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Hoff Benjamin : TE of Piglet (HB) (Pooh) Hardcover – Sep 1992


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; First Printing/Spine Lean edition (Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525934960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525934967
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.4 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 22 Dec. 2005
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If Pooh is the embodiment of the Tao, the Piglet is the embodiment of the Te, the Chinese word and principle for Virtue. Benjamin Hoff, in his first book `The Tao of Pooh' talks about the religio-philosophical tradition of Taoism, and in this follow-up book, he explores in more detail with Piglet, who felt neglected in the first volume, but felt it only natural considering he's a Very Small Animal (and life is not always easy for a Very Small Animal), the concept of virtue, or the Te.
The Te is not so easily contained in the word virtue, however. `It is instead a quality of special character, spiritual strength, or hidden potential unique to the individual--something that comes from the Inner Nature of things. And something, we might add, that the individual who possess it may be quite unaware of--as is the case with Piglet through most of the Pooh stories.'
Of course, virtue un-enacted is a Very Small Virtue, indeed, so it become the responsibility of those with a Te to bring it forward in transformation. A Very Small Virtue, like a Very Small Animal, can be a good thing if the dreaded Heffalump comes by -- it might not get squashed; it might be ignored. But this is not the way of the Te.
The Te such as Piglet's can overcome distraction such as the Tigger Tendency -- the tendency to bounce off in different directions simply because they feel good. It can also help overcome the increasing drive toward acquisition (a Very Small Animal doesn't need Very Many Things; a society with cares for Virtue must not have an overpowering care for Things).
The modern person tends to overlook the small virtues in favour of Progress, in pursuit of reaching a potential, which `is seen as an increase of tools'. Of course, with more tools we can do more stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave Marcia on 16 July 2008
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While I loved the first book, 'The Tao of Pooh', I found this follow-up (or more accurately, companion piece) hugely lacking in comparison.

When Hoff is content to focus on Taoism and its concepts/lessons/writings etc it's fine, and manages to capture the sense of the earlier work - both enjoyable to read and informative. However, this type of material only occupies around half of the book, and when the author then decides to go on a series of fairly unrelated rants, such as against the amount of radiation emitted by televisons and computers, or a truly bizarre diatribe aimed towards 'teachers who aren't very positive' (truly the scourge of western civilisation, and central to any explication of Taoism to boot) one is left the feeling that, when he doesn't stick to what is clearly his field, Naom Chomsky he ain't.

Readers who crave a continuation of the banter between Hoff and the characters of the original Pooh books may well find something of substance here, and given the obvious charms of 'The Tao of Pooh' it's tempting to delve in once more for this one. But for those looking (as I was) for more detail on the matters described in the first book, another purely Taoist-orientated title would probably be a better choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Marsden on 31 July 2009
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I came to read the Te of Piglet after coming to the end of the Tao of Pooh feeling hungry for more information about taoist living.

However, in the years between the two books, Mr Hoff seems to have turned into an exceedingly grumpy old man. He launches attack after attack on polluters, educators and so called 'Eeyore Amazons' (that's feminists to you and me). I have to agree with other reviewers that the book would have been better had it concentrated on Taoism rather than making unsubstantiated claims that have quickly become dated. The Tao of Pooh feels like it was written yesterday, but this is full of pre-Clinton vitriol about 80s and 90s America.

I could go into all the inconsistencies in this book, but the bit that annoyed me most was Hoff's criticism of 'lack of femininity' in feminism. I'm a woman, and I want to keep my surname when I marry; what's wrong with that; it's just a personal choice women make to keep part of their identity. He sees feminism as making women more aggressive and assertive, but from this side of the fence I think women are often encouraged to be docile and accepting by society when they would be more vocal if left to their own devices.

Strange dislike of 'Tiggers'(young people)is also involved; they like video games and have shorter attention spans. True it may be, but I think it reflects a generational difference rather than something necessarily 'bad'. He then compounds the problem by saying he'd like us to have a Japanese/Chinese school system but then wants more weight to be placed on creativity than cultivation of hard knowledge, which doesn't stack up because they've placed huge amounts of energy into grade-getting, maths and science.

I DO like the occasionally witty repartee between Hoff and the Hundred-acre Wood characters, but there is not sufficient attention given to Piglet for the title to be justifiable. I suspect Eeyores out there would love this book, but I really didn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Lee Bates on 19 Jan. 2012
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As impressed as I am with Benjamin Hoff's books, The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet, I believe a third book should be written. Namely and precisly about Eeyore. The REAL Eeyore. Whose wit, wisdom and kindness is anything but 'unkind'. He can even call the book 'The Eeyore Effect', like his chapter in the Te of Piglet! I know of no other animal on this earth as decent, kind, intelligent, and long suffering than the humble Donkey. If Mr. Hoff would read "The Wisdom of Donkeys" by Andy Merrifield, or even perhaps visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, UK, then I believe he will have no trouble with his conscience about retracting everything he attributes to Eeyore's personality in his book, the Te of Piglet. Instead of "The Eeyore Effect" chapter and all its falsehoods, I say he could write about Eeyore under the heading "The Upright Heart", for this a truer description of a Donkey's demeanor. Mr. Hoff's passage about 'kindness' was never lost in a Donkey's heart. Meet one, Mr. Hoff, spend time and effort to really get to know a soul much older than our own on this earthly plane, and you will write a third book. Here is a poem I wrote that may start you on your journey of Donkey discovery!

I'm All Ears For Thee

I'm a new Donkey born!
To gentle community
At the Sanctuary I'll mature
With character, wisdom and sobriety.
But ancestral shadows weigh heavy
As the cross on my back
Writes a history of those
Who've known what I'll never lack.
I'll never lack love.
I'll never lack sleep.
I'll never lack food.
Kindness shared or given to me.
But I'll always be mindful
Of those who have less
Donkeys hungry and ill treated
Born with a thorn of death in their breast.
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