Tao Te Ching (translated by Ursula K. Le Guin)

Lao Tzu

Ursula K. Le Guin (translation)


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  • Shambala Publications
  • 2019
  • ISBN 9781611807240
  • 136 pages
  • Softcover
  • 21.5 × 14 × 1 cm

In this landmark modern-day rendition of the ancient Taoist classic, Ursula K. Le Guin presents Lao Tzu’s time-honored and astonishingly powerful philosophy like never before. Drawing on a lifetime of contemplation and including extensive personal commentary throughout, she offers an unparalleled window into the text’s awe-inspiring, immediately relatable teachings and their inestimable value for our troubled world.


„Each day I open this book at random and receive a contemplative gift. These words are akin to water in the desert.“ — Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge

„Among the many translations of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, Ursula K. Le Guin’s new version is a special treasure—a delight. There is something startlingly fresh and creatively alive here, brought forth by Ms. Le Guin’s intuitive and personal ingenuity.“ — Chuangliang Al Huang, founder of the Living Tao Foundation and coauthor (with Alan Watts) of Tao: The Watercourse Way

„A student of the Tao for several decades, Le Guin has created an English text that will speak to modern readers in a fresh and lively way, while conveying the humor, insight, and beauty of the original.“ — Lion’s Roar magazine

„The type of work which the great Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska meant when she spoke of ‘that rare miracle when a translation stops being a translation and becomes . . . a second original.’ . . . The whole of Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching is well worth savoring—as much for the ancient substance as for Le Guin’s stylistic splendor.“ — Maria Popova, Brain Pickings