The Heshang Gong Commentary on Lao Zi's Dao De Jing (2nd edition)
ASIn B018UUARJK"I highly recommend this translation by Reid and have actuallymade it required study for my priests in training." – ShifuMichael Rinaldini, Daoist Abbbot and founder of the American DragonGate Lineage of Quanzhen DaoismCentral to Daoism (Taoism), Zen Buddhism, and neo-Confucianism,Lao Zi’s "Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching)" may be the single mostinfluential Eastern philosophical text of the last 2500 years, andhas since become the second most translated book in the world."The Heshang Gong Commentary" has long been considered essentialreading for Daoist initiates and scholars, owing to the author’sauthentic experience and knowledge of Lao Zi’s cultural andhistorical influences. Heshang Gong (“Riverside Elder,” circa 200AD) expands on Lao Zi’s language and metaphors while offering aSage’s insights into how they may be applied to the cultivation ofwisdom, vitality, longevity, harmonious leadership, and Daoistvirtues such as naturalness, sincerity, and ease.Guided by Heshang Gong's commentary and linguistic analysis, Dan G.Reid provides translations of the "Dao De Jing" and "Heshang GongCommentary" which are both eloquent and exceptionally faithful tothe Chinese text. Drawing on Classical Chinese Medicine andDaoism’s rich wisdom, meditation and textual traditions, Reidoffers in this second edition his own comments on the writings ofHeshang Gong and Lao Zi.With an audience of scholars and Daoist practitioners in mind, thistranslation includes the Chinese text and a brief guide to readingClassical Chinese.