Tao Te Ching
Sixty Interactive Translations

Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching) translated, with translator's preface, glossary, and pronunciation guide, by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo; with paintings by Stephen Addiss, introduced by Burton Watson. 1993. Hackett Publishing ISBN 0-87220-232-1

Tao The King by Lao Tzu: Interpreted as Nature and Intelligence by Archie J. Bahm. 1958 (Fourth printing 1967). Frederick Ungar Publishing Company

THE TAO TÊ CHING translated by Henry Balfour. ca. 1885 Online document 2004

Beck - e-copy

The Way of Life Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching: The Classic Translation and Introduction by R.B. Blackney.  1983. Mentor Books ISBN 0-451-62674-5

The Way of Life by Witter Bynner (Oh my, I appear to have given it away again; that makes about 20 I've bought and given away), but we all know it and I hope it's still sold in bookstores.


The Way of Lao Tzu (Tao-te Ching) Translated, with introductory essays, comments, and notes, by Wing-Tsit Chan. 1963. The Bobbs-Merrill Company Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 62-21266

On Lao Tzu by David Hong Cheng. 2000. Wadsworth. Belmont. ISBN 0-534-57609-5

The Essential Tao: An Initiation into the Heart of Taoism through the Authentic Tao Te Ching and the Inner Teachings of Chuang Tzu Translated and Presented by Thomas Cleary. 1991. HarperSanFrancisco ISBN 0-06-250216-6

Cronk - e-copy

The Dao De Ching by Lao Zi (Aleister Crowley). 1980. In The Equinox Vol. V No. 3. Thelema Publishing ISBN 0-933454-02-3

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching: A new Translation and Commentary by Ralph Alan Dale. 2002.Watkins Publishing. London. ISBN 1-84293-056-7. Sacred Wisdom The Tao Te Ching (Second Edition). Duncan Baird Publishers, London. 2005

Tao Te Ching The Book of the Way and Its Virtue translated from the Chinese and Annotated by J.J.L. Duyvendak. 1954. John Murray. London

Feng-English - e-copy

Ganson - e-copy

Gibbs - e-copy

Laotzu's Tao and Wu Wei translated by Dwight Goddard. 1919. Brentano's Publishers. New York

Gong - e-copy

The Tao of Leadership; Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching adapted for a New Age by John Heider. 1985. Humanics Limited. Atlanta. ISBN 0-89334-079-0

Hansen - e-copy

Lao Zi zhi DaoDe Jing (Lao Tzu ’s Tao Te Ching) Word For Word Two Literal English Translations One Simple, One Complex, The Chinese Text and a Pinyin Transcription by Bradford Hatcher (Version 04.8) . Online document 1998, 2003

Headless - e-copy

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching translated by Robert G. Henricks. Ballantine Books, New York. 1989

The Light of China The Tao Teh King of Lao Tsze 604-504 B.C.: An accurate metrical rendering, translated directly from the Chinese text, and critically compared with the standard translations, the ancient and modern Chinese commentaries, and all accessible authorities with preface, analytical index, and full list of important words and their radical significations by I.W. Heysinger. Research Publishing Company. Philadelphia. 1903

The Living Dao: The Art and Way of Living A Rich & Truthful Life translated with annotations by Lok Sang Ho. Lingnan University. Online document dated September 1, 2002 NB. IMHO the best modern version yet!

The Tao Te Ching: a modern interpretation of Lao Tzu perpetrated by Ron Hogan. Online document. 2002, 2004 NB. A cool, "plain English" version! Right on, Ron!

Lao Tzu: selections from the Tao Te Ching. Translated by Richard Hooker. Online document. 1996

A Taoist Classic The Book of Laozi by Ren Jiyu (translated by He Guanghu, Gao Shining, Song Lidao and Xu Junyao). 1993. Foreign Languages Press. Beijing. ISBN 7-119-01571-0

Kinnes - e-copy

Kiyoashi - e-copy

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching  (The Book of The Way and its Virtue). Translated by A. S. Kline. Online document. 2003

Kunesh - e-copy

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching translated by D.C. Lau. Penguin Books, London. 1963

The Tao of the Tao Te Ching by Michael LaFargue. 1992. State University of New York Press. Albany.  ISBN 0-7914-0986-4

Psychedelic Prayers After the Tao Teh Ching by Timothy Leary. Online document ca. 1966

The Texts of Taoism The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu translated by James Legge. 1962 (copy of 1891 Sacred Books of the East). Dover Books. New York

A Translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching and Wang Pi's Commentary by Paul J. Lin. University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Ann Arbor. 1977

