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The Tao of Pooh [Perfect Paperback] by Benjamin Hoff; E.H. Shepard Perfect Paperback – 1989

4.5 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • Perfect Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749301791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749301798
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,011,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon. As a child, he preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. And from an early age heloved to write. He is also the author of the "New York Times "bestselling The Te of Piglet and The Diary of Opal Whiteley." --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


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Format: Paperback
For spiritual or non spiritual types, this is a beautifully written book explaining the simplistic forms of life that we choose to create and then confuse and/or burden ourselves with.
We all bring baggage with us based on good and bad experiences yet are not always aware of why or how.
Based on the animation kids characters - Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and all their friends - the author uses these strong personalities of each to break down our daily pre-conceived ideas of how we view life, tend to over-exaggerate life challenges and create problems based on these past experiences.
The characters are used as examples to help us determine which (if not a bit of all) personality type we primarily fall under and understand what, why and how we think like we do.
I recommend anyone to read the book, wait a year and then re-read again. The second time around, the reader will start to acknowledge or confirm their own progressions based on understanding this book and possibly using examples to better their lives.
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By Kenkonti TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2012
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Would you like to have an understanding of the basics of Taoism? In the past have you browsed through the books on Taoism in Waterstones, read a few lines which made no sense at all and promplty returned the book on the shelf? Did you go as far as to actually purchase Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching only to have it sitting on your shelf as an ornament, occasionally picked up, a few lines read and then promptly put back in-situ (maybe I'll read it another time)? But there is something inside you of course that wants to know more about Taoism, you have a deep rooted feeling that it will be good for you, almost as if your higher self is pushing you towards it. Well all is fine, you have been going with the flow recently, taking life as it comes and finding things a lot easier, and you have ended up here reading these reviews. This is a delightful book. This is where you will get your first understanding of the principles of Taoism, of going with the flow, of the uncarved block, etc. The principles of Taoism here are put simply (which is always better). Gone are the abstract quotes (now what do they mean by this?). It's a delightful read, with the help of our friends from the 100 Acre Wood (even Eeyore has something important to teach us), wonderfully written by the sincere and genuine Benjamin Hoff. This isn't a guy who is in this for the money, he loves his Taoism, he loves his Pooh, and wants more people to benefit from the ancient chinese teachings. You so often read claims of books that will 'change your life' but they never really do. Well this one might, probably in a gentle subtle way to begin with (which is always better). You must be on your spiritual path to be considering buying this book. Should you buy it? Well, what does your intuition say?
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The principles within this book make you really think about the way you deal with life and life's events. Pooh Bear illustrates the Taoism attitude towards life perfectly and since reading this book I have become a far more relaxed and happy person. Having now read it a number of times I can say that everytime I read it I feel an overwhelming sense of contentedness and a feeling that whatever happens everything will "come out in the wash!".
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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 22 Dec. 2005
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`The Tao of Pooh', a fascinating synthesis of Eastern philosophy and Western children's literature, is done largely in conversational style between Benjamin Hoff, erstwhile writer, photographer and musician with a penchant for forests and bears. Thus, Pooh makes a natural philosophical companion. But, more than a companion, Pooh is, for Hoff, the very embodiment of the Tao.
`It's about how to stay happy and calm under all circumstances!' I yelled.
'Have you read it?' asked Pooh.
This is two-way book: to explain Taoism through Winnie-the-Pooh, and to explain Winnie-the-Pooh (not always an easy task itself) through Taoism. Taoism, more academically, is a religion indigenous to China, built upon teachings primarily of Lao-tzu, with significant influence from Buddha and K'ung Fu-tse. It is in the teachings of harmony and emptiness and being of Lao-tzu, however, that Taoism draws its meaning, believing that earth is a reflection of heaven, and that the world `is not a setter of traps but a teacher of valuable lessons.'
As with many religions, this one took various guises: philosophic, monastic, structural, folk. But through them all, the imperceptible Tao, the essence of being, essentially undescribable, shapes the universe continually out of chaos, with a yin and yang alteration of perpetual transformation, in which nothing remains eternal save the Tao.
This makes Pooh a perfect example and exemplar. `For the written character P'u, the typical Chinese dictionary will give a definition of 'natural, simple, plain, honest.' P'u is composed of two separate characters combined: the first, the 'radical' or root-meaning one, is that for tree or wood; the second, the 'phonetic' or sound-giving one, is the character for dense growth or thicket.
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My favourite book of all time, The Tao of Pooh is the embodiment of beautiful simplicity. It really is a wonderful read filled with insight and wisdom that is presented in such a simple way. I have read it numerous times and on each occasion it has still managed to inspire and impress.

The life wisdom within this book is applicable to anyone and I even think this would be a great book to put on the secondary school curriculum as it has so much of import contained in the observations of such a unassuming little bear.

It's one book that definitely makes me think 'I wish I'd written this.' Hoff has given the world a classic. Unfortunately, I did not feel the same way about the Te of Piglet. Still, Hoff has produced a fantastic, illuminating and life affirming book in The Tao of Pooh, one that makes that bear even more adored than he already was.
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