- By Edward L. Shaughnessy

Eternal Moments: Confucian & Taoist Wisdom: Philosophical Insights, from Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi and Other Masters

  • Title: Eternal Moments: Confucian & Taoist Wisdom: Philosophical Insights, from Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi and Other Masters
  • Author: Edward L. Shaughnessy
  • ISBN: 9781844839100
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eternal Moments Confucian Taoist Wisdom Philosophical Insights from Confucius Mencius Laozi Zhuangzi and Other Masters The Chuang Tzu stands alongside the Tao Te Ching as a founding classic of Taoism The Inner Chapters are the only sustained section of this text widely believed to be the work of Chuang Tzu himself da

    The Chuang Tzu stands alongside the Tao Te Ching as a founding classic of Taoism The Inner Chapters are the only sustained section of this text widely believed to be the work of Chuang Tzu himself, dating to the 4th century BC They are full of fantastic tales of a gigantic fish that becomes a bird a cook who never sharpens his blade though he butchers numberless oxen The Chuang Tzu stands alongside the Tao Te Ching as a founding classic of Taoism The Inner Chapters are the only sustained section of this text widely believed to be the work of Chuang Tzu himself, dating to the 4th century BC They are full of fantastic tales of a gigantic fish that becomes a bird a cook who never sharpens his blade though he butchers numberless oxen a magical being who lives in the mountains, lives off air and dew and rides on cloud carts pulled by dragons a student of Confucius who attains the great learning of sitting and forgetting and much Interspersed with these stories is advice and guidance on every aspect of life including death While Lao Tzu s writings are short, pithy statements, Chuang Tzu s are voluminous and full of puns, riddles and outright jokes He challenges the status quo at all times and champions our right to live our own lives in a simple, straightforward fashion, uncorrupted by society s strictures or by desperate attempts at fame and fortune This is a clear cut primer for peace of mind and a balanced lifestyle.The superb photographs, many of which are Solala Towler s own, capture the atmosphere of the peacefulness and tranquillity of ancient China and in contemplation of their beauty and the insightful and inspiring prose, the reader will absorb the eternal message of Zen.

    1 thought on “Eternal Moments: Confucian & Taoist Wisdom: Philosophical Insights, from Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi and Other Masters

    1. I finished this book in one afternoon, and hardly liked it. Maybe because I've been learning these ideologies since childhood in Chinese, I feel like this book lack something that I might call ancient Chinese spirit. Besides, I think the author made some mistakes in the beginning when trying to explain words. In Chinese, there are many words sound similar or exactly same but have totally different writings, and hence different meanings. The author only relied on pinyin (how to read) without chec [...]

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