This book aims at providing an introduction to Daoism by means of a selection of texts from the ancient sacred books of China, notably the Dao De Jing of Lao Zi, and works bearing the names of Lie Zi, Zhuang Zi, Huai Nan Zi and Guan Yin Zi. Many people have read the Dao De Jing (or Tao-te-ching) for it has been translated almost as many times as the Bible, but when taken in isolation, that book can be concise to the point of obscurity. The Daoist sages who succeeded Lao Zi, explained many obscure points at length, often illustrating them by means of anecdotes, and their writings are important for all who wish to try to understand what is Daoism. In compiling this book, Derek Bryce has provided only a brief introduction, his aim being to let the ancient texts speak for themselves. The selected texts are brought together under a series of headings, Dao, the Principle (the Way), de, action or virtue, the sage, and anecdotes. It is hoped that this little book will provide many with a useful introduction to the primordial wisdom of Dao, which is applicable to all times and places.
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