☆ The Way of Chuang Tzu (Shambhala Library) || ¼ PDF Read by ☆ Zhuangzi Thomas Merton


  • Title: The Way of Chuang Tzu (Shambhala Library)
  • Author: Zhuangzi Thomas Merton
  • ISBN: 9781590301432
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Chuang Tzu considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thought used parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting upon four diChuang Tzu considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thought used parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting upon four different translations of the Chinese classic that bears Chuang Tzu s name 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 than fifty books Both prose and verse are included here, as well as a short section from Merton discussing the most salient themes of Chuang Tzu s teachings.
    Zhuangzi Thomas Merton
    or Zh angzi c 369 BC c 286 BC.Zhuangzi, or Master Zhuang also known in the Wade Giles romanization as Chuang tzu was, after Laozi, one of the earliest thinkers to contribute to the philosophy that has come to be known as Daojia, or school of the Way According to traditional dating, he was an almost exact contemporary of the Confucian thinker Mencius, but there appears to have been little to no communication between them He is ranked among the greatest of literary and philosophical giants that China has produced His style is complex mythical, poetic, narrative, humorous, indirect, and polysemic.


    Commentaires:

    Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Way of Chuang Tzu, Zhuangzi, Thomas Merton تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و یکم نوامبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: این کتاب بی فایده است - خرد دائو؛ نویسنده: توماس مرتون؛ برگردان: علیرضا تنکابنی؛ تهران، کاروان، 1387؛ در 231 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1394؛ در 231 ص، مصور؛ شابک: 9789647033985؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر قطره، 1389؛ در 240 ص؛ شابک: [...]

    Jokoloyo
    It is a good introduction for Chuang Tzu/Zhuang_Zhou for readers with Catholics or Christian background, thanks to "A Note to Reader" and "A Study of Chuang Tzu" chapters by the author. The introduction chapters are gems by themselves, reflecting the rays of bright mind of the author.The poetry part from Chuang Tzu is the main course and maybe the part that you would re-read again and again, even only for some of them.

    KamRun
    فلسفه چین و تفاوت هایش با فلسفه غربیفلسفه یونان و فلسفه چین باستان، در بنیاد خود از یکدیگر جدا می شوند. فلسفه یونانی از ابتدا توجه زیادی به اضداد داشت و ابتدایی ترین نظریه های فلسفی نیز بر همین اصل استوار است.اما در شرق، فلسفه نه بر اضداد، بلکه بر پیوستگی جهان و همه چیز (ذات دائ [...]

    BillKerwin
    If you like to read about spirituality and are tolerant of its many forms and traditions, then this book may be just the thing for you. It is a selection from the writings of an early Daoist philosopher, chosen and rendered into English by an American Catholic Trappist monk with a great sympathy for zen Buddhism. Oh, and it possesses a brief preface by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.Confucian practice comes in for much criticism in this book, but I think this is because Daoism is concerned about t [...]

    Joseph
    This is one of the first books I read some time ago after first reading the Chuang Tzu. Read it because I needed to read other interpretations of the Chuang Tzu. Merton has a special appeal for me because I had read his great “Seven Story Mountain” and I am enamored of Trappist monks (maybe because I’m not sure I have the fortitude it would take to live those vows). Even given that Merton did not read Chinese, I still think that his is a unique perspective, perhaps because he more than any [...]

    Guy
    Very enjoyable and well worth while reading! Curiously, when I first read it I felt it wasn't up to 5 stars, and gave it a 3. However on recent re-read, I now rate it a full five stars. Not sure what has changed about me to make such a change in my perception of the writing, but on this read even the introduction stood out as exceptionally entertaining.And now I find myself going to it from time-to-time to partake of its charm and wisdom. It is a truly refreshing and delightful book of wise humo [...]

    Hannibal
    جوانگ زه دومین استاد بزرگ فلسفه دائو پس از لائو زه است. اگر دائو دجینگ منسوب به لائوزه را مانیفست اعتقادی ایین دائو محسوب کنیم، این اثر به نوعی در برگیرنده اخلاقی دائوی است.برگردان انگلیسی این کتاب از توماس مرتون است و نمی دانم مترجم پارسی تا چه اندازه در متن آن تصرف کرده است. ب [...]

