Tao Te Ching (Paperback)
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu is widely considered to be one of the top 100 greatest eastern classics of all time. It is fundamental to the Taoist school of Chinese philosophy and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism and Neo-Confucianism. This ancient book is also central in Chinese religion, not only for Taoism but Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Taoist words and concepts. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners have used the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, aided by hundreds of translations into Western languages. Tao Te Ching would also make an ideal gift and it should be a part of everyone's personal library.