The Tao of Emerson: The Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching as Found in the Words of Ralph Waldo Emerson By Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lao Tse

The Tao of Emerson strikingly brings together two of the most influential voices in the history of letters: Lao Tse, the sixth-century B.C. Chinese mystic, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American transcendentalist known to many as “the sage of Concord.”

By adroitly juxtaposing on facing pages the texts of Lao Tse’s masterpiece, the Tao Te Ching, with Emerson’s writings, Richard Grossman illuminates how these two remarkable men, from opposite sides of the world and separated by 2,500 years, are united in an inspired wisdom and common spirit: to live simply and tranquilly; trust one’s own intuition; seek out and appreciate the spiritual grace in the natural world; act without self-assertion; abjure violence; harmonize with the ebb and flow of nature and circumstances; and, above all, assure that there is a place in the world for humility, yielding, gentleness, and serenity.

There is no direct path linking Lao Tse to Emerson, since the Tao Te Ching was not translated into English until 1891, nine years after Emerson’s death. But America’s Founding Thinker was nonetheless in many ways the heir to the great Chinese mystic’s insight and philosophy. As Grossman observes, “Emerson’s brand of fresh home-grown English adds a radiant color to the ancient thoughts of the Chinese Master.”

Although Lao Tse was a citizen of the world’s oldest empire and Emerson of its youngest republic, The Tao of Emerson makes the brilliantly presented case that a common literary thread binds these two men. Grossman’s Introduction, in which he compares the men’s lives, and the passages he has selected from their work give both writers a special resonance for today’s reader and help to reveal Emerson in a while new light.

This volume includes original brush calligraphy by the celebrated Taoist master Chungliang Al Huang.
Lao Tse (c. 604 B.C.-c. 521 B.C.), the author of the Tao Te Ching, founded the Taoist religion in China. His name translates to “Old Master,” and “Tao” means “the Way.” He was a Keeper of Royal Documents in the dynasty capital of Loyang.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), a leading light of the American Transcendentalist movement, was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard University and the Harvard Divinity School. He wrote more than forty volumes of essays, poems, lectures, addresses, and personal journals.

About the Editor
Richard Grossman, a psychotherapist and educator, has been reading and studying Emerson for more than forty years. His previous book, A Year with Emerson, was awarded the Umhoefer Prize for achievement in the humanities by the Arts and Humanities Foundation. He is also the author of Choosing and Changing and The Other Medicines, and editor of Bold Voices. He is married to the novelist Ann Arensberg and lives in Salisbury, Connecticut.

The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. His teachings directly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid-1800s. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society.

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