The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin HoffThe Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The Tao Of Pooh

byBenjamin Hoff

Paperback | July 28, 1983

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For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of Piglet.

Happy 90th birthday (10/14/16), to one of the world's most beloved icons of literature, Winnie-the-Pooh! 

The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.
Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon. As a child, he preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. And from an early age he loved to write. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling The Te of Piglet and The Diary of Opal Whiteley.
Title:The Tao Of PoohFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.24 × 5.03 × 0.47 inPublished:July 28, 1983Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140067477

ISBN - 13:9780140067477

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun fun quick read with some big ideas; not a bad place to start with Taosim
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not that great The contempt the author repeatedly expressed for both science and education made this book inappropriate for my young boys, ages 4 and 6. The author used the cute characters to mask his contempt for many of the things I value in my life, and you perhaps value in yours. I read this book at night to my 4 and 6 year olds. My four year old had chosen to read The Book of Pooh four times in a row. I had used his interest in Pooh to help him learn other things, like math and drawing. I saw this book as a way to introduce some big philosophical concepts. This may very well be an introduction to Tao, I don't know. If "The Way" means basically "To Criticize" then this is it. The author's point seems to be "Be Like Pooh." The problem is, he cannot do it himself. If the author acted more like Pooh, his book would not be so objectionable to my children. Can you imagine Pooh criticizing at all? When the author started talking about science as pointless and silly, my 6 year old (who was sitting in) asked what was wrong with science? He wants to be a scientist. And when the author went on on a tirade about academics and school and even (ironically) books, I was shocked. My boys are both in classes of some sort, and they don't know what to do with the author's low opinion of school. There were many of these gems of knowledge. One other one I remember is that exercise is worthless. Better he says to just lay on the grass. No kidding. My kids are very active (as is Pooh) and I hope they are active their whole lives. The advice in this book is questionable at best, and totally inappropriate for children. If you are an adult, have failed at school, and sit on a couch all day, then this book will provide you with a justification.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Really enjoyed this perspective!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Perspetive! Awesome perspective, good read.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting View Very interesting read and perspective. Calm, simple and inspriing. This book may just change your life. I love the title too. Can't wait to pick up the Te of Pooh.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book makes you think about the world in a different way and begins the explanation of buddhism in a very accessible way!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Love this book - can't wait to read Tao of Piglet next!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovingly simple Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. Pooh?, he whispered. Yes, Piglet? Nothing, said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. I just wanted to be sure of you. As a lifelong Winnie the Pooh fan, I was delighted to count The Tao of Pooh among my most recent reads. In an almost serendipitous fashion, The Tao of Pooh has enabled me to further my quasi-spiritual journey of books. Indeed, I have been exploring the state of my Ego and inner truths lately, learning to meditate in an effort to revert to a slightly more relaxed and more mindful mindset. In this particular case, the author beautifully transports the reader to A. A. Milne's Hundred Acre Wood to meet Pooh, Piglet, and friends who are illustrated in a Zen light which enables us to draw the greatest life lesson of all: childlike innocence and simple living are essential elements to a life worth exploring and savouring without the artifice of pretension nor world weary experiences.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Interesting Perspective I firmly believe I have a much better grasp of Taoism thanks to this novel and the usage of Winnie the Pooh. The author not only does a great job of explaining Taoism to the reader, but they also faithfully use Winnie the Pooh to do so. A very interesting book that most readers will enjoy.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughed and re-read My daughter read this years ago so I decided to buy it for myself. I laughed out loud at the delightful presentations of our Pooh Corner friends while I learned much about Taoist thinking and approach to life. Very satisfying.
Date published: 2015-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an interesting way to look at life If you want a new prospect on life this is an easy to follow and stimulating read when you give some thought to it
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Converted Taoist I admit I was a twenty something...with a whinnie the pooh problem. That's why I originally picked up this book, several years ago. B. Hoff really put life into perspective for me. He so cleverly related the meanings of the most important meditatons and intertwined them into A. Miline's character's as if they belonged. Gradually, taoism happened into my life. Now my life is all kinds of balance, and chaos, as life seems to have. This book is kind of one of those items that becomes a well loved treasure, a security blanket if you will, with tattered corners and spilled water stains. This is what it has become for me, And to think it all started with one silly ol' bear...
Date published: 2004-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tao for you To be honest, I am not a big "Winnie the Pooh" fan, and I was going to put this book down after the first 30 pages, but I am thankful that I kept reading. Benjamin Hoff does a fantastic job of explaining Taoism in an easy to read, intellectually stimulating format. There are some real pearls of wisdom in this book and the application of these concepts will definitely impact your life. A must read.
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life in a poohshell No matter what your state of mind and spirit when you read this book it will pertain to anything happening in your life. Being interested in spirituality, but being wary of organized religions I always enjoy reading about other cultures and their views on spirituality. This book explains the tao in a spectacular and easily understood way. Benjamin Hoff has succeeded with this easy to read book which explains the tao in terms of the characters from winnie the pooh. It will change your life for the better.
Date published: 2000-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for everyone Being at a point in my life where I am going through a bit of a spiritual awakening, I have been searching for worthwhile sources of wisdom. I have found unfortunately that many can leave you unfulfilled. The Toa of Pooh is rather like a sunset. It may seem very simplistic at first but when one takes the time to stop and truely appreciate it, the benefits are priceless. This book is a fantastic place to start or continue on a path to personal growth...a journey that never truely ends. Things are often so much simpler than we make them out to be in this unrelenting life of ours; Pooh will show you how much fun it can be to slow down and enjoy a jar of honey. This book is worth every minute you will spend reading it and the many hours you will spend reflecting on it.
Date published: 1999-11-03

Table of Contents

The Tao of Pooh Foreword
The How of Pooh?
The Tao of Who?
Spelling Tuesday
Cottleston Pie
The Pooh Way
Busy Backson
That Sort of Bear
Nowhere and Nothing
The Now of Pooh

From Our Editors

On first glance The Tao of Pooh seems like a frivolous, irreverent look at a philosophy of life that goes much deeper than a 'bear of very little brain.' But that's just the point: Taoism isn't high strung or self important. Like Pooh Bear, it just is. Through an easy-to-read style that's based on A.A. Milne's famous children's books, Benjamin Hoff demonstrates just how much we can learn about this ancient way of thinking from the honey-lovin' bear. Painlessly and with a lot of humour you'll get a great introduction to Taoism that will open your eyes to its simplicity and beauty.