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The Tao of the “Tao Te Ching”: A Translation and Commentary

BY MICHAEL LAFARGUE ALBANY, NEW YORK: SUNY PRESS, 1992 270 PAGES My undergraduate students and I just finished carefully reading Michael LaFargue’s The Tao of the “Tao Te Ching”, line by line. LaFargue’s book is the first study of this seminal text to utilize fully the methodology of textual criticism developed mainly within Biblical studies. This method provides an extremely useful and much needed contextualization of the Tao Te Ching within the specific historical, religious and s...

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Samskara

BY U. R. ANANTHA MURTHY NEW YORK: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1978 158 PAGES The novel Samskara has been available in English translation for twenty years and has already achieved some currency in undergraduate courses on Hinduism. This review is therefore less an introduction to this wonderful little story, than a reminder of the pleasures and possibilities in store for students and teachers alike—with the important caveat, however, that the students are sufficiently prepared to fully appreci...

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