Tao Te Ching (The Book Of The Way) by Lao Tzu | FULL AudioBook

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Tao Te Ching or The Book Of The Way by Lao Tzu
Translation by S. Mitchell.

The Tao Te Ching, Daodejing, Dao De Jing, or Daode jing is a Chinese classic text. The text’s true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated. The oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BCE, but modern scholarship dates other parts of the text as having been written, or at least compiled later than the earliest portions of the Zhuangzi.
The Tao Te Ching, along with the Zhuangzi, is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism, and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism, and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners, have used the Daodejing as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, and it is among the most translated works in world literature.
The Wade–Giles romanization “Tao Te Ching” dates back to early English transliterations in the late 19th century; its influence can be seen in words and phrases that have become well established in English. “Daodejing” is the pinyin romanization.

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35 Responses

  1. Rebecca Masterton says:

    This translation is much better than the one by D. C. Lau published by Penguin in 1963

  2. athletejmv says:

    …makes no sense and just runs in circles. The dow is a force that has no force…. it's everything because it is nothing… ok…To be human is not to be human… sit around and do nothing and you gain everything… To be a king, don't be a king….


    I know da way. I'm a billionaire dawg look at ma videos

  4. bza069 says:

    fast forward to 10:50. youre welcome

  5. Mike says:

    You know who my favorite Taoist is?
    The Rock
    You know why The Rock is the best Taoist?


  6. Debra Leigh Scott says:

    I have studied and taught world religions for decades. This translation of the Tao te Ching, by Stephen Mitchell, has long be my favorite translation. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  7. Ken Burkham says:

    Listen to any goth chick on her period instead.

  8. Shawn King says:

    Those are words jesus also said its apparent that all cultures have been taught by the same people with different names

  9. Al Griffy says:

    Book Starts at 11:38

  10. Trinity says:

    so instead of reading you wish to still think independently and show it off with love and compassion? well regardless this happened in the past so, my friend, even my ramblings of half truth are in vain and we don't need to move to stand equal

  11. Nadeem Leon says:

    Can u not speak in simple English why do I have to try to impress ppl with big words. Board the shit out of me

  12. 寻道 See Tao says:


  13. Troll Police says:

    This specific video was the first time I ever heard the Tao Te Ching. Listening to it several times a week is literally transforming my life.

  14. d.u.g. Drilly says:

    this video and audio log sucks. I've read some things. I've even read Lao Tzu. this title is not correct!!

  15. Kevin Bayrack says:

    this book should be given to you in the nursery

  16. Isabel sanchez says:

    does anyone notice that his teachings are very similar to Yeshua (Jesus). Even as to answer a question with a question…HMMMMMM???

  17. I Am Today says:

    First off, you have a beautiful speaking voice, or whomever recorded the does, either way, very pleasing to the ears. The delicate flow of the words will become a part of my regular practice as the rhythm is perfect for silent contemplation.

    Just curious though, why stop with that verse and not go through verse 81? Just wondering. Thanks for posting.

  18. Bulet Hardy says:

    Duality yet singular.

  19. maiecinevaaici says:


  20. Data Wave says:

    "I am like an idiot…my mind is so empty"
    I am in the right place!

  21. ADerpyReality says:

    There is some difference between translations.

  22. ADerpyReality says:

    Tao (/daʊ/, /taʊ/) or Dao (/daʊ/) DOW; from Chinese: 道; pinyin: Dào [tâu] ( listen)) is a Chinese word signifying 'way', 'path', 'route', 'road' or sometimes more loosely 'doctrine', 'principle' or 'holistic science'.
    I looked it up thinking is Dao a god or not? It is not it is a way, path, route. I thought this would be good to put in.

  23. XBLspartanx170 says:

    I used to be sympathetic to wards Buddhism, but not anymore, looking deeper into it, its filled with many contradictions and arbitrary rules that make you realize the Buddha was just an ungrateful autistic hermit with an unwarranted sense of self importance and a ravenous cult of personality.

    Because contrary to what people believe it to be liberal philosophy thats "super peacefull" and tolerant of all beliefs, Buddhism is ANTI-SELF and anti-individualistic, its communism with a spiritual/esoteric slant, and we all know how well communism worked out.

    Christianity had it right, the actions of certain selfish individuals is the cause of suffering, not ALL attachment, because attachments can be POSITIVE as well as negative. Buddha had little understanding of psychology and human nature while Jesus DID.

    Buddha just wanted people to sit and do nothing, and Inaction in the face of injustice is just as evil as active selfishness, hence why "criminal negligence" exists in our modern legal system.

  24. Sean Boudreau says:


  25. Brien says:

    What is a good man; but a bad man's teacher. What is a bad man; but a good man's job.

  26. Miss Judacia says:

    The use of it,they,one m,thee,thy and us should’ve been used instead of she and he, it makes more sense to use neutral terms

  27. Glen Hesketh says:

    Sorry,but,I don't buy it.

  28. Jesse Koether says:

    FOr being a male im in love with your voice, "no homo" although as the teachings state calling sexes only deminishes the master race for which that is human being, god, I am, the one!

  29. TRUE MANC says:

    If you want to know the dao you must not know the dao

  30. Skyisunlimited says:

    Wake up, this is a 2500 year old prophetic revelation for the world today. Master is Jesus Christ and the Tao is his spirit. We are in the midst of tribulation. True God is from China and God is with China (sickle) communist symbol. Read the bible revelation!

  31. steve holowachuk says:

    She? Unsubscribe

  32. edward p says:

    How about you quit opining so much and get on with it we are not here to learn Mandarin Chinese. Which I doubt you speak anyway.

  33. Kevin Swami says:

    "I don't have the brain cells to understand this?!"

  34. antiques original says:

    It is not clear who is reading this. I might be wrong but I can hear John Malkovitch.

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