    Mobina J
    عالی بود این كتاب اندیشه های تامل برانگیزی رو تجربه كردماز متن:‏وقتی كفش اندازه است، پا فراموش شود.وقتی كمربند اندازه است، شكم فراموش شود.نه فشاری،نه اجبارینه نیازی،نه كششیو اینگونه جمله ی كارها زیر مهار و تو آزادیآرام،درست استدرست، تو آرامیبه آرامی ادامه بده و تو درستیراه [...]

    Bob Nichols
    Among the classical Chinese philosophers (550-250 BCE), Chuang Tzu (d. 275) was the premier voice for Taoism. The Tao is regarded as mysterious, immune to description. Taoism's legendary founder, Lao Tzu (who may not have existed), states that "The name that can be named is not the constant name." In the same vein, Chuang Tzu writes that "Tao is a name that indicates without defining." Given this characterization or lack thereof, even a reference to "the Tao" is problematic as "the" qualifies Ta [...]

    Kevin
    I'd read Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching" before but had never had the opportunity to read anything my Chuang Tzu. This was an excellent book that I read straight through, probably not the best way to read it, I think I'll get a physical copy so I can keep it on the nightstand to read the poetry section, again and again.

    Julia
    a reference book on my shelf, which I return to again and again. Chuang Tzu illustrates the way with fables rather than epigrams. More approachable than Lao Tzu, thought some stories can be as enigmatic as truisms. Not a book to read through cover to cover in one sitting, but rather a book to leave around, and pick a page at random whenever guidance is needed.

    fabi
    بهترین کتابی که تا به حال خوانده ام

    Patrick
    I am a great admirer of Thomas Merton. However, the content of his translation is too frequently wrong to make this translation a reliable representation of what Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu) meant.There are many places in ancient Chinese where, e.g one person might translate: "The sage always" and another person might translate: "The Dao always" That is because the original text did not have a subject. The reader has to supply that part. Usually there is no way to figure it out for sure; either or bot [...]

    James Klagge
    Received this as a thank-you gift from a former student. I recently saw a piece about how the largest enrolled class at Harvard is now on Chinese philosophy. I was imagining using this as a text for a class. I don't see it. Of course there is the irony of all the institutional trappings of a class in connection with Zen. But it also couldn't help but feed the sense that philosophy is a silly game. Often the point of a story is that "consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." But of course th [...]

    LawrenceWeber
    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. According to Merton, the notes based on his meditative readings, "have acquired a shape of their own and have become, as it were, 'imitations' of Chuang Tzu." Merton goes on to describe these imitations as personal spiritual interpretations and s [...]

    Wise Fool
    There are few books in the world, which will give you an insight into humanity and the world, yet also make you laugh!Chuang Tzu is one of those few. With his humour and wit, he gives the reader a beautiful insight to the Tao!Enjoy!!!

    Glen Grunau
    Chuang Tzu is considered the greatest of the Taoist writers (at least among those whose historical existence can be verified) that lived during the classic period of Chinese philosophy from 550 to 250 BC. This roughly parallels the timeline in Bible history from the time of the exile of Judah to Babylon and extending well into the "400 years of silence" between the OT and NT scriptures. If one has an openness to accept the idea of religious pluralism, then the teachings of Chuang Tzu may be cons [...]

    Keith
    The dawn must look different to one living on a small lake from which he gets his dinner, idling about alone, without work, without a spouse, without a child and without a mortgage. How does the bread taste to one withdrawn from society, from politics, from family, indifferent to life, to death, to law, to friends, to duty, to good and evil?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 [...]

    Ted Child
    I read the Tao Teh Ching a few years ago and become obsessed, reading various translations. I saved reading any Chuang Tzu till now. Generally Chuang Tzu is less ambiguous and more consistent than Lao Tzu. It is much easier to see the influence of Chuang Tzu rather then Lao Tzu on Zen Buddhism. Here is some quotes I loved: “The rich make life intolerable, driving themselves in order to get more and more money which they cannot really use. In so doing they are alienated from themselves, and e [...]

