Zhuangzi Speaks: The Music of Nature

Zhuangzi Speaks: The Music of Nature

by Chih-chung Ts'ai
     
 

During a period of political and social upheaval in China, the unconventional insights of the great Daoist Zhuangzi (369?-286? B.C.) pointed to a way of living naturally. Inspired by his fascination with the wisdom of this sage, the immensely popular Taiwanese cartoonist Tsai Chih Chung created a bestselling Chinese comic book. Tsai had his cartoon characters enact

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During a period of political and social upheaval in China, the unconventional insights of the great Daoist Zhuangzi (369?-286? B.C.) pointed to a way of living naturally. Inspired by his fascination with the wisdom of this sage, the immensely popular Taiwanese cartoonist Tsai Chih Chung created a bestselling Chinese comic book. Tsai had his cartoon characters enact the key parables of Zhuangzi (pronounced jwawngdz), and he rendered Zhuangzi's most enlightening sayings into modern Chinese. Through Tsai's enthusiasm and skill, the earliest and core parts of the Zhuangzi were thus made accessible to millions of Chinese-speaking people with no other real chance of appreciating this major Daoist text. Translated into English by Brian Bruya, the comic book is now available to a Western audience. The classical Chinese text of the selections of the Zhuangzi is reproduced in the margins throughout. Evoked by the translation and the playful cartoons is the spontaneity that Zhuangzi favors as an attitude toward life: abandon presuppositions, intellectual debates, and ambitions, he suggests, and listen to the "music of nature." With the writings attributed to Laozi, the Zhuangzi contributed to an alternative philosophical ideal that matched Confucianism in its impact on Chinese culture. Over the centuries this classical Daoism influenced many aspects of Chinese life, including painting, literature, and the martial arts. It had a particularly strong effect on Chan Buddhism (Japanese Zen). For this book, Donald Munro has written an afterword that places Daoism and the Zhuangzi in historical and cultural context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691008820
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/13/1992
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,403,059
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Guide to Pronunciation
Map
The Summer Cicada and the Wonder Tortoise5
The Little Sparrow's Small Happiness7
Hui Shi's Giant Gourd8
The Song Family's Secret Formula10
The Useless Shu Tree12
The Tattooed Yue People15
The Music of the Earth16
Zhao Wen Quits the Zither19
Does Wang Ni Know?20
Is Xi Shi Really Beautiful?22
Li Ji's Tears23
Zhang Wuzi's Dream24
Shadows Talking25
The Dream of the Butterfly26
Three at Dawn and Four at Dusk27
Hui Shi Leans against a Tree28
The Cook Carves Up a Cow29
Passing on the Flame31
The Caged Pheasant32
Like A Mantis Stopping a Cart33
The Horse Lover35
The Earth Spirit's Tree36
A Tree's Natural Life Span38
The Freak40
Oil Burns Itself Out41
The Tiger Trainer42
Toeless Shu43
Nature the Superhero44
Forgetting the Dao45
Zi Sang Questions His Fate46
Digging a Canal in the Ocean Floor47
Are a Duck's Legs Too Short?48
The Lost Goat49
Bandits Have Principles, Too50
Good Wine, Bad Wine52
The Yellow Emperor Questions Guangcheng53
Nature's Friend54
The Old Wheelwright55
The Earth and the Sky57
Crows and Seagulls58
Confucius Sees a Dragon59
Don't Ring the Bull's Nose60
The Wind and the Snake61
Courage of the Sage63
The Frog in the Well65
Learning How to Walk in Handan68
A Crow Eating a Dead Rat69
You're Not a Fish71
Zhuangzi Dreams of a Skeleton72
Sea Birds Don't Like Music74
The Drunk Passenger76
Riding with the Dao77
The Sweet Water is Gone First79
Lin Hui Forsakes a Fortune81
Swallows Nest in the Eaves82
The Mantis Getting the Cicada83
Fan Was Never Destroyed85
Knowledge and the Dao86
Gengsang Forsakes Fame88
The Yellow Emperor and the Pasture Boy89
The Stone Mason and the Ying Man91
Two Nations on a Snail's Antennae93
Zhuangzi Borrows Grain94
The Turtle That Could Predict the Future95
Natural Use97
Catch the Fish, Discard the Trap98
Yang Zhu Studies the Dao99
Zi Gong's Snow-White Clothes100
The Bandit Speaks102
Zhuangzi's Three Swords107
Confucius in the Black Forest114
The Man Who Hated His Footprints117
The Man Who Hated His Shadow118
Like a Drifting Boat119
The Dragonslayer120
Shattering the Dragonpearl122
Don't Make Sacrifices124
Zhuangzi on His Deathbed125
Afterword127

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