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Musings of a Chinese Mystic: Selections from the Philosophy of Chuang Tzu

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"Musings of a Chinese Mystic: Selections from the Philosophy of Chuang Tzu" is a profound and thought-provoking exploration of ancient Chinese philosophy. Translated and annotated by Lionel Giles, this collection offers readers a glimpse into the mind of Chuang Tzu, a legendary figure in Taoist thought.

The selected passages cover a wide range of topics, from the nature of reality and the self to the concept of non-action and natural spontaneity. Chuang Tzu's teachings encourage readers to embrace the fluidity of life and to let go of attachments and desires that lead to suffering.

Giles' translation is clear and accessible, capturing the essence of Chuang Tzu's wisdom while providing valuable context and explanations. The annotations help demystify some of the more esoteric concepts, making this ancient text more accessible to a modern audience.

Overall, "Musings of a Chinese Mystic" is a compelling and inspiring read for anyone interested in Eastern philosophy and spirituality. Chuang Tzu's teachings offer valuable insights into the nature of existence and provide practical guidance on how to live a more fulfilling and harmonious life.

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If Lao Tzu then had revolted against the growing artificiality of life in his day, a return to nature must have seemed doubly imperative to his disciple Chuang Tzu, who flourished more than a couple of centuries later, when the bugbear of civilisation had steadily advanced. With chagrin he saw that Lao Tzu's teaching had never obtained any firm hold on the masses, still less on the rulers of China, whereas the star of Confucius was unmistakably in the ascendant. Within his own recollection the propagation of Confucian ethics had received a powerful impetus from Mencius, the second of China's orthodox sages. Now Chuang Tzu was imbued to the core with the principles of pure Taoism, as handed down by Lao Tzu. He might more fitly be dubbed "the Tao-saturated man" than Spinoza "the God-intoxicated." Tao in its various phases pervaded his inmost being and was reflected in all his thought. He was therefore eminently qualified to revive his Master's ringing protest against the materialistic tendencies of the time. - Summary by Lionel Giles

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