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The Tao of Pooh

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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
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 6th 2003 by Egmont Books (first published 1982)
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Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
“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.”

“Oh.”

“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
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Joe
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Caz (littlebookowl)
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Very cute, but I think this dragged on a little at times. It wasn't very memorable, and had it been so I think this would have made more of an impact on me.
Lyn
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Part of this rating is my fault.

I don’t know what I expected exactly, choosing a book that helps to explain Taoism through Winnie the Pooh (and explaining Winnie the Pooh through Taoism) but this was not what I wanted.

Benjamin Hoff has striven to explain Eastern philosophy in Western terms by using as a working allegory the beloved characters developed by A.A. Milne. By including Pooh and his friends while he wrote the book and having an ongoing dialogue with the residents of The Hundred Acre Wo
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Jon
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Cheri
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A somewhat overly cutesy take on Taoism that worked much better for me as an audio ‘read’ than reading the actual book – which I’ve tried to do more than a few times – and abandoned as many times.

This was a nice background alternative to music, for a change, while driving through some of the back roads of Vermont and appreciating the beauty of the season while it lasts, it really was the perfect audiobook with some moments of charm, including some of the quotes from A.A. Milne’s books that were
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R.K. Gold
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay Full Review is here (too many times I've said full review coming then never posted again)

A cute dialogue on complex philosophical discussion between our narrator and AA Milne’s famous creations. Overall the tone of the book complemented the teachings well and left me as a reader excited to conduct my own research on the subject matter from its source material to come to my own conclusions. It’s difficult to not enjoy something with such a charismatic ensemble and the overall thesis of this
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Diane
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a fun re-read for me. I think I first read this back in the '90s when I worked at a big chain bookstore — as clerks we were encouraged to read widely and be familiar with as many bestselling authors as possible. I remember "The Tao of Pooh" was still selling well more than a decade after it was first published, and its charm does feel timeless.

Benjamin Hoff's idea was to illustrate the basic principles of Taoism using the characters in the Winnie the Pooh stories. It's a quick read, cle
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Kara 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
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Naomi
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Odette Brethouwer
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
What a briljant little book full of life lessons and a course to a happy way of viewing life. Lovely in it's simplicity about such a complex subject as overal happiness. In my top 3 of all-time favorite books!
Bosh
Feb 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Bonnie
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
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second listen in about as many months. This may be my new go-to in stressful situations.

In fact I think every employee should be issued a copy asap

I'm also going to listen to this more often to remind myself to stop looking for happiness in new clothes, and hand cream, and lip gloss, and scarves, oh, and shoes 👠. Because I obviously find waayyyy too much happiness in those things.
Riku Sayuj
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wonderful book! Must read for anyone interested in Taoism or even in plain simple living.
Renée Paule
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It would be easy to dismiss this book by its cover as a ‘child’s read’ and leave it on the shelf. That would be a shame, for this charming book portrays the principles of Taoism through the story of Winnie the Pooh - and the other characters - in such a way that it makes the reader stop… and think about life. Pooh lives in the ‘now’ without concern for things past or future; life just ‘Is’. Benjamin Hoff shows, through the adventures of Pooh and his companions, that a happier, more contented lif ...more
Chad Santos
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Zen, the Tao, the beautifully simplicity of a quiet, accepting mind.
 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 Pooh
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2017
This is my first time to read a book about Taoism and I thought that teachings in Buddhism have similarities with Taoism. I don't know if it's because of how the author writes or it is just that Buddhism and Taoism are different after all.

The author attempts to interpret Taoism teachings by using fable but I think it's not that effective because it just made some confusion in some parts. Hoff tried to explain Taoism in what he thought is the most coherent way he knows but it just complicates his
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aPriL does feral sometimes
''The Tao of Pooh' by Benjamin Hoff left me feeling a bit as if I was being reprimanded for being a reader who sometimes spends time examining my life.

The book uses stories from Winnie-the-Pooh to illustrate basic Tao philosophy in what Hoff hopes is a cute and instructive manner, and maybe winsomely attractive enough to convince us, gentle reader. However, instead I felt as if I was being asked to live my life with the confidence and supposed mentality of a trust-fund recipient of a major fortu
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Dylan Olson
Jan 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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Cammie
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
The Tao of Pooh is a much more palatable explanation of Taoism than I've ever read in any humanities book. (I'm not recalling when I last read about Taoism now that I actually think about it.) Benjamin Hoff creates the perfect allegory to explain this Eastern philosophy. However, Pooh's life and philosophy might be a little too simplistic for reality.
I did like the author's explanation of the book in the forward when he says to Pooh that the book is about how to stay happy and calm in all circum
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Patrick
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shane
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Caren
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This is a charming little book. The author is able to seamlessly move from actual Pooh quotes to his own clever Poohisms. (He really seems to know the old bear well.) Through these charming little visits with Pooh and friends, he quietly shows some Taoist principles. It is a method that works very well. I knew nothing about Taoism, but his discussions with the Milne characters make some deep ideas easily understood.
Here is one of Mr. Hoff's "conversations" with Pooh, from pages 98-99 of my 1983
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Marta
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Hoff has no idea about neither Taoism nor Pooh. He is an angry, bitchy man who rails against capitalism, Christianity, science, and “Busy Backsons”, ironically whom he personifies with his condescending attitude toward anyone who is not an “uncarved block” like Pooh. I don’t know much about Taoism, but I seriously doubt it is so intolerant. I know more about Buddhism, which he disses, and it acknowledges that we are distracted beings, and offers a way to achieve happiness. Instead of showing the ...more
Weinz
Jan 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linda
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.

Pooh
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
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Ren
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-school
I read this book for school, and to be honest, I picked it up because of the short page count and the fact that Winnie-The-Pooh is on the cover. And it was nothing like what I thought it was going to about but I totally recommend it, an amazing read and I think everyone should read this throughout their life.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This is one amazing little book! It's so calm, simple and inspiring I wanted to start reading it again as soon as I finished it! This book can definitely change your life: it's so uplifting! What I found really interesting when reading reviews here and there is how everyone identifies with a different chapter from the book, a different character. The book really has something to offer to each and everyone of us, it echoes our own personal experiences. My favourite chapters must be "Cottleston Pi ...more
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Hoff grew up in the Portland, Oregon neighborhood of Sylvan, where he acquired a fondness of the natural world that has been highly influential in his writing. Hoff obtained a B.A. in Asian Art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1973.

Hoff has also studied architecture, music, fine arts, graphic design and Asian Culture. His studies in Asian Culture included reaching the cer
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