A most admirable introduction to his less known but important source book of Taoism.

—Alan Watts, New York Times Book Review

The Way of Chuang Tzu

Nonfiction by Thomas Merton

With a contribution by Dalai Lama

Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of his own versions of the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief authentic historical spokesperson for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu’s writings). Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, into the unique vehicle we now call by its Japanese name—Zen. The Chinese sage abounds in wit and paradox and shattering insights into the true ground of being. Thomas Merton, no stranger to Asian thought, brings a vivid, modern idiom to the timeless wisdom of Tao.

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Paperback (published March 1, 2010)

ISBN
9780811218511
Price US
12.95
Price CN
15
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
160

Ebook (published March 1, 2010)

ISBN
9780811223072
Price US
12.95
Page Count
160

Thomas Merton

20th Century Theological Poet

A most admirable introduction to his less known but important source book of Taoism.

—Alan Watts, New York Times Book Review