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The Tao of Pooh por Benjamin Hoff
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The Tao of Pooh (original 1982; edição 1983)

por Benjamin Hoff (Autor)

Séries: 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.
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Título:The Tao of Pooh
Autores:Benjamin Hoff (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (1983), Edition: 1, 158 pages
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The Tao of Pooh por Benjamin Hoff (1982)

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Great concept and good execution, but generally just entertaining. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
This book is all about understanding Taoism, but it explains it in a very interesting way. If you are at all familiar with Winnie-the-Pooh, then I think you would find this educational book highly entertaining. I grew up with Winnie-the-Pooh. I know all the Winnie-the-Pooh stories very well from both the books as well as the cartoons/movies. The way this book is written, you can hear that narrators voice in your head while reading it as well as all of the Winnie-the Pooh characters. I completely enjoyed this book! ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
I personally think this is a fantastic method of teaching Taoist principals to any layman. I was unknowing of Taoism at first, but this book, with it's characterized examples, has given me a great food for thought on the subject.
On a side note, I love how Hoff writes as if he's talking to Pooh Bear directly. And maybe he is? He certainly channeled the character very well. Bravo! ( )
  SumisBooks | Aug 11, 2021 |
"Nothing is something, and Something is really nothing at all." Within this sentence we find the meaning of Taoism, that it is the simple things in life that matter. Nowadays people are so ready to fill things; silences with idol chatter, time with mundane activities, homes with useless clutter. But it is in the emptiness, in the silences, that wisdom may be found and happiness gained. A simple philosophy explained by the bear of very little brain.

The Tao Of Pooh is a fun and accessible introduction into the wisdom of Taoism through the characters of Winni-the-Pooh. Knowledgeable Owl is not so wise, clever Rabbit is not so smart, and complaining Eeyore never accomplishes anything. But Pooh, in his simple-mindedness is quite happy. This book explains that although at times we may have a little Owl or Eeyore within us, it would do us good to have a little Winni-the-Pooh in our lives. ( )
  LarissaBookGirl | Aug 2, 2021 |
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 |
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