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 Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton – Google Books

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. Now suppose you suddenly take away All that he is not actually using So that, all around his fee a gulf Yawns, and he stands in the Void, With nowhere solid except right under each foot: In so doing they are alienated from themselves, and exhaust themselves in their own service as though they were slaves of others.

The introduction chapters are gems by themselves, reflecting the rays of bright mind of the author. On the back-page I read: Apr 29, Yaholo rated it it was amazing Shelves: But these words can also mean that the self can attend to its basic needs without the excess that comes from striving too much and acting beyond proper bounds.


According to Merton, “if Chuang Tzu reacted against the Ju doctrine chuan Confucianism], it was not in the name of something lower-the animal spontaneity of the individual who does not want to be bothered with a lot of tiresome duties-but in the name of something altogether higher. The Tao is regarded as mysterious, immune to description. However, the content of his translation is too frequently wrong to make this translation a reliable representation of what Zhuang Zi Chuang Tzu meant.

They are not what I emrton for: Happiness lies in doing nothing whatsoever calculated to obtain happiness, rather in bringing full presence to each situation, this making clear the path. The Way of Chuang Tzu. Similarly, Saint Paul echoes this theme in Galatians 2: However on recent re-read, I now rate it a full five stars. And now I find myself going to it from time-to-time to partake of its charm and wisdom. Tao and attachments like this don’t go together.

Such a grasp is necessarily obscure and does not lend itself to abstract analysis. To find the two minds come together is a treat. Lists with This Book.

And so the book stayed on my shelf for almost two years before I decided to give it another shot. Apr 05, Wise Fool rated it really liked it.

Small knowledge breaks down into the many… Enough! We take anti-depressants instead of listening to the masters at the art of living.

As they say, the tao that can be spoken is not the true tao. Finally, it is critical to understand that for Chuang Tzu, Tao is found everywhere; in the same way that Christians believe that God is both omnipresent and omniscient Proverbs 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.

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The poetry part from Chuang Tzu is the chuahg course and maybe the part that you would re-read again and again, even only for some of them.

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I don’t see it. You’ll have to read to find out. My greatest happiness consists precisely in doing nothing whatever that is calculated to obtain happiness: It felt like many of them had been abridged, and thus were not properly conveying the point as well as a longer story could have.

Engages in a self-conscious and deliberate campaign to ‘do his duty’ in the belief that this is right and therefore productive of happiness.

A J You do not need anything, just enjoy Merton’s poetic simplicity in bringing Zhuangzi’s teaching to life. This kinship needs no justification by Merton, a towering figure of Twentieth Century Catholicism in his own right; and Merton goes on to say that he “may be pardoned for consorting with a Chinese recluse who shares the climate and peace of my own kind of solitude, and who is my own kind of person.

I read two other translations several years ago, and I’d been curious about this one for some time. Tao does not mean “God”. Account Options Sign in.