Tao Te Ching and War
- noted on another group
Ralph Sawyers translation of Wang Chen's interpretation of the Tao Te
Ching as a military text back in the T'ang dynasty. "The Tao of Peace"
is out of print but is being reissued by westview press as "The Tao of
I started reading it a number of years ago, in the earlier imprint,
but had to put it aside when I got involved in reading up on core
daoist texts. I look forward to picking it up again though.
Wing Tsit Chan noted that the Tao te Ching has quite a bit on military
affairs in his translation. There is also an ongoing discussion,
depending on how you date the Sunzi and the Laozi, as to if and how
the two texts influenced each other.
Every now and again, I come across the notion that Daoists are
pacifists. From what I've seen, nothing could be farther from the
truth, with the hidden military recluse sharing many of the same
characteristics or even being clearly a Daoist sage.
Sawyer, of course, also translated the Sunzi and the Sunbin and the
rest of the Seven Martial Classics.