Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings (Translations from the Asian by Burton Watson

By Burton Watson

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

Chuang Tzu (369?-286? B.C.) was once a number one thinker representing the Taoist pressure in chinese language notion. utilizing parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set forth, within the ebook that bears his identify, the early principles of what was once to turn into the Taoist college. vital to those is the assumption that simply via realizing Tao (the approach of Nature) and living in its cohesion can guy in achieving actual happiness and freedom, in either lifestyles and death.

Chuang Tzu: simple Writings comprises the seven "inner chapters," which shape the guts of the publication, 3 of the "outer chapters," and one of many "miscellaneous chapters." Watson additionally presents an creation, putting the thinker when it comes to chinese language background and thought.

Witty and resourceful, enriched through really good imagery, and making sportive use of either mythological and old personages (including even Confucius), this undying vintage is certain to entice someone attracted to chinese language faith and culture.

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