Translated by Burton Watson. Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both . The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu. Translated by Burton Watson. Foreword by Wm. Theodore de Bary. Columbia University Press. The Complete Works of. Accepting the challenge of translating this captivating classic in its entirety, Burton Watson has expertly rendered into English both the profound thought and the.

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Therefore, they should not be enough to destroy your harmony; they should not be allowed to enter the Spirit Storehouse. Find it on Scholar. However, there is a difficulty. Confucius said, “Be diligent, my disciples! When men meet at some ceremony to drink, they start off in an orderly manner, but usually end up in disorder, and if they go on too long they start indulging in cmoplete irregular amusements.

The Complete Works. Translated by Burton Watson

What need will I ever have for a carriage again? History of Western Philosophy. Only after he wakes does he know it was a dream. I’d like to describe to you what I have learned. What do I mean by a True Man?

Though the cook may not run his kitchen properly, the priest and the impersonator of the dead at the sacrifice watsn not leap over the wine casks and sacrificial stands and go take his place. Four times he asked a question and four times Wang Ni said he didn’t know. He escaped the trouble of walking, but he still had to depend on something to get around.


No one has lived longer than a dead child, and P’eng-tsu died young. Of these four, which knows how food ought to taste?

The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Its name is Peace-in-Strife. A man like this could climb the high places and not be frightened, could enter the water and not get wet, could enter the fire and not get burned.

What do you think of them? When a man has had his feet amputated, he doesn’t care much about shoes.

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Shall we get someone who disagrees with both of us? How could I know anything about such discriminations? For this reason, whether you point to a little stalk or a great pillar, a leper or the beautiful Hsi-shih, things ribald and shady or things grotesque and strange, the Way makes them all into one.

He is chilly like autumn, balmy like spring, and his joy and anger prevail through the four seasons. There may be a flock of hens but, if there is no rooster, how can they lay fertile eggs? Now you and I are supposed to be wandering outside the realm of forms and bodies, and you come looking for me inside it4 – you’re at fault, aren’t you?


Mending the Inborn Nature Their little fears are mean and trembly; their great fears are stunned and overwhelming. Chien Wu went to see the madman Chieh Yu. Proof that a man is holding fast to the beginning lies in the fact of his fearlessness.

Master Ssu went to ask how he was. But I’ve heard that if the mirror is bright, no dust settles on it; if dust settles, it isn’t really bright. Chris Fraser – – Dao: Compleet is he going rhe send you? If you understand this and still strive for knowledge, you will be in danger for certain! What’s the point of this – things condemning things? If you do good, stay away from fame.

Yen Hui said, “I have nothing more to offer. Only in their likes they were different from him [the true sage]. Forget the years; forget distinctions.

His wife and children gathered round in a circle and began to cry.