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The Tao of Pooh Paperback – July 28, 1983
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Without question, it's one of the best books I've read. It's not for its literary flow, academic presentation, entertaining style, or subject matter that I love this little book. I love it because it's a calm, smooth blend of all of the above.
The book does an outstanding job of presenting and explaining the basic tenets of Taoism. I laughed out loud several times over the experiences of poor Eeyore (oh, how I can relate!). If you'd like a quick dissertation of different philosophical views and personality styles, The Tao of Pooh does so through the showcasing of Pooh and his friends.
I'm not sure who Mr. Hoff's target audience was, but this is a book for young and old alike... all will gain something from reading through the book.
In fact, Mr. Hoff penned this book so well it stirred my desires to read once again Milne's classic title The Adventures of Pooh with a new light and perception.
This is an excellent title to add to your permanent library, whether you embrace Taoism or not. Its message of peace and tolerance is one that all faiths can understand and embrace - and well they should.
Can't recommend this one highly enough.
In contrasting Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, Confucius is described as a sour-faced man, Buddha as one with a bitter expression, but Lao-Tse being the smiling one. Basically, the laws that govern the heavens are the same one that govern earth and man, and that if we go with the flow, we'll be in harmony.
The concepts of wu-wei is also explained. Wu-wei means "not doing" but of doing nothing against the natural flow. Here, it's called the Pooh Way, because Pooh has a "mind that merely sees what's in front of it, and follows the nature of things." In other words, put the round peg in the round hole, the square peg in the square one.
The characters who make up Pooh's friends demonstrate the flaw of knowledge and cleverness, and I was fascinated and sobered by this because their personalities reflect me, and I realize the bad side in knowing too much.
Dig this: Owl, the modern equivalent of a Confusionist, Dessicated Scholar, is described as someone who gains Knowledge for Knowledge's sake, or for the sake of appearing wise. A bit harsh because that's me to some extent.Read more ›
Pooh just is.
"Wake up Mr. Metamorpho, wake up!" a voice said. I blinked my eyes open to find Pooh there, face full of honey.
"Oh it's you Pooh," I said with surprise. "Funny you should be here. I was just going to write about you."
"You were?" he said with eyes wide open. "Why?"
"Well, because I'm here writing a review of Benjamin Hoff's book called 'The Tao of Pooh', which is about you."
"It is?" he asked. "Wow!"
"No, Tao Pooh", I corrected.
"What is Tao Mr. Metamorpho?" he asked with a puzzled look.
"Well, I think it is one of the great teachings of China. A philosopy of sorts. Mr. Hoff equates this with how you are. An uncarved block, as he puts it."
"He thinks I'm a blockhead?" Pooh said, as a lone tear started to form.
"No no Pooh. Even though you are a bear of simple brain, Mr. Hoff explains that you are not stupid, but representative of the simplicity one needs to lead a calm and natural life. Go with the flow, if you will."
"That sounds better," he smiled.
"Sure does. The concept of Tao is very interesting, but, essentially the belief is that there is constant evolution in the world.Read more ›
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Highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone with an open mind.Published 2 days ago by Andrew Van
Amazing eye-opening book from the acts of Pooh. Life-changing if you let it. Great primer to TaoismPublished 4 days ago by wild_ginseng
Everyone should read this lovely little book at least once. My dad and I love it so much, that we've worn out a copy a piece and now give copies of it away to friends and family.Published 14 days ago by Kim Bragg
I remembered reading this book long ago. It's even more clever that I remembered. The clear explanation of Taoist thinking in the language of Winnie-the-Pooh is entirely... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dr Stones
I have a copy of this and love it. I purchased this copy for my father this year for Christmas. I am getting married in August and left a note in the cover asking him to dance... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LittleBird27
This book was my introduction to the Tao philosophy. It's an easy read for a nonfiction book. It seems to be a bit of a reminder to slow down and smell the roses, and it also... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melody A