[Reading] ➳ The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching ➻ Lao Tzu – Agedanna.info
one of the best books ive read I did not like it for several reasons I have read many translations of the Tao Teh Ching, so I have a lot to compare the first half of this volume to I know nothing of the original language, so I can make no assessment of the accuracy, but I can compare it to other translations Based on that, I can say that I found this one to be clunky and unappealing It was difficult and unpleasant to read I have never read any translation of the Hua Hu Ching before, but I read this one concurrently with Hua Hu Ching The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu so that is my only point of reference I was unhappy with Ni for not providing some introduction giving us something about his translation philosophy and how he chose to deal with certain words He did provide a brief mention of his approach to male vs female references, and I am glad for that The trouble is that while I was reading, there were all these odd phrases that I reasonably guess are not direct translations from the Chinese, but philosophically chosen English equivalents But since he never tells us what the Chinese original of these phrases is, I can not compare his translation of this text to other translations of other texts I am familiar with I don t know if the Hua Hu Ching is talking about the same thing as other texts Heck, I can t even always tell when the word tao is the original behind a particular English phrase or word, so I can t even compare it to the Tao Teh Ching as I know it from other translations Also, I wish he had at least mentioned the confusing history of the text and the likely possibility that it was a fraud to begin with Somehow, it felt like I was being conned Trust me, I know what I m talking about I am sure that as a taoist reading this text just as taoist teaching is great it does not matter if it is ancient or modern, Chinese or Mayan If it is a reliable text for teaching taoist philosophy, then great But for someone like me who wants to read it as an ancient text, with some connection to the Tao Teh Ching which I really like, then this volume is pretty much worthless And why is this text so very different than Hua Hu Ching The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu This is long, wordy, dialog prose the other is concise verse Rather suspicious.For a cynical take on the Hua Hu Ching itself, read this short article amazing you can truly find yourself somewhere in this book it definitely lightens the soul. I am usually a bit wary of ancient books on eastern mysticism, religion or wisdom this is simply because as a reader reading in English I usually find the translations unsatisfactory They can be literal translations which are usually unintelligible without the cultural background or interpretations where you are left at the mercy of the interpreter who has to veer well away from the original to make it understandable.I was recommended this by a Chinese friend who said it was a good balance of translation and interpretation The physical book consists of 2 books The first is a well known book and on its own would have got 3 stars from me Short verses, sometimes with simple wisdom on other times making complex points The second book is a lesser known text, which claims to have been handed down orally I found this much less interesting or insightful As it s actually the bulk of the physical book overall it gets 2 stars.There are nice passages in here, and I can t say I learnt nothing, but generally I found it dull and repetitive But then I might just be not on my way to enlightenment through the great universal way Probably only for the seriously interested and not the occasional dabbler like me. I think of this book as a philosophical diary of an ancient Chinese scholar Many of the statements are both simple and profound at the same time. This appears to be a literate version of Lau Tzu s work There is a brief introduction that puts his work into context however, I would have preferred a bit detail on his life and the context in which he lived and wrote.A couple brief excerpts to give a sense of his thought Tao, the path of subtle truth,cannot be conveyed with words.That which can be conveyed with words is merely a relative conception Or The virtue of the universe is wholeness.It regards all things as equal.The virtue of the sage is wholeness.He too regards all things as equal A fascinating look into the thinking of Lao Tzu. This book is in my top 5 It had a profound effect on my last 10 years of life I tend to return back to it when life gets complicated It is quite a difficult read and I have now found a great audio version that just puts me at ease I don t think you could read this book and fully understand everything quickly It takes time All I can really say about it is that it will resonate with you if you need it I love it The Complete Works of Lao Tzu is really beautiful. The Tao Teh Ching was superb , it was taken straight from the scriptures and translated brilliantly by the author, the Hua Hu Ching was a bit awful in my opinion , as the author wrote it was from his own understanding and what was passed on by generation after generation probably due to no existing scriptures left. Written Around BC The Tao Teh Ching Is One Of The Most Frequently Translated And Most Cherished Works In The World The Complete Works Of Lao Tzu By Hua Ching Ni Is A Remarkable Elucidation Of The Famed Tao Teh Ching , The Core Of Taoist Philosophy And A Bridge To The Subtle Truth As Well As A Practical Guideline For Natural And Harmonious Living Poetic And Beautifully Realized, This Volumn Contains One Of The Only Written Translations Of The Hua Hu Ching 2.5 to 3 I apparently need practice.