The Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh The Wisdom of Pooh Is there such thing as a Western Taoist 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

  • Title: The Tao of Pooh
  • Author: Benjamin Hoff Ernest H. Shepard
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  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Wisdom of Pooh.Is there such thing as a Western Taoist 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 usThe Wisdom of Pooh.Is there such thing as a Western Taoist 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 breakfast bowl Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie the Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.

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    1. Benjamin Hoff Ernest H. Shepard

      Hoff grew up in the Portland, Oregon neighborhood of Sylvan, where he acquired a fondness of the natural world that has been highly influential in his writing Hoff obtained a B.A in Asian Art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1973.Hoff has also studied architecture, music, fine arts, graphic design and Asian Culture His studies in Asian Culture included reaching the certificate level in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, had two years of apprenticeship in Japanese fine pruning methods, and four years of instruction in the martial art form of T ai chi ch uan, including a year of Ch i Kung In his spare time, he practices Taoist Qigong and T ai chi ch uan.Hoff was awarded the American Book Award in 1988 for The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow The Tao of Pooh was an international bestseller and spent 49 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list The Te of Piglet also became an international bestseller and spent 59 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.In 2006, Hoff published an essay on his website titled Farewell to Authorship , in which he denounced the publishing industry and announced his resignation from book writing.

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    1. “Hello there! Aren’t you Winnie the Pooh? I’m a big fan.”“Yes I am. How do you know me?” Asked Pooh.“There have been many books written about you and your friends. The most recent one is about how you are a western Taoist.”“Oh.”“A western what?”“Taoist” I said, “it’s very hard to explain, I’m no expert. In fact the whole book was about the author trying to explain it to you, and you would say “oh.”“Oh.” Said Pooh.“From what I understand you are an un-c [...]

    2. Very cute, but I think this dragged on a little at times. It wasn't very memorable, and had it been so I think this would have made more of an impact on me.

    3. I picked up this book because it seemed so charming. The author took the stories and characters of A.A. Milne and juxtaposed them with the Taoist teachings of people such as Lao Tzu. Pooh as western Taoist starts off interestingly enough but halfway through it I came to the realization that it was making me want to just read the actual Milne, who was frankly probably a genius writer. Those were great books with great characters, each with their own type of intelligence. Then about two thirds thr [...]

    4. Part of this rating is my fault.I don’t know what I expected exactly, choosing a book that helps to explain Taoism through Winnie the Pooh (and explaining Winnie the Pooh through Taoism) but this was not what I wanted.Benjamin Hoff has striven to explain Eastern philosophy in Western terms by using as a working allegory the beloved characters developed by A.A. Milne. By including Pooh and his friends while he wrote the book and having an ongoing dialogue with the residents of The Hundred Acre [...]

    5. Find this review at Scott Reads It Recipe for Tao of Pooh1. 1 cup of Eastern Chinese philosophy2. 2 cups of Winnie the Pooh3. 3/4 quart of wisdom4. 3 Handfuls of fabulous drawings by Ernest Shepard5. The key to Happiness Mix them all together and you have the Tao of Pooh.The Tao of Pooh is a book that I loved whole heartily. Basically as the title suggest it's a allegorical interpetation of A.A. Milne's characters in the world of Daoism or Taoism. Inside this slender novel you will find some of [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, kept me entertained, and I feel like I actually grasped the general concepts of Taoism. That was accomplishing a lot because sometimes my borderline ADD brain can't focus on religion and philosophy books. It's not like I don't want to know. I do want to know. But it can't be helped what my brain does and does not respond to. Winnie the Pooh and funniness are two things my brain inevitably responds to. So intertwining those things with philosophy i [...]

    7. It was a Friday; I wasn’t working, I’m a little behind on my read count, so I took this off the stack. It looked short and light enough to finish in an afternoon. This need to achieve things rather than “living in the moment” of simply existing and enjoying the book goes against the principles of Taoism, of course. But I never claimed to be Pooh Bear.The Tao of Pooh is a short book written before I was born that purports to elucidate certain concepts related to Taoism through the charact [...]

    8. This is my first time to read a book about Taoism and I thought that teachings in Buddhism have similarities with Taoism. I don't know if it's because of how the author writes or it is just that Buddhism and Taoism are different after all.The author attempts to interpret Taoism teachings by using fable but I think it's not that effective because it just made some confusion in some parts. Hoff tried to explain Taoism in what he thought is the most coherent way he knows but it just complicates his [...]

    9. This is the second listen in about as many months. This may be my new go-to in stressful situations.In fact I think every employee should be issued a copy asapI'm also going to listen to this more often to remind myself to stop looking for happiness in new clothes, and hand cream, and lip gloss, and scarves, oh, and shoes 👠. Because I obviously find waayyyy too much happiness in those things.

    10. I don't know what to say about this book that won't offend someone. It's like those Simpsons philosphy books, of something some modern professor tries to write to appear both profound and eccentric, living up to that professor image. Oh god books like this make me want to kill myself out of the shame I feel at being from the same planet as these people.

    11. What a briljant little book full of life lessons and a course to a happy way of viewing life. Lovely in it's simplicity about such a complex subject as overal happiness. In my top 3 of all-time favorite books!

    12. My rating: 5 of 5 starsA copy of The Tao of Pooh was provided to me by Tantor Media for review purposes."e basic Taoism that we are concerned with here is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life. From the Taoist point of view, the natural result of this harmonious way of living is happiness."There are some things that I've accepted that my brain is just not built to understand. Calculus and Economics are a couple of examples. But [...]

