The Way of Chuang Tzu

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Working from existing translations, Father Merton composed a series of personal versions from his favorites among the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of the Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief authentic historical spokesman for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu's writings). Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, ...
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Working from existing translations, Father Merton composed a series of personal versions from his favorites among the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of the Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief authentic historical spokesman for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu's writings). Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, into the unique vehicle we now call by its Japanese name -- Zen. The Chinese sage abounds in wit, paradox, satire, and shattering insight into the true ground of being. Father Merton, no stranger to Asian thought, brings a vivid, modern idiom to the timeless wisdom of Tao. Illustrated with early Chinese drawings.
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“A most admirable introduction to this less known but important source book of Taoism. (Alan Watts, The New York Times Book Review)
Thomas Merton is the saintly man who caused the Dalai Lama to come to admire Christianity as the equal of his beloved Buddhism. (Robert Thurman)
Merton is an artist, a Zen. (Thich Nhat Hanh)”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811201032
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1969
  • Series: Pocket Classics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of
Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The
Seven Storey Mountain.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama is both the head of State and the spiritual leader of Tibet.

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Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader 9
The Way of Chuang Tzu
1. A Study of Chuang Tzu 13
2. Readings from Chuang Tzu 33
The Useless Tree 35
A Hat Salesman and a Capable Ruler 37
The Breath of Nature 38
Great Knowledge 40
The Pivot 42
Three in the Morning 44
Cutting Up an Ox 45
The Man With One Foot and the Marsh Pheasant 48
The Fasting of the Heart 50
Three Friends 54
Lao Tzu's Wake 56
Confucius and the Madman 58
The True Man 60
Metamorphosis 62
Man Is Born in Tao 65
Two Kings and No-Form 66
Cracking the Safe 67
Leaving Things Alone 70
The Kingly Man 72
How Deep Is Tao! 73
The Lost Pearl 74
In My End Is My Beginning 75
When Life Was Full There Was No History 76
When a Hideous Man ... 77
The Five Enemies 78
Action and Non-Action 80
Duke Hwan and the Wheelwright 82
Autumn Floods 84
Great and Small 87
The Man of Tao 91
The Turtle 93
Owl and Phoenix 95
The Joy of Fishes 97
Perfect Joy 99
Symphony for a Sea Bird 103
Wholeness 105
The Need to Win 107
The Sacrificial Swine 108
The Fighting Cock 109
The Woodcarver 110
When the Shoe Fits 112
The Empty Boat 114
The Flight of Lin Hui 116
When Knowledge Went North 118
The Importance of Being Toothless 121
Where Is Tao? 123
Starlight and Non-Being 125
Keng Sang Chu 126
Keng's Disciple 128
The Tower of the Spirit 134
The Inner Law 136
Apologies 138
Advising the Prince 139
Active Life 141
Monkey Mountain 143
Good Fortune 144
Flight From Benevolence 147
Tao 150
The Useless 153
Means and Ends 154
Flight From the Shadow 155
Chuang Tzu's Funeral 156
Glossary 157
Bibliography 158
Notes 159
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  • Anonymous

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    Glad to see this one back in print!

    I first read this while in college20 y. ago, and my treasured copy is still holding up, often referred to, in my nightly reading bookshelf. The introduction is quite helpful, in that it gives a brief description of the competing major philosopies of the day. One of the central renderings is 'Perfect Joy'. (I'm not sure this collection is a translation, although he did have the help of Dr. John Wu in compiling it) I recommend this book to those interested in eastern Taoist thought, as transmuted by the perspective of a talented 20th century Trappist monk.

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