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  • Title: Wandering on the Way: Early Taoist Tales and Parables of Chuang Tzu
  • Author: Zhuangzi Victor H. Mair
  • ISBN: 9780824820381
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • Acclaimed for his authoritative translation of the Tao Te Ching, Victor Mair, one of the foremast translators of ancient Chinese, reclaims for the modern reader another of the great books of Eastern wisdom Although less well known in the West than the Tao Te Ching, the work of Chuang Tzu is every bit its equal as a classic of Taoist thought But this collection of tales,Acclaimed for his authoritative translation of the Tao Te Ching, Victor Mair, one of the foremast translators of ancient Chinese, reclaims for the modern reader another of the great books of Eastern wisdom Although less well known in the West than the Tao Te Ching, the work of Chuang Tzu is every bit its equal as a classic of Taoist thought But this collection of tales, poems, and parables is also one of the most playful and witty books in world literature In this vivid, contemporary translation, Victor Mair captures the quintessential life and spirit of Chuang Tzu while remaining faithful to the text Complete with an authoritative introduction on Chuang Tzu and his place in Chinese thought and history, as well as a glossary of key terms and concepts, this translation by Victor Mair is destined to become the definitive edition of Chuang Tzu s work in our time Illustrated throughout with woodcuts by the illustrator of the Tao Te Ching.
    Wandering on the Way Early Taoist Tales and Parables of Chuang Tzu Acclaimed for his authoritative translation of the Tao Te Ching Victor Mair one of the foremast translators of ancient Chinese reclaims for the modern reader another of the great books of Eastern w

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    1. Following the Tao the Way is a method of being in the world but not of it This volume translates certain key texts of the Tao, here mostly short stories featuring the rich and powerful, their advisors, set up against the followers of the Way Followers of the Way don t chase after riches, follow ceremony or boast at their good fortune They also do not lament their penury or bad fortune They don t lose their temper needlessly, don t engage in argument or political debates, and don t devise schemes [...]

    2. De Zhuang Zi is een bonte verzameling geschriften uit de 4e tot 3e eeuw v Chr over de Tao Deze Chinese filosofie is verre van eenduidig en de geschriften zijn zeer divers in hoe ze proberen te illustreren wat de tao nu eigenlijk is Dit gebeurt veelal in mythen, parabels en dialogen tussen historische figuren als Confucius en allegorische personages, met tot de verbeelding sprekende namen als duisterman afwezig , niemendal en tandeloos Vaak wordt ge llustreerd wat tao vooral niet is Thema s als a [...]

    3. Zhuangzi deliberately makes himself very hard to pin down, but here are some of the things that struck me.1 Zhuangzi is the Diogenes to Confucius Aristotle, to use a slightly fatuous analogy He disclaims ambition and self aggrandizement, and systems in favour of proverbs, anecdotes and clever subversion.2 Zhuangzi delights in paradox This one of the greatest pleasures in reading the book.3 Confucius and other sages appear in stories at various points, filling the purpose of sympathetic character [...]

    4. Lovely poetic stories exemplifying key Daoist concepts Whereas the Tao Te Ching is pure symbolism and poetry, this is a collection of parables That means its a lot concrete As a result, it gets even explicitly anarchist than Laozi at times, but it also gets even explicitly bizarre condemning listening to complex music for example This has the famous Butterfly Dream parable in it, as well as the Turtle of Ch u parable, which were both excellent This is a good way for people to understand Daois [...]

    5. When many think of the essential text of Taoism Daoism they think of the Tao Te Ching This is true However, if you really want to get inside of the tenets of philosophical daoism, you must read Chuang Tzu Please understand before you read that Chuang Tzu is a transformative text google it and so you will be changed in a significant way after reading The stories are simple but they plant important seeds in your mind Victor Mair does a superb job of presenting this transformative text.

    6. I had built up this book so much in my mind, perhaps it was inevitable that I would be disappointed in it I really wanted to like it I ve felt for a long time that I had some affinity with Daoist ideas mostly from reading Dao De Jing, Smullyan s The Tao is Silent, and Le Guin s The Lathe of Heaven I m drawn to the attitude, similar to Hellenistic Skepticism, of withholding judgment on things going on around you, and I like the gentle but pronounced disdain for those things often held in esteem b [...]

    7. Fasanene p myrene m ta ti skritt for hver bit mat, og hundre for en munnfull vann Men likevel har de ikke noe nske om fostres i bur Deres nd, ikke deres kropp, bestemmer.Vismannen Shangu d r, og hans venner Mestrene Zifan og Quinzhang har skrevet ett hymne Hei og h , Shangu Hei og h , Shangu Du har vendt tilbake til ditt sanne deg mens vi leve som mennesker, ho hei

    8. Chuang Tzu correctly rendered as Zhuang Zi is perhaps the second most important figure in Daoism after the possibly Mythic Lao Zi The book of Chuang Tzu henceforth referred to as Zhuang Zi is a collection of anecdotes, stories, and analogies of Zhuang Zi s teachings on how to achieve the Tao, or the way.The Tao, Dao, or Way is essentially the same concept as found in Tao Te Ching or Dao De Jing but is elaborated so, and as such, is accessible.The origin and precise canonization of this book i [...]

