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The Book of Chuang Tzu

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Paperback Book
December, 2006
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Chuang Tzu is said to have lived in the 4th-century BC, though little is known for sure about him—other than that he is among the most enjoyable and intriguing personalities in the whole of Chinese philosophy. The Book of Chuang Tzu is a new, complete translation of the classic Taoist text, drawing together the stories, talks, jokes and anecdotes that have gathered around the figure of Chuang Tzu. Like the Lieh Tzu and the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu perceives the Tao as the way of Nature—as not a term to be explained but a path to walk. Experience is where it’s at, Chuang Tzu would say—if he would say anything, other than wagging a finger in the general direction of life itself!

The Book of Chuang Tzu therefore ignores logic and philosophical clarity, and makes Confucian earnestness—along with the pretensions of emperors, bureaucrats and sages—the frequent butt of its jokes. Radical and subversive, employing wit, humour and shock tactics, the Chuang Tzu is concerned not with government but with the life and growth of the individual spirit.




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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.

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