A new luxury edition of this founding classic text of Taoism – in an engaging translation that captures the zaniness and philosophical verve of the original
The Chuang Tzu stands alongside the Tao Te Ching as a masterpiece of Taoism. The ‘Inner Chapters’ are the only section of this text believed to be the work of Chuang Tzu himself, dating to the 4th century BC. They are full of fantastic tales – of a gigantic fish that becomes a bird; a cook who never sharpens his blade though he butchers numberless oxen; a magical being who rides on cloud carts pulled by dragons. Interspersed with the stories is guidance on every aspect of life – including death. The ‘Inner Chapters’ challenges the status quo and champions our right to live our own lives uncorrupted by society’s structures or by desperate attempts at fame and fortune. This is a clear-cut primer for peace of mind and a balanced lifestyle. The superb photographs, many by Solala Towler, capture the mood of ancient China and the eternal message of Taoism.