- Age Range: 18 and up
- Grade Level: 12 and up
- Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (July 28, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140067477
- ISBN-13: 978-0140067477
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 642 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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.
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The story of how I came across this book alone is worthy of mention. Years ago, I had printed out online articles about bodybuilding, had read them and had stored them away. After graduating from college last month, I felt the need of going through my old stuff back home to clean the place out when I came upon the articles. One of the articles, called “The Recovery Battlefield” made mention of stress and life views and referenced this book, The Tao of Pooh, as something to read on the subject of life management. Though I used to read a few pages of the Tao te Ching daily when younger, I decided to give this book a whirl thanks to the suggestion of a bodybuilding article! I thoroughly enjoyed it and many of the messages still struck me as timelessly true: the busy bee, inner nature, seeing and accepting things as they are, and so forth. The author writes about these concepts in a way that is understandable and, at the same time, very thoughtful.
As a kid watching Winnie the Pooh and reading the books, I really had no idea that the show and books touched on such deep life lessons. Though I feel the actual connection with Taoism is open to interpretation, the main concepts relating to Taoism and to Pooh touch on many of the same chords.
The only issue I had with the book is its negative portrayal of other thought systems. Though one of Taoism’s main points (according to the author, even) is to accept things for how they are, Benjamin Hoff is very critical of such bodies of thought as “the thinker” and “the calculator.” There are faults to every type of person… that is what makes us human. Being a little more open-minded and accepting would have made the author and this book a 5-star read.
In a stressful world it is difficult to find a place of stillness. The Tao of Pooh calls forth certain characteristics we may choose to improve within ourselves, if possible. I have purchased this book multiple times as a gift for friends, colleagues, and mentors.
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