Shepard) and a light-hearted overview of a philosophy makes it very appealing. ISBN-13: 978-0525244585
Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintGoogleLike this:Like Loading… This is one of those books which anyone over the age of 10 could read, adults or children. It was deeply transformative when I first read it, now over 20 years ago. Each of the Milne cast represent a tenet of Taoist principles. “…harmony…naturally existed between heaven and earth.” Lao-tse, the Ancient Chinese philosopher proclaims. The main one is the idea of the Uncarved Block. I highly recommend it for anyone starting on their journey to understanding. Man’s interference in nature and the world makes that harmony more remote and it is the job of humans to make every effort to restore that harmony. Taoist thought influenced at least three different religions and philosophies; Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. The mixture of beloved characters (with the original illustrations by E.H. My favorite part of the book, as I said, were the conversations between the author and the residents of Pooh Corner. But the way the author does it, using the childhood favorites books about Winnie the Pooh, is a novel touch and probably makes it more accessible. One gem was this realization from Pooh, “If people were Superior to Animals, they’d take better care of the world,”. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
No matter how many times I read this book, it’s always a delightful experience. As the author explains, “From the state of the Uncarved Block comes the ability to enjoy the simple and the quiet, the natural and the plain.” Pooh himself is the best example of this. I highly recommend it. Dutton 1982 176 pp. Other characters convey ideas such as busyness, false wisdom and the like. Related
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The New Renaissance Mindset June 5, 2017
I adore this book. At it’s core, it’s an explanation of a school of philosophy, Taoism. They were true to form and often had additional insights. Tao(pronounced “Dow”) is the Way of harmony. This makes the sometimes elusive ideas easier to pin down, simply by identifying them with, say, Owl or Eeyore. There are the expected quotes from mostly Asian history and world literature, but the main form of the book is a conversation between the author(Hoff) and characters from the Pooh books.This is a wonderfully humorous touch.