It is written with many embedded stories from the A. Milne Winnie the Pooh books, both for entertainment and because they serve as tools for explaining Taoism. In the book Piglet is shown to possess great power — a common interpretation of the word Te, which more commonly means Virtue — not only because he is small, but also because he has a great heart or, to use a Taoist term, Tz'u. The book goes through the other characters — Tigger , Owl , Rabbit , Eeyore and Pooh — to show the various aspects of humanity that Taoism says get in the way of living in harmony with the Tao. The Palm Beach Post stated that although the first book was a "sleeper hit", the Te of Piglet "falls short as a companion to [the] Tao of Pooh". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning bre Is there such thing as a Western Taoist?
Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living. Get A Copy.
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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I read this book late one night in a drafty garage three weeks ago when I was in California for my aunt's funeral. I read in the garage because there were people literally sleeping in every room of my dad's houseon the floors, in the hallwaysit was impossible to find a place after where I could turn a light on without disturbing anybody.
It was the only thing I could find to do as my computer was out of juice and the only other reading material was a TIME magazine from the early 90s o I read this book late one night in a drafty garage three weeks ago when I was in California for my aunt's funeral.
It was the only thing I could find to do as my computer was out of juice and the only other reading material was a TIME magazine from the early 90s or a handbook on coping with divorce. Given my delicate psyche at that given moment, I'm sure I think it's a lot cuter than it really is.
So my review? It's pretty damn cute. Very interesting and good fun to read. The best points of this book were the excerpts from Winnie the Pooh. Though I know the author wrote the book to simplify Taoism for those of us ie me who have not concept of it, I had the distinct impression that he oversimplified it.
He basically condemned the pursuit of knowledge and any sort of goals in favor of "simplemindedness" and simply enjoying everyday life. View 1 comment. Humorous and very light in tone, 'The Tao of Pooh' is a great and very enjoyable introduction to the core belief of Taoism. Pooh bear indeed, and funnily enough, has a way of dealing with things and going about in his life that is not in contradiction with Taoists precepts -far from that!
Spontaneity, natural simplicity, compassion and, above all a strong although naive optimism no matter what's happening to him, there are some good stuff to learn from his attitude, that Hoff links to some of Humorous and very light in tone, 'The Tao of Pooh' is a great and very enjoyable introduction to the core belief of Taoism.
Spontaneity, natural simplicity, compassion and, above all a strong although naive optimism no matter what's happening to him, there are some good stuff to learn from his attitude, that Hoff links to some of the most important concepts of Taoist philosophy.
More, it's not only from Pooh bear that we can learn about the Tao, but, his friends also -the dry and unimaginative yet pompous and pretentious scholar Owl, know-it-all and pessimistic Eeyore, busy but unfocused Rabbit etc. If 'within each of us there is a Owl, a Rabbit, a Eeyore and a Pooh' , then this very entertaining book is an amusing way of pointing towards finding a balance between them all.
The 'Te of Piglet' is a follow-up to read; the adorable and timid little piggy being used to demonstrate what the Te 'virtue in action' is all about. However, if Hoff here introduce and nicely poke fun at Tiger indeed a nice metaphor for our consumerist lifestyles, always on the go he sadly also give vent to his prejudice against American conservatism, in a rant that some readers may find annoying.
Are such proclaimed political allegiance caricature? I don't think so. Regardless, both books are a nice start to better grasp what is 'The Way'. May 15, Gabriela Silva rated it liked it. I honestly keep asking to myself why did I buy this pack of 2 books in 1. But the truth is: this book is terrible. The first half - which corresponds to The Tao of Pooh - was so cute and inspirational, I read it with such delight and ended it with a feeling of happiness and accomplishment.
The addiction of parts of Winnie the pooh to explain Taoism and certain attitudes of nowadays gave to the book a touch of home. We will relate it with our childhood and I think it give I honestly keep asking to myself why did I buy this pack of 2 books in 1. We will relate it with our childhood and I think it gives more impact than a serious book about the subject. However the second part - the Te of piglet - was awful.
Throughout the 1st half of the book there were parts where I thought 'maybe he is being a little too extreme' or 'this seems too much an opinion and not a fact'. Well, I the Tao of Pooh I ignored it because its general feeling was nice. Here it was unbearable. The author just rambles and rambles and points out lots of parts of texts from other authors just with the intent of finding the words that justify his opinion - which is given as a irrefutable fact rather than an opinion.
In my opinion no one can reject the fact that Men are responsible for many devastation of our environment. However the author just seemed to ramble that knowledge and technology are responsible for this destruction.
I honestly think that the author just wrote this book to get more money - which then is a little hypocrite having in account what he writes- because there is no consistency or purpose in what he writes. The Tao of Pooh This is one amazing little book! It's so calm, simple and inspiring I wanted to start reading it again as soon as I finished it! This book can definitely change your life: it's so uplifting! What I found really interesting when reading reviews here and there is how everyone identifies with a different chapter from the book, a different character.
The book really has something to offer to each and everyone of us, it echoes our own personal experiences. My favourite chapters must be The Tao of Pooh This is one amazing little book!
My favourite chapters must be "Cottleston Pie" and "Nowhere and nothing", even though making a choice is really hard!
A wonderful book! The Te of Piglet: Hmm, I've just finished reading this book and I really don't know what to think about it It is really different from The Tao of Pooh and more of a diatribe against industry, business, government, Western culture, the military, feminists, etc. Actually, I found that it had little to do with philosophy and Taoism and I sometimes felt I was reading an environmentalist rant.
The Tao of Pooh was such an uplifting read for me that I really have a hard time figuring out what I thought of The Te of Piglet and whether I liked it or not I read this in the summer of and understood Taoism much better than I did in my philosophy class. A very cool little read. Following a very busy, difficult school year, I thought a little review of a world view focused on remaining calm in all situations wouldn't be a bad idea.
Yep, still a very enjoyable little book that reminds you of the strength, courage and power of self, the universe and of nothing. On to the Te of Piglet. As if the Tao of Pooh weren't enough, the Te of Piglet had to come along.
And as if that weren't enough, there's a boxed set. A boxed set?! This is not the Velevet Underground, this is self-consciously wacky pseudo philisophical bullshit! Where's my razors, I feel the urge to flee this world for good.
View all 3 comments. Read a ga-gillion times over the years- in little 'pick up off the shelf' 20 minute increments. Winnie the Pooh- my favorite fictional character, his little stuffly nose voice, his hunny bunny belly and his whistlin' right along attitudeI TRY to be like that and it sadly, comes and goes like the wind. Heartwarming and sweet and true, everyone should really, really own a copy of this book. Thought provocating in the gentlest of manners.
The Te of Piglet
Ten years later, a sequel to the runaway bestseller The Tao of Pooh. If you like marshmallow laced with arsenic, it was worth the wait. In the original, as you may recall, Hoff had an Idea: that Winnie-the-Pooh could be used to explain Taoism, the ancient Chinese way of balance. Now, as luck would have it, Pooh's buddy Piglet turns out to be the perfect embodiment of Te, the Taoist term for virtue, which is attained through sensitivity, modesty, and smallness.
The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet
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