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Hi everyone, new member here, Jeff Pepper from Pittsburgh PA.  I'm a writer, publisher, and a slow but determined student of the Chinese language.  My publishing company, Imagin8 Press (www.imagin8press.com) started up a year ago, focusing initially on creating easy-to-read books for English speakers learning Chinese.  We've published 7 books in our first year.  Now I'm working on a major project, creating (yet another) new translation of the Dao De Jing.  I've visited this forum a few times and have found it to be incredibly helpful.  I love the serious scholarship that goes into these discussions, and the positive vibes.  Looking forward to contributing!

 

Jeff

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Welcome Jeff. My Tai Chi Sifu is from Pittsburgh as well and a member on this forum. May you enjoy your time here.

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Welcome, your products are very timely.  I hope you'll give your insights in our discussions on the Dao De Jing.

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On 2/15/2018 at 10:11 PM, Jeff Pepper said:

I'm a writer

 

Hi Jeff,

 

As a writer - are you a wordsmith, truth seeker, business researcher or...? I am not critical as a person. But as seeker/researcher I like to embrace critical realism as a philosophy.

 

On 2/15/2018 at 10:11 PM, Jeff Pepper said:

Now I'm working on a major project, creating (yet another) new translation of the Dao De Jing.

 

I joined TDB in March last year. At the start, I wanted to read the Dao De Jing (DDJ) to have myself better placed as an intended Taoist - philosophically. But to-date I have yet to read any DDJ translation in English.

 

Why? I am a third generation overseas Chinese who cannot read Mandarin text. As a critical realist, I am concerned about loss in translation.

 

So? I choose to be a nobody - like an apple tree growing well in Nature underlined by the DDJ. But I am more than such a tree - I like to explore/exploit experientially. And I also like to share experiential learning/knowing with trusted friends. Why? Each road less traveled is different.

 

On 2/15/2018 at 10:11 PM, Jeff Pepper said:

We've published 7 books in our first year.

 

Best wishes to you as a publisher.

 

- LimA

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What am I? Tough question, LimA, but I guess it's an appropriate question on this forum... :)

 

I guess I like to identify interesting and worthwhile problems, and then solve them creatively.  That's taken many forms in my life -- mostly in business, where I've started, built up and managed several tech companies. But I also spent 30 years as a student on a spiritual path (though I'm currently unaffiliated), trying to solve that pesky "meaning of life" problem.  From my background as an entrepreneur, I tend to see problems as interesting opportunities.

 

So, I got involved in writing and publishing books because (a) it looked like fun, and (b) I saw an unsolved problem; ie, grownups like me looking for books to help them learn Chinese.  So I spent a year writing and publishing a series of six books. As that was wrapping up, I started looking for another challenge. Collaborating with my friend Xiao Hui, I decided to translate the DDJ, but I decided to do it in a novel way.  I wanted to find a way for people to see through the translation and understand how the verses were originally written and how they are transformed, for better or worse, into English.  That's how I got involved in this project, which as become pretty much all-consuming!

 

OK, that's my true confession for today.  Whew.

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53 minutes ago, Jeff Pepper said:

What am I? Tough question, LimA, but I guess it's an appropriate question on this forum...

 

Hi Jeff,

 

Thank you for coming across as very human. My apology for the tough question.

 

53 minutes ago, Jeff Pepper said:

I guess I like to identify interesting and worthwhile problems, and then solve them creatively.  That's taken many forms in my life -- mostly in business, where I've started, built up and managed several tech companies. But I also spent 30 years as a student on a spiritual path (though I'm currently unaffiliated), trying to solve that pesky "meaning of life" problem.  From my background as an entrepreneur, I tend to see problems as interesting opportunities.

 

We are on the same page when it comes to problems. They are potential platforms/springboards for more "meaning of life". Nestled in problems are latent lessons and knowledge.

 

53 minutes ago, Jeff Pepper said:

So, I got involved in writing and publishing books because (a) it looked like fun, and (b) I saw an unsolved problem; ie, grownups like me looking for books to help them learn Chinese.  So I spent a year writing and publishing a series of six books. As that was wrapping up, I started looking for another challenge.

 

Challenges spur us on to find more "meaning of life"?

 

53 minutes ago, Jeff Pepper said:

... for better or worse...

 

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53 minutes ago, Jeff Pepper said:

OK, that's my true confession for today.  Whew.

 

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No confession needed - when one human crosses path honestly with another.

 

- LimA

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Enhance ...

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On 2/23/2018 at 6:39 AM, Jeff Pepper said:

I guess I like to identify interesting and worthwhile problems...

 

On 2/23/2018 at 6:39 AM, Jeff Pepper said:

I tend to see problems as interesting opportunities.

 

Hi Jeff,

 

More problems.

 

 

- LimA

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On 2/23/2018 at 6:39 AM, Jeff Pepper said:

Worthwhile problems

 

Good morning Jeff,

 

How do we promote the celebration of solving worthwhile problems?

 

- LimA

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On 2/23/2018 at 6:39 AM, Jeff Pepper said:

I tend to see problems as interesting opportunities.

 

PROBLEMS

 

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- LimA

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1 hour ago, Marblehead said:

I like that last one.  It has been my unspoken attitude for some time now.

 

Hi Dada-da,

 

The last one was specially chosen with you in mind. 

 

Once a stone, always a stone.

 

 

- LimA

 

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On 22-2-2018 at 11:39 PM, Jeff Pepper said:

Collaborating with my friend Xiao Hui, I decided to translate the DDJ, but I decided to do it in a novel way.  I wanted to find a way for people to see through the translation and understand how the verses were originally written and how they are transformed, for better or worse, into English.  That's how I got involved in this project, which as become pretty much all-consuming!

 

That looks very interesting. I will open a special topic about your book. Unhappily on Bol.com (in the Netherlands that's where I live) only the e-book version is sold.

 

See:  https://www.bol.com/nl/p/dao-de-jing-in-clear-english/9200000094395548

 

But I'm an old school guy loving to hold a real book in my hands.

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