The Book of Chuang Tzu

The Book of Chuang Tzu

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The Book of Chuang Tzu by Martin Palmer

A masterpiece of ancient Chinese philosophy, second in influence only to the Tao Te Ching

One of the founders of Taoism, Chuang Tzu was firmly opposed to Confucian values of order, control, and hierarchy, believing the perfect state to be one where primal, innate nature rules. Full of profundity as well as tricks, knaves, sages, jokers, unbelievably named people, and uptight Confucians, The Book of Chuang Tzu perceives the Tao-the Way of Nature- not as a term to be explained but as a path to walk. Radical and subversive, employing wit, humor, and shock tactics, The Book of Chuang Tzu offers an intriguing look deep into Chinese culture.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140455373
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2007
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 361,715
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Martin Palmer is the director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education, and Culture (ICOREC), which specializes in religious, environmental, educational, and developmental projects and works with a variety of international organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund, UNESCO, and the World Bank. He is the author of many books on religious topics and is one of the foremost translators of ancient Chinese texts, having published translations of the Tao Te Ching, I Ching, Chuang Tzu, and Quan Yin. A regular contributor on BBC TV and Radio, Palmer records for them on his frequent visits to China. A leading expert on Taoist ritual, Palmer studied theology at the University of Cambridge, with a special emphasis on Chinese and Japanese studies.

Elizabeth Breuilly is a member of ICOREC. She specializes in educational books and in assisting faith groups in articulating their fundamental teachings clearly to nonspecialist audiences.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xiii
Wandering Where You Will
1(7)
Working Everything Out Evenly
8(14)
The Nurturing of Life
22(4)
Out and About in the World
26(12)
Signs of Real Virtue
38(9)
The Great and Original Teacher
47(13)
Dealing with Emperors and Kings
60(6)
Webbed Toes
66(6)
Horses' Hooves
72(4)
Broken Suitcases
76(6)
Leaving the World Open
82(10)
Heaven and Earth
92(14)
Heaven's Tao
106(11)
Does Heaven Move?
117(12)
Rigid and Arrogant
129(4)
The Deceived and Ignorant Ones
133(4)
Season of Autumn Floods
137(12)
Perfect Happiness
149(7)
Grasping the Purpose of Life
156(11)
The Huge Tree
167(10)
Tien Tzu Fang
177(10)
The Shores of the Dark Waters
187(12)
Keng Sang Chu
199(11)
Hsu Wu Kuei
210(15)
Travelling to Chu
225(11)
Affected from Outside
236(8)
Supposed Words
244(5)
Abdication
249(12)
Robber Chih
261(14)
The Lover of Swords
275(5)
The Old Fisherman
280(8)
Lieh Yu Kou
288(8)
Governing the World
296(13)
Index 309

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