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Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.
Author/narrator Hoff calls Winnie the Pooh a "Western Taoist" and uses the unassuming bear to introduce Eastern philosophical principles. Pooh epitomizes the "uncarved block," as he is well in tune with his natural inner self. Pooh enjoys simple pleasures and the daily progress of life. Hoff contrasts this unpretentiousness to other characters created by Winnie - the - Pooh author A.A. Milne, including Owl, whom he describes as a "mind that tries too hard," and Eeyore, the eternal pessimist. In a clear and crisp voice, Hoff explains the central tenets of Taoism and further illustrates them with familiar excerpts from The House at Pooh Corner stories (1923), Chinese proverbs, maxims, and tales from Lao Tzu and others. The result is at once thought-provoking and charming. This is a small literary event that will leave all who experience it a little more serene. For most collections.
- Jeanne P. Leader, Western Nebraska Community Coll. Lib., Scotts bluff
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This is a great book for reading when you are in a contemplative mood, despite its apparent simplicity, you will find great truths within. Read morePublished 14 days ago by J Neville
Encourage everyone to read this book and the follow up The Te of Piglet. Will change your outlook and so change your life.Published 2 months ago by Shannon
My wife got this book for me as a gift this holiday season. Along with the Tao Te Ching, It is one of my favorite books ever. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leo Lefty
Intellectual and funny and pratical. Very easy and engaging read that you can instantly take something away from chapter to chapter.Published 23 months ago by Michael Thomas
To be honest, I am not a big "Winnie the Pooh" fan, and I was going to put this book down after the first 30 pages, but I am thankful that I kept reading. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Karl - Tiny Thought Guy
This was an explanation of Taoist philosophy, as told through the mouths of the classic Winnie the Pooh characters. It is very interesting reading. Read morePublished on June 5 2013 by GDokk
Very insightful book making you re-evaluate you're outlook on life. It really simplifies the ways of Tao through simple analogies using Winnie the PoohPublished on March 13 2011 by chris