The Butterfly as Companion: Meditations on the First Three Chapters of the Chuang-Tzu

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SUNY Press, 1990 - Religion - 509 pages
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Chuang Tzu's first three chapters are arranged into free verse (in Chinese, in the original word order) and translated, nearly word-for-word, with extensive critical glosses vis-a-vis over fifty Chinese, Japanese, and Western commentators. The exegetical, philosophical, and contemporary implications of these chapters are then meditated upon. Here, in Chuang Tzu's world, all strivings are a play, parodying stories and arguments; each plays off of and refers to the others.
Chuang Tzu lived during the third and fourth centuries B.C. Historically, he is the foremost spokesman for Taoism and its legendary founder, Lao Tzu. It was mainly due to the influence of Chuang Tzu that Indian Buddhism was transformed in China into Ch'an into the unique vehicle we usually call by its Japanese name, Zen.
This is the most thorough presentation to date of the Chuang Tzu's poetic beauty, philosophical insights, and unity.
 

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Contents

Companion to the Butterfly
1
Preliminary Meditations
3
B Why Companion Not Commentary
8
C Conversation With A Roadside Skull
14
D The Poetic Chuang Tzu
22
HSIAO YAO YU Soaring And Roaming
33
THE KUO HSIANG TEXT
35
TRANSLATION WITH GLOSSES
47
YANG SHENG CHU Nourishing Life Its Inner Principle
279
THE Kuo Hsiano Text
281
Translation with Glosses
285
Meditations Three Readings
301
B Segments and Words
311
C Our Understanding of the Message
334
The Butterfly as Companion
361
Inconclusive Meditations
363

Meditations Three Readings
67
B Roaming Laughing
83
C A Close Look
89
CHI WU LUN Things Theories Sorting Themselves Out
113
Translation with Glosses
135
Meditations Four Readings
171
B A Detailed Look
178
C What All This Means
230
D Philosophy and Things Evening Themselves Out
266
A Meaning
364
B Irony
373
C Play
377
D Companion
389
Notes
399
References
443
Indexes
461
WadeGiles To Pinyin
512
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About the author (1990)

Kuang-ming Wu is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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