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The Tao of Pooh Paperback – July 28, 1983
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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 the Hardcover edition.
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Now, a lot of people reading that will think "Taoism? Isn't that one of those weird Eastern religions? I don't want any part of that!"
Well, sheesh. There's a lot more to it than that! :)
Actually, in this particular case, the Taoist thoughts and ideas that are presented have very little to do with religion and very much to do with how to live a Nice Easygoing Life. Taoism, you see, is at once a religion, a philosophy, a set of folk tales, and also just kind of a guide for living from day to day in a manner that lets you "go with the flow".
So whether you're a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, animist, or whatever else, this book isn't going to be heresy. It's not going to get you excommunicated and it's not even going to challenge your faith. What it *will* probably do is make you stop, think, and say to yourself "hey, a Little Smackerel of something Tasty would be nice, and flowing through life would be a lot easier if I were like a stream flowing around a rock."
For me, I found it actually helped to renew and refresh my faith in God. It also sounded a heck of a lot like stuff that Jesus used to preach- of course, it also sounded like stuff that Buddha and Mohammed talked about!
I was going to give this a 4, but then I wondered what kind of person would read this book. I would assume that most readers would be westerners with very little exposure to Eastern religions/philosophies. Reading this book would give good insight into Taoism, but it would unfortunately give people the very wrong impression of some other religions that were highlighted in the book. Hard to say whether or not I would recommend this book to others.