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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Chuang Tzu critiqued Confucius because he refused to focus his teachings on the Eternal Tao simply because it was unknowable. Basically, Chuang Tzu insists on abandoning the “need to win”, and gives attention to the mfrton of fully realizing one’s own nothingness.
The Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton – Google Books
Curiously, when I first read it I felt it wasn’t up to 5 stars, and gave it a 3. The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting upon four differ Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thought—used parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity.
Happiness lies in doing nothing whatsoever calculated to obtain happiness, rather in bringing full presence to each situation, this making clear the path. According to Merton, the notes based on his meditative readings, “have acquired a shape of their own and have become, as it were, ‘imitations’ of Chuang Tzu. He is in msrton with all beings. Both prose and verse are included here, as well as a short section from Merton discussing chuanng most salient themes of Chuang Tzu’s teachings.
Oh to know fully that all that is needed has already been given! Chuang Tzu is considered the greatest of the Taoist writers at least among those whose historical existence can be verified that lived during the classic period of Chinese philosophy from to BC.
Even given that Merton did not read Chinese, I still think that his is a unique perspective, perhaps because he more than anyone el This is one of the first books I read some time ago after first reading the Chuang Tzu.
It is not chaung or “limited” by our own individual needs and desires, or even by our own theories and ideas. If it could have at all.
Then he asked Nothingness, and Nothingness had it! He understands that happiness, when pushed to an extreme, becomes calamity. Goodreads helps you keep thomss of books you want to read.
On the back-page I read: David Brooks makes a similar point in The Road to Character. I am a great admirer of Thomas Merton.
The Way of Chuang Tzu (Shambhala Library)
Even given that Merton did not read Chinese, I still think that his is a unique perspective, perhaps because he more than anyone else who has interpreted the Chuang Tzu has ‘lived’ the Chuang Tzu. A thought-provoking book, but one of little practical value in my life.
Mertkn read Chuang Tzu first in a literature class in college. His style is complex—mythical, poetic, narrative, humorous, indirect, and polysemic.
The focal point of Chuang Tzu’s teaching is the criticism of any pursuit that sees the ultimate good outside of oneself – as something to be acquired or attained through purposeful effort. In the deep dark he alone sees light. The wind is jealous of the eye.
Well think about it and read about how a Trappist monk lives. It is not mere passivity, but it is action that seems both effortless and spontaneous because performed “rightly,” in perfect accordance with our nature and with our place in the scheme of things. Virtue is to follow these principles. Confucianism was the dominant Chinese philosophy of Chuang Tzu’s time; and while Chuang Tzu often ridiculed Confucianism as too restrictive, it would be too simplistic to state that Taoism stood in direct contrast to Confucianism.
I recently saw a piece about how the largest enrolled class at Harvard is now on Chinese philosophy. Yet the follower of tao is experiencing obvious distress due to the attachment to their concept of how their child should end up.
It is a life reduced to essentials and a life where the material life most of us cannot avoid living plays little part. In soundlessness he alone perceives music. I am finally reading it after conversations about Chinese philosophy and religion with several Chinese undergraduates on a field trip to Chicago.
If you are asked to explain music, you could discuss the science of music or put on a song and just sit back and put on a song.