Zhuang Zhou (also known as Chuang Tsu or Chuang Tzu, 369–286 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher and early interpreter of Taoism. His work, the Zhuangzi, is considered one of the definitive texts of Taoism, and his teachings were influential in the development of Chinese Buddhism.
Chuang Tzu’s wisdom is not just for Eastern culture, but for all of humanity. We may not have the instability or the clash of massive armies indicative of Chuang Tzu’s time, but we have a lot of stress and tension in our modern world.
Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. To be free, individuals must discard rigid distinctions between right and wrong, and follow a course of action not motivated by gain or striving.
Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes the complete Inner Chapters, extensive selections from the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters, and judicious selections from two thousand years of traditional Chinese commentaries, which provide the reader access to...