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
Yes. It makes your realise that life is a lot less complicated then we are lead to think.
His understanding of the message the writer was putting across.
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.
It's so simple and easy to follow.
It's easy to relate to my own life and life experiences.
The owl not being able to solve a problem that Piglet was able to solve.
Great narrator - made the experience truly engaging.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
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.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
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.
My 2-1/2 year old requested the Tao of Pooh when we got in the car the other day.
Relevance to my life.
The vinegar tasters is my favorite part of this book.
something derived from the 3rd vinegar taster
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.
I loved how whimsical it was
I liked the part with Owl, and how academics insist on naming things that sometimes should be left alone
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.
Simplicity and clarity
I did just that.
A great audio production!
The reader was very good with all of the voices of the characters
The book goes by quickly. I was done with it in about a week. Very insightful, but entertaining to listen to at the same time. The messages are conveyed well with little stories along the way using the characters from the Pooh books. I would absolutely reccomend it.
Say something about yourself!
I feel quite certain that A.A. Milne would be surprised to see Pooh as an inspiration for
Taoist teachings, but it was brilliant. Having grown up loving Pooh, and all things A.A. Milne, I had the prior knowledge and appreciation for Pooh and his view of the world. I knew/know very little about Taoism, but he was perfect for this introduction. I now see all these characters differently and they have allowed me to gain a basic initiation to Taoist fundamentals. I have listened to it twice already. I think I will need to buy the book.
I first heard of this book from my brother and was instantly intrigued years ago. When I saw it on audible I decided to try it.
I am very open to learning about different philosophies and religions and the tao of pooh was a very clever and interesting twist to doing so.
Since I didn't know anything about taosim prior to reading this I couldn't say if Hoff's explanations of taoist concepts were spot on, but from what it seems like, the Pooh stories were the perfect analogy for it.
I would recommend this to a friend.
"The Tao of Pooh"
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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