    13. This is my favorite book to give as a gift. Benjamin Hoff has brought the loved characters from the 100 acre wood & explains principles Taoism in a way that is endearing as well as simplistic. From the forward: "What's this you're writing?" asked Pooh, climbing onto the writing table."The Tao of Pooh" I replied."The how of Pooh? asked Pooh, smudging one of the words I had just written."The TAO of Pooh," I replied, poking his paw away with my pencil."It seems more like the OW! of Pooh", said [...]

    14. The Way that can be spoken of is not the one we tread. These are Lao-Tse's opening words. The great mistake of course is that we do speak of it, and write of it, and attempt to pontificate upon the nature of all things as though an understanding of the Way entailed an understanding of all things. It is rather that an understanding of the Way encompasses all things. To understand, to judge, to see the faults in one and not the other is a common mistake in the interpretation of various Buddhist an [...]

    15. It would be easy to dismiss this book by its cover as a ‘child’s read’ and leave it on the shelf. That would be a shame, for this charming book portrays the principles of Taoism through the story of Winnie the Pooh - and the other characters - in such a way that it makes the reader stop… and think about life. Pooh lives in the ‘now’ without concern for things past or future; life just ‘Is’. Benjamin Hoff shows, through the adventures of Pooh and his companions, that a happier, mo [...]

    16. (Sorry Tyler) On premise alone, this book opens with great momentum. In the first 21 pages, Hoff successfully illustrates his idea that A.A. Milne's character, Winnie the Pooh, is a great literary embodiment of the teachings of Lao-tse. Well done. Directing attention to the parallels between Eastern and Western philosophy is not an altogether original idea. Fritjof Capra accomplishes the very same thing with greater skill, detail and poetry in his book, The Tao of Physics. Hoff's arguments are s [...]

    17. What should be a charming and thoughtful analysis of Pooh Bear through a Taoist lens ends up being a rambling polemic by a bitter man who obviously has a ways to go before he achieves inner peace. While he does use Pooh and company as a jumping off point, Hoff ends up spending much of the book railing against business people, lawyers, academics, and everyone else he deems a "Busy Backson". Even scientists are Busy Backsons, because their discoveries only lead to more questions. Hoff's ideal is a [...]

    18. Some how when it comes from the guileless mouth of a tender hearted bear happiness and contentment in life seems so simple. Hoff does an amazing job of bringing his readers Eastern philosophy from the point of view of endearing characters that we've all grown up with. Its message of simplicity and peace was like a vacation for the soul. I recommend this one to anyone who needs a break from the every day grime we all have to deal with. My only grief was the watered down version of the Eastern Rel [...]

    19. Tao dou,tou noun(in Chinese philosophy) The absolute principle underlying the universe, combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way, or code of behavior, that is in harmony with the natural order. PoohAlso called Winnie the Pooh or Pooh Bear, was a fictional anthropomorphicteddy bear created by English author A. A. Milne.The Tao of PoohHarmony comes from happiness. Vinegar and honey don't mix. Simplicity begets wisdom. Learning is derived from books. Be sure to [...]

    20. I love Pooh and the idea of explaining Taoism through the famous cute bear. However, the philosophy presented here doesn’t appeal to me.

    21. This is a charming little book. The author is able to seamlessly move from actual Pooh quotes to his own clever Poohisms. (He really seems to know the old bear well.) Through these charming little visits with Pooh and friends, he quietly shows some Taoist principles. It is a method that works very well. I knew nothing about Taoism, but his discussions with the Milne characters make some deep ideas easily understood. Here is one of Mr. Hoff's "conversations" with Pooh, from pages 98-99 of my 1983 [...]

    22. A very enlightening BR with Mishy.This is a great little book. I don't know if I'd go so far as to call it a great introduction to Taoism, there are surely a lot of scholarly books that would be better suited to that purpose, but this book does do a good job at pointing out some of Taoism's goals in a very sweet, Pooish sort of way.

    23. I like this book - mostly because Pooh functions as kind of an anti-hero in it, although technically he's not "anti" anything really - in that he embraces not-doing and not-thinking. But honestly, Pooh does a lot of stuff. He finds the North Pole, he rescues Roo, and all kinds of other things. But, as Benjamin Hoff points out, he is "the most effortless Bear we've ever seen. "Just how do you do it, Pooh?""Do what?" asked Pooh."Become so Effortless.""I don't do much of anything," he said."But all [...]

    24. Sono sempre più convinta che la vita vissuta secondo gli insegnamenti taoisti sia quella più felice e meritevole Niente mi trasmette tranquillità e 'gioia di vivere' (virgolettiamo, che qui sembra che vada in giro cantando e saltando, lanciando i fiori alla gente e urlando "LA VITA E' BELLA!) come leggere dei precetti taoisti, giuro!*Prossimo passo: applicare suddetti principi*Questo libro è semplicemente *adorabile* da una parte e *utile* dall'altra; per la parte dell'adorabilità ci pensa [...]

    25. I love this book. Taoism is a diffacult concept to wrap your mind around and it couldn't have been made any simpler than it has been in this book. It's got some great stories in it by itself and all of the characters make great examples of the classic personality types you bump in to in everday life. I can't count how many times i've bumped in to an Eore driving home from work or walking down the street. A must read for anyone struggling with the concept of toaism. I'd also recommend The Te Of P [...]

    26. 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 "Cottleston Pi [...]

    27. This was a reread, It is a delightful book. But we all knew Pooh was the one that knew what life was really about.

    28. Well, I'm clearly not an enlightened Taoist. I'm really not. I kinda wish I were, but I can't find the time. This is a cute book with a direct intent: To simplify a boiled-down version of Taoism so that thugs like me, thick in the brain with susceptibility to things like busyness and opinion and goal-setting, can try to calm down a bit and sit still, shed all worry, and let life happen around me. To me. Do nothing. Accept all without opinion. While I couldn't help but be reminded of a stoner roo [...]

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