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Paperback The Tao of Pooh Book

ISBN: 0140067477

ISBN13: 9780140067477

The Tao of Pooh

(Part of the The Way, With The Enchanted Neighborhood Series)

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The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!? in which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese'or a venerable philosopher'but is in fact none other that that... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Love this book fr

Loved how there's drawings in the book and big text, that's very important to me. I loved everything fr.

Wonderful read!

This book is so perfect for the times we are living in. Whatever happened to the simple life? I am going to walk in the woods and listen to the birds.

What’s not to love

Such a great approach to understanding Taoism from the perspective of a childhood favorite. I thoroughly enjoyed, even if sometimes with a tear in my eye. A permanent addition to my library

must read

keep it simple - like pooh, everyone should read this book xo

We could all learn a thing or two from Pooh!

This is an interesting book that sheds new light on our favorite hunny addict Winnie the Pooh - a surprisingly zen character whose wisdom will surprise you.

Not the Past, Not the Future, but The Tao...........

People. It is a beautiful spring day today. The sun is shining, a warm breeze is caressing, the clouds are puffy cotton, the squirrels are scurrying and the birds are chirping. (Which is o.k. as long as they don't fly overhead!). Your Metamorpho decided to take his pen and pad to the ol' babbling brook to get into the reflective mood to write this next review. I sat down against an old oak tree and started to write. However, it was so peaceful I started to doze off. In the middle of envisioning Sondra the Seerest doing her latest belly dance, I felt a furry hand tugging at my white linen cuff. "Wake up Mr. Metamorpho, wake up!" a voice said. I blinked my eyes open to find Pooh there, face full of honey. "Oh it's you Pooh," I said with surprise. "Funny you should be here. I was just going to write about you." "You were?" he said with eyes wide open. "Why?" "Well, because I'm here writing a review of Benjamin Hoff's book called 'The Tao of Pooh', which is about you." "It is?" he asked. "Wow!" "No, Tao Pooh", I corrected. "What is Tao Mr. Metamorpho?" he asked with a puzzled look. "Well, I think it is one of the great teachings of China. A philosopy of sorts. Mr. Hoff equates this with how you are. An uncarved block, as he puts it." "He thinks I'm a blockhead?" Pooh said, as a lone tear started to form. "No no Pooh. Even though you are a bear of simple brain, Mr. Hoff explains that you are not stupid, but representative of the simplicity one needs to lead a calm and natural life. Go with the flow, if you will." "That sounds better," he smiled. "Sure does. The concept of Tao is very interesting, but, essentially the belief is that there is constant evolution in the world. In other words, there is a natural balance in nature and the universe. It is the concept that total harmony will be achieved by letting things be, to run their own course, if you will." "I ran a course once, along with Kanga and Roo," he said smiling. "Well, it's not exactly like that," I said. "You see Pooh, he believes in yin and yang. Two energies that, although opposite, are complimentary and needed for harmony. This applies to many facets of life." "Maybe I should ask owl," he said. "Well, you could," I said. "But he makes a distinction here between knowledge and true wisdom. The answers don't lie in a book per se, they just are, within yourself, if you are aware of the interconnectivity of all things in the universe." "You mean I am?" he said with surprise. "Mr. Hoff seems to thinks so. And I wouldn't apply this to any of your friends. Rabbit never slows himself down long enough to recognize the simple pleasures of life," I said. "Eeyore, well, you know Eeyore, he brays over things he can't control. And Piglet, although very small, is uncertain and afraid to take action." "I'm hungry. Do you have a jar of honey with you?" he asked. "No, but I have this," and I handed him a honey graham cracker. "There is much more to this philosophy, but the main thing is

