, and Gilgamesh. Mitchell is married to Byron Katie and cowrote two of her bestselling books: Loving What Is and A Thousand Names for Joy.