Lao Tzu'sTao Te Ching(The Book of the Way) is the classic manual on the art of living. In 81 short, poetic chapters, the book looks at the basic predicament of being alive and teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao, or the basic principle of the universe.
Stephen Mitchell's acclaimed translation is accompanied by ancient Chinese paintings that beautifully reflect Lao Tzu's timeless words.
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Laozi (Lao Tzu), chinese philosopher, was a native of Chu, a southern state in the Zhou dynasty. His birth and death dates are uncertain. He is considered to be the founder of Taoism. According to legend, he set out on a journey to leave China. At the border, he was asked by a border guard to record his teachings. These teachings were compiled into what we know as the Tao-te-Ching, translated Classic of the Way and Virtue.