Chuang-tzu: The Tao of Perfect Happiness : Selections Annotated & Explained

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2011 - Philosophy - 210 pages
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The timeless wisdom of this classic Taoist text can become a companion on your own spiritual journey.

The Chuang-tzu is the second major text of the Taoist tradition. It was compiled in the third century BCE and follows the lead of the best-known and oldest of all Taoist texts, the Tao-te-ching (Book of the Tao and Its Potency). Representing the philosophy of its main author, Chuang Chou, along with several other early Taoist strands, the text has inspired spiritual seekers for over two thousand years.

Using parable, anecdote, allegory and paradox, the Chuang-tzu presents the central message of what was to become the Taoist school: a reverence for the Tao the "Way" of the natural world and the belief that you are not truly virtuous until you are free from the burden of circumstance, personal attachments, tradition and the desire to reform the world. In this special SkyLight Illuminations edition, leading Taoist scholar Livia Kohn, PhD, provides a fresh, modern translation of key selections from this timeless text to open up classic Taoist beliefs and practices. She provides insightful, accessible commentary that highlights the Chuang-tzu's call to reject artificially imposed boundaries and distinctions, and illustrates how you can live a more balanced, authentic and joyful life at ease in perfect happiness by following Taoist principles."

 

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Contents

Perfect Happiness
3
The Universe
25
Life and Death
33
Cosmos and Destiny
47
Body and Mind
62
The Self
63
Dreams
75
The Human Mind
87
Oblivion
103
Realizing Tao
119
The Perfected
137
Uselessness
153
Natural Skills
167
In the World
179
When in Power
193
Copyright

SelfTransformation
101

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Livia Kohn, PhD , a leading Taoist scholar, is professor emerita of religion and East Asian studies at Boston University. She is author or editor of over twenty-five books and many articles on Taoism and East Asian religions, including Daoism and Chinese Culture ; Daoism Handbook ; Health and Long Life: The Chinese Way and Chuang-tzu: The Tao of Perfect Happiness -- Selections Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Paths). She teaches workshops all over the world, spearheads international conferences on Taoist studies and is executive editor at Three Pines Press and the Journal of Daoist Studies .

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