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Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.
Author/narrator Hoff calls Winnie the Pooh a "Western Taoist" and uses the unassuming bear to introduce Eastern philosophical principles. Pooh epitomizes the "uncarved block," as he is well in tune with his natural inner self. Pooh enjoys simple pleasures and the daily progress of life. Hoff contrasts this unpretentiousness to other characters created by Winnie - the - Pooh author A.A. Milne, including Owl, whom he describes as a "mind that tries too hard," and Eeyore, the eternal pessimist. In a clear and crisp voice, Hoff explains the central tenets of Taoism and further illustrates them with familiar excerpts from The House at Pooh Corner stories (1923), Chinese proverbs, maxims, and tales from Lao Tzu and others. The result is at once thought-provoking and charming. This is a small literary event that will leave all who experience it a little more serene. For most collections.
- Jeanne P. Leader, Western Nebraska Community Coll. Lib., Scotts bluff
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A really fun way to learn more about Taoism for Westerners (and others of course) that can connect with Winnie the Pooh stories and cartoons. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nathan
Cool book. I hadn't expected the characters of Winnie the Pooh to be so closely related to Taoist principles. The author's intent was fulfilled. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kimberly O.
After reading this book, I read reviews of The Te of Piglet and saw how horrid they were. Then I reread this book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by JOHN
A wonderfully wise book written in an enjoyable style. A lot of advice easy to follow in your everyday life to make it less stressful and much happier.Published 18 days ago by txcricket
Excellent book for a quick and easy introduction to Taoism. But as many others have mentioned, it tends to be rather disrespectful towards some other religions/philosophies/ways of... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Ben