Dao De Jing
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ďLaozi (Lao Tzu) is considered to be the author of the Dao De Jing. He is also considered to be the father of Daoism, since he was the first person to use the term "Dao" as the basis of his philosophy. Sima Qian, the Grand Historian (ca. 145-86 B.C.E.), was the first person to write an account of Laozi's life, and there are many theories surrounding the mystical personage of Laozi, including the idea that he was born as an old man with a long white beard. Laozi has been honored as the father of Daoism and as a deity by religious Daoists. Historians don't agree on who Laozi was or if such a person actually existed, as there is no actual record of his birth or death. There is likewise no evidence that he wrote any or all of the chapters in the Dao De Jing.Ē
- Your Dao De Jing, Nina Correa
The Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) was originally referred to as The Laozi. Later scholars gave it the name ďDao De JingĒ. The common understanding is that the Dao De Jing is the only book which was written by Laozi, and itís been accepted as the most important text about Dao and Daoism.
However, there is another text that has been attributed to Laozi by some, so Iím including it in this list. The Hua Hu Ching hasnít been given a date as there is no known ancient text of it, and it does have a distinctive Buddhist flavor, but Hua-Ching Ni asserts that it was a later writing by Laozi - possibly after he had traveled to the West (Tibet, India, etc.).
The following is only a list of books in my library on the Dao De Jing. There are links below each book to pages where you can find more information on the book and purchase it if desired.
DAO DE JING (TAO TE CHING)
> Lao-Tzu Te-Tao Ching by Robert G. Henricks
Translation of the Mawangdui texts including modern representations of the ancient Chinese characters, notes and commentaries.
Lao-Tzu Te-Tao Ching by Robert G. Henricks at Amazon
> Lao-tzu's Taoteching by Red Pine
Translation of the Wang Bi text with the occasional inclusion of some Chinese characters used in the Mawangdui texts. Includes Chinese characters, notes and commentaries by various other translators.
Lao-tzu's Taoteching by Red Pine at Amazon
> Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching: A Translation of the Startling New Documents Found at Guodian by Robert G. Henricks
Translation of the Guodian text including comparisons of the Chinese characters (modern equivalents) used in the Guodian, Mawangdui and Wang Bi versions with notes and commentaries.
Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching: A Translation of the Startling New Documents Found at Guodian by Robert G. Henricks at Amazon
> Lao Tsu Tao Te Ching by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English
Translation of the Wang Bi text including calligraphy of the Chinese characters and photographs of nature.
Lao Tsu Tao Te Ching by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English at Amazon
> The Book of Tao: Key to the Mastery of Life by Frank J. MacHovec and Jeff Hill
Translation of the Dao De Jing based on the Wang Bi text. The chapters have been put into a different order by the author.
The Book of Tao: Key to the Mastery of Life by Frank J. MacHovec and Jeff Hill at Amazon
> Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition by Jonathan Star
Translation of the Wang Bi text including a concordance of the characters used, a line-by-line listing of each of the chapters with their Chinese characters, Wade-Giles spellings and English words used by various translators of the Dao De Jing for the character.
Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition by Jonathan Star at Amazon
> The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching by Hua-Ching Ni
Elaborate translation incorporating Master Niís theory of The Universal Way.
The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching by Hua-Ching Ni at Amazon
> The Guodian Laozi by Sarah Allen and Crispin Williams
Not a translation, but an examination of the primitive Chinese characters used in the Guodian text by scholars at a Dartmouth conference.
The Guodian Laozi by Sarah Allen and Crispin Williams at Amazon
> Tao Te Ching by Victor Mair
Translation of both the Wang Bi and Mawangdui versions.
Tao Te Ching by Victor Mair at Amazon
HUA HU CHING
> Hua Hu Ching (The Later Teachings of Lao Tzu) by Hua-Ching Ni
Although there is no known ancient text of the Hua Hu Ching, Master Ni claims that the Hua Hu Ching was passed down orally through the centuries, and that it was the words of Laozi. (Brian Walker has offered his own translation of the Hua Hu Ching in book form, but Walkerís translation is an interpretation based on Master Niís English version.)
Hua Hu Ching (The Later Teachings of Lao Tzu) by Hua-Ching Ni at Amazon
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