The Tao Is Silent

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Harper Collins, Jun 1, 1977 - Religion - 240 pages
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The Tao Is Silent Is Raymond Smullyan's beguiling and whimsical guide to the meaning and value of eastern philosophy to westerners.

"To me," Writes Smullyan, "Taoism means a state of inner serenity combined with an intense aesthetic awareness. Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing."

This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy. It is a series of ideas inspired by Taoism that treats a wide variety of subjects about life in general. Smullyan sees the Taoist as "one who is not so much in search of something he hasn't, but who is enjoying what he has."

Readers will be charmed and inspired by this witty, sophisticated, yet deeply religious author, whether he is discussing gardening, dogs, the art of napping, or computers who dream that they're human.

 

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User Review  - mr.lewis - LibraryThing

Warm, friendly book free from the pretention or mystical foggy-headedness typical to books about eastern philosophy. It does not try to impress with insight, but entertain and illuminate. Read full review

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User Review  - Vasudeva - LibraryThing

An excellent introduction to Taoist thought by the logician Raymond Smullyan. Explores the differences between eastern and western religious thinking with a charming style. Read full review

Contents

Whichever the Way
61
Why Do You Help Your Fellow Man?
68
Taoism Versus Morality
70
Is God a Taoist?
86
The Tao Is Good but Not Moral
111
PART IIITHE TAO IS LEISURELY
115
On Gardening
117
On Dogs
119
On Not Wanting to Amount to Anything
150
On Making an Effort
155
PART IVTHE TAO IS A DELIGHTFUL PARADOX
163
Crazy Philosophy and Sensible Philosophy
165
Wouldnt It Be Funny If
167
A Dream
170
Astrology
171
Two Zen Incidents
180

On the Art of Management
122
On Selfishness
124
Selfishness and Altruism
128
On Egotism
131
Egotism and Cosmic Consciousness
137
On Trusting Ones Own Nature
140
On Letting Things Go Their Own Way
147
Two Versions of a Story about Bankei
185
An Imaginary Zen Story
189
Why Do We Sometimes Misunderstand?
191
Mondo on Immortality
194
Do You See the Point?
195
Enlightenment
198
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Raymond M. Smullyan, an internationally known mathematical logician, is the author of several books including Alice in Puzzle Land, This Book Needs No Title, and Five Thousand B.C. and Other Philosophical Fantasies.

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