Lindauer - e-copy

The Wisdom of Laotse Translated, edited and with an introduction and notes by Lin Lin Yutang. 1994. The Modern Library. New York

Ludd - e-copy

God, As Nature Sees God: A Christian Reading of the Tao Te Ching by John R. Mabry. 1994. Element Books ISBN 1-85230-594-0

Tao Te Ching translated by Victor H. Mair. Bantam Books, New York 1990 and Quality Paperback Book Club, New York 1998

Tao: The Way of the Ways translated and with a commentary by Herrymon Maurer. 1986. Wildwood House. (Copyright Herrymon Maurer 1982) Aldershot. ISBN 0-7045-0527-4



Tao Teh King by Lao Tzu: A Tentative Translation from the Chinese by Isabella Mears. 1922. Theosophical Publishing House. London

The Tao-Teh-King: Sayings of Lao-Tzu translated with commentary by C. Spurgeon Medhurst. 1972 (Revised Quest Book edition of 1905 original). Theosophical Publishing House. Wheaton. ISBN 0-8356-0430-6

Merel - e-copy

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes by Stephen Mitchell. 1991. HarperPerennial ISBN 0-06-091608-7

Moran - e-copy

Muller - e-copy

The Simple Way: Laotze (The 'Old Boy'): A new translation of the Tao-Teh-King with Introduction and Commentary by Walter Gorn Old (Third Edition). 1922. William Rider & Son. London

The Way of Acceptance A New Version of Lao Tse's Tao Te Ching by Herman Ould. 1946. Andrew Dakers. London

Lao Tzu's TaoteChing translated by Red Pine with Selected commentaries of the past 2000 years. 1996. Mercury House ISBN 1-56279-085-4

Rivenrock - e-copy

Dao De Jing The Book of the Way Laozi. Translation and Commentary by Moss Roberts. 2001. University of California Press. Berkeley. ISBN 0-520-20555-3

Rosenthal - e-copy

Commentary on the Lao Tzu by Wang Pi by Ariane Rump and Wing-tsit Chan. University Press of Hawaii, Honolulu. 1979

Sabatore - e-copy

Tao Teh Ching (Lao Tse's Book of Life) Introduction and Commentary by K.O. Schmidt. 1975 (translated from the 1961 German edition by Leone Muller). CSA Press. Lakemont. ISBN 0-87707-148-9

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching. A New Version, with Introduction, Notes, Glossary and Index by Keith H. Seddon. Undated.

Lao Tzu: The Tao Te Ching / An English Translation by Eiichi Shimomissé. Online document. 1998

Shrine of Wisdom - an older, incomplete version available here

TAO TE CHIP: The Way of the One and the Zero by Jeffrey Sorensen. Online document. Undated

Tao Te Ching The Definitive Edition Lao Tzu; translation and commentary by Jonathan Star. 2000. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam. New York. ISBN 1-58542-099-9

Tao Te Ching Translated from the Chinese by Ch'u Ta-Kao. 1982. Mandala Books ISBN 0-04-299011-4

Tao Te Ching The Book of Perfectibility. Concord Grove Press, London. 1983

Taplow - e-copy

Trottier - e-copy

Tuffley - e-copy

Unbekannten - e-copy

Unknown - e-copy

Chinese Mystics by Raymond Van Over. Harper & Row, New York. 1973

The Way and Its Power by Arthur Waley. George Allen & Unwin, London. 1968 (reprint of 1934 edition)

The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu Translated by Brian Browne Walker. 1995. St. Martin's Press ISBN 0-312-13190-9

The Guiding Light of Lao Tzu translated by Henry Wei. Quest Books, New York. 1982

Wisdom of the Daoist Masters: The Works of Lao Zi (Lao Tzu), Lie Zi (Lieh Tzu), Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu) rendered into English by Derek Bryce from the French of Leon Wieger's Les Peres du System Taoiste (Cathasia, Les Belles Lettres, Paris). 1984. Liarech Enterprises

The Tao of Power: Lao Tzu's Classic Guide to Leadership, Influence, and Excellence. A New Translation of the Tao Te Ching by R.L. Wing. Doubleday Dolphin, New York. 1986

World Peace - e-copy

Wrigley - e-copy

Lao Tzu Tao Teh Ching Translated by John C.H. Wu. 1989. Shambala Publications ISBN 0-87773-388-0


Other Readings

Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching Edited by Livia Kohn and Michael LaFargue. State University of New York Press 1998 ISBN 0-7914-3600-4

A real treasure is the B U R E A U   O F   P U B L I C   S E C R E T S Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching (100+ Translations of Chapter 1) in that it gives the names of 100 or more English versions.

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