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Lao-tzu's Taoteching - January Philosophy Pick

  • Jan 2, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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The January pick for our Philosophy/Meaning of Life pick is Lao-tzu's Taoteching translated by Red Pine.There are many different translations of this book, if possible try to read the one listed so that we are all on the same page in the discussion. The Taoteching (also known as the Daodejing) is the most frequently translated book in the world. The translations and interpretations differ vastly. In addition to the book we will be discussing commentary and material from Professor Jay L. Garfield's The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions. It is not necessary for you to have this material.

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  • Liz B

    Thanks everyone for coming out! Great conversations and differing views of the text.

    January 3, 2013

  • David S.

    Profound and influential text

    January 2, 2013

  • Cameron E.

    It's starting to look like my day might prevent coming.

    January 2, 2013

  • Mike Z.

    if I've read other translations is that ok?

    December 26, 2012

    • Liz B

      Mike, You can join us regardless of the translation you have read.

      December 26, 2012

  • David S.

    I want to comment on Red Pine's translation of the Tao Te Ching. This is a scholarly version. Fine for scholars (and nerds like me), but it may seem dry to some.
    Before going away for Thanksgiving, I picked up the only version I could find at the Rocky River Library: " Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life," by Wayne Dyer. Each chapter is a verse from the Tao Te Ching, plus Dyer's commentary. Whatever you may think of Dyer, and I have mostly considered him a pop psychologist, I believe this is a very user-friendly version with many good points in his commentary.
    so in addition to reading the Red Pine translation, you might want to consider picking Dyer's version up at the library.

    December 3, 2012

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