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Preview — Oeuvre complète de Tchouang-Tseu by Zhuangzi
Oeuvre complète de Tchouang-Tseu
-- Asian Affairs
The basic writings of Chuang Tzu have been savored by Chinese readers for over two thousand years. And Burton Watson's lucid and beautiful translation has been loved by generations of readers.
Chuang Tzu (369?-286? B.C.) was a leading philosopher representing the Taoist strain in Chinese thought. Using parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set fort...more
The parables are somewhat repetitious, both in tone and in ideas, an ...more
He says what we hold dear for which we even commit our own life is often not Tao. Obsession with honor, wealth, power as well as knowledge blind our spiritual eyes to see true purpose and meaning of life.
Without intervention and supervision, spring follows winter. Day follows night. Flowers bloom. Form which every life springs up and through which we can peek what Tao is. In this sense, righteousness and benevolence, he warns, do more harm than good on balance: some disgui ...more
Here's a famous sample using the famous cleaver illustration: "However, whenever I come to a complicated place, I size up the difficulties, tell myself to watch out and be careful, keep my eyes on what I'm doing, work ...more
Those of you who have it marked as "to read", get on with it already, it's more than well-worth your time.
This book is made up of two sections. The seven "Inner Chapters" are believed to have been written by Chuang Tzu himself. These chapter ...more
Tasty little book, includes inner and outer chapters that can be read in any order. From what I understand the translation has been somewhat simplified for the Western reader by omitting at least some of the Chinese cultural references. That said Martin Palmer’s translation is considered to be pretty good overall.
I was primarily interested in checking the text out from a neuro-scientific and anti-enlightenment persp ...more
Cook Ting put down his knife and said, 'What your servant loves best is the Tao, which is better than any art. When I started to cut up oxen, hat I saw was just a complete ox. After three years I had learnt not to see the ox as whole. Now I practise with my mind, not with my eyes. I ignore my sense and follow my spirit. I see the natural lines and my knife slides through the great hollows, follows the great cavities, using that which is already there to my advantage. . . .' ...more
This is my second reading. I will make some statements about my insights gained from this book:
- All 'words' are relative but points to one absolute truth of nothingness.
- There must be something in order to have nothingness.
- Life as well as the whole wor ...more
The basic allure is in the concept of casting off...everything. Our deepest thoughts and considerations are almost always blocked by certain premises that we are unable to see through. Chuang Tzu escapes these barriers, in a thrilling and powerful way.
At its basic level, The Way according to Chuang Tzu is not anchored in anything. Physical circumstance, metaphysical reality - these do not, well, MATTER. The Way is a ...more
The main thing is that his points are made in a style that is completely n harmony with the philosophy. Some of the passages are very funny, and the emotional connection fo the humor makes the point being made affect you. It is the connection to the idea, and the making it a part of oneself, rather than the intellectual understanding that ...more
This was published in 1964 and while compared to the 2300 year history of the works this is nothing, I'm sure there are more modern interpretations that might be of some use to casual readers.
The introduction is excellent and the footnotes are very helpful in attempting to understand (where possible, it's not always!) the probable meaning of some of the allegorical stories.
Senza dubbio un libro da leggere ...more
4th century BCE... comedian, poet, story teller, and trickster..
a book i continually aspire to understand and hold myself to,
With a satchel of quirky stories... he single handedly undermined the institution of rational thought in ancient China..
(who knows if that's true.. it just has a ring to it...)
Burton Watson... is an excellent translator, a famous scholar... ive read four other translations.. only his manages to begin to capture all the multitudes... (though others are be ...more
Personally, I think that Confucius had a better way than the Chuang Tzu.
Then again... maybe it's just the frame of mind that I read it from?
all in all- w ...more
Zhuangzi, or “Master Zhuang” (also known in the Wade-Giles romanization as Chuang-tzu) was, after Laozi, one of the earliest thinkers to contribute to the philosophy that has come to be known as Daojia, or school of the Way. According to traditional dating, he was an almost exact contemporary of the Confucian thinker Mencius, but there appears to have been ...more