For people who think there's more to life than cable news, blogs, work, family, gadgets. Find the calmness underneath. Wade through the vastness. Be grounded amidst Life's uncertainties. Peek from a transformed point of view.

Long, long ago, before Lao Tzu left the imperial kingdom, he was asked by a gatekeeper to impart his wisdom before the world lost him altogether. What he left behind was the Tao Te Ching.

This version tries its best to capture the breath, meaning, poetry, and depth that Lao Tzu bequeathed the world, framed in the poignant pictures of artist-photographer Dollie Rubiano.

Available as a universal app in beautiful layout for both iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch versions, it is free for all to share, to be enlightened, to be enjoyed.

Swipe or tap at a page's side to go through the pages. Tap in the middle to hide/show the menu. Quickly go to the page you want via the Contents listing or via your own saved Lookup Tabs. Quickly bookmark a page by tapping on the bookmark icon. Just as briskly go back to your bookmarked page by tapping on the Go-To-Bookmark Arrow.

What’s New

Version 2

Added support for iOS 10

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Christydude ,

Excellent translation! Wish I could get a PDF.

I have read this for many years, it is my favourite translation. I would love to have this on iBooks as a ePub or PDF, so that I can listen to it via text to speech; or to have the app allow VoiceOver to read its text. Regardless, I am thankful for this iOS 10 update.

JokiGirl ,

By far my favorite Tao app

...and I find most of the pictures add to the experience, on a personal level (to the extent that one can add to the experience of reading the Tao! ...although I'm sure that must be possible for some). I also find the quality of the artwork is quite high calibre, and feel that the subject matters are usually well-suited, in my opinion.

For those who say "ugh" to the seemingly preposterous notion (to them) of having pictures of one photographer's attempt at portraying everyday life exhibited with one's reading of the Tao, you'll be happy to know that there are at least three other Tao applications in the app store (that I've come across). None of these have photographic images to distract you.

4nsicPsyc ,

Thank you for making the Tao Te Ching so accessible!

I love this application! I have never read other English versions of the Tao Te Ching to which I could compare, but I feel this is a well written version that is easy to understand. I will note that the Tao itself, with it's abstract concepts, is probably not easily understood by most people. However, it becomes quite clear when a person is ready to "listen" to the message of the Tao.

As for the images, I think some are well matched while others do not follow as well with the messages conveyed in text.


Vicente Malixi
12.3 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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