The Tao Of Pooh
- Egmont Uk LTD
- Publication Date:
- 06 February 2003
- Non-Western Philosophy
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<em>"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully. "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever." "And he has Brain." "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain." There was a long silence. "I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."</em>---------------------------------------In this classic, Benjamin Hoff explains the principles of Taoism using the most familiar Western symbol of all, Winnie-the-Pooh. Any beginner to the philosophy of Taoism will learn some history of the movement and several basic principles: P'u (Uncarved Block), Wu Wei Wu (Doing without doing), and even the Cottleston Pie Principle. My favorite lesson is about the dreaded Bisy Backson. Hoff describes them thusly: "The Bisy Backson is always going somewhere, somewhere he hasn't been. Anywhere but where he is."The book is fun and very readable. Hoff intersperses conversations with Pooh, Piglet and the gang with quotes from actual Taoist masters. He also throws in lots of passages from A. A. Milne's classics. This is my third reading of the book. I come back to it every few years for a pick-me-up. It's very much a "feel good" book.
An excellent introduction to Taoism.
I was going to review this book, but find that everybody seems to have got as much out of it as I did. As an introduction to Taoism, it was wonderful. I just need to note that I didn't know the Pooh stories before I read it and have gotten into reading them from this book also.
This is a fabulous introduction for westerners to taoist philosophy. The use of familiar childhood characters to illustrate taoist themes is effective and will make nearly anyone smile. I haven't read the sequel to it yet, but I expect it to be just as delightful.
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