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Creativity and Taoism Paperback – June, 1968

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  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins College Div (June 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061319686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061319686
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,120,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used to see Professor Chang doing Tai Chi Chuan very late at night on his front lawn in Manoa Valley (Honolulu), as he lived a few doors from the Friends (Quakers) meeting house. I took a number of his seminars, and still marvel at his thesis that the key to understanding Heidegger is to view his writings as fundamentally Taoist in nature. He was deeply erudite and a rather august personality in class. A fellow student in Professor Chang's graduate seminar on Taoism had the chutzpah to turn in a one-page paper; Professor Chang gathered himself up and stated in his heavily accented English that "even Lao Tzu managed to write 5,000 characters." I received a B, as I recall, perhaps because I went for a psychological rather than an ontological interpretation of Taoism. He always encouraged his students to study the Chinese language as an avenue of understanding Taoism's key concepts, and he would write out old-style characters (not the simplified ones) on the chalkboard with rapid strokes, while I dutifully tried to copy the characters.

This book is not an easy read, but there is much to ponder here on the Taoists' understanding of creativity and silence, emptiness, or the Void. It deepens any understanding of the Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu's Inner Chapters.
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The reason I ordered this book was from listening to an Alan Watts lecture. He had a lot of positive things to say about the author, Chang Chung-yuan, and that was what made me decide to look for it. It is a beautiful book full of insights and poetry, and explores the spirituality of creative work.
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This book is a treasure. I need another copy!
I have marked up the wonderful evidence he
uses to see how poetry, art and Taoism interact.
It is a model for pointing to the possibility of
experiencing the spiritual in multidimensional ways.
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A dense read but worth every page.
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