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The Way Of Chuang Tzu

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Paperback Book
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New Directions
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March, 2010
ISBN:
9780811218511
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$19.50 CAD
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Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of his own versions of the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries BC, is the chief authentic historical spokesperson for Taoism and its founder Lao-Tzu (a legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu’s writings). Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, into the unique vehicle we now call by its Japanese name—Zen.

The Chinese sage abounds in wit and paradox and shattering insights into the true ground of being. Thomas Merton, no stranger to Asian thought, brings a vivid, modern idiom to the timeless wisdom of Tao.

 This collection of poetic renderings of the great sage’s work conveys its spirit in a way no other translation has and was Merton’s personal favourite 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. This edition also includes a new preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

This little book is the perfect companion to Lao-Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. Assembled with admirable spiritual insight and sensitivity, The Way of Chuang Tzu is not a “how to” manual, for “He who knows does not speak, and he who speaks does not know.”

This book somehow indirectly gives you a sense of what it is to be centered in the Tao. You get a fleeting sense of what it is like to live a life of such centeredness and simplicity that it is difficult to tell where your own consciousness ends and the currents of the cosmos begin. This is the state of Wu Wei, effortless action in complete resonance with the Tao… Indeed, the true person of Tao will live humbly in simplicity and obscurity—and yet such beings are the true wellsprings of cosmic harmony between heaven and earth.

Publisher’s Description: 

Classic writings from the great Zen master in exquisite versions by Thomas Merton, in a new edition with a preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of his own versions of the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of Chinese philosophers. Chaung Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief authentic historical spokesperson for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu's writings). Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, into the unique vehicle we now call by its Japanese name - Zen.

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