Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings by Burton Watson

By Burton Watson

The simple writings of Chuang Tzu were savored through chinese language readers for over thousand years. And Burton Watson's lucid and gorgeous translation has been enjoyed by means of generations of readers.

Chuang Tzu (369?-286? B.C.) was once a number one thinker representing the Taoist pressure in chinese language idea. utilizing parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set forth, within the publication that bears his identify, the early principles of what was once to turn into the Taoist university. crucial to those is the assumption that purely via knowing Tao (the means of Nature) and living in its cohesion can guy in achieving precise happiness and freedom, in either lifestyles and death.

Chuang Tzu: uncomplicated Writings contains the seven "inner chapters," which shape the center of the booklet, 3 of the "outer chapters," and one of many "miscellaneous chapters." Watson additionally presents an advent, putting the thinker with regards to chinese language historical past and thought.

Witty and innovative, enriched through tremendous imagery, and making sportive use of either mythological and old personages (including even Confucius), this undying vintage is bound to entice someone drawn to chinese language faith and culture.

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