Chuang Tzu

The Inner Chapters

Recommended by David George Haskell, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #27 in Tai Chi

Revered for millennia in the Chinese spiritual tradition, Chuang Tzu stands alongside the Tao Te Ching as a founding classic of Taoism. The Inner Chapters are the only sustained section of this text widely believed to be the work of Chuang Tzu himself, dating to the fourth century B.C.E. Witty and engaging, spiced with the lyricism of poetry, Chuang Tzu's Taoist insights are timely and eternal, profoundly concerned with spiritual ecology. Indeed, the Tao of Chuang Tzu was a wholesale rejection of a human-centered approach. Zen traces its sources back to these Taoist roots —... more

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David George Haskell Trees are not symbols or allegories in this foundational Taoist text. Rather, they’re examples of the true nature of life. (Source)

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