For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of Piglet.
The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world’s great Taoist masters isn’t Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.
And that’s a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.
Hoff's classic introduction to religion places A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh characters in fictional scenarios to explore the ideas behind Taoism, bringing Western familiarity to an Eastern philosophy that might seem, at a cursory glance, a bit difficult to grasp. Hoff draws clear parallels between Milne's characters and the central tenants of Taoism. For instance, he describes how "the Eeyore attitude gets in the way of wisdom and happiness and prevents any sort of real accomplishment in life." Narrator Simon Vance demonstrates his great range, shifting easily from didactic sections of the book to fictional narrative and imbuing Milne's characters with distinct voices. His Pooh captures the essence of the famous bear, and Vance deftly juggles multiple characters and dialogue with ease. This audio edition, due in large part to Vance's performance, is surprisingly engaging and accessible.
How to just BE, explained through Pooh Bear
This book is one of my favorite books, and I would recommend it to most anyone, regardless of age.
The best way I can describe this masterpiece is a guide of to how to just be, which is a difficult idea to grasp.
I always feel relaxed and just sort of “in-the-moment” when I turn the last page of this book. It’s such a simple concept, but all at once hard to explain. Just read the book, and you too may just see life in a slightly different (and better) way.
Couldn’t Put it Down - So Cute!
For someone who grew up on Christianity, and after years of hurt from it, now looking into other possible belief systems and knowing nothing about Taoism found this a fun, light hearted, and fascinating way of begging to learn it.
amazing intro to taoism
I bought this to read to my sisters and teach them about taoism but I quickly learned, that though everything is explained very well, it unpacks a lot of intense ideas that at some points were hard for me to grasp fully. I adored everything about it! it goes deep into some of the principles of taoism via comparisons of simple seeming Winnie the Pooh stories:) def reccomend