Addiss and Lombardo's rendering of the TAO TE CHING gets you right down into the primary source, and from there you're free to wander where you will.
Stephen Addiss, PhD, is Professor of Humanities and Art at the University of Richmond. He is a leading authority on Japanese art and the author of 36 books including The Art of Zen. Stanley Lombardo, PhD, is Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas and a translator of several classics of Greek Literature including a celebrated translation of Homer's Odyssey.
"This crystalline translation of the Tao Te Ching is
accurate down to the nuance and is as concisely poetic as the
original. Of the many translations I have read in English, this is
unquestionably the best."-Gary Snyder
"This is by far the best translation on the market today."-Livia Kohn, Professor of Religion, Boston University