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Winnie-the-Pooh: The Tao of Pooh & the Te of Piglet (Wisdom of Pooh) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, June 1, 2002
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The most basic complaint is how Mr. Hoff butchered the views of Taoism by criticizing western philosophy; which is strongly and firmly dependent on capitalism, personal gain, and over stimulation. What is ironic is how Taoism was born in the very similar society that shared those common views. Another ironic twist is in the actual commenting of all the negatives in this book. Mr. Hoff describes that there are many people who ONLY LOOK AT THE NEGATIVES (eeyore-complex), while never appreciating the positives of what they are. All fundamental principles of Tao has been carved into this book with examples taken and provided by famous scholars in this book.
The other ironic thing I found can be traced to an example within the "Te of Piglet." There is mention of how a man had something stolen from him, he sees a boy who looks and talks exactly like a thief, so he assumes it was the boy. The man found that stolen item and the next day he sees the same boy who looks and talks exactly like a boy; while in neither of those days the actions of the boy changed.Read more ›
Winnie the Pooh (Taoism) is without knowledge to cloud his mind and making things too complicated so he can find solutions that help him in the way he needs them to. He is not clever like Rabbit, who can cause quickly formed and misconceived intentions, he could conceive a solution but since he would have conceived it so quickly he doesn't have time to think if that was what he really wanted to do or if that was right. He isn't over-thought like Owl (Confucianism) which is to make him feel a boundary, to make him feel superior and higher than others, since he is being clouded by knowledge, he can't see the answer for what its good for, only how he can put him self above the others with that answer. Also there is Eeyore who is seeing a negative side to everything, never seeing for what its good for. Clouded by the negatives he can't see what he can use to help him.
I really liked the Tao of Pooh. It showed me a lot about eastern religion. I think that being a Taoist for a day could help everyone relax and feel the natural flow of things. This book showed me a good way to think and I think I might think in that way.
Like most wonderful things in life, this piece of literature is simplicity itself. Lao Tzu himself, the "Old Man" of Taoism and the (debated) author of the centuries-old "Tao Te Ching" couldn't have done better.
I picked up a copy of "The Tao of Pooh" when it first came out in the early 80's, having no great expectations of its content or wisdom. Taoists HAVE no expectations. :>)
I read the entire book in one sitting. And wanted more.
Never have I come across a more accessible introduction to the philosophy of Taoism; indeed, I strongly suggest this book to all of my students and patients as a wonderful beginners guide to the realm of the Tao. It's a non-threatening, non-preachy book filled with wisdom beyond measure.
My only complaint? I've had to buy several more copies to replace the ones I've worn out...
Pooh and Piglet in their respective books talk to and ask questions of the author who gradually leads them to understanding. Because Pooh and Piglet are involved, one might think these are children's books. They are not.
These are also not books to sit down and read in one sitting. They are books to read, put down and 'think on' about before moving on to the next chapter
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Light hearted. Good intro to The Tao and the Te. That is if you like the Pooh stories as I do.Published 18 days ago by Carol
Love the simple wisdom found in both these books; they speak so plainly and profoundly! Huge Pooh fan here!Published 19 days ago by Janine Hardman
purchased based on recommendation of a friend - an interesting readPublished 2 months ago by jessie
Bought this for a gift for a friend. He loved it! It comes in a great package to fit both the tao and the te. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Talia
Best books ever! I love the set and they arrived quickly with solid protective wrap.Published 3 months ago by Candria