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The Tao of Pooh av Benjamin Hoff
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The Tao of Pooh (urspr publ 1982; utgåvan 1985)

av Benjamin Hoff (Författare)

Serier: Wisdom of Pooh (1)

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Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how to use these principles in daily life.
Medlem:MoiraMarsh
Titel:The Tao of Pooh
Författare:Benjamin Hoff (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (1985), 158 pages
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Tao enligt Puh av Benjamin Hoff (1982)

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A playful and original expression of some of the basic tenets of Taoism, [b:The Tao of Pooh|48757|The Tao of Pooh|Benjamin Hoff|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348137748s/48757.jpg|55188] should not be considered a replacement for, say, [b:Tao Te Ching|67896|Tao Te Ching|Lao Tzu|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1333578861s/67896.jpg|100074], but a primer for the Western mind. Hoff does a fine job of balancing playfulness (there's a foreword and a backword, for example) with depth--the former doesn't damage the latter, and the latter doesn't hinder the former--and the three-layer conversational structure with neat little sentences allows the book to be absorbed by virtually anyone in a relatively short amount of time (thus, lending itself to re-reading throughout life).

I have long analogized American Transcendentalism (especially as expressed in Thoreau's [b:Walden|16902|Walden|Henry David Thoreau|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1465675526s/16902.jpg|2361393]) and Taoism in my mind, and, sure enough, on page 108 we get an explicit reference to Thoreau. As I said, this book blends western thought and eastern discipline à la [b:The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment|6708|The Power of Now A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment|Eckhart Tolle|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386925535s/6708.jpg|840520], so it's not surprising to see Thoreau pop up. And, indeed, both the Transcendentalists and the Taoists share the same concern with humanity's hustle and bustle and lack of concern for living life now. What Lao-tzu, Thoreau, Tolle, and Hoff are trying to show is that, despite our frantic plight to create things that save time, we have less time than ever! Not convinced? Try this: "It's really great fun to go someplace where there are no timesaving devices because, when you do, you find that you have lots of time" (108).

A difference between the Transcendentalists and the Taoists, however, is in disposition. The former take on a critical, more intellectual posture whereas the true Taoists shed criticality and intellectualism, both of which can only thwart our enjoyment of life: "The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard--one that thinks too much" (77). The exemplar of the intellectual is found in Owl, and too a lesser degree (cleverness) in Rabbit. Pooh, on the other hand, never tries to don the façade of knowledge instead of yielding to simple honesty.

To write a book on Taoism or, say, Zen Buddhism is to take on an arduous duty; and to pull it off even to a reasonable degree is quite a feat. This is because, well, in the words of Lao-tzu, "The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao." Just trying to express this discipline in words is essentially not to talk about the discipline (which is sort of the point, actually). This is why so much of the ancient Chinese philosophy and Hoff's book use metaphors and stories--they are seeking to communicate the impression of Taoist principles rather than elucidate them in the flimsy medium of language. Hence Zen Buddhism's famous koans: the point is to break the thinking mind down and set the inner self free. So, if for no other reason, I think Hoff did a fine job with a tough subject, using an unsuitable medium. ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
Always been partial to a little Taoist thinking, and this has been written in a very accessible and entertaining way. I wondered if it might beat me at first when I realised I hadn't read any of the actual Winnie the Pooh books, but of course it makes no difference where this is concerned.

Needless to say, this book attempts to explain how we can bring the methodology of the Tao into our everyday lives in order to improve our lives in every way imaginable and thereby live the lives we were supposed to live instead of the lives many, if not most of us find ourselves living.

If I have one criticism of nearly every spiritual manual I've ever read, it's that it all seems so approachable and doable on paper... until you come to bring it into your own life. But I suppose there's only so much a book can do, the rest is really up to us. But this book at least tries to get around that by bringing it all down to earth using a well loved children's character, or characters. I liked it. I wish I could say it's going to succeed where all the rest have failed but I doubt that's going to happen. It is making me want to try though, so that's a big plus in its favour.

very good. I read it in one sitting which is always a good sign. Definitely the sort of book to be re-read, over and over. Highly recommended. ( )
  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can't save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.

I read this book on a lunchbreak when I was 13/14. I remember being in a truly horrible headspace at the time. Being a teenager is just so fun, right? /s

But then I found this book on a shelf at home and figured, hey, Winnie the Pooh, sounds groovy. And I can safely say that reading this book changed my entire perspective. I remember walking out of the library and feeling better, feeling less like a blackhole of doom and far more capable. I dunno. Maybe it wouldn't have the same effect on me now, but back then, this book seriously helped me. I honestly think it philosophically kicked me in the butt and made me re-evaluate my behaviour, which is fairly impressive for a book to do.

Overall, this book is beautiful and something I very much needed at the time. I recommend it for anyone who's struggling through life and needs a new perspective.

Wisdom, Happiness, and Courage are not waiting somewhere out beyond sight at the end of a straight line; they're part of a continuous cycle that begins right here. They're not only the ending, but the beginning as well. ( )
  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
Stiekem de meest waardevolle adviezen ever ( )
  EchtpaarInDeTrein | Jan 1, 2021 |
Good intro on Taoist ideas. Made me want to read stories of Winnie the Pooh. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
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"You see, Pooh," I said, "a lot of people don't seem to know what Taoism is . . ."
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