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The Lieh Tzu Is A Collection Of Stories And Philosophical Musings Of A Sage Of The Same Name Who Lived Around The Fourth Century BCE Lieh Tzu S Teachings Range From The Origin And Purpose Of Life, The Taoist View Of Reality, And The Nature Of Enlightenment To The Training Of The Body And Mind, Communication, And The Importance Of Personal Freedom This Distinctive Translation Presents Lieh Tzu As A Friendly, Intimate Companion Speaking Directly To The Reader In A Contemporary Voice About Matters Relevant To Our Everyday Lives


10 thoughts on “Lieh-tzu

  1. says:

    One of the three Taoist pillars with Chuang Tzu and Lao Tzu, Lieh Tzu is also the most accessible of them all Based on a succession of short stories, little tales and fables each with a sound teaching and great moral implication to get by in our daily lives, we have here a good practical manual to better walk the Taoist way It s simple, yet striking, astonishing and inspiring all at once.Clearly divided in eight parts, each focusing on one particular aspect relevant to Taoist living and philosophy, it starts by brushing a vague idea of what the Tao is and, its impact on the nature of things, so as to throw the foundation to a whole way of life, a moral, that still resonates nowadays Indeed, Lieh Tzu deals then with topics affecting our daily lives success and failure, social status, expectations, money, fame and acknowledgement etc that hit right on targets Thus, it s the whole Taoist philosophy that is illustrated and defended here that is, an emphasis put on simplicity, humility and compassion while, denying firmly any idea of fatalism and or anthropocentrism.A great read.


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    Lao Tzu, the first author of Taoism, described abstruse, metaphorical scenes in abstruse language Chuang Tzu uses prosaic descriptions, but still described philosophical ideal rather than gritty facts Lieh Tzu came later He used prosaic words to describe prosaic, everyday scenes, and to find enlightenment in them.Many ring true for me The yellow mare reminded me of a technician who was finely attuned to the circuits we used He was always wrong in his diagnosis onf the problems he showed me That never mattered He was always right in pointing out that there was a problem, often based on small clues that I might have missed.Lieh discusses honesty and friendship, poverty and happiness, great riches and death Still, the language is always modern and clear, and a good supplement to Chuang and Lao.My problem, though, is that this isn t a translation It s Wong s interpretation She says, early on, Instead of a straight translation of the sematics of the text, I have decided to present the voice of Lieh Tzu As much as I like Wong s text, it troubles me Translation is never exact, but there are degrees of inexactness I am concerned about how much Lieh s text has suffered.This is good anyway, and I ll probably come back to it eve if I find a scholarly Lieh Tzu This is readable and thought provoking, no matter what it s authenticity.


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    A pretty loose translation of the Leizi, which makes all kinds of historical mistakes, adds a good amount of its own views into the text without making a note of it, and generally just tries to ignore any difficult To Wong a self described practicing Daoist, whatever that means , the Daoism of Liezi is essentially late 20th century Western New Age spiritualism It embodies everything that Americans get wrong about medieval and ancient China.


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    If Carnation Instant Wisdom was a marketable product, it would look like this book.That was pretty lame But it s true I refer to this book all the time, and I m blown away by how deeply these stories sink into my mind over the weeks months I spend thinking through them the themes they address And they never get old It s like a massive collection of zen koans to me they read just like zen koans, anyway just as much to think about, and it s the same I just swallowed a ball of hot iron and can t spit it back up feeling.Every single story has extremely valuable lessons It s also incredibly easy to read, which emphasizes how difficult it is to thoroughly think through all these lessons Well, I think I might start rambling soon That reminds me of the story in here, Confused by too many alternatives My brain feels like it s processing millions of things at once, and I have so many ideas, and then I end up getting completely confused and not learning anything at all So I ll take the advice of that story and just.wellhere There is only one principle in learning the Tao Don t get swamped by too many choices By the time you try all the alternatives, you will be totally confused and you will have learned nothing The only way to learn, then, is to focus on one technique, get to the source of it, and do not abandon it until you ve completed your learning I love this book It fills my brain with magical waves of chi and happiness and light and things like that D


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    The text of Lieh Tzu Liezi possibly written by Lie Yukou has four known English translations, this one by Lionel Giles being the first Unfortunately this translation is an incomplete translation, collecting only chapters 1 6 and 8.A lot of early Taoist translations ironically neglect the Taoist principle of simplicity by adding sentences upon sentences to the Taoist concept in question in an attempt to clarify for western audiences what may once have been, in some translators eyes, quite foreign , eastern ideas Giles translation does this to some extent, but keeps what I imagine to be the core message of each verse in tact This is evidenced by the length of the verses, which are mostly quite short.Occasionally it s a little hard to recognise the Taoist principle within each story eg is the story about wu wei inaction, jian frugality, natural balance etc , as the concepts are not always attested to in the text unlike in translations of the Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu This may have been Liezi s original intention, or possibly an exclusion on Giles behalf, most likely to condition the text to be familiar with western ideals Either way, with the exception of a handful, the stories are fascinating reads, combining historical characters with novel situations A particular favourite of mine was the story of Yen Shih, a man who created a Chinese automaton out of wood and leather.For the most part, the translation was a decent and clear read.


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    The book is easily forgotten I read it because it has been touted as one of the practical Taoist books I could probably excerpt about 5 pages of such but I couldn t find much practical in the book Most of the book is about flying around on clouds and such, and it seldom links this as metaphor by making practical points about it The Lieh Tzu is considered perhaps in third place behind The Chuang Tzu Zhuangzi and the Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Daodejing but I d call it a distant third.Although the Tao Te Ching is steeped in the metaphysical, it is a practical metaphysics, and there are usually lines linking metaphor to practicality that are clear enough to me but I m working on a new translation myself that removes it from most mystical leanings toward revealing a firm philosophical foundation.


  7. says:

    A great day to day about how the greatest teachers of the Taoist tradition were simple and made mistakes, taking their strength from recognizing errors, delineating the causes, and refraining from perposterous arrogance about accomplishing their view of the world Reading this book makes being a human being a bit easier, and though it isn t as magical as the Tao Te Ching, it is far humane in its inclusions of those who err in the vast breadth of individuals who touch the Tao without knowing it Think of it as a recipe book for ways to worry a little bit less about life.


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    Another great Taoist text Unlike Lao Tzu and to some extent Chang Tzu, Lieh Tzu writes for everyone In other words, you can practice Taoist principles and not be a hermit out in the woods I mean no disrespect, and indeed Eva Wong in her intro comments on this point Essentially Lieh Tzu took Taoism to the masses, and I found I could relate to his realistic applications.


  9. says:

    The book s subtitle sums it up best It s a collection of very short stories meant to illuminate the Taoist way of thinking as it applies in everyday situations The anecdotes are often charming and always thought provoking A very good follow up to the Tao Te Ching in any would be Taoist s reading program I digested this one in small snippets over the course of many days That still seems the perfect way of approaching this work, as it gave me plenty of time for ruminating on what I d just read And some of the stories definitely will stick with you The translation may or may not be literal see the Introduction , but it s certainly accessible Highly recommended Now on to the Chuang Tzu


  10. says:

    The Daoist philosophy of following nature the way and respecting the unknown what is beyond comprehension is logical but does not provide a depth of insight.