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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Hoff Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Three men stand over a vat of vinegar- the vinegar of life, to be precise. The first, Confucius finds life's vinegar to be sour. The second, the Buddha himself, feels life's vinegar is bitter. But the third man, Laozi, tastes the vinegar of life and finds it to be, of all things, satisfying. This famous story- and painting- of the founders of the three great Eastern philosophies, is the first thing one encounters when reading The Tao of Pooh.

In The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff presents the teachings of Laozi in a readily understandable manner, relying upon the characters of A. A. Milne's classic children's stories, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Sometimes these characters recite their words from those classic books, and sometimes they present new ideas which cannot be found in Milne's work, but seem to be entirely consistent with what we know of them. Each character represents one or more of the ideas of Taoism, some negative things to be avoided, and some positive aspects which are the central tenets of the Tao.

While the other characters generally represent ideas which contrast the central tenets of Tao, Pooh himself is seen as representative of the Taoist philosophical foundation, and also the characteristics of wei wu wei and pu. That these characteristics sound strikingly similar to the parts of Pooh's name is but one of the whimsical aspects of this introduction to the Tao.

Benjamin Hoff was an American author, born in Oregon in 1946. A student of Asian culture, Hoff wrote the Tao of Pooh on nights and weekends while working as a tree pruner in a Japanese garden. In addition to writing, Hoff has also been a member of a pop band, and spends time as a composer and amateur nature photographer. In 2006, Hoff renounced the publishing industry and publicly resigned as an author.

Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world’s most beloved bear. In The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff shows that Pooh’s way is amazingly consistent with the principles of living envisioned by the Chinese founders of Taoism. The author’s explanation of Taoism through Pooh, and Pooh through Taoism, shows that this is not simply an ancient and remote philosophy but something you can use, here and now.

And what is Taoism? It’s really very simple. It calls for living without preconceived ideas about how life should be lived—but it’s not a preconception of how life—it’s…. well, you’d do better to listen to this book, and listen to Pooh, if you really want to find out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Vance demonstrates his great range, shifting easily from didactic sections of the book to fictional narrative and imbuing Milne’s characters with distinct voices…This audio edition, due in large part to Vance’s performance, is surprisingly engaging and accessible.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “In a clear and crisp voice, Hoff explains the central tenets of Taoism and further illustrates them with familiar excerpts from The House at Pooh Corner stories, Chinese proverbs, maxims, and tales from Lao Tzu and others. The result is at once thought-provoking and charming. This is a small literary event that will leave all who experience it a little more serene.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matt Radcliffe | 2/20/2014

    " The book I come back to time after time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/9/2014

    " This is enjoyable and quick to read, with some fun Chinese history and wonderful interpretations of the lovable characters from the Hundred Acre Wood in terms of Taoism and of Taoism in terms of the characters, with Pooh as the Taoist hero, of course. Towards the end degenerates into a slightly preachy, let's-all-hold-hands-and-be-Taoists, ramble. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jia | 2/6/2014

    " not the box set...I have no piglet. Do you? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Breeze | 2/1/2014

    " This book SO inspired me to think outside the box without being preachy or to "intellectual". I think they should have this be required reading in grammar school. "

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About the Author
Author Benjamin Hoff

Benjamin Hoff is an Oregon writer, photographer, musician, and composer with a fondness for forests and bears. When not writing, he practices Taoist yoga, T’ai Chi Ch’üan, stunt kite-flying, boomerang shaping and throwing, and Taoist tennis, whatever that is. He is the author of The Te of Piglet and The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley.