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The Way of Chuang Tzu
     

The Way of Chuang Tzu

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by Thomas Merton
 

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Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thought—used parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity. The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting

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Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thought—used parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity. The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting upon four different translations of the Chinese classic that bears Chuang Tzu's name. The result is this collection of poetic renderings of the great sage's work that conveys its spirit in a way no other translation has and that was Merton's personal favorite among his more than fifty books. Both prose and verse are included here, as well as a short section from Merton discussing the most salient themes of Chuang Tzu's teachings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590301432
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/09/2004
Series:
Shambhala Library
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.55(w) x 7.05(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk, spiritual director, political activist, social critic, and one of the most-read spiritual writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, including 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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