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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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    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.

    10 of 10 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.

    9 of 9 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!

    12 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


    5 of 5 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 Listener 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.

    5 of 5 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.


    9 of 10 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 Member Since 2009

    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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 09-01-13
    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 09-01-13 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "Lao-tse, Pooh, and Ogion Smilingly Drink Vinegar"

    In the Tao of Pooh (1982) Benjamin Hoff entertainingly uses Taoist philosophy to explain Winnie the Pooh, and Winnie the Pooh to explain Taoist philosophy. He begins by distinguishing among Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism by describing a traditional Chinese allegorical scroll painting in which the three founders of each philosophy are standing around a jar of vinegar after tasting of it. Confucius has a sour expression on his face (because he finds life out of harmony with the past and with heaven and in need of traditional rules, rituals, and regulations to correct it), Buddha has a bitter expression (because he finds life in the world to be full of desires, traps, illusions, pain, and suffering and better off transcended to Nirvana), while Lao-tse is smiling (because he sees the natural balance and harmony and universal laws in all things in the world according to their own natures and knows that things are only sour if we meddle with them).

    Hoff talks with Pooh, Piglet, and Rabbit as he is "writing" The Tao of Pooh, explains Taoism through simple expositions of the philosophy as exemplified by great scenes and characters from Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928), and encourages us to adopt the Lao-tse and Winnie-the-Pooh approach to life. For the bear of little brain is an ideal embodiment of the Taoist "Simplicity of the Uncarved Block"--he is his simple self just as he is, unpretentious and stress-free and happy just being, just enjoying the simple pleasures of life in the now, like eating honey and hanging out with Piglet and Christopher Robin. Modeling ourselves on Pooh, we would accept our weak points and utilize them as strong ones without trying unnaturally to improve (carve) ourselves or to learn many things for the sake of being clever (like Rabbit) or appearing wise (like Owl) or complaining (like Eeyore). For "The learned are not wise and the wise are not learned." Let's not, then, become "Confusionist, Dessicated Scholars" (Pooh's mangling of "Confuciunist, Dedicated Scholars"). Let's not meddle with the natural order and balance of things. Let's not rush madly about saving time and being busy for the sake of being busy. Instead, let's be simple, natural, empty, and intuitive. Because I love the Winnie-the-Pooh books, I really enjoyed gaining a basic idea of Taoism through them.

    It was great fun listening to Simon Vance reading Milne's text as well as Hoff's pastiches of it. I confess, however, that after having listened to Judi Dench as the narrator and Jane Horrocks as Piglet and Stephen Fry as Pooh in the perfect dramatizations of the Pooh books (also available on Audible), I found Simon Vance's voice to be a little bit thin and lacking the depth and character to bring the animals to life pleasurably.

    And it is true that The Tao of Pooh would be more easily understood as a physical book, because then you could easily stop and ponder the ideas and re-read and savor the prose and enjoy the original Shepherd illustrations, whereas with the audiobook you tend to feel compelled to go with the flow (I did re-listen to several chapters and found the ideas and examples sinking in more deeply the second time).

    I recommend the Tao of Pooh not to little kids in general but to people who love the Pooh books and who are interested in Taoism or who like Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea books and want to learn about a BIG source for her ideas on magic and balance and so on. Ogion and Lao-tse and Pooh would all get along famously!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia99116 Indianapolis, IN 08-01-13
    Marcia99116 Indianapolis, IN 08-01-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

    3 of 3 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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