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The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and The Way of Chuang Tzu, by Thomas Merton, is the product of five years of. Chuang Tzu—considered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early The respected Trappist monk Thomas Merton spent several years reading and. A light bulb went off as well when I realized that Chuang Tzu was also one of Thomas Merton’s favorite writers. Merton wrote his own versions.

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Dec 27, Arda rated it it was amazing. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? You’ll have to read to find out. He sees ‘happiness’ and ‘the good’ as ‘something to be attained,’ and thus he places them outside himself in the world of objects.

Finally, it is critical to understand that for Chuang Tzu, Tao is found everywhere; in the same way that Christians believe that God is both omnipresent and omniscient Proverbs To find the two minds come together is a treat.

However on recent re-read, I now rate it a full five stars.

What Hemingway is with efficiency for sorrow, Chuang Tzu – as interpreted by Thomas Merton – is the master of efficiency for spiritual awe. What is this power? Yet he not only challenges the ulterior motives of the hedonist and utilitarian but also of the hero of virtue and duty. The earth, for example, is broad and vast But of all that expanse a man uses only a few inches Upon which he happens to be standing.

Thus what the world calls good business is only a way To gather up the loot, pack it, make it secure In one convenient load for the more enterprising thieves. With his humour and wit, he gives the reader a beautiful insight to the Tao! The Way of Chuang Tzu. Whenever an occasion for action presents itself, they are compelled to act; they cannot help themselves.

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If he shoots for a brass buckle He is already nervous.

Chuang Tzu believed that abstractions such as “happiness,” “virtue,” and “justice” were concepts placed into the world of objects kerton be attained, tzzu should be considered ambiguous at best, dangerous at worst. It is easy to get stuck and to resign oneself to a search for something vague but promising, something that unifies and quiets the soul.

This concept of Wu Wei is reminiscent of the Gospel passage from Saint Matthew, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me MT Of course there is the irony of all the institutional trappings of a class in connection with Zen.

If he shoots for a prize of gold He goes blind or sees mertin targets— he mreton out of his mind! The Way of Chu What Hemingway is with efficiency for sorrow, Chuang Tzu – as interpreted by Thomas Merton – is the master of efficiency for spiritual awe.

To stand out, by seeking fame and chuamg and power, is to upset that balance and, thereby, trigger adverse reaction tension, conflict, violence until order balance is restored. I saved reading any Chuang Tzu till now. Though, from the point of view of scholarship, I am not even a dwarf sitting on the shoulders of these giants, and though not all my renderings can even qualify as ‘poetry,’ I believe that a certain type of reader will enjoy my intuitive approach to a thinker who is subtle, funny, provocative, and not easy to get at 9.

Conversations with Thoas Chen and Zhi Chai. In so doing they are alienated from themselves, and exhaust themselves in their own service as though they were slaves of others. He is ranked among the greatest of literary and philosophical giants that China has produced.

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The Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton – Google Books

Each new line started with a capitalized first letter. In other words, it is not a new apologetic subtlety Therefore, the essence of the way proposed by Chuang Tzu is not the accumulation of virtue and merit, common in the philosophy taught in his day and perhaps in much of Christendom today despite a vocalized and often hollow allegiance to a “faith and not works” religionbut the non-doing or non-action which is indifferent to results and unhindered by consciously laid plans or deliberately organized endeavors.

That beauty, when overdone, becomes ugliness. If this chung life, then pigeons in a cage Have found happiness!

The Way of Chuang Tzu (Shambhala Library)

I have been trying to put some of these thoughts into practice about non-action, but Meton still a little wary as a Christian. Tohmas recognizes that once “the good” is externalized as something outside of oneself, to be attained by special and virtuous techniques we are reminded that the ultimate good of God’s love has already been given and can never be attainedwe find that the study and analysis of the “means” becomes so commanding and all-consuming that the end is completely forgotten.

Still water is like glass.