The zhuangzi is an ancient chinese text from the late warring states period 476 221 bc. His translated works such as tao te ching,chuang tzu,the wisdom of lao. Chuang tzu chapters in lin yutangs translation the gold. The writings of chuang tzu this book is taken from james legges translation the writings of chuang tzu, found in volumes thirty. Zhuangzi is said to have lived from about 370300 bce in the city of meng in the state of song.
Chuang tzu was a chinese philosopher who lived during the 4th century b. Zhuangzi chuangtzu master zhuang late 4th century bc is the. In the introduction to his zhuangzi translation, the american scholar burton watson concluded his comments about the paucity. Zhuangzi being boundless translation by nina correa. The chuang tzu translated by yutang lin, terebess asia. It was part of a much larger work published by legge under the title the chinese classics, which rendered into. In the complete works of chuang tzu, translated by burton watson it is stated that. The result is that hardly a line has been left untouched, and i have had to make my own translation, taking advantage of whatever is good in his english. A happy excursion chapter 1 in the northern ocean there is a fish, called the kun, i do not know how many thousand li in size. Seaton was offered as a prose translation, so i was a little surprised when most, though, not all, of the excerpts in mertons version were offered as poems.
The basic writings of chuang tzu have been savored by chinese readers for over two thousand years. The translation is very good and readable, the only defect is that it insists on using the outdated and phonetically inaccurate wadegiles romanization system. Basic writings translations from the asian classics. One of the great founders of taoism, chaung tzu lived in the fourth century bc and is among the most enjoyable and intriguing personalities in the whole of chinese philosophy. Chuang tzuconsidered, along with lao tzu, one of the great figures of early taoist thoughtused parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that. His translated works such as tao te ching,chuang tzu, the wisdom of lao tzu and so on,which are welcome in the world. He is the author of many books on religious topics and is one of the foremost translators of ancient chinese texts, having published translations of the tao te. For more than seventy years, penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the englishspeaking world. Lin yutang s introduction jesus was followed by st. Radical and subversive, employing wit, humor, and shock tactics, the book of chuang tzu offers an intriguing look deep into chinese culture. One of the worlds most revered writers and a frequent contender for the nobel prize for literature. Lin yutang,oct 10, 1895 mar 26, 1976 famous scholar, translator,taoist.
Chuangtzu chapters in lin yutangs translation the gold scales. I have been wanting lins translation of chuangtse for a long time and was. There is the book called khi hsieh, a record of marvels. He was a minor government official for a while and was offered higher office, but declined on the grounds that it would limit his freedom. Basic writings translations from the asian classics new ed by burton watson isbn. Zhuangzis most popular book is the way of chuang tzu shambhala library. Chuang tzu said, you certainly are dense when it comes to using big things. The book of chuang tzu henceforth referred to as zhuang zi is a collection of anecdotes, stories, and analogies of zhuang zis teachings on how to achieve the tao, or the way.
Khu tshiaotsze asked khangwu tsze, saying, i heard the master speaking of such language as the following. Watsons text flows easily, but grahams terseness feels like faithfulness to the characteristics of classical chinese expression. Its back is i do not know how many thousand li in breadth. Zhuang zhou, the historical figure known as master zhuang zhuangzi and traditional author of the eponymous book.
This translation and selection by lin yutang contains parts of eleven chapters 16, 811, and. Philosophy chuang tzu james legge translation texts of. New edition paperback book chuang tzu with introduction and notes. Yutangs translation of eleven chapters of the chuang tzu is in the wisdom of china and india. Here they are, modernised with added comment, and some omissions as the case may be. However, these comments inserted to aid the understanding of unfamiliar oriental thoughts and ideas do not distract from the original text, the message of which comes clearly through as being as relevant for modern life as ever.
Translated by lin yutang the wisdom of china edited by lin yutang a four square book the new english library great britain 1963 translated by d. Shipping may be from multiple locations in the us or from the uk, depending on stock availability. Chuang tzu is believed to lived in the fourth or third century bce, at a time when china was split up into a number of states weakly held together by the chou dynasty. One of the greatest books of all time, and one of the first tranlations of the chuang tzu to appear in the west.
