Translated and with commentary by Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall. Composed more than 2,000 years ago, the Dao de jing (Tao Te Ching) set forth an alternative vision of reality in a world torn apart by violence and betrayal. Second only to the Bible, this timeless classic is one of the world's most revered inspirational books. Daoism offers a comprehensive view of experience grounded in a full understanding of the wonders hidden in the ordinary. Now in this luminous new tranlsation, Chinese scholars Ames and Hall bring the timeles wisdom of the Dao de jing into our contemporary world.