Musings of a Chinese Mystic: Selections from the Philosophy of Chuang Tzu

Lionel Giles (1875 - 1958) and Zhuangzi (c. 369 BCE - c. 286 BCE)
Translated by Herbert Allen Giles (1845 - 1935)

If Lao Tzu then had revolted against the growing artificiality of life in his day, a return to nature must have seemed doubly imperative to his disciple Chuang Tzu, who flourished more than a couple of centuries later, when the bugbear of civilisation had steadily advanced. With chagrin he saw that Lao Tzu's teaching had never obtained any firm hold on the masses, still less on the rulers of China, whereas the star of Confucius was unmistakably in the ascendant. Within his own recollection the propagation of Confucian ethics had received a powerful impetus from Mencius, the second of China's orthodox sages. Now Chuang Tzu was imbued to the core with the principles of pure Taoism, as handed down by Lao Tzu. He might more fitly be dubbed "the Tao-saturated man" than Spinoza "the God-intoxicated." Tao in its various phases pervaded his inmost being and was reflected in all his thought. He was therefore eminently qualified to revive his Master's ringing protest against the materialistic tendencies of the time. - Summary by Lionel Giles

Genre(s): Ancient

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction, Part 1 Scotty Smith
Play 02 Introduction, Part 2 Scotty Smith
Play 03 The Doctrine of Relativity Scotty Smith
Play 04 The Identity of Contraries Scotty Smith
Play 05 Illusions Scotty Smith
Play 06 The Mysterious Immanence of Tao Scotty Smith
Play 07 The Hidden Spring Scotty Smith
Play 08 Non-Interference with Nature Scotty Smith
Play 09 Passive Virtue Scotty Smith
Play 10 Self-Adaptation to Externals Scotty Smith
Play 11 Immortality of the Soul Scotty Smith
Play 12 The Sage, or Perfect Man Scotty Smith
Play 13 Random Gleanings Scotty Smith
Play 14 Personal Anecdotes Scotty Smith