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TAO OF POOH / THE TE OF PIGLET Benjamin Hoff
Two books , now usually available as one, that
use the characters and storylines of the Winnie-the-Pooh childrens
books to explain the basics of Taoism. Hoff expands upon elements
of the Pooh's adventures to shed light on this ancient and timeless
philosophy, which translates as "the Way" froim it's Chinese
Hoff is to be commended for making the principals
of Taoism understandable and relevent.Most previous encounters I've
had with english versions of famous Taoist texts like the Tao De
Jing have lost so much in translation and interpretation as to make
them almost meaningless at times. It's all "the Heavens are
one Finger. There is nothing. How So? So." sort of stuff.
By avoiding any attempt to deal literally with
6,000 year old chinese prose and instead focus on the core eternal
attitudes of Taoism , Hoff suceeds where many more scholarly attempts
before him have failed.
"...down through the centuries, man has develoiped a mindset
that seperates him from the world of reality, the world of natural
laws. This mind tries too hard, wears itself out, and ends up weak
and sloppy. Such a mind, even if of high intellegence, is inefficent.
It goes here and there, backwards and forewards, and fails to concentrate
on what it's doing at the moment. It drives down the street in a
fast moving car and think it's at the store, going over a grocery
list. Then it wonders why accidents happen"