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Second Book of the Tao


Wednesday, March 11, 2009
8:00 PM–10:00 PM

Stephen Mitchell celebrates the publication of his The Second Book of the Tao with a conversation on the psychology of the Taoist philosophy with neurobiologist and SUNY Professor John Kubie. With readings by Paul Muldoon.
The most widely translated book in world literature after the Bible, Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living. Following the phenomenal success of his own version of the Tao Te Ching, Mitchell has composed The Second Book of the Tao. Drawn from the work of Lao-tzu’s disciple Chuang-tzu and Confucius’s grandson Tzussu, The Second Book of the Tao offers Western readers a path to reality that has nothing to do with Taoism or Buddhism but everything to do with truth. Mitchell has selected the freshest, clearest teachings from these two great students of the Tao and adapted them into versions that reveal the poetry, depth, and humor of the original texts with a thrilling new power. Alongside each adaptation, Mitchell includes his own commentary, at once explicating and complementing the text.
“The texts of mysticism…are an attempt to express the world, as seen from the right hemisphere of the brain, through language—the tool of the left.” – Livia Kohn,
Copies of The Second Book of the Tao will be available for purchase at the Shop @ RMA for $25.95 . The author will be available after the program to sign copies.

Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943, educated at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and de-educated through intensive Zen practice. His many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, The Gospel according to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, Meetings with the Archangel, and Gilgamesh. Mitchell is married to Byron Katie and cowrote two of her bestselling books, Loving What Is and A Thousand Names for Joy.