CHUANG TZU THOMAS MERTON PDF

The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and The Way of Chuang Tzu, by Thomas Merton, is the product of five years of. Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and. A light bulb went off as well when I realized that Chuang Tzu was also one of Thomas Merton’s favorite writers. Merton wrote his own versions.

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The Way of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi

Merton recognizes that Chuang Tzu is actually moving into an area of mysticism which goes beyond mere object good, into metaphysical truth. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain. Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thought—used parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity.

Well think about it and read about how a Trappist monk lives. Nothing endures, Nothing is final. From his fishing spot, he can contemplate the holistic fabric of the universe in the glimmer on the lake, and then look upon the road and frown on the senseless worries of the people around him. He sent out Logic to seek his pearl, and got nothing.

What seems right from one point of view may, when seen from a different aspect, manifest itself as completely wrong. Usually there is no way to figure it out for sure; eithe I am a great admirer of Thomas Merton. I no longer live, but Tao the Eternal Tao lives in me.

Confucian practice emrton in for much criticism in this book, but I think this is because Daoism is concerned about the experience of being and enlightenment, whereas Confucianism is concerned with the proprieties of social behavior.

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Where can I find a man who has forgotten words?

The Way of Chuang Tzu (Shambhala Library)

His style is complex—mythical, poetic, narrative, humorous, indirect, and polysemic. Li is something more than exterior and ritual correctness: The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and reflecting upon four differ Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thought—used parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity.

Oddly, many of the stories, which have a main character that is supposed to represent a person of tao, do not necessarily follow tao principles. It is a truly refreshing and delightful book of wise humour.

You can look in it and see the bristles on your chin. Lists with This Book.

The Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton – Google Books

May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me,” it is not difficult to think that Thomas Merton, perhaps more than any Catholic during the last century, truly recognized the common spiritual unity the oneness of each other’s souls as grounded in the Triune-One we all share as brothers and sisters in this world.

The reader has to supply that part. You will find bliss only when you stop trying to find it and stop trying to judge experiences as joyful or not. Be like a fish that swims unconcerned. To stand out, by seeking fame and riches and power, is to upset that balance and, thereby, trigger adverse reaction tension, conflict, violence until order balance is restored. This is both the force or energy that pervades all of life and the principles of change and balance that govern all life forms and their interaction with each other and nature.

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He is ranked among the greatest of literary and philosophical giants that China has produced.

He thinks more of winning Than of shooting— And the need to wind Drains him of power. The focal point of Chuang Tzu’s teaching is the criticism of any pursuit that sees the ultimate good outside of oneself – as something to be acquired or attained through purposeful effort.

Who is there, among those called smart, Who does not spend his time amassing loot For a bigger robber than himself? But the prize Divides him. View all 4 comments. A J You do not need anything, just enjoy Merton’s poetic simplicity in bringing Zhuangzi’s teaching to life.

Oh to know fully that all that is needed has already been given! These are the five enemies of true life. These fallacies might have worked several hundred years ago, but not anymore.

Chuang Tzu’s epigrams emphasize balance in the conduct of life. Like an infant, be free from care and be unaware of self.

Modern society has forgotten the spirit. Can we step out of mertn rat race, step away from the advances in science and medicine, embrace non-action, become impassive to friends, to family, to fate?

Apr 28, Rodger Broome rated it it was amazing. The water of the ocean is never filled – it is also never emptied. However fhomas recent re-read, I now rate it a full five stars. Inevitably, any rendering of Chuang Tzu is bound to be very personal. Yet it is not nature that does the damage: The wind is jealous of the eye.