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Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art, and Poetry Paperback – May 19, 1975


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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Wildwood House Ltd; First Edition edition (May 19, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704501813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704501812
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,111,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'In Creativity and Taoism, Chang Chung-yuan makes the elusive principle of Tao available to the western mind with objectivity, warmth, and depth of insight. It is an important contribution to the task of making the Taoist wisdom accessible to the western intellect' (Ira Progoff) 'No one can read Chang's book without experiencing a broadening of his mental horizons' (John C. H. Wu, Philosophy East and West) 'His interpretation of the Taoist roots of Ch'an has been presented with taste and learning that help to clear up many questions that must have occurred to anyone familiar with his subject. "The Spirit of the Valley" dwells in this quiet and gentle man who, as so rarely happens, actually embodies some of the philosophic traits of which he writes' (Gerald Sykes) 'If the end of reading is the enhancement of life, the enlargement of experience and understanding, then this book becomes an important step in that direction. Dr. Chang writes in a style both lucid and felicitous. He displays with becoming modesty a mastery of the field, its development and its ideas... There is hardly a page which does not give pleasure' (Robert R. Kirsh, Los Angeles Times) 'Professor Chang's study, a brilliant exposition and analysis, is concerned with the relevance and applicability of the Taoist view in Chinese artistic and intellectual creativity. Few other works facilitate so sensitive an understanding of creative impulse and expression in Chinese culture' (Hyman Kublin, Library Journal)" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Chung-yuan Chang was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He died in 1988, aged 84. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DeeJay on June 20, 2013
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I first found "Creativity and Taoism" in a used book store when I was a young woman. I wore it to shreds, studying and highlighting it. I found another copy and read it to shreds too. By then I found it online at Amazon and bought three copies, one for me and one for each of my adult children.

This book became a treasured companion over the years, the book I turned to for my daily meditation, and for inspiration when writing and drawing. The book I turn to when I want to tap into a sense of the sacred lying just below the surface of things, what the author refers to as the "invisible ground of sympathy." It's hard to quantify how much this book means to me.

One of the things I loved most was being introduced to some of the ancient Chinese artists and poets and their works. I am still profoundly affected by some of the paintings and poems found there, which I turn to again and again.

This is a scholarly book that is highly accessible, as well as a book to be savored slowly for its beauty and insight and wisdom. I highly recommend it to poets and artists and spiritual seekers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of Taoism and the creative process.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Russell on August 2, 2013
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As an artist this book is something I have always longed for. Seems that our need to create is universal and that the Taoist connection to nature is to this day so right on. Another book to keep going back into as I grow in my art and practice in Taoist philosophy.
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By Mita on September 4, 2014
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Wonderful edification of Taoism, and its relationship to Buddhism and Confucianism.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hughes on February 17, 2013
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I wanted to find out more about Taoism.
But I don't get much out of reading the "Tao Te Ching" itself,
which is kind of like reading the "Old Testament."

Since I like Asian painting and haiku, I thought that maybe I'd get the flavor of Taoism by reading about it in the context of painting and poetry.

I did.

The "ontological experience" of Taoism is explained in terms of creative art.
But who the heck knows what "ontological" means.
I have still kept my stereotypical impression of Taoists as carefree folk who laugh at everything,
including ontological experiences.

So, I don't think I'll loan this book out to even any of my more cerebral taiji students.

I would have liked to see Chinese paintings on every other page.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JRL on March 8, 2013
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The words are very meaningful to me -- love reading it! Ahhhh. Peace! I have it handy during my day so I can pick it up anytime.
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