One of the great founders of taoism, chaung tzu lived in t. Introduction and notes for a complete translation of the. You could stand it by the road and no carpenter would look at it twice. Paul, socrates by plato, confucius by mencius, and laotse by chuangtse. Chapter 7 of the chuang tzu, translated by james legge. Zhuangzi chuang tzu translates as master zhuang master chuang. The book of chuangtzu shares with the tao te ching the distinction of being one of the two fundamental sources for the philosophy of taoism. In the introduction to his zhuangzi translation, the american scholar burton watson concluded his. Chuang tzu s inner chapters are the kind of book that any serious reader will want different versions of, and the few i have read all have very different flavors and focus, so end up complimenting each other my favorite however is the gaifu fengjane english version. Translation notes published separately in 1982 as chuang tzu. The seven inner chapters and other writings from the book chuangtzu. Lau lao tzu tao te ching penguin classics cox and wyman ltd.
In all four cases, the first was the real teacher and either wrote no books or wrote very little, and the second began to develop the doctrines and wrote long and profound discourses. In all four cases, the first was the real teacher and either wrote no books or wrote very. Zhuangzi being boundless translation by nina correa 1 carefree roaming 2 theories on all things being equal. Zhuangzi has 59 books on goodreads with 31206 ratings. Chuangtzu chapters in lin yutangs translation the gold. Expounding on the dream of a butterfly that features new translation, commentary, annotation.
Chuang tzuconsidered, along with lao tzu, one of the great figures of early taoist thoughtused parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the tao or way of nature, and dwelling in its unity. Complete works of chuang tzu, wisdom of ancient china, taoist. Zhuangzi, an ancient chinese collection of anecdotes and fables, one of the foundational texts of daoism. Basic writings translations from the asian classics by tzu, chuang, tzu, chaung and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
When it is moved, it flies, its wings obscuring the sky like clouds. The chuang tzu translated by yutang lin, terebess asia online. Graham 1981, chuang tzu, the seven inner chapters and other writings from the book chuang tzu, london. What links here related changes upload file special pages permanent link page information wikidata item cite this page. Mair, iatroduction and notes for a complete translation of the chwng tzu sinoplatonic papers, 48 september, 1994 preface my complete translation of the chuang tw was published by bantam books in the late summer of 1994. Lin yutang 18951976 translated eleven chapters from the chuang tzu zhuangzi into english. Even in translation, the brilliance and compression of his language is evident. I have samples of both as featured in classical chinese literature, and i cant come to a conclusion of which to go for. The version of chuang tzu i read previously, the essential chuang tzu translated and edited by sam hamill and j. Its trunk is too gnarled and bumpy to apply a measuring line to, its branches too bent and twisty to match up to a compass or square. Book of chuang tzu perceives the tao the way of nature not as a term to be explained but as a path to walk.
When the phang is removing to the southern ocean it flaps its wings on the water for 3000 li. According to the experts opinion in classical taoism, the book chuang tzu is the most important because the essential thought and attitude of the ancient taoists become approachable mainly due to it. The dao metaphor corresponds closely with the western translation. Buy the book of chuang tzu penguin classics book online at. Because of the nature of that publication, it was impossible for me to. Paul, socrates by plato, confucius by mencius, and laotse by chuang tzu. Buy a cheap copy of the way of chuang tzu book by thomas merton. Chinese names are the reverse of english names in that the family name appears first and the individuals name appears last. The sagely man does not occupy himself with worldly affairs. As a result, humanity has developed several paths toward virtuousness. The book of chuang tzu draws together the stories, tales, jokes and anecdotes that have gathered around the figure of chuang tzu. He was a nonconformist in his own time and conveyed his ideas of the tao in energetically poetic prose.
Introduction to chuang tzu nanhua chenching chuang tzu is the author of the homonymous book. The complete works of chuang tzu translated by burton watson. Zhuang zhou commonly known as zhuangzi was an influential chinese philosopher who lived. It is a taoist scripture was written by chuang tzu and his successors in the. In sung there was a man who was skilled at making a salve to prevent chapped hands, and generation after generation his family made a living by bleaching silk in water, a traveler heard about the salve and offered to buy the prescription for a hundred measures of gold. Hui tzu said to chuang tzu, i have a big tree of the kind men call shu. And burton watsons lucid and beautiful translation has been loved by generations of readers. His translated works such as tao te ching,chuang tzu, the wisdom of lao tzu and so on, which are welcome in the world. The translation, introduction and original thoughts of lin yutang was written in 1949 and contains references the science and beliefs of the age that may make you smile. Jun 08, 2017 virtue is one of mankinds greatest pursuits.99 397 1110 1048 673 1552 71 602 1148 1120 1545 1047 1424 1027 249 5 88 62 1281 280 443 565 1035 453 347 563 323 1468 1098 770 319 41 427 1569 405 437 283 583 1541 132 1065 161 715 356 148 958 813 56 1286