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The Tao of Pooh

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  63,677 ratings  ·  2,331 reviews
The Wisdom of Pooh.

Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 6th 2003 by Egmont Books (first published January 1st 1982)
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“Hello there! Aren’t you Winnie the Pooh? I’m a big fan.”

“Yes I am. How do you know me?” Asked Pooh.

“There have been many books written about you and your friends. The most recent one is about how you are a western Taoist.”


“A western what?”

“Taoist” I said, “it’s very hard to explain, I’m no expert. In fact the whole book was about the author trying to explain it to you, and you would say “oh.”

“Oh.” Said Pooh.

“From what I understand you are an un-carved block.”

“Oh” said Pooh.

“An un-carved wh
May 02, 2007 ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone interested in taoism
I was sitting in a coffee shop recently with a young woman who described herself as a Taoist Pagan Pantheist. My first thought was, "what the heck is that?" Luckily what came out of my mouth was slightly more tactful, "describe that for me, I've never met someone who described herself that way" (Translation: what the heck is that!).

After we talked for a while, she recommended I read this book. So here's my synopsis - pretty fascinating book, actually. I'm looking forward to getting together with
I picked up this book because it seemed so charming. The author took the stories and characters of A.A. Milne and juxtaposed them with the Taoist teachings of people such as Lao Tzu.

Pooh as western Taoist starts off interestingly enough but halfway through it I came to the realization that it was making me want to just read the actual Milne, who was frankly probably a genius writer. Those were great books with great characters, each with their own type of intelligence.

Then about two thirds thr
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Recipe for Tao of Pooh
1. 1 cup of Eastern Chinese philosophy
2. 2 cups of Winnie the Pooh
3. 3/4 quart of wisdom
4. 3 Handfuls of fabulous drawings by Ernest Shepard
5. The key to Happiness
Mix them all together and you have the Tao of Pooh.

The Tao of Pooh is a book that I loved whole heartily. Basically as the title suggest it's a allegorical interpetation of A.A. Milne's characters in the world of Daoism or Taoism. Inside this slender novel you will find some o
Oct 13, 2007 Naomi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like bears and ancient eastern philosophy
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, kept me entertained, and I feel like I actually grasped the general concepts of Taoism. That was accomplishing a lot because sometimes my borderline ADD brain can't focus on religion and philosophy books. It's not like I don't want to know. I do want to know. But it can't be helped what my brain does and does not respond to. Winnie the Pooh and funniness are two things my brain inevitably responds to. So intertwining those things with philosophy i ...more
I don't know what to say about this book that won't offend someone. It's like those Simpsons philosphy books, of something some modern professor tries to write to appear both profound and eccentric, living up to that professor image. Oh god books like this make me want to kill myself out of the shame I feel at being from the same planet as these people.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A copy of The Tao of Pooh was provided to me by Tantor Media for review purposes.

"...the basic Taoism that we are concerned with here is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life. From the Taoist point of view, the natural result of this harmonious way of living is happiness."

There are some things that I've accepted that my brain is just not built to understand. Calculus and Economics are a couple of examples
Riku Sayuj
Wonderful book! Must read for anyone interested in Taoism or even in plain simple living.
Macon Kennedy
The Defilement of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff is undoubtedly an interesting and alluring book with its method of introducing an Eastern sect of philosophy in a way that even children could understand the authors supposed ingenious way of incorporating the lovable childhood characters of A.A. Milne: Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and the others. Yet within the first few minutes of reading, I quickly realized that this is absolutely not the jovial bedtime reading to entertain the kids and enlighte
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
This is my favorite book to give as a gift. Benjamin Hoff has brought the loved characters from the 100 acre wood & explains principles Taoism in a way that is endearing as well as simplistic.

From the forward:
"What's this you're writing?" asked Pooh, climbing onto the writing table.
"The Tao of Pooh" I replied.
"The how of Pooh? asked Pooh, smudging one of the words I had just written.
"The TAO of Pooh," I replied, poking his paw away with my pencil.
"It seems more like the OW! of Pooh", said
Some how when it comes from the guileless mouth of a tender hearted bear happiness and contentment in life seems so simple. Hoff does an amazing job of bringing his readers Eastern philosophy from the point of view of endearing characters that we've all grown up with. Its message of simplicity and peace was like a vacation for the soul. I recommend this one to anyone who needs a break from the every day grime we all have to deal with.

My only grief was the watered down version of the Eastern Rel
Ben Babcock
It was a Friday; I wasn’t working, I’m a little behind on my read count, so I took this off the stack. It looked short and light enough to finish in an afternoon. This need to achieve things rather than “living in the moment” of simply existing and enjoying the book goes against the principles of Taoism, of course. But I never claimed to be Pooh Bear.

The Tao of Pooh is a short book written before I was born that purports to elucidate certain concepts related to Taoism through the characters and
The Way that can be spoken of is not the one we tread.

These are Lao-Tse's opening words. The great mistake of course is that we do speak of it, and write of it, and attempt to pontificate upon the nature of all things as though an understanding of the Way entailed an understanding of all things. It is rather that an understanding of the Way encompasses all things. To understand, to judge, to see the faults in one and not the other is a common mistake in the interpretation of various Buddhist an
Tao dou,tou noun
(in Chinese philosophy) The absolute principle underlying the universe, combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way, or code of behavior, that is in harmony with the natural order.

Also called Winnie the Pooh or Pooh Bear, was a fictional anthropomorphicteddy bear created by English author A. A. Milne.

The Tao of Pooh
Harmony comes from happiness. Vinegar and honey don't mix. Simplicity begets wisdom. Learning is derived from books. Be sure to
Tried to find my inner Pooh, with my Hunny, Nick. I'm a work in progress, I guess.

Nick Pageant
A very enlightening BR with Mishy.

This is a great little book. I don't know if I'd go so far as to call it a great introduction to Taoism, there are surely a lot of scholarly books that would be better suited to that purpose, but this book does do a good job at pointing out some of Taoism's goals in a very sweet, Pooish sort of way.
Dylan Olson
(Sorry Tyler)
On premise alone, this book opens with great momentum. In the first 21 pages, Hoff successfully illustrates his idea that A.A. Milne's character, Winnie the Pooh, is a great literary embodiment of the teachings of Lao-tse. Well done. Directing attention to the parallels between Eastern and Western philosophy is not an altogether original idea. Fritjof Capra accomplishes the very same thing with greater skill, detail and poetry in his book, The Tao of Physics. Hoff's arguments are s
This book is given to me by my aunt. At first, I thought it's "The Winnie the Pooh" movie/book but this is more of principles of Taoism through "Winnie the Pooh" characters. Maybe I still consider this a book from childhood since I started this book when I was in high school but I wasn't able to finish it because my aunt is rereading this during that time.

Anyways, I had a hard time reading this because I'm not really into books like this. It's basically out of my comfort zone. I find this an oka
Cody Melcher
While the book did a good job of tying the work and characters of A.A. Milne to Taoist philosophy, it ultimately was little more than a child's primer in Taoism. As many have noted, the philosophy was a bit off and much was not exactly carried through. It was a mildly interesting read, which lost my attention several several times (it took months to read because I kept finding excuses to put it down). Still, it was an interesting idea and carried out effectively enough, I just don't know how I f ...more
I love this book. Taoism is a diffacult concept to wrap your mind around and it couldn't have been made any simpler than it has been in this book. It's got some great stories in it by itself and all of the characters make great examples of the classic personality types you bump in to in everday life. I can't count how many times i've bumped in to an Eore driving home from work or walking down the street. A must read for anyone struggling with the concept of toaism. I'd also recommend The Te Of P ...more
Shweta Nigam
I was always interested and fascinated about the whole philosophy of Taoism but never got around reading a book. This is my first official introduction to Taoism - rather I should say, a cute and humorous introduction to Taoism. Reading the book intrigued me enough to go deeper down the 'Rabbit' hole.

Overall, I enjoyed how the author used the Winnie The Pooh characters to construct a basic understanding of Taoism. It show ways of approaching life, the examples and felt that it had some great ins
I don't me picky, or perhaps too literal, but this book didn't quite meet up with my expectations. I've heard people talk about it for years, so it's been on my mental to-read list for about that long.

I get that it's trying to simplify Taoist concepts, but I felt that for a presentation of it to the Western mind, it may be a bit over-simplified. I can see my Junior High self declaring it Biblical with its frequent declarations against the scholar and learned mind.
I've actually met
Nice. Short. Accessible.

p20. Uncarved Block = simplicity and naturalness
"When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun."

p24. The Learned
"The wise are not learned; the learned are not wise." - Lao Tse

"A well-frog cannot imagine the ocean; nor can a summer insect conceive of ice. How then can a scholar understand the Tao? He is restrict
Angie Libert
I feel like I understand my beloved Pooh Bear better now. :) I always knew there something powerfully special about him! Now, I want to be even more like him.
Max Gallimard
"A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly".

When a philosopher gains knowledge, he writes a thesis, when he gains wisdom, he writes a book for kids, when he gains Nirvana (literally - a state of "no wind"), he writes The Tao of Pooh.

This is the cutest allegorical explanation of Taoism I’ve ever seen. The simplicity of the writing is striking. The transparency of thoughts is surprising. The naivety of the characters is adorable.

Basically, only Pooh, that lucky bear, can embody the principle idea of
Leanne Holitza
I love this book! I love the metaphors and thinking. We can all use it for perspective.
Trevor Higbee
I watched Winnie the Pooh on Saturday mornings as a kid. And I liked it. I read the Dao de Jing in college and I liked it. Sadly, this book has nothing of the deep thought of the Dao, nor the friendly warmth of Pooh.

If you want to know what it's like reading this book, imagine wanting to know more about the true meaning of Christmas. And then imagine you once watched Disney's original "Cars" movie. And then imagine reading a book called "Mater's Christmas" expecting learn something about Christm
This was a book that I picked up when I first started studying Taoism. Although Hoff’s essential explanations of the philosophy’s nuances aren’t completely explained by Pooh and his friends, the author does a good job providing a basic jumping-off point for anyone new to the study of Taoism.

Using the old familiar pop-culture icon, Hoff is able to take a sometimes confusing and certainly complex philosophy and make it more accessible to the masses. Sure, it’s not perfect. And if you are a seriou
Jan 19, 2013 James rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I have mixed feelings about this one. On the positive side, the book emphasizes the need for simplicity and peace in a fast-paced modern world, for accepting things as they are rather than frantically pursuing things that are not.

However, the author's positive message is undermined by his negative attacks on things of which the author disapproves. He condescendingly dismisses other philosophies and religions (e.g., Buddhism, Confucianism), using unfair straw-man characterizations of their teachi
What should be a charming and thoughtful analysis of Pooh Bear through a Taoist lens ends up being a rambling polemic by a bitter man who obviously has a ways to go before he achieves inner peace. While he does use Pooh and company as a jumping off point, Hoff ends up spending much of the book railing against business people, lawyers, academics, and everyone else he deems a "Busy Backson". Even scientists are Busy Backsons, because their discoveries only lead to more questions. Hoff's ideal is a ...more
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Benjamin Hoff is an author based in the United States. The two books he is proud of are The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet. Hoff has an essay online: This is the only website he has officially endorsed or been involved with.

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