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Chuang-tzu : The Tao of Perfect Happiness--Selections Annotated and Explained



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The Chuang-tzu is the second major text of the Taoist tradition. It was compiled in the third century BCE and follows in the footsteps of the best known and oldest of all Taoist texts, the Tao-te-ching (Book of the Tao and Its Power). Representing the philosophy of its main author, Chuang Chou, along with several other early Taoist strands, the text has been a literary delight and a spiritual inspiration to spiritual seekers for over two thousand years. Using parable, anecdote, allegory and paradox, the Chuang-tzu presents the central message of what was to become the Taoist school: a reverence for the Tao¿ the ¿Way¿ of the natural world¿and the belief that you are not truly virtuous until you are free from the burden of circumstance, personal attachments, tradition and the desire to reform the world. In this special SkyLight Illuminations edition, leading Taoist scholar Livia Kohn draws on key selections from this timeless text to elucidate foundational Taoist beliefs and practices. She provides insightful, accessible commentary that highlights the Chuang-tzu¿s call to reject artificially imposed boundaries and distinctions, and illustrates how you can live a more balanced, authentic and joyful life¿at ease in perfect happiness¿by following Taoist principles.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Universal Patterns
Perfect Happinessp. 3
The Universep. 17
Life and Deathp. 33
Cosmos and Destinyp. 47
Body and Mind
The Selfp. 61
Dreamsp. 75
The Human Mindp. 87
Oblivionp. 103
Realizing Taop. 119
The Perfectedp. 137
The New Life
Uselessnessp. 153
Natural Skillsp. 167
In the Worldp. 179
When in Powerp. 193
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 207
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