: The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu (): Chuang Tzu, Burton Watson: Books. Burton Watson, Associate Professor of Chinese at Columbia Uni- versity, is the author of look at the “imitations” of passages in the Chuang Tzu pre- pared by. Review Of: Ryūichi Abe and Peter Haskel, Translated with Essays, Great Fool: Zen Master Ryōkan, Poems, Letters, and Other Writings. [REVIEW]Watson Burton .

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Have you got less sense than these two little creatures? If I try to impose some rule on him, I will endanger myself. When he got to Master Sang’s gate, he heard something like singing or crying, and someone striking a lute and saying: Though he may make outward signs of agreement, inwardly he will not give it a thought! How will that be? And yet people really believed that he worked hard to get there.

The Complete Works. Translated by Burton Watson

If I do what other people do, they can hardly criticize me. Confucius said, “What do you mean by that? Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him? Ordinary men strain and struggle; the sage is stupid and blockish.

In Sung there was a man who was skilled at making a salve to prevent chapped hands, and generation after generation his family made a living by bleaching silk in water. Make boats out of it and they’d sink; make coffins and they’d rot in no time; make vessels and they’d break at once. Though you treat it like a king, its spirit won’t be content.

How can the Way go away and not exist? Apr 06, Erik Moron rated it really liked it. If you do evil, stay away from punishments.

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The True Man breathes with his heels; the mass of men breathe with their throats.

Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings by Zhuangzi

There burtton nothing in the world bigger than the tip of an autumn hair, and Mount T’ai is tiny. The bird flies high in the sky where it can escape the danger of stringed arrows. All were masters, and therefore their names have been handed down to later ages. Nieh Ch’ueh proceeded to hop around in great glee and went and told Master P’u-i. Accepting the challenge of translating this captivating classic in its entirety, Burton Watson has expertly rendered into Button both the profound thought and the literary brilliance of the text.

Burton Watson – – Philosophy and Literature 16 2: Wouldn’t it be well to free him from his handcuffs and fetters?

This translation has a nice straightforward character, in wxtson the translator provides many footnotes that are up front about the fact that in many places he didn’t really know what Zhuangzi was trying to say. While he is dreaming he does not know it is a dream, and in his dream he may even try to interpret a dream.

Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings

Why must you comprehend the process of change and form your mind on that basis before you can have a teacher? Feb 03, Joseph rated it it was amazing Shelves: Now You have this big tree and you’re distressed because it’s useless. How can words exist and not be acceptable? Now Ai T’ai-t’o says nothing and is trusted, accomplishes nothing and is loved, cnuang that people want to turn over their states to him and are only afraid he won’t accept. Buron field mouse burrows deep down under the sacred hill where it won’t have to worry about men digging and smoking it out.

They bound off like an arrow or a crossbow pellet, certain that they are the arbiters of right and wrong. In all human relations, if the two parties are living close to each other, they may form a bond through personal trust. Ch’ang Chi said, “In the way he goes about it, he uses his knowledge to get at his mind, and uses his mind to get at the constant mind.


The first-class philosophy and the evaluation of human life. And yet men and women flocked to him. He emerged without delight; he went back in without a fuss. Even life and death have no effect on him, much less the rules of profit and loss!

Their big limbs are broken off, their little limbs are yanked around. Now I have just said something. But the human form has ten thousand changes that never come to an end. When the bird looks down, all he tzh is blue too.

Dangerous, dangerous – to mark off the ground and run! How can the Way go away and not exist? Because right and wrong appeared, the Way was injured, and because the Way was injured, love became complete. Right is not right; so is not so.

Burton Watson (ed.), The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu – PhilPapers

There is nothing that heaven doesn’t cover, nothing that earth doesn’t bear up. As to what is within the Six Realms, he theorizes but does not debate.

Now you had a gourd big enough to hold five piculs. Why this lack of independent action? Tzu-kung said, “May I ask about the singular man?

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