The poem known as Tao Te Ching, composed between 700-480 BCE, is the fundamental text of philosophic and religious Taoism. It stands as one of the world's most popular and inspiring works of great literature. From one of the once secret oral tradition of Taoist priests comes a translation that reveals, for the first time, the founding principles of their ancient wisdom. Never before have the inner secrets of Taoism been so accessible to the general reader. Providing the reader with a rare glimpse into the private world of priests and monks, Bright-Fey renders archaic mystic language into clear understandable English. Now anyone can enter the invisible world of Taoist mystics and thinkers. John accompanies the poems of the Tao with beautiful Chinese calligraphy.