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The Tao Te Ching—one of the most loved and widely translated books in human history—has appeared in countless English-language versions. But no modern translation has yet captured the essential thrust of Lao Tzu's work as a practical guide to living an awakened life. Now William Martin, whose acclaimed previous reinterpretations of the Tao (for parents, couples, and elders The Tao Te Ching—one of the most loved and widely translated books in human history—has appeared in countless English-language versions. But no modern translation has yet captured the essential thrust of Lao Tzu's work as a practical guide to living an awakened life. Now William Martin, whose acclaimed previous reinterpretations of the Tao (for parents, couples, and elders) have introduced or reacquainted this classic text to thousands of readers, strikingly translates the Tao's eighty-one chapters to uniquely address someone on a Tao—or path—with a practice. Martin frames his new translation with two illuminating, groundbreaking sections: "A Path," which introduces the Tao's nonlinear construction and explains how it works its themes; and "A Practice," which provides practical guidance for readers exploring each of the Tao's themes in depth. Martin's genius in this new translation uncovers how directly the Tao speaks to readers on or about to embark on a spiritual journey.


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The Tao Te Ching—one of the most loved and widely translated books in human history—has appeared in countless English-language versions. But no modern translation has yet captured the essential thrust of Lao Tzu's work as a practical guide to living an awakened life. Now William Martin, whose acclaimed previous reinterpretations of the Tao (for parents, couples, and elders The Tao Te Ching—one of the most loved and widely translated books in human history—has appeared in countless English-language versions. But no modern translation has yet captured the essential thrust of Lao Tzu's work as a practical guide to living an awakened life. Now William Martin, whose acclaimed previous reinterpretations of the Tao (for parents, couples, and elders) have introduced or reacquainted this classic text to thousands of readers, strikingly translates the Tao's eighty-one chapters to uniquely address someone on a Tao—or path—with a practice. Martin frames his new translation with two illuminating, groundbreaking sections: "A Path," which introduces the Tao's nonlinear construction and explains how it works its themes; and "A Practice," which provides practical guidance for readers exploring each of the Tao's themes in depth. Martin's genius in this new translation uncovers how directly the Tao speaks to readers on or about to embark on a spiritual journey.

30 review for A Path and a Practice: Using Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wendi

    Very good to add to collection for a daily reflection time. Not religious. The way the book is set up, one can read an excerpt each day and meditate on the teaching throughout that day and continue this practice. The practice is practical for anyone to investigate.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I really enjoyed this book. It had three main sections. The first section talked about the Tao. The second section was the Tao and the third section to a couple lines from each chapter of the Tao and added explanation, questions to ponder and a mediation. I liked reading this book through, but I especially like that is it set up great for use as a daily meditation. I was struck by so many of the similarities that I found in this book with some of the other things I have been reading (like never I really enjoyed this book. It had three main sections. The first section talked about the Tao. The second section was the Tao and the third section to a couple lines from each chapter of the Tao and added explanation, questions to ponder and a mediation. I liked reading this book through, but I especially like that is it set up great for use as a daily meditation. I was struck by so many of the similarities that I found in this book with some of the other things I have been reading (like never make assumptions, not taking things personally, the power of forgiveness and unconditional love).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gini

    It makes the Tao Te Ching easier to understand through his translation. Martin takes the second half of the book to bring even more clarity to the Tao and then asks questions or makes suggestions for you to think more deeply about what you've read. It makes the Tao Te Ching easier to understand through his translation. Martin takes the second half of the book to bring even more clarity to the Tao and then asks questions or makes suggestions for you to think more deeply about what you've read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pedrew

    The Tao Te Ching simply put makes sense to me. Very much worth exploring this translation guide.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A lovely interpretation and handy guide. A book I am certain will became tattered over time as I refer to it again and again.

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