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Yuan Dao: Tracing Dao to Its Source
By Roger T. Ames (trans), Roger T. Ames (editor), D. C. Lau (trans) and D. C. Lau (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date August 1, 1998
Pages 149
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780345425683
ISBN-10 0345425685
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $14.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
A classic work of Daoist poetry, philosophy, and political science, offered for the first time in a dual English/Chinese edition, provides a fascinating glimpse into the intellectual culture of the ancient Han dynasty. Original. (view table of contents) description: Product Description: Philosophical and compelling, Yuan Dao is a stunning accomplishment of Daoist literature-- now available for the first time in English

Written around 140 b.c., and presented to a young Chinese Emperor by a beloved uncle--a philosopher, scholar, and patron of the arts--Yuan Dao distills and explains in one remarkable work the first several hundred years of Daoist thought. Drawing from and expanding upon the popular Tao-Te Ching and Chuang-tzu texts, this singular work was written to show the inclusionary aspects of Daoism, that one should appreciate the contribution all things make to the well-being of the whole; Yuan Dao was also created as advice to a ruler, on the beauty of uniting a disparate people under one government without destroying their individuality.

Presented here by two of the world's foremost translators of Chinese classics, this unique edition is the only English-language translation in print and features the Chinese text on facing pages. Insightful and fascinating, here is a glimpse into the early Han Dynasty, and into a way of thinking that has been, and continues to be, characteristically Chinese.

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9780345425683 | details & prices | 149 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $14.00
About: The subversive Chinese work offers criticism of a powerful emperor during the Han dynasty, providing a philosophic cornerstone of Daoism

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