Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes the complete Inner Chapters, Zhuangzi, Brook Ziporyn. Brook A. Ziporyn is a scholar of ancient and medieval Chinese religion and With Tiantai Buddhism (Open Court, ); Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings with . Brook Ziporyn (Translator). · Rating details · ratings · 13 reviews. Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes.

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So, even though the original writings are Zhuangzi’s, Ziporyn has made them much more accessible and thoroughly explained.

If you’re at least little bit in zhjangzi thought you should read this book. Mark Walker rated it really liked it Jan 18, Some interesting points and nicely documented, but beook as clear as the Tao Te Ching.

Some say that Zhuangzi has only written the inner chapters, some say his disciples contributed to his work, who knows.

The edition of the Zhuangzi translated by Brook Ziporyn has the whole of the Inner Chapter, traditionally ascribed to Zhuangzi, a selection of the Outer Chapters, and of particular note, a selection of commentaries on the Inner Chapters by noted, later commentators including Guo Xiang.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Other nuggets of wisdom include the idea that everyone knows how much they want to be useful, but nobody knows the value in uselessness–one example brought forth is a massive tree that has gnarled roots and terrible quality wood. For example, even though I don’t agree with Zhuangzi’s relativism, I find it challenging and thought-provoking because he sees the absurdity of thinking right and wrong are somehow predetermined.

Zhonghua shuju,61—98, had proposed this idea.

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The five pipes of his spine are on top: Feb 19, Dmk rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. Lilian Kong rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Here is one of my favorite passages: This book stands in a line of English translations of the Zhuangzi, beginning in with Balfour,3 followed by Giles and Legge,4 and several others, among them such eminent translators as Watson,5 Graham,6 and Mair. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Although biographic data of the forty-six commentators are provided in an alphabetized list in the appendix, keeping track of the timeframe of the excerpts is inconvenient.


The commentaries are cited with the name of the commentator, but without bibliographical reference and dates in the text.

Apparatus and introduction were useful, but I would not suggest this as the first stop for Zhuangzi. Ziporyn sometimes makes choices that seem odd to me. He did not know if Zhou had been treaming he was a butterfly or if a butterfly was now dreaming it was Zhou. Aug 27, Julius rated it it was amazing. This edition by Zipporyn does not have the whole text, but it does an admirable job at explaining the tougher sentences and even explains the most inscrutable puns, translating them from 2, year old Classical Chinese.

He may look differently, but he doesn’t feel like a lesser person just because of a physical difference. They also have a long section devoted to Taoist commentary dating from the Three Kingdoms Period AD to the modern era. This is one of the two most popular books in the philosophy of Taoism, with the first being the Tao Te Ching.

Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries by Zhuangzi

This translation shines clearly – letting you spend more time basking in the wisdom. Alison Schneider rated it did not like zhjangzi Dec 19, Xiaoyaoyou, Serica Osoloensia No.

Tom Cheetham rated it it was amazing Feb 10, Also it has a great amount of footnotes that compare translations and definitions. Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi Chuang Tzu includes the complete Inner Chapters, extensive selections from the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters, and judicious selections from two thousand years of zhkangzi Chinese commentaries, which provide the reader access to the text as well as to its reception and interpretation.


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Mar 07, Ethan rated it really liked it. His style is complex—mythical, poetic, narrative, humorous, indirect, and polysemic.

Zhuangzi brings forth many examples, many of which are obviously created just to exemplify a point, but the names can be replaced with individuals that you ma The language throughout the writings themselves, which only span about the first half of the book, is precise enough to apply to real problems that people have today, while vague enough that they don’t require someone to be of a certain faith, have a certain background, or whatever other divisive factors could be part of a philosophy book.

At the same time, it survives without genuine purpose. Ji Mei rated it it was ok Zhuangiz 27, Preview — Zhuangzi by Zhuangzi.

Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries

Goodreads helps you zhuangi track of books you want to read. It may be expected that these reservations will concern only a minority of the potential readers. Mystic, Moralist and Social Reformer London: This has the seven “Inner Chapters” thought to be written by the historical Zhuangzi, and selections from the other chapters, probably by later writers from the same tradition. Asahi Shinbun- sha, — I heartily recommend this translation for anyone looking to get a bit deeper into Zhuangzi’s text.

Victor Mair, Wandering on the Way.