The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and The Way of Chuang Tzu, by Thomas Merton, is the product of five years of. Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and. A light bulb went off as well when I realized that Chuang Tzu was also one of Thomas Merton’s favorite writers. Merton wrote his own versions.

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The first theme that stands out to me is the notion See 2 questions about The Way of Chuang Tzu…. Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of the classic Chinese philosophers, is the chief historical spokesman for Taoism. View all 9 comments. What seems right from one point of view may, when seen from a different aspect, manifest itself as completely wrong.

He explains how he didn’t translate the book so much as make an “imitation” based on four or five other translations, each tzzu which was quite different.

In soundlessness he alone perceives music. He is far too great to need any apologies from me In other words, it is not a new apologetic subtlety With quick-to-read small parables and koans of wisdom, often as a conversation between two people, The Way of Chuang Tzu can bring a dose of enlightenment to any extended restroom trip. But this “universal love” will be found upon examination like most other utopian projects to make such severe demands upon human nature that tthomas cannot be realized, and indeed, even if it could be realized it would in fact cramp and distort man, eventually ruining both him and his society.

Merton has found a kindred spirit in Chuang Tzu, and there is little doubt that Merton and Master Chuang share a viewpoint of life that may be common to many monastics across a broad spectrum of religious and philosophical disciplines.


Open Preview See a Problem? Perfect joy is to be without joy This for property owners is elementary good sense. I don’t see it.

Perhaps that is due to the fact that Chuang Tzu realized the dangers of claiming knowledge or trying to convert others into one’s own beliefs. Yet it is not nature that does the damage: Li is something more than exterior and ritual correctness: But can we find it within mertln

Instead of propounding hi I am finally reading it after conversations about Chinese philosophy and religion with several Chinese undergraduates on a field trip to Chicago. This kinship needs no justification by Merton, a towering figure of Twentieth Century Catholicism in his own right; and Merton goes on to say rhomas he “may be pardoned for consorting with a Chinese recluse who shares the climate and peace of my own kind of solitude, mreton who is my own kind of person.

The snake is jealous of the wind. The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting upon four different translations of the Chinese classic that bears Chuang Tzu’s name. A couple of paragraphs from Merton’s introduction stand out as worthy of citing: Basically, Chuang Tzu insists on abandoning the “need to win”, and gives attention to the humility of fully realizing one’s own nothingness.

What does butchering a cow have to do finding joy? Merton interprets Confucian understanding of Tao to be an “ethical Tao” or a “Tao of man,” and he equates this understanding to be on par with the Christian interpretation of the Golden Rule.

However, the content of his translation is too frequently wrong to make this translation a megton representation of what Zhuang Zi Chuang Tzu meant. Best stories would be the Great and Small, which points out that everything is relative; and Means and Ends which talks about the purpose of a tool and the importance of not making the tool itself the object of admiration.

Misspelled title 3 23 Sep 22, View all 4 comments. Mar 28, Mark Kellermeyer rated it it was amazing. I have read two other translations of Chuang Tzu and this is without a doubt the best. This was an excellent book that I read straight through, probably not the best way to read it, Tu think I’ll get a physical copy tzzu I can keep it on the nightstand to read the poetry section, again and again.


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Want hhomas Read saving…. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain. I highlighted quite a few passages. Short pages and snippets that are pregnant with paradigm shifting messages. Of course there is the irony of all the institutional trappings of a class in connection with Zen.

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Mar 01, Tom rated it it was amazing. The result is this collection of poetic renderings of the great sage’s work that conveys its spirit in a way no other translation has and that was Merton’s personal favorite among his more than fifty books. You’ll have to read to find out. Or, perhaps, humous wisdom.

The Way of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi

He sent out Analysis to look for his pearl, and got nothing. When the Shoe Fits. They were honest and righteous without realizing that they were “doing their duty. Aug 26, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: Whenever an occasion for action presents itself, they are compelled to act; they cannot help themselves. Chuang Tzu critiqued Confucius because he refused to focus his teachings on the Eternal Tao simply because it was unknowable.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. While I like the personal challenge of reflecting on Zen stories, I don’t see how to take it any further than that.