The Way of Chuang Tzu (Second Edition) by Thomas Merton

The Way of Chuang

Author: Thomas Merton
Narrated by: Greg Chun
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
Language: English

Classic writings from the great Zen master in exquisite versions by Thomas Merton, in a new edition with a preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of his own versions of the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief authentic historical spokesperson for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu’s writings). Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, into the unique vehicle we now call by its Japanese name―Zen.

The Chinese sage abounds in wit and paradox and shattering insights into the true ground of being. Thomas Merton, no stranger to Asian thought, brings a vivid, modern idiom to the timeless wisdom of Tao.

Preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A Note to the Reader
The Way of Chuang Tzu: 1.A Study of Chuang Tzu
Readings from Chuang Tzu: The Useless Tree
A Hat Salesmen and a Capable Ruler
The Breath of Nature
Great Knowledge
The Pivot
Three in the Morning
Cutting Up an Ox
The Man With One Foot and the Marsh Pheasant
The Fasting of the Heart
Three Friends
Lao Tzu’s Wake
Confucius and the Madman
The True Man
Man Is Born in Tao
Two Kings and No-Form
Cracking the Safe
Leaving Things Alone
The Kingly Man
How Deep Is Tao!
The Lost Pearl
In My End Is My Beginning
When Life Was Full There Was No History
When a Hideous Man…
The Five Enemies
Action and Non-Action
Duke Hwan and the Wheelwright
Autumn Floods
Great and Small
The Man of Tao
The Turtle
Owl and Phoenix
The Joy of Fishes
Perfect Joy
Symphony for a Sea Bird
The Need to Win
The Sacrificial Swine
The Fighting Cock
The Woodcarver
When the Shoe Fits
The Empty Boat
The Flight of Lin Hui
When Knowledge Went North
The Importance of Being Toothless
Where Is Tao?
Starlight and Non-Being
Keng Sang Chu
Keng’s Disciple
The Tower of the Spirit
The Inner Law
Advising the Prince
Active Life
Monkey Mountain
Good Fortune
Flight From Benevolence
The Useless
Means and Ends
Flight From the Shadow
Chuang Tzu’s Funeral

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