I know a great deal about what cannot be known and would be more thn happy to answer any questions you might have.
Knowing a great deal about what cannot be known seems rather impractical. How does one go about sharing this knowledge?
Well, anyway, you said you would be more than happy to answer any questions I might have. Here's my first: My Zen teacher has no fingers. How can I trust him?
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Red Pine, a noted scholar and translator of the Dao De Jing writes:
Lao-tzu (the legendary author of the Dao De Jing), teaches us that the dark can always become light and contains within itself the potential for growth and life, while the light can only become dark and brings with it decay and early death.
There have been dozens of translations of this text over the years. There are a few scholars who even suggest that the Tao Te Ching or Dao De Jing was written by several different people.
Regardless, it's a valuable text, and a study of several different translations, I feel, can be very informative. I've had about four different versions at one time or another, including Ursula K. Le Guin's which I actually don't care for all that much as she didn't technically translate it, but rather interpreted it from other translations. Nicely poetic, but a bit truncated, I thought. Good, but just sort of missed the mark for my taste.
I can't find my copy of it now, but I recall liking Stephen Mitchell's translation. I browsed Red Pine's translation, and it was okay, but seemed to me slightly cold at times.
The link I am attaching here has translations of many key chapters by all three of these individuals and many others. Those interested in this sort of compare and contrast exercise might find the link informative.
Chapter 1 : Gender-Inclusive Tao Te Ching : Seal Scripts, Commentary
My current favorite, and the one I keep constantly in my truck for when I'm waiting at a drive-thru or when I go camping is the Shambhala pocket version of the Tao Teh Ching as translated by John C. H. Wu. I think I got mine at Amazon. By the way, I've found the majority of the books published by Shambhala to be excellent, particularly the material from the late Chogyam Trungpa.
She's often treated as a bit of a pariah by some Taoism scholars, but some of Eva Wong's writings on Taoism are worth looking into, particularly on the subject of Taoist alchemy, if you're interested in that aspect.
The only version I steadfastly refuse to even glance at is Wayne Dyer's, as I simply cannot tolerate that man on any level whatsoever.