In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao – the basic principle of the universe.
Stephen Mitchell’s bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.
“I read the Stephen Mitchell translation of the Tao Te Ching in one sitting, three times. It is stunning, so lovely. It is a treasure.” – Louise Erdrich
“None of the other translations come off as smooth, clear, and simple – as Taoist – as this one.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“The obscure has been made transparent and available. [This is] a beautiful book in every respect.” -Common Boundary
“[This version] comes across as close to being definitive for our time as any I can imagine. It embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, largeheartedness, and deep wisdom.” – Huston Smith
Stephen Michell’s many books include The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, Meetings with the Archangel, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Gilgamesh, The Second Book of the Tao, and (co-written with his wife, Byron Katie) the bestselling Loving What Is and A Thousand Names for Joy.