Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes the complete Inner Chapters, Zhuangzi, Brook Ziporyn. Brook A. Ziporyn is a scholar of ancient and medieval Chinese religion and With Tiantai Buddhism (Open Court, ); Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings with . Brook Ziporyn (Translator). · Rating details · ratings · 13 reviews. Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes.

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This is one of the most recent translations of the Zhuangzi and thus benefits from that. Lilian Kong rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Jon Xavier rated it really liked it Sep 05, But in those days, that was hrook real concern among the populists! The most worthwhile aspect of this edition is, as previously mentioned, the additional commentaries and an interesting introduction. Return to Book Page.

Graham was the first translator in the West8 to tackle the incoherence of the text by questioning the assumption that the Zhua- ngzi is expression of the voice of one author, Master Zhuang, or else of one editor, Guo Xiang —who allegedly gave the Zhuangzi its present shape in thirty-three chapters. University of Hawaii Press, Here is a serious and good work of philosophy comprised almost entirely of jokes, stories, anecdotes, metaphors, and mockery.

Foremost is an apparent hrook of the text in many places, and second, the fact that the author authors of the book was were a poet and a philosopher—wielding superb brookk skills, wit, humor, and playfulness together with profound philosophical thought.

Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries

Robyn rated it liked it Jul 01, If you’re an avant-garde novelist, here’s a place to steal a few ideas. I own 7 translations of the Zhuangzi, and this one just blew them all away! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Other translations, especially the better ones, are more technical, tight, and dry – forcing the reader to dig and unpack the meaning.


He may look differently, but he doesn’t feel like a lesser person just because of a physical difference. Zhuangzi brings forth many examples, many of which are obviously created just to exemplify a point, but the names can be replaced with individuals that you ma The language throughout the writings themselves, which only span about the first half of the book, is precise enough to apply to real problems that people have today, while vague enough that they don’t require someone to be of a certain faith, have a certain background, or whatever other divisive factors could be part of a philosophy book.

So, even though the original writings are Zhuangzi’s, Ziporyn has made them much more accessible and thoroughly explained. User Review – Flag as inappropriate I own 7 translations of the Zhuangzi, and this one just blew them all away!

This book stands in a line of English translations zhuuangzi the Zhuangzi, beginning in with Balfour,3 followed by Giles and Legge,4 and several others, among them such eminent translators as Watson,5 Graham,6 and Mair. If you’re at least little bit in chinese thought you should read this book.

Zhuang Zi, A disciple of Laotzi is traditionally credited as the author of the second book of the Dao. The ziporgn of the Zhuangzi translated by Brook Ziporyn has the whole of the Inner Chapter, traditionally ascribed to Zhuangzi, a selection of the Outer Chapters, and of particular note, a selection of commentaries on the Inner Chapters by brkok, later commentators including Guo Xiang.

Yet by sewing and washing, he is able to fill his mouth; by shaking the fortune-telling sticks he earns enough to feed ten. Paperbackpages. He provides excerpts from commentaries on the Inner Chapters, which as someone starting to take a more scholarly interest in the text I was excited to read.

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I heartily recommend this translation for anyone looking to get a bit deeper into Zhuangzi’s text. Tom Cheetham rated it it was amazing Feb 10, The amazing thing that I found with this set of writings, from the Inner Chapters, Outer Chapters, and Zlporyn Chapters, is that while on the btook, many of them talk about the Course and Virtuosity in a spiritual sounding medium, they can be applied to devout and secular individuals alike. When the authorities draft soldiers, a cripple can walk among them confidently flapping his sleeves; when they are conscripting work gangs, cripples are excused because of their infirmity.


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Click here to sign up. Selected pages Title Page. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The commentaries are cited with the name of the commentator, but without bibliographical reference and dates in the text.

This edition by Zipporyn does not have the whole text, but it does an admirable job at explaining the tougher sentences and even explains the most inscrutable puns, translating them from 2, year old Classical Chinese.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. They’re filled with all kinds of fables and stories, which have a lesson or two for almost anyone!

As Confucius once said, “A man who understands the Tao [or Dao, since they are synonymous] in the morning may die without regret in the evening. Other nuggets znuangzi wisdom include the idea that everyone knows how much they want to be useful, but nobody knows the value in uselessness–one example brought forth is a massive tree that has gnarled roots and terrible quality wood. To ask other readers questions about Zhuangziplease sign up.

Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries by Zhuangzi

What a wonderful piece of mindfucktual nonsense! Taida Chuban Zhongxin, Aug 27, Julius rated it it was amazing. Dec 16, John Redmon rated it really liked it. It was all given at the end of book, so you have to either choose frequent jumping between pages or reading commentaries long after finishing chapters of book.