Tao Te Ching: The Book of The Way and its Virtue

Lao Tzu (c.605 BC–c.531 BC), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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The Tao Te Ching is a foundational text in Taoist philosophy, originating from at least the fourth century BC. Comprising eighty-one concise, poetic sections, it covers a spectrum of topics from practical advice to cosmic wisdom. The text emphasizes a harmonious understanding of existence, guided by natural law, aimed at achieving personal and spiritual balance. Its style is succinct but cryptic, allowing multiple interpretations while delivering a clear, central message.

Traditionally attributed to Lao-Tzu, an honourary title meaning “Old Master”, the text’s authorship remains debated. Some claim Lao-Tzu was a contemporary of Confucius, while others posit multiple authors. Despite this ambiguity, the Tao Te Ching’s influence on later Taoist thought is unquestionable.

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Kline, A. S.

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