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The Way of Chuang Tzu
     

The Way of Chuang Tzu

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by Thomas Merton, Dalai Lama (Preface by)
 

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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

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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)”
Alan Watts - New York Times Book Review
“A most admirable introduction to his less known but important source book of Taoism.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811218511
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
150,431
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(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.

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The Way of Chuang Tzu 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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