Zhuangzi Speaks The Music of Nature

ISBN-10: 0691008825

ISBN-13: 9780691008820

Edition: 1992

Authors: Brian Bruya, Chih Chung Tsai

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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 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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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/2/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748

Brian Bruya is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University and Center Associate at the University of Michigan's Center for Chinese Studies. He is the editor of Effortless Attention: A New Perspective on the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action.

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The Little Sparrow's Small Happiness
Hui Shi's Giant Gourd
The Song Family's Secret Formula
The Useless Shu Tree
The Tattooed Yue People
The Music of the Earth
Zhao Wen Quits the Zither
Does Wang Ni Know?
Is Xi Shi Really Beautiful?
Li Ji's Tears
Zhang Wuzi's Dream
Shadows Talking
The Dream of the Butterfly
Three at Dawn and Four at Dusk
Hui Shi Leans against a Tree
The Cook Carves Up a Cow
Passing on the Flame
The Caged Pheasant
Like A Mantis Stopping a Cart
The Horse Lover
The Earth Spirit's Tree
A Tree's Natural Life Span
The Freak
Oil Burns Itself Out
The Tiger Trainer
Toeless Shu
Nature the Superhero
Forgetting the Dao
Zi Sang Questions His Fate
Digging a Canal in the Ocean Floor
Are a Duck's Legs Too Short?
The Lost Goat
Bandits Have Principles, Too
Good Wine, Bad Wine
The Yellow Emperor Questions Guangcheng
Nature's Friend
The Old Wheelwright
The Earth and the Sky
Crows and Seagulls
Confucius Sees a Dragon
Don't Ring the Bull's Nose
The Wind and the Snake
Courage of the Sage
The Frog in the Well
Learning How to Walk in Handan
A Crow Eating a Dead Rat
You're Not a Fish
Zhuangzi Dreams of a Skeleton
Sea Birds Don't Like Music
The Drunk Passenger
Riding with the Dao
The Sweet Water is Gone First
Lin Hui Forsakes a Fortune
Swallows Nest in the Eaves
The Mantis Getting the Cicada
Fan Was Never Destroyed
Knowledge and the Dao
Gengsang Forsakes Fame
The Yellow Emperor and the Pasture Boy
The Stone Mason and the Ying Man
Two Nations on a Snail's Antennae
Zhuangzi Borrows Grain
The Turtle That Could Predict the Future
Natural Use
Catch the Fish, Discard the Trap
Yang Zhu Studies the Dao
Zi Gong's Snow-White Clothes
The Bandit Speaks
Zhuangzi's Three Swords
Confucius in the Black Forest
The Man Who Hated His Footprints
The Man Who Hated His Shadow
Like a Drifting Boat
The Dragonslayer
Shattering the Dragonpearl
Don't Make Sacrifices
Zhuangzi on His Deathbed
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