    Yaholo
    This book feels like a sequel to the Tao Te Ching. With quick-to-read small parables and koans of wisdom, often as a conversation between two people, The Way of Chuang Tzu can bring a dose of enlightenment to any extended restroom trip. Also like the Tao Te Ching, this book helps the mind unravel the knots of the mind and open up to the world around it. What does butchering a cow have to do finding joy? You'll have to read to find out.

    Tom
    Monk Thomas Merton reflects on the works of Chung Tzu, who lived in Asia nearly 2500 years ago. We are invited to release ourselves from servitude to riches, ambition, duty, and even virtue. The way begins with the simple good of being, in and through each moment. Happiness lies in doing nothing whatsoever calculated to obtain happiness, rather in bringing full presence to each situation, this making clear the path.

    Kevin
    I have read two other translations of Chuang Tzu and this is without a doubt the best. Other translations seem to be word for word and lose out on the poetry of the stories. Chuang is the poetic fulfillment of Taoist philosophy.Chuang:When the meaning of words are grasped, the words are forgotten. Find me the man who knows no words, for he is the one I'd like to talk to.

    Mareechi Sannyasin
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    Rodger Broome
    This is a great book of wisdom. Short pages and snippets that are pregnant with paradigm shifting messages.

    Oliver Ho
    I read two other translations several years ago, and I'd been curious about this one for some time. Thomas Merton's introduction is excellent. He explains how he didn't translate the book so much as make an "imitation" based on four or five other translations, each of which was quite different. In that respect, this reminded me of Robert Lowell's book, "Imitations." Merton also gives an interesting overview of Chinese philosophy and its parallels to his particular interests, namely his mystic Ch [...]

    SJ Loria
    What Hemingway is with efficiency for sorrow, Chuang Tzu - as interpreted by Thomas Merton - is the master of efficiency for spiritual awe. This fascinating book says so much, so powerfully, using very little in terms of pomp and circumstance of text.If you want to pick this apart intellectually you are missing the point.I suppose you can put it this way. If you are asked to explain music, you could discuss the science of music or put on a song and just sit back and put on a song. The Way of Chu [...]

    Jason
    I am finally reading it after conversations about Chinese philosophy and religion with several Chinese undergraduates on a field trip to Chicago. I purchased it at the Richland Community College bookstore, sometime during the summer of 1992, before I had heard of either Thomas Merton or Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu).As I later learned, Zhuangzi was the second great expositor of Daojiao or Daoist (Taoist) philosophy, following a few centuries after the legendary Laozi (Lao Tzu). Instead of propounding hi [...]

    Kevin
    Some of these stories/lessons were not well communicated. Most could not be classified as myths, nor fables, nor lessons, nor good. It felt like many of them had been abridged, and thus were not properly conveying the point as well as a longer story could have. If it could have at all. Although I feel that much of the gap was that these were written for a different time and a different culture. It makes some strong assumptions which are outright wrong. These fallacies might have worked several [...]

    Thomaz Amancio
    Curioso encontro de um olhar cristão (embora bastante singular) sobre uma tradição religiosa alheia. Não que Merton faça mais do que selecionar os textos, e oferecer uma introdução, que é onde o cristianismo aparece mais. De maneira geral, os trechos escolhidos dão uma boa ideia do pensamento taoísta de Chuang Tzu, um pensamento que conserva uma potência gigantesca para a "civilização", com todas as suas opiniões e atropelos. Me surpreendi especialmente com a presença dos animais [...]

    Ali
    It would be more appropriate if I gave this no-rating and wrote no-review, but I can't help myself. I really want to say how I feel about this book. I LOVE IT!Granted, it doesn't have quite as many zingers as The Tao Te Ching, but Chuang Tzu also had a way about him of conveying the Tao. This particular rendition is not a translation of the original, but rather Thomas Merton's rendition based on his reflections on four different translations (two English, one German, and one French). Merton also [...]

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