Zhuangzi Speaks: The Music of Nature

  • Title: Zhuangzi Speaks: The Music of Nature
  • Author: Tsai Chih Chung
  • ISBN: 9780691008820
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zhuangzi Speaks The Music of Nature During a period of political and social upheaval in China the unconventional insights of the great Daoist Zhuangzi B C pointed to a way of living naturally Inspired by his fascination with th
    During a period of political and social upheaval in China, the unconventional insights of the great Daoist Zhuangzi 369 286 B.C pointed to a way of living naturally Inspired by his fascination with the wisdom of this sage, the immensely popular Taiwanese cartoonist Tsai Chih Chung created a bestselling Chinese comic book Tsai had his cartoon characters enact the keyDuring a period of political and social upheaval in China, the unconventional insights of the great Daoist Zhuangzi 369 286 B.C pointed to a way of living naturally Inspired by his fascination with the wisdom of this sage, the immensely popular Taiwanese cartoonist Tsai Chih Chung created a bestselling Chinese comic book Tsai had his cartoon characters enact the key parables of Zhuangzi pronounced jwawngdz , and he rendered Zhuangzi s most enlightening sayings into modern Chinese Through Tsai s enthusiasm and skill, the earliest and core parts of the Zhuangzi were thus made accessible to millions of Chinese speaking people with no other real chance of appreciating this major Daoist text Translated into English by Brian Bruya, the comic book is now available to a Western audience The classical Chinese text of the selections of the Zhuangzi is reproduced in the margins throughout Evoked by the translation and the playful cartoons is the spontaneity that Zhuangzi favors as an attitude toward life abandon presuppositions, intellectual debates, and ambitions, he suggests, and listen to the music of nature With the writings attributed to Laozi, the Zhuangzi contributed to an alternative philosophical ideal that matched Confucianism in its impact on Chinese culture Over the centuries this classical Daoism influenced many aspects of Chinese life, including painting, literature, and the martial arts It had a particularly strong effect on Chan Buddhism Japanese Zen For this book, Donald Munro has written an afterword that places Daoism and the Zhuangzi in historical and cultural context.

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    About Tsai Chih Chung


    1. Tsai Chih Chung is a world renowned cartoonist and popularizer of Chinese classics whose books have sold than 40 millions copies worldwide He first came to prominence through his award winning animated movies and his immensely popular daily comic strips When he turned his hand to the classics after a prolonged period of self education, they were acclaimed by critics and shot to the top of the bestsellers lists.Starting from the 1980s, Tsai created a series of Chinese comic books on ancient Chinese classics, like huangzi Speaks The Music of Nature, Zen Speaks Shouts of Nothingness, Confucius Speaks Words to Live by, Sunzi Speaks The Art of War, and The Tao Speaks Lao Tzu s Whispers of Wisdom Confucius, Lao Tzu, Zhuangzi, and Sunzi are widely credited as sages whose thoughts have played an important role in China s development Tsai put his unique understanding and feelings of ancient thoughts into his cartoons, and added a modern interpretation of them, making boring ancient philosophies quite amusing as well as understandable His works won a large number of adult readers for comic books, a market predominantly children targeted This series of comic books has hoarded great applause from readers both in Taiwan and Chinese mainland, with 4 million copies sold in Taiwan Differing from most Chinese parents, Tsai has a unique way of bringing up his daughter, stressing independence and self reliance His daughter even traveled to Japan by herself at the age of 12.With the influence of her father, his daughter has also become fond of cartoons Her creativity and originality is comparable to that of her father, and many of her cartoons have been published as well Tsai once made a comparison between human beings and wolves, stating that a parent wolf never teaches its children the necessary skills of survival, leaving the child with the challenge of acquired these skills on their own.


    680 Comments


    1. What a wonderful book. It is such an easy read. The illustrations are great and the stories convey profound wisdom in an entertaining fashion. The humor is gentle. One will grow in wisdom without even realizing it by reading this book. What a gem.

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    2. A graphic novel presentation of the thought of the Daoist master Zhuangzi. Including of course, the famous story about dreaming he was a butterfly, or possibly philosopher.There's a lot more. Admiring the sparrow for not wanting to waste energy like the peng bird. The capture of a marvelous bird that then died because its captor provided it with what he deemed the finest of music, drink, and food. And the usefulness to a tree of being utterly useless. Really, it's really fond of pointing out tha [...]

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    3. The first Tsai Chih Chung book I read. I have since had to search to find more of his illustrated, translated books - I have found/read 6 of them - every one a delight. Answers such burning questions as "Are A Duck's Legs too Short?". Offers wisdom such as "Don't look at today in terms if the past or the future, don't see things in terms of worth & worthlessness, don't draw a boundary around the boundless." Why would one want to live with out such advice?

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    4. Don't let the cartoons fool you. This is a great book, a clear presentation of the Chuang Tzu, and very accessible for western audiences.

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    5. Well written, easy to read and relatively understandable (which is unusual for Eastern teachings at least to me). Could be a little less repetitive

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    6. This is an engaging and delightful book that uses the non-threatening medium of sequential narrative to present Zhuangzi's philosophy of the Dao. An excellent place to start for the non-specialist who wants to get a feel for Daoist philosophy, even better than Benjamin Hoff's much lauded Tao of Pooh Zhuangzhi is free in the negative sense of being free from the constraints of a single perspective, the kind that enables the Mohist to understand only through Mohist categories and the Confucian thr [...]

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    7. Chuang Tsu was a great story teller as much as he was a great philosopher, he was also an important figure of the ancient philosophical school of Daoism.But don't let the word 'philosophy' scares you. Chuang Tsu Speaks: The Music of Nature reads like a fables as Chuang Tsu reveled his thoughts through different tales, the book is easy to understand and the artwork is adorable. Through the stories, you can tell Chuang Tsu was a person with a great sense of humor and always with an amazing story t [...]

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    8. This book is incredibly hard to read- not because of the content (well, maybe because of the content- I've not made it that far into it yet), but because of the font! Small and squeezed together, the handprinting combined with tiny Chinese characters makes it difficult to do much more than absorb the art work which is very absorbing. I won't be finishing this book any time soon so I can't lend it to you!

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    9. *I DECIDED TO READ THE ZEN BOOK FIRST*One of Tyler's books. It's been far too long since I read any of my dearly beloved books on religion, philosophy and spirituality. So, I'm going to make an effort to get back into it. I'm starting with this (and, yeah, the cute little pictures help! But it really IS a good, soulful exploration of Taoism.)

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    10. This illustrated collection of the Zhuangzi is excellent. With wonderful illustrations and the Chinese text along the side this is well worth your money. If you haven't encountered the Zhuangzi this is a great way to start.

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    11. This book is a collection of cartoons featuring philosophical tales and fables from the Chinese sage Zhuangzi. If I had to put a label on it, I'd say it was basically Daoist. Loads of food for thought, presented in an entertaining manner with cute illustrations.

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    12. Cartoon version of an ancient (~300 BC) Daoist text. Lots of anecdotes, fables, and stories, humorous and moralistic, well drawn and paced. But it gets to be too much, too same same, unless you take it in small doses. It may be your cup of tea.

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    13. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Daoism. The comic format fits the nature of Zhuangzi's stories well and the afterward does a good job lucidly explaining Zhuangzi's philosophy and its connection to broader currents in Chinese intellectual history.

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    14. This book is absolutely magical. It's a book that centers you at the same time it's making you laugh. You'll cringe at yourself wanting to always be taking action, never letting things just be. I read it every few years with absolute delight.

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    15. A great introduction to Daoism and the wisdom of Zhuangzi in comic book form. Witty, smart, timeless and true.

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    16. I'm obviously never going to finish this, despite the illustrations being fun, so I guess that says something about the appeal of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu). Read the "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu instead.

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    17. Have been reading this on and off repeatedly since childhood and some things I still struggle to understand ha ha ha.

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