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Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi
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May 09, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: religion-spiritual

After reading the Tao Te Ching, I discovered Chuang Tzu and it blew me away. This was an actual historical person that is documented and these are his writings.

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 is key.

I just realized that there is a parallel in sufism. Lao Tzu turned me onto a new way of contemplating reality and human nature, but Chuang tzu made it possible for me to make the ideas a part of who I am..

similarly Rumi showed me that love and treating the divine as precious were not antithetical to my atheism/agnosticism. But Hafiz made it an irresistable emotional imperative that I make love a central part of my relationship to the world and to the people around me

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