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Translated by Burton Watson. Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both . The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu. Translated by Burton Watson. Foreword by Wm. Theodore de Bary. Columbia University Press. The Complete Works of. Accepting the challenge of translating this captivating classic in its entirety, Burton Watson has expertly rendered into English both the profound thought and the.

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If you try to judge it by conventional standards, you’ll be way off! Virtue is the establishment of perfect harmony.

Listening stops with the ears, the mind stops with recognition, but spirit is empty- and waits on all things. If they themselves do not understand why they behave like this, then who knows where it will end?

You, a worthless man about to die-how do you know I’m a worthless tree? The Great Clod burdens me with form, labors me with life, eases me in old age, and rests me in death.

Why should they fret and fuss about the ceremonies of the vulgar world and make a display for the ears and eyes of the common herd? Is he owrks pathetic?

The cinnamon can be eaten and so it gets cut down; the lacquer tree can be used and so it gets hacked apart. Your master happened to come because it was his time, and he happened to leave because things follow along. Comllete he is not clear about, they tried to make clear, and so they ended in the foolishness of “hard” and “white.


No thing is either complete or impaired, but all are made into one again. Wind and waves are easily moved; questions of gain and loss easily lead to danger. Then even gods and spirits will come to dwell, not to speak of men! Confucius said, “If you’re identical with it, you must have no more likes! Master Li, who had come to ask how he was, said, “Shoo! I could see the stirring worrks what had been closed off!

The mountain trees do. If he wants to be a child, be a child with him. I will be his friend! How can words exist and not be acceptable? After he had managed to see his own aloneness, he could do away with past and present, and after he had done away with past and present, he was able to enter where there is no life and no death.

The complete works of Chuang Tzu

And blindness and deafness are not confined to the body alone – the understanding has them too, as your words just now have shown. The lowest branches were eighty feet from the ground, and a dozen or so of them could have been made into boats.

Butron was broad enough to shelter several thousand oxen and measured a hundred spans around, towering above the hills. You will probably be plagued by this man. There are spaces between the joints, and the blade of the knife has really no thickness. Hence anger arises from no other cause than clever words and one-sided speeches. You hide your boat in the ravine and your fish net9 in the swamp and tell yourself that they will be safe.


The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Even now they have joined with the Creator as men to wander in the single breath of heaven and earth. You can hand it down but you cannot receive it; you can get it but you cannot see it. This is the changing of the ten thousand things, the bond of Yu and Shun, the constant practice of Fu Hsi and Chi Ch’u. Because he regarded wisdom as what is timely, there were ztu that he could not keep from doing.

The Complete Works. Translated by Burton Watson

Why didn’t you think of making it into a great tub so you could go floating around the rivers and lakes, instead of worrying because it was too big and unwieldy to dip into things! Be careful, be on your guard! But those that are wor,s than one or two arm-lengths around are cut down for people who want monkey perches; those that are three or four spans around are cut down for the ridgepoles of tall roofs;”, and those that are seven or eight spans are cut down for the families of nobles or rich merchants who want side boards for coffins.

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