Tao Te Ching

Twenty-eight Interactive Translations

Primary sources used

The Way of Life Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching: The Classic Translation and Introduction by R.B. Blackney.  Mentor Books 1983 ISBN 0-451-62674-5

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes by Stephen Mitchell. HarperPerennial 1991 ISBN 0-06-091608-7

The Way of Lao Tzu (Tao-te Ching) Translated, with introductory essays, comments, and notes, by Wing-Tsit Chan. The Bobbs-Merrill Company 1963 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 62-21266

Lao Tzu Tao Teh Ching Translated by John C.H. Wu. Shambala Publications 1989 ISBN 0-87773-388-0

God, As Nature Sees God: A Christian Reading of the Tao Te Ching by John R. Mabry. Element Books 1994 ISBN 1-85230-594-0

The Essential Tao: An Initiation into the Heart of Taoism through the Authentic Tao Te Ching and the Inner Teachings of Chuang Tzu Translated and Presented by Thomas Cleary. HarperSanFrancisco 1991 ISBN 0-06-250216-6

Lao Tzu's TaoteChing translated by Red Pine with Selected commentaries of the past 2000 years. Mercury House 1996 ISBN 1-56279-085-4

The Dao De Ching by Lao Zi (Aleister Crowley). In The Equinox Vol. V No. 3. Thelema Publishing 1980 ISBN 0-933454-02-3

The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu Translated by Brian Browne Walker. St. Martin's Press 1995 ISBN 0-312-13190-9

Tao Te Ching Translated from the Chinese by Ch'u Ta-Kao. Mandala Books 1982 ISBN 0-04-299011-4

Wisdom of the Daoist Masters: The Works of Lao Zi (Lao Tzu), Lie Zi (Lieh Tzu), Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu) rendered into English By Derek Bryce from the French of Leon Wieger's Les Peres du System Taoiste (Cathasia, Les Belles Lettres, Paris). 1984 Liarech Enterprises

The Wisdom of Laotse Translated, edited and with an introduction and notes by Lin Yutang. The Modern Library 1948

The Way of Life by Witter Bynner (Oh my, I appear to have given it away again; that makes about 20 I've bought and given away), but we all know it and I hope it's still sold in bookstores

Other Reading

Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching Edited by Livia Kohn and Michael LaFargue. State University of New York Press 1998 ISBN 0-7914-3600-4

Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching) introduced by Burton Watson; translated, with translater's preface, glossary, and pronunciation guide, by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo; with paintings by Stephen Addiss. Hackett Publishing 1993 ISBN 0-87220-232-1

Tam Gibbs version found on the Internet is rather standard but nicely poetic


Enter Lao Tzu or Tao Teh Ching into any web search engine and literally thousands of links appear from out of the cyber void. (Where to start? What am I looking for? Why am I here?). Ok. Ok. Enough already ... invoke a searcher ... try not to get lost! Or, if you are on a live connection try these links for some standard and some alternative versions plus lots of links to other Taoist and non-Taoist materials.

 Tao Teh Ching Translations

Sun Tzu's Chinese Philosophy Page

The Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu - The Tao Teh Ching

Theosophical Perspectives on World Spiritual Traditions

Tao Teh Ching

Psychedelic Prayers After the Tao Teh Ching

Tao Teh Ching - Table of Contents

Taoism and related information (Arne Morken)

Tao Te Ching


Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching Frames version

The Simple Way of Lao Tzu


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