The Tao of Pooh..

The Tao of Pooh is a book by Benjamin Hoff. It gives a basic, though entertaining introduction to Taoism, using the fictional character of Winnie the Pooh.


“What’s that?” the Unbeliever asked.
“Wisdom from the Western Taoist,”I said.
“It sounds like something from Winnie-the-Pooh ,” he said.
“It is,” I said.

“That’s not about Taoism,” he said.
“Oh, yes it is,” I said.”
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last,
“what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast? said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.

“Lots of people talk to animals,” said Pooh.
“Not that many listen though.”
“That’s the problem.”
“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,”said Piglet, “Rabit’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 understands anything.”

“While Eeyore frets …
… and Piglet hesitates
… and Rabbit calculates
… and Owl pontificates
…Pooh just is.”


3 Responses to “The Tao of Pooh..”

  1. January 5, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Yes indeedy, and I would add this, “Damn you to hell, Walt Disney.”

  2. January 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Tao of Pooh is one of my favourite books! And the bear wisdom so rules. 🙂

  3. August 24, 2008 at 3:34 am

    I love Pooh and all his stories – I have this book but have never gotten into it. Maybe I’ll have to give it one more try…

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