It is time for modern readers to join in on the fun. Chuang Tzu s wisdom is not just for Eastern culture, but for all of humanity. We may not have the instability or the clash of massive armies indicative of Chuang Tzu s time, but we have a lot of stress and tension in our modern world. Many of us find ourselves fighting little battles on the personal front just to get through the day. We can benefit greatly from Chuang Tzu s teachings. These parables are presented throughout this book and juxtaposed with the charming and intelligent prose of modern-day Taoist teacher and author Derek Lin. Together, Chuang Tzu and Lin will present you with simple lessons that will have a lasting impact on your life."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-14
- Reviewer: Staff
Lin (The Tao of Daily Life) retells 17 stories by the ancient Tao master Chuang Tzu (who lived in the fourth century B.C.E.), dividing them into four sections corresponding to the spiritual journey: Departure, Travel Advisory, Travel Tips, and Arrival. A longer section follows each story, explaining its meaning in terms of 21st-century Western lifefor instance defeating archenemies such as a dead-end job or a codependent relationship. After one story, Lin writes that the world is full of people who talk too much but say too little.... The Tao... expresses all possible meanings while saying nothing at all.... The sages aspire to convey more meaning using fewer words. The stories themselves are well organized and insightful, but one wishes Lin had followed the sages advice and let the stories stand with far less explanation, so that readers could extract their own wisdom. Perhaps the answer is to read these fine stories without their interpretations, since their accompanying explanations often block the free-flowing power of the Tao. (Nov.)