Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early that conveys its spirit in a way no other translation has and that was Merton’s. The Catholic monk Thomas Merton had a special place in his heart for Chuang Tzu, the chief authentic spokesperson for Taoism, who lived in the fourth century . 4. I. Merton’s Imitation of Chuang Tzu. In His Personality. When Merton wrote The Way of Chuang Tzu, one of his favorite books, he made a special confession to.

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Pierre de Margerie Published: The Way of Chuang Tzu, by Thomas Merton, is the product of five years of immersion, study, prayer, and reflection on the work of Zhuangzi, one of the towering figures in Chinese Taoism Daojia who lived sometime between the Fourth and Third Century BC.

Chuang Tzu believed that abstractions such as “happiness,” “virtue,” and “justice” were concepts placed into the world of objects to be attained, and should be considered ambiguous at best, dangerous at worst. Trivia About The Way of Chuang In the end, of course, the principle of change means that we, as all life forms do, must die and that our death, as death does throughout nature, begets new life. New Directions; Second edition March 30, Language: Aug 26, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: FitzGerald chang translate Khayyam’s work.

Li is the acting out of veneration and love, not only for parents, for one’s sovereign, for one’s people, but also for “Heaven-and-earth.

Ultimate reality is not a thing, but energy that pervades all the cosmos, nature, human relationships. After Merton’s thoughtful introduction to the teaching of Chuang Tzu, the bulk of this book is composed of the often witty and humorous short stories and parables of Chuang Tzu.


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However, the content of his translation is too frequently wrong to make this translation a reliable representation of what Zhuang Zi Chuang Tzu meant. Clean, tight and unmarkeed. Previous page of related Sponsored Products.

Merton sees that “this is, in fact, nothing but organized despair: But when a strong thief comes along he picks up the whole lot, Puts it on his back, and goes on his way with only one fear: He wau his humility:. The result is this collection of poetic renderings of the great sage’s work that conveys its spirit in a way no other translation has and that was Merton’s personal favorite among his more than fifty books.

It is completely free because there is chuagn it no force and no violence. The way to spiritual richness is different. A Cappella Books Published: The way to gain riches and worldly success is to try, do, improve, better, smarter, faster, etc.

Cloud 9 Books Condition: First Edition Thus; Sixth Printing. One might ask why a person should learn about Taoism from a Trappist monk any more than one would learn the teachings of Chuanh. Very Good in wrappers. cuhang

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Looking out his window he sees the swirling confusion of life, the tumbling hopes and stark anxieties of his neighbors, the whirling exasperation and sinking The dawn must look different to one living tje a small lake from which he gets his dinner, idling about alone, without work, without a spouse, without a child and without a mortgage.

To know when to stop, to know when you can get no further by your own action, this is the right beginning! Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The principle of change governs human affairs as well. Selected pages Title Page.

Near fine stiff wraps with strong spine and clean text throughout. There are few books in the world, which will give you an insight into humanity and the world, yet also make you laugh! The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting upon four different translations of the Chinese classic that emrton Chuang Tzu’s name.