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The Tao of Pooh | [Benjamin Hoff]

The Tao of Pooh

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Personal Development, 2013

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life.

Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.

While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that's the clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

The Tao of Pooh is an international bestseller and the first Taoist-authored book in history to appear on bestseller lists, it remained on The New York Times’ bestseller list for 49 weeks.

©1982 Benjamin Hoff (P)2012 Tantor

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    Gavin Duncraig, Australia 08-13-12
    Gavin Duncraig, Australia 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply Pooh"
    Would you listen to The Tao of Pooh again? Why?

    Yes. It makes your realise that life is a lot less complicated then we are lead to think.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Simplicity


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His understanding of the message the writer was putting across.


    Any additional comments?

    When I read this many years ago it changed something inside me. I have recommended it to many over the years. Re-visiting this book, while not with the original spark, was a wonderful and necessary part of my journey. Anyone who is drawn to self exploration and growth needs to read this.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    J. Harris Richmond, VA 07-23-12
    J. Harris Richmond, VA 07-23-12
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    "A True Must Read"
    What did you love best about The Tao of Pooh?

    It's so simple and easy to follow.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It's easy to relate to my own life and life experiences.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The owl not being able to solve a problem that Piglet was able to solve.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator - made the experience truly engaging.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea League City, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Chelsea League City, TX, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Tao of Pooh?

    I loved how whimsical it was


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tao of Pooh?

    I liked the part with Owl, and how academics insist on naming things that sometimes should be left alone


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Optimize the Balance Plymouth, MN 02-15-12
    Optimize the Balance Plymouth, MN 02-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    Where does The Tao of Pooh rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    My 2-1/2 year old requested the Tao of Pooh when we got in the car the other day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Relevance to my life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The vinegar tasters is my favorite part of this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    something derived from the 3rd vinegar taster


    Any additional comments?

    When is the Te of Piglet coming to audio? This is a standard book I keep on my phone. I plan to listen to it once a year.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert FORT WAYNE, IN, United States 02-04-12
    Robert FORT WAYNE, IN, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I love this little book"
    What did you love best about The Tao of Pooh?

    It points the way to understanding Tao wisdom in simple understandable language. The audio book replaced the tattered paper back copy that I read years ago and have kept in my library. It is a delighful little story that opened my eyes to how much we are manipulated and misdirected by pretense and nonsense. Take the journey and become more enlightened. Read and re-read this little gem and other Taoist works until what is written is clearly understood. Pooh will thank you for it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Simplicity and clarity


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did just that.


    Any additional comments?

    A great audio production!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 01-09-14
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 01-09-14

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Wonderful"

    This is a wonderful little book. I have a hard copy but with Simon Vance doing the narrating and being on sale, I could not resist the audio version. This may not be a book for everyone. Taoism is probably a rather arcane subject for the uninitiated. For those who have delved its depths or even those who have not but have an interest in the subject, this is a great little primer. The book is simple and deep at the same time (yin and yang). It is both serious and humorous. The narration is impeccable.

    If you are interested in further reading on the subject, for the original Tao Te Ching, I would highly recommend the translation by Stephen Mitchell who is also the narrator and available on Audible.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    TAO 333 Cleethorpes 04-29-13
    TAO 333 Cleethorpes 04-29-13 Member Since 2004

    As a Life Coach and Therapist I enjoy reading self-help literature, but audible allows me to run and listen and learn, a match made in Heaven!

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    "A great introduction to Taoism in a clever format!"
    What did you love best about The Tao of Pooh?

    I recommend this product to anyone who has already got a basic understanding of Taoism. It is a great summary of the major themes of Taoist philosophy but in a form that is rarely seen. Like other eastern literature just the hearing or reading this may reach part of the mind that is beyond a conscious level. The use of metaphor to elicit wisdom from Chinese traditional thinking is very clever. I think it goes a bit over the head of my two years old grandson but then so does the ohm meditation that I have him doing! However anyone over the age of ten regardless of their eastern philosophical knowledge can gain some pearls of wisdom to inform and guide their lives, definitely worth a listen!


    What other book might you compare The Tao of Pooh to and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

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    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Philosophy can take many interesting forms.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 03-09-14
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "Wisdom in a bear of very little brain"

    In this short book, Pooh, The Uncarved Block, illustrates the wisdom of Taoist teachings. While other characters in the Hundred Acre Wood cling to faulty knowledge or pursue goals of little value, the simple, humble Pooh goes with the flow and finds contentment. Rather than pompously search his mind for answers, like Owl, or try to seize control of the situation, like Rabbit, or fail to account for his limitations, like Tigger, Pooh just exists in the moment he’s in and lets the answers come to him. Thus, he exemplifies the concept of pu, living life open to experience, while not being burdened by unnecessary abstractions or desires.

    Benjamin Hoff writes in whimsical way, imagining himself having conversations with Pooh, Piglet, and others as he works on his manuscript, Pooh characteristically preferring to talk about things that are of direct interest to Pooh, such as honey. Hoff seems to assume that the reader remembers more of the plot points and humor of A.A. Milne’s classic children’s stories than I actually did, but I was able to get by well enough.

    All in all, it’s a short but instructive introduction to Taoist thinking. Hoff quotes philosopher Laozi, who might sum it up best himself: “to attain knowledge, add something every day. To attain wisdom, subtract something every day.” Does all the clutter we fill our minds with help us? Or get in the way of experiencing what’s real? Always a worthwhile question.

    Audiobook narrator Simon Vance does a decent job, but I wish he’d given a little more character to the voices.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia99116 Indianapolis, IN 08-01-13
    Marcia99116 Indianapolis, IN 08-01-13
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    "Very Hard Concepts to Grasp - Suggest Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I would recommend reading this not listening to this book. The concepts are very foreign to me so I think they were more difficult to grasp in this format.


    Would you recommend The Tao of Pooh to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - but I would recommend listening if you have read the book first or if you are familiar with the content. I thought the reader was enjoyable and entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - to many concepts to work through.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent reader, material was heavy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Wilmington, NC, United States 07-08-13
    Robert Wilmington, NC, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I love Sci Fi, science, nature, hiking, adventure and self improvement. Also, any good story will work as well.

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    "I just couldn't get into it"
    What would have made The Tao of Pooh better?

    I like philosophy, and the subject matter appeals to me. I may try to give it another listen, but I just could not absorb the messages the first time through. I had the feeling it was very pithy stuff, but I just couldn't seem to get into it. It did seem to get a bit better toward the end.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A simple, but beautiful book, and beautifully narrated by Simon Vance. I enjoyed it as an adult, but this would also be suitable for children. This must become a timeless classic. It was a joy to listen to.

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