Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Words Are Very Easy to Understand

 Cheng Man-ch'ing (1902-1975).   Lao-Tzu: My Words Are Very Easy to Understand.  Lectures on the Tao Teh Ching by Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing.  Translated from the Chinese by Tam C. Gibbs, 1981.  Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1981, 1971.  240 pages, Chinese characters for each of the 81 Chapters.  Brief biography of Professor Cheng.  VSCL. 

La Fargue, Michael.  The Tao of the Tao Te Ching.  A Translation and Commentary by Michael LaFargue.  State University of New York Press, 1992.  Bibliography, 270 pages. ISBN: 0791409864.  This translation is based on the oldest version ( 168 BCE) of the Tao Te Ching found in King Ma's tomb - the famous Magwandali manscript.  VSCL. 

Mitchell, Stephen.  Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey.  Translated by Stephen Mitchell.  London, Frances Lincoln, 1999.  Text translation by Stephen Mitchell in 1988.  No pages numbers.  Illustrated with color paintings.  ISBN: 978071122948.   VSCL. 

Rosenbaum, Robert Meikyo.  Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching.  By Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum.  Foreword by Sojun Mel Weitsman.  Boston, Wisdom Publications, 2013.  Index, term/subject index, bibliography, 364 pages.  ISBN 9781614290254.  VSCL. 

A typical webpage created by Mike Garofalo for each one of the 81 Chapters (Verses, Sections) of the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) by Lao Tzu (Laozi) includes over 25 different English language translations or interpolations for that Chapter, 5 Spanish language translations for that Chapter, the Chinese characters for that Chapter, the Wade-Giles and Hanyu Pinyin transliterations (Romanization) of the Mandarin Chinese words for that Chapter, and 2 German and 1 French translation of that Chapter.  Each webpage for each one of the 81 Chapters of the Tao Te Ching includes extensive indexing by key words, phrases, and terms for that Chapter in English, Spanish, and the Wade-Giles Romanization.  Each webpage on a Chapter of the Daodejing includes recommended reading in books and websites, a detailed bibliography, some commentary, research leads, translation sources, a Google Translate drop down menu, and other resources for that Chapter.   

Chapter 81, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Chapter and Thematic Index (Concordance) to the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

English Language Daodejing Translators' Source Index

Spanish Language Daodejing Translators' Source Index

Ripening Peaches: Taoist Studies and Practices

Taoism: A Selected Reading List

One Old Daoist Druid's Final Journey  

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