Tao (pronounced Dow) means The Way (to happiness).
This sounds very nice, but what is the Way? It was easy for me to begin to
understand Taoism. I had a great teacher, Winnie-the-Pooh!
There is a delightful book by Benjamin Hoff
(illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard) called
"The Tao of Pooh" (Penguin Books, 1982). If you are
familiar with A. A. Milne's enchanting characters, Winnie-the-Pooh,
Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, and Tigger, you'll be surprised if you read
"The Tao of Pooh" at how easy it is to learn about Taoism. It's
also a great deal of fun, which is very Taoist, as Taoists are firm
believers in joy and laughter.
Taoism is not a religion. Taoism is a
philosophy, a way of looking at life and a way of thinking about things.
Taoists believe if you look at life and think about things in the right
way, you'll be much happier.
Here are two Taoist philosophy statements and
two conversations from The House at Pooh Corner by A. A.
Can you guess which Taoist philosophy statement might go with which
conversation? In other words, can you match them up?
House at Pooh Corner
|A clever mind is not a heart.
"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh
"Yes," said Piglet. "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never
|There is more to knowing than just
"Lot's of people talk to
animals," said Pooh.
"Not very many listen, though," he said.
"That's the problem," he added.
Did you guess right? They're not mixed up at all.
They're right across from each
other. Nothing tricky here. Like Taoism, it's simple!
Taoists believe it's very important to
understand The Way Things Are. This does not mean that there are not
things we need to change about ourselves, but it's important to
recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and discover who we are. In
the story of "The Ugly Duckling", when does the duckling
stop feeling ugly? - when he discovers he's a Swan. When he recognizes
who he really is, a beautiful swan, he finds his Way to happiness.
We hope this section has encouraged you
to learn more about Taoism. It is an absolutely fascinating ancient
Chinese philosophy. And, we hope you will revisit the timeless tales
of Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger,
who can all be found in The House at Pooh Corner by A.
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