Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes the complete Inner Chapters, Zhuangzi, Brook Ziporyn. Brook A. Ziporyn is a scholar of ancient and medieval Chinese religion and With Tiantai Buddhism (Open Court, ); Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings with . Brook Ziporyn (Translator). · Rating details · ratings · 13 reviews. Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes.

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Mar 07, Ethan rated it really liked it. It may be expected that these reservations will concern only a minority of the potential readers. Gabrielle Belisle rated it did not like it Feb 03, I don’t read classical Chinese and can’t comment on the translation’s skill and accuracy, but I can say as a long time amateur fan and recent teacher of Zhuangzi’s text that I appreciated this translation quite a bit.

There is the famous butterfly story, as seen above, but also questions about what fish consider ‘beautiful’, or what monkeys want to eat. Great philosophers and their lives have always interested me though it didn’t reach the same level of passion as the historical aspects.

Chapters 23, 27, 33; selections from Chapters 24, 25, 26, 32, This has the seven “Inner Chapters” thought to be written by the historical Zhuan “Here he comes to the important point, but makes sure to refute it in advance” from one of the commentaries included. Joseph Jackson rated it it was amazing May 20, Basil rated it liked it Dec 10, Alison Schneider rated it did not like it Dec 19, Other nuggets of wisdom include the idea that everyone knows how much they want to be useful, but nobody knows the value in uselessness–one example brought forth is a massive tree that has gnarled roots and terrible quality wood.

Remember me on this computer. Andy rated it really liked it Mar 04, So would you rather live a short life that is full of purpose, or a long life in which you are merely existing, and nothing more? Think that he could do if his virtue was crippled too! Oct 20, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Department of East European and Oriental Studies, With all kidding aside one of the most important books one can read in a lifetime.


Also it has a great amount of footnotes that compare translations and definitions. Thus one whose form is crippled can nurture his body and live out the years heaven grants him.

Skip to main content. Tori rated it really liked it Jun 17, He is ranked among the greatest of literary and philosophical giants that China has produced.

When the authorities zhuangzj soldiers, a cripple can walk among them confidently flapping his sleeves; when they are conscripting work gangs, cripples are excused because of their infirmity. Foremost is an apparent incoherence of the text in many places, and second, the fact that the author authors of the book was were a poet and a philosopher—wielding superb writing skills, wit, humor, and playfulness together with profound philosophical thought.

Hackett Publishing Company, Xiaoyaoyou, Serica Osoloensia No. It is well known that the Chinese have an enviable tradition of clas- sical exegesis. Hackett Publishing Company,ix.

Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries

As this is my favorite book of philosophy, I’m overjoyed with such a vibrant new translation. An introduction, a glos- sary of seventeen essential terms, notes on the commentators, a bibliography, and an index complete the book. A deeply insightful and poetic work, it is always hard to capture the original in translation zipotyn Ziporyn does well – at times, though the translation seems “looser” than previous translations such as Graham’s which remains the most academic and thorough.

The commentaries are cited with the name of the commentator, but without bibliographical reference and dates in the text.

Textual Notes to a Partial Translation London: As Confucius once said, “A man who understands the Tao [or Dao, since they are synonymous] in ziportn morning may die without regret in the evening. Zhexue yanjiu bianjibu Beijing: I own 7 translations of the Zhuangzi, and this one just blew them all away!

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Zhuang Zi, A ziplryn of Laotzi is traditionally credited as the author of the second book of the Dao. Selections from the Outer Chapters. Suddenly he awoke, and there he was, the started Zhuang Zhou in the flesh.

Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries by Zhuangzi

A glossary, brief biographies of the commentators, a bibliography, and an index are also included. The language throughout the writings themselves, which zzhuangzi span about the first half of the book, is precise enough to apply to real problems that people have today, while vague enough that they don’t require someone to be of a certain faith, have a certain background, or whatever other divisive factors could be part of a philosophy book.

Selected pages Title Page. Apr 13, James rated it liked it Shelves: They’re filled with all kinds of fables and stories, which have a lesson or two for zyuangzi anyone! This is one of the two most popular books in the philosophy of Taoism, with the first being the Tao Te Ching.

A must have for every Taoist fan. But that’s one of the problems with modern cultures: Haikuist rated it really liked it Sep 26, So this passage says what it says, for that period of time. Once Zhuang Zhou dreamt he was a butterfly, fluttering about joyfully just as a butterfly would.

Ji Mei rated it it was ok Jun 27, If you’re at least little bit in chinese thought you should read this book.