Deeply steeped in Sufism and Taoism (Daoism) and thoroughly seasoned in the comparative study of religion, the late Professor Izutsu offered an insightful and inspiring reading of the Tao-te Ching (Daodejing), the most intriguing and frequently translated wisdom book in Chinese philosophy. With originality and creativity, Izutsu's rendering of this profoundly meaningful text is marked by thoughtful observation and interpretive brilliance.

Having divided his research among institutes of advanced learning in Islam in Montreal, Teheran and Tokyo for most of his scholarly career, Izutsu, through his extraordinary ecumenical spirit, brought a rare understanding to Lao Tzu's (Laozi) Way, making it a truly exceptional contribution to cosmology, ontology, aesthetics, ethics, and the art of living.

Harvard-Yenching Professor of
Chinese History and Philosophy
and of Confucian Studies
Harvard University