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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590301432
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/9/2004
  • 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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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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