The Book of Chuang Tzu

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Penguin Books Limited, Nov 30, 2006 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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A masterpiece of ancient Chinese philosophy, second in influence only to the Tao Te Ching
One of the founders of Taoism, Chuang Tzu was firmly opposed to Confucian values of order, control, and hierarchy, believing the perfect state to be one where primal, innate nature rules. Full of profundity as well as tricks, knaves, sages, jokers, unbelievably named people, and uptight Confucians, The Book of Chuang Tzu perceives the Tao-the Way of Nature- not as a term to be explained but as a path to walk. Radical and subversive, employing wit, humor, and shock tactics, The Book of Chuang Tzu offers an intriguing look deep into Chinese culture.
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User Review  - Michael Gurnow - Goodreads

There is no definite translation of the second greatest Taoist master in history. Merton's version of the inner chapters brought Chuang Tzu attention in the 1950's but his Catholicism laced his ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

The Taoist author named Chuang-tzu is estimated to have lived in the fourth century BCE, between 399 and 255 BCE.

Martin Palmer is Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture. Currently he is working with the China Taoist Association on a project to protect the main Taoist sacred Mountains of China.

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