A philosophical marvel

It's all so simple when you reduce it to the level of Pooh. It's often hard to understand the nuances of religions and philosophies other than one's own. For many people, the beliefs and rituals of faraway lands -- or even of the folks next door -- are a jumble of mixed-up oddities. But understanding a people's system of faith is vital to understanding the people. In the case of the Eastern philosophy known as Taoism, Winnie the Pooh is here to help. "The Tao of Pooh" boils the Taoist faith down into simple truths, each using Pooh and his friends to explain them in easy, bite-sized pieces. Some of the examples are original to author Benjamin Hoff's book, while others are lifted directly from the original text by A.A. Milne. Passages from "The House at Pooh Corner" blend surprisingly well with the tenets of Chinese philosophy, including religious maxims and excerpts from the writings of Chuang-tse. The result is a charming explanation of faith that even Pooh -- a notorious bear of little Brain -- can understand, particularly since he exemplifies the Taoist way so perfectly. Those around him -- Owl, Rabbit, Eeyore, Tigger and of course Piglet -- are less serene in their activities in the Hundred Acre Wood. Hoff handily explains why they do not fit the Taoist mold, and how Pooh would have handled similar situations. As he explains on the back cover of the book, "While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is." There, a lesson learned and you haven't even opened it yet. You'll learn more when Hoff explains the Taoist concept of P'u, the Uncarved Block, and the many facets of Cottleston Pie. At the same time, Hoff avoids diminishing his message by dumbing it down. While much of the slim book is written in the childlike prose of a Pooh story, it is still surprisingly deep, thought-provoking and grown-up at its root. By book's end, readers should have a fairly solid understanding of basic Taoist principles and how they relate to contemporary life.

A fabulous explaination of a difficult topic

Benjamin Hoff has taken an intricate and complex philosophy and distilled it to its essence in the delightful Tao of Pooh. This is much easier to read and understand than the I Ching (Book of Changes) or the Tao ti Ching (Book of the Way.) With Pooh as your guide, Hoff clearly articulates the lessons and tenets of the Tao ("the Way").Taoism, a Chinese peasant religion and philosophy, was founded by Lao Tzu in the 5th century BC. Essentially it urges its followers not to resist the natural ebb and flow of life - after all, nature will always win, so why waste the energy? Hoff, using Pooh and the other characters of the Hundred Acre Wood, illustrate how "the Way" is practiced in day-to-day situations. Yet there is more to this wonderful little book than an elucidation of Taoism in practice. Hoff takes neither himself or his subject too seriously, often times having "conversations" with Pooh who, in his almost child-like simplicity, both emphasizes and embodies living "the Way".This is no children's book - but it is fun to read for its message, its messenger and its content. I recommend it without reservation.

One of my all-time favorites

I was introduced to this book a couple of years ago - had seen it on the shelf of the bookstore for years, thought about buying it and never did... and then I received it as a gift. Without question, it's one of the best books I've read. It's not for its literary flow, academic presentation, entertaining style, or subject matter that I love this little book. I love it because it's a calm, smooth blend of all of the above. The book does an outstanding job of presenting and explaining the basic tenets of Taoism. I laughed out loud several times over the experiences of poor Eeyore (oh, how I can relate!). If you'd like a quick dissertation of different philosophical views and personality styles, The Tao of Pooh does so through the showcasing of Pooh and his friends. I'm not sure who Mr. Hoff's target audience was, but this is a book for young and old alike... all will gain something from reading through the book. In fact, Mr. Hoff penned this book so well it stirred my desires to read once again Milne's classic title The Adventures of Pooh with a new light and perception. This is an excellent title to add to your permanent library, whether you embrace Taoism or not. Its message of peace and tolerance is one that all faiths can understand and embrace - and well they should. Can't recommend this one highly enough.

A lovely and peaceful book for adults

I was recently introduced to taoism through the music of John Cage. The book is written as if for a child, but the terminology and philosophy put forth is far to introspective and mature for young children to handle. It is a gentle lesson on life and priority management. The author explains taoist beliefs though a conversation with Pooh and Piglet and the rest of them, as well as through short stories about their adventures. The book comes across astonishingly light for such seemingly serious subject matter. Large text and simple illustrations only add to the book's levity, but at the end, you're left feeling peaceful and refreshed. "The Tao of Pooh" is ripe for repeat readings, whenever you feel like you need to relax. While Eeeore frets...and Piglet hesitates...and Rabbit calculates...and owl pontificates...Pooh just is.
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