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The ruler of the South Sea was called Light the ruler of the North Sea, Darkness and the ruler of the Middle Kingdom, Primal Chaos.From time to time, Light and Darkness met each other in thekingdom of Primal Chaos, who made them welcome.Light and Darkness wanted to repay his kindness and said, All people have seven openings with which they see, hear, eat,and breathe, but Primal Chaos has none.Let us try to give him some So every day they bored one hole,and on the seventh day, Primal Chaos died Chuang Tsu Chuang Tsu is a primary articulator of early Taoist philosophy This is my first exposure to his writings Initially, and for now, I am drawn to Lao Tsu s aphoristic style, insights and emphasis Some of this writing I like a lot The interconnectedness of things, the power relationships between them and the balance point in those relationships, are conveyed in passages such as this When there is no separation between this and that, it is called the still point of Tao At the still point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things The ebb and flow of energy comes through with this When there is separation, there is coming together When there is coming together, there is dissolution Merging into the background, and going with the flow rather than standing out, is a prudent survival strategy, as conveyed by this I have been trying for a long time to be useless, and this When I say he has no desire, Chuang Tsu says, I mean that he does not disturb his inner well being with likes and dislikes He accepts things as they are and does not try to improve upon them Chuang Tsu writes of the true man Carefree he went Carefree he came That was all That man accepts what he was given with delight, and when it was gone, he gave it no thought This is called not using the mind against Tao and not using man to help heaven As the introduction suggests these writings are an anticipation of Zen Buddhism and a laying of the foundation for a state of emptiness or ego transcendence , the Inner Chapters also seem to transition into something other than what is seen in Tao Te Ching For example, speaking of a Tao sage who, having transcended the physical world, and all material existence, and, having seen the One, he began to transcend the distinction of past and present to enter the land where there is no life or death, where killing does not take away life and giving birth does not add to it In another passage, Yen Hui, a Taoist seeker, says I am not attached to the body and I give up any idea of knowing By freeing myself from the body and mind, I become one with the infinite This is what I mean by sitting and forgetting Right or wrong, in this first reading I sensed a tension in the Inner Chapters between a Tao as an impersonal energy stream that one learns to adjust to and work with in a cosmos where there is nothing beyond death, and a Tao as an eternal reality that one can merge with and, thereby, and in that way, live forever. The Inner Chapters Are The Oldest Pieces Of The Larger Collection Of Writings By Several Fourth, Third, And Second Century BC Authors That Constitute The Classic Of Taoism, The Chuang Tzu Or Zhuangzi It Is This Core Of Ancient Writings That Is Ascribed To Chuang Tzu Himself Though I ve read the Tao Te Ching many times, this is my first time reading Chuang Tsu, or Zhuangzi, depending on how you anglicize it At first I wasn t so sure about this book, but it grew on me immensely as I read.I think I prefer the Tao Te Ching, but I ll be returning to this many times Probably also trying some other translations I picked this one up because it was at my library. This is one of the great classics of Taoism He had a dream that he was a butterfly but then he began to wonder if he was a butterfly who was dreaming that he was a man A profound and entertaining book, The Inner Chapters is seven chapters of stories, fables and musings attributed to the Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu, or Zhuangzi The following Outer Chapters Mixed Chapters were written by others in order to expand on the Taoist philosophy of Chuang Tzu, which are beneficial but are missing the charm of Chuang Tzu s prose. First of all, Chaung tzu Zhuangzi lived around the time of king solomon So it s pretty unfuckingbelievable that he was so clever.Second you can basically reduce his thought to stop thinking IN FACT it almost seems like he committed a sin against mankind by writing down what he thought seeing as how he even states that to know how to say the Way pretty much means you have no fucking idea what it is.But, if philosophy is the study of wisdom I suppose those that pursue the study have to take it in the bo bo.In terms of practical application to your life uh Daoism as Zhuangzi sees it would clearly relieve you of all anxiety, plus you d be like on to it.Of course, that seems kind of paradoxical how can there be a way a the way How can you ever leave the way.So Zhuangzi gets all Catholic about it and talks about the kind of knowing and acting that a person who is so long practiced at something they no longer think about it but simply do and do it perfectly Ok how do we get there oh wise one and to this, dude who may never have existed and even if he did all we have is some really messed up writings that are older than the bible well he doesn t tell you Not really.In the end, Zhuangzi is like a jump into a cold pool from the sauna of your life I think it s less important what he s trying to say, if he s trying to say anything, and important what it makes you think about.but that s true of just about everything by my philosophywhy are you reading a review of a book anyway This is a vibrant translation of an overlooked and important work of Chinese philosophy Chuang Tzu or Chuangzi is best known in the West for his question about an afternoon nap Am I a man dreaming of being a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming of being a man But there is much to Chuang Tsu, and this brief work barely 100 small pages was so compelling as soon as I finished, I read it again David Hinton s translation is excellent, the contents profound and The Inner Chapters is as powerful and enlightening as the Dao de Jing and as important as the Analects There are elements of Taoism and references to Confucius but Chuang Tzu is his own man, and anyone with a serious interest in Eastern philosophy needs to add this to the to read shelf. The only truly funny philosopher Whenever I feel bad about my life, I pick up this book and am chuckling within minutes He puts everything so clearly, with such vivid examples, that you can t help but feel foolish for thinking the world is anything other than wonderfully indifferent to your life, and that s the best way it could be. Long ago, a certain Chuang Tzu dreamt he was a butterfly a butterfly fluttering here and there on a whim, happy and carefree, knowing nothing of Chuang Tzu Then all of a sudden he woke to find that he was, beyond all doubt, Chuang Tzu Who knows if it was Chuang Tzu dreaming a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming Chuang Tzu Chapter 2, Chuang Tzu The Inner ChaptersChuang Tzu The Inner Chapters is a collection of parables believed to have been written by the Taoist teacher Chuang Tzu during the 4th century BCE This work, along with the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu, is considered to be the framework over which the philosophy of Taoism developed Parables tend to be enigmatic at the best of times and this collection, written not only centuries but millennia ago, is no exception This isn t a work to be read once and then put aside These stories will send you off down a path you didn t intend to follow and then bring you back where you started, with the story itself I found reading this overview of Chuang Tzu from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, in conjunction with the text, to be very helpful.This was my first time reading Chuang Tzu The Inner Chapters and I still haven t tried the Outer Chapters or the Mixed Chapters I m sure I ll be coming back to these stories again, and probably coming away with something different each time.