Item #1494 The Way of Chuang Tzu. Thomas Merton.
The Way of Chuang Tzu
The Way of Chuang Tzu
The Way of Chuang Tzu
The Way of Chuang Tzu

The Way of Chuang Tzu

New York: New Directions, 1965. First edition. Octavo, original white cloth, lettered and decorated in black, original dust jacket. Book fine, minor creasing and closed tears, tape repair to verso of price-clipped dust jacket. A near-fine. Item #1494

"TAO IS GREAT IN ALL THINGS, COMPLETE IN ALL, UNIVERSAL IN ALL, WHOLE IN ALL. THESE THREE ASPECTS ARE DISTINCT, BUT THE REALITY IS ONE"

First edition of Thomas Merton's interpretations of the ancient Chinese philosopher. With an illustrated title page and additional ancient Chinese drawings decorating the text. A handsome copy.

As the "chief authentic spokesman for Taoism," Chuang Tzu was a major figure in the Japanese transformation of Indian Buddhism into Zen. Merton's personal versions of the sayings of Chuang Tzu illustrate his growing focus on Eastern spirituality and philosophy. In 1968 Merton was to embark on an extended spiritual pilgrimage to the Far East, "a series of visits with lamas and holy men across Asia—Bangkok, Calcutta, Dharamsala, Madras, Ceylon." In Madras, Merton went to St. Thomas Mount and visited the church of Our Lady of Expectation where the Apostle Thomas was martyred. "Here was the shrine of his namesake, who had proved to be an auspicious patron: a Man of the West who went East" (Paul Elie). He died soon after in Bangkok in December 1968. The Way of Chuang Tzu is divided into two sections: 1. The introductory A Study of Chuang Tzu and 2. Readings from Chuang Tzu. The text is prefaced with A Note to the Reader, Merton's explanation of "the rather special nature of this book," along with the author's dedication to the Chinese convert, John C.H. Wu: "Without whose encouragement I would never have dared this." Concludes with a brief Glossary, Bibliography, and Notes. Designed by Gertrude Huston. Approbations.

Price: $300.00

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