chuang tze

Chuang Tze

Chuang Tzu is believed to lived in the Fourth or Third Century BCE, at a time when China was split up into a number of states weakly held together by the Chou dynasty. He was a minor government official for a while and was offered higher office, but declined on the grounds that it would limit his freedom.

His thought is contained in the 33 chapters that remain of the Chuang Tzu, which describes both his philosophy and his way of life. In it, Chuang Tzu enlarges on the teachings of Lao Tzu in a lively Taoist discourse that opposes the ideas of Confucius and Mo Tzu. These philosophers argued for particular ways for improving the condition of man, each contradicting the other. Chuang Tzu argued that the processes of nature unify all things, so that humanity should seek to live at one with nature and not impose upon it. He concluded that one could do more by doing nothing.

Chuang Tzu viewed nature as having great spontaneity and change, with all things—large and small, beautiful and ugly—equally important and ever in a constant flux. In this way, he enlarged the notion of the co-dependence of things, one causing change in another, which appears in Buddha’s thought. Chuang Tzu also emphasized the mutual causation of opposites: for example, that life leads to death. His dislike of formal structures lead him to put forward his ideas in imaginary dialogues.

1. Chuangtze about a Run Away Horse

“There is an old Taoist story about a wise man on the northern frontier of China. One day, for no apparent reason, a young man’s horse ran away and was taken by nomads across the border. Everyone tried to offer …

Publish Date: 08/08/2010 7:43

2. ChuangTze about Monkeys

I really loved ChuangTzu’s story of the monkeys. I think that there are a lot of instances in my life where I act like the monkeys. Things that seem so important and I’m fighting to control often don’t really matter that much. …

Publish Date: 07/26/2008 1:50

3. Chuang Tze about a Butterfly

Chuang Tze woke one day and said, I had a marvelous dream! In my dream, I was a butterfly flitting from place to place. Am I am man who dreamt he was a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly dreaming he is a man> Such are the tenets of …

Publish Date: 04/25/2009 20:15

4. No Clever Title: A Taoist Parable

This is, as the title indicates, a Taoist parable (to the best of my recollection, one of ChuangTze’s). I consider it highly topical, advising as it does against struggling with an unmanagable situation simply because you desire a …

Publish Date: 07/23/2006 8:21

5. Meditation as a cure for mental illness | Adventures of a rebel Taoist

In terms of what meditation is and really means to me, allow me to quote a dead guy named Chuang Tze, “Most people would find what I love, to be very uncomfortable or uninteresting.” Meditation is the ultimate journey into inner and …

Publish Date: 08/16/2010 3:21

6. Brief history of Taoism

The foundation of Taoism is ascribed to two mystics known as Lao Tsu and Chuang Tze (lived during 6th and 4th centuries bc) Tao de Ching was believed to be written by Lao Tsu and the writtings voice a growing concern of worldly values. …

Publish Date: 08/09/2008 7:53

7. Language, creative thinking and persusion Free Essay, Term Paper

The role of language in the thinking processas aptly put by the Chinese philosopher Chuang Tze, Language is like the lightning that passes through the dark abyss of my thought, without which truth hidden will not be revealed to me (Wang …

Publish Date: 12/16/2007 1:00

8. If The Shoe Fits

In it he cites the Taoist sage Chuang Tze, who 2500 years ago established the standard for proper gear fitment. He said, “When the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten.” This really describes the ideal relationship for a rider and his gear. …

Publish Date: 11/01/2008 3:15

9. Ralph Wahlstrom – The Tao of Writing

A brief introduction to Taoist thought, drawing from the tao te ching, Chuang tze, the Tao of Pooh, and well-known writers The Twelve Principles of Tao in Writing: Exploring the twelve principles of the Tao in relation to writing…

Publish Date: 04/04/2008 16:33

10. History of Mysticism: The Buddha

Chuang Tze, the Chinese sage of the. 3rd century BCE, for example, debated with himself on this same. quandary, and wrote: Great truths do not take hold of the hearts of the. masses. And now, as all the world is in error, how shall I, …

Publish Date: 08/08/2009 18:40

11. The Tao Of Writing: Imagine. Create. Flow. Reviews

Organised into threesome parts, this attractive aggregation is as applicatory as it is inspiring: The Philosophy – Why the principle in Writing: A short launching to taoist thought, art from the “Tao Te Ching”, “Chuang Tze”, …

Publish Date: 03/05/2011 2:36

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