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Selections from the Tao Te Ching
Selections from The Gospel According to Jesus
Stephen Mitchell is a scholar, poet, and translator who has focused on drawing forth the central spiritual themes from much of the world's scripture.
Mr. Mitchell has studied at Yale and Amherst, and is the author of a wide-selling translation of the Tao Te Ching. With grace and deep insight, his books link together ideas from Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity.
Often, his books contain a main section accompanied by a "notes" section which serves as a cross-study of spiritual themes. Mr. Mitchell is also well-known for his translations of Rainer Maria Rilke, the German poet.
Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching (review or buy) is the central scripture of Taoism, a religion that originated in China and is appreciated around the world. In Stephen Mitchell's rendition of the Tao Te Ching, he attempts to bring the central ideas into graceful, accessible form.
The author of the Tao Te Ching is a man named Lao-Tzu -- a man who remains a mystery. Legend has it that Lao-Tzu was leaving a province when he was recognized by a border guard and asked to write down his thoughts. The result, the Tao Te Ching, has endured as a classic of spirituality.
The Gospel According to Jesus
In The Gospel According to Jesus (review or buy), Mr. Mitchell follows in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson, who compiled a short book of what he considered to be Jesus's authentic and central teachings.
In this excerpt, Mr. Mitchell speaks about the process that Thomas Jefferson undertook in this project.