    9. Understanding is not understanding 302 such is Chaung Tzu s flavour of scepticism It goes far beyond Descartes to put them on the same spectrum would be like asking both Tom Cruise and a cucumber to audition for the same role One might also say it goes far beyond what is healthy when someone says a thing like, It is dangerous to use any of your faculties 222 , it s hard not to cry paranoia Knowledge, to Chuang Tzu, seems to be by definition a deception And yet it s also hard to say that Chaung T [...]

    10. The book of Chuang TzuHe 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 harm than good on balance some disguises what th [...]

    11. This book is so quotable This is one of the best chinese texts I ve ever read, and one of the most famous ones It s probably the most fun to read too Zhuangzi and the anonymous writers talk about and poke fun at different philosophers and ideas of the time He they explain their philosophy through short stories and anecdotes, often featuring legendary chinese rulers and other characters Some of the most memorable passages have Confucious, probably the most praised philosopher and statesman in chi [...]

    12. Once upon a time, I, Chuang Tzu, dreamt that I was a butterfly, flitting around and enjoying myself I had no idea I was Chuang Tzu Then suddenly I woke up and was Chuang Tzu again But I could not tell, had I been Chuang Tzu dreaming I was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming I was now Chuang Tzu

    13. I m gonna keep this short I love this book so much I m tempted to learn Chinese just so I can better get the true words of Chuang Tzu Those of you who have it marked as to read , get on with it already, it s than well worth your time.

    14. This is the only work that within itself can explain Daoism I found a lot myself already in here thus I feel resolved The concept of actionless action makes me a lot comfortable with the notion the Universe may be entirely predetermined.

    15. One of the foundational texts of Chinese culture Find me a man who has forgotten words, and I will have a word with him.

    16. trans Martin Palmer 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 23, ch3 We can [...]

    17. I liked the fact that I did not understand all of the arcane references To me, that is proof of the authenticity of the translation Unlike the Tao Te Ching, this work contains funny stories, and even moral admonishments I bookmarked many passages which I will return to again and again in my feeble attempts to live my life in a manner that is in concord with nature.

    18. This Victor H Mair translation is very readable and true to the original Chinese So my bilingual Chinese friends tell me The humor of names and actions is understandable I can read these stories dozens of times and get something different from them each time A classic

    19. The Book of Chuang Tzu is a fun volume full of Eastern wisdom and Taoist thought Read it and seek to discover the Tao

    20. Vijf sterren voor de toelichting en vertaling van Kristofer Schipper, laat helemaal niets te wensen over.

    21. In meiner Jugend habe ich mich recht intensiv mit Zen und Buddhismus besch ftigt Die wahrscheinlich interessanteste Lekt re, die ich mir in dieser Zeit zugef hrt habe, war dieses Buch in der deutschen bersetzung Ich war damals sehr beeindruckt von dem Symbolgehalt der kleinen Geschichten Sie bilden Teile des Lebens tats chlich sehr anschaulich ab und bieten viel Anreiz, um sich auch entsprechende eigene Gedanken ber das eigene Dasein zu machen Die wahrscheinlich bekannteste Geschichte ist schlie [...]

    22. Oh crap, I woke up this morning and realized that the butterfly was dreaming me 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 perspect [...]

    23. nothing has profoundly affected me so than the study of the TaoI wish to quote this text, but to quote nearly half of what should be quoted would be to copy here nearly half of the whole text what can I say

    24. Uit de vierde tot derde eeuw voor onze jaartelling stammen deze geschriften Het is een verzameling wonderlijke verhalen, de oerteksten van het tao sme, die hun stempel hebben gedrukt op het Verre Oosten, met name China en Japan Door de prachtige vertaling van Kristofer Schipper is dit werk nu voor ons toegankelijk Hij heeft er veel noten aan toegevoegd, die gelukkig op dezelfde bladzijde staan, zodat je niet hoeft te bladeren Sommige noten gaan over de figuren en plaatsnamen, af en toe wijst hij [...]

    25. Having loved Lao Tze s Tao Te Ching around 4 years ago I chose to buy books by Confucius and Chuang Tzu Confucius is the most well known of these three philosophers whilst Chuang Tzu s biggest claim to fame was his one dream in which he questions whether he is a man dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly now dreaming that he is a man mentioned in Borge s New refutation of time.First, I read The Analects by Confucius, and was largely underwhelmed In comparison with the radical elements of La [...]

    26. Martin Palmer s translation was the first translation of Chuang Tzu I ever read, and the book had such a profound effect on me that it s unlikely that any other translation will ever supplant Palmer s as my preferred translation But Mair certainly gives it a valiant effort Mair s translation is highly accessible and readable in it s own right Like Palmer, he appears to understand that Chuang Tzu s or, at least, the royal Chuang Tzu, since the books was almost certainly written by than one or tw [...]

    27. Zhuangzi is one of the two foundational texts of Daoism It is unique in Chinese philosophy because instead of teaching life lessons and rules, it teaches to be a carefree wanderer It was also very unlike other philosophies because it was extremely fun to read though somewhat confusing as well For example, chapter two On Equalizing Things is like reading a intense version of Alice in Wonderland It repeats words multiple times and uses the same word to explain the opposite Almost the entire chapt [...]

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