A Book Anaysis: In The Tao Of Pooh By Benjamin Hoff

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During the course of learning about different religions, I came upon one fascinating religion that stood out from the others, Taoism. Taoism is a religion that is very hard to be understood. Many religions include some elements of mysticism but none are as thoroughly mystical as Taoism. Taoism' basic teaching is living in harmony with Tao, "the Way" of nature. This can also be understood as letting nature takes it course. Taoists believe that the best way to live is to simply not interfere with the natural "way" of nature. Taoism is a religion that is impossible of ever producing a full explanation. In order to furthermore my understanding of Taoism I decided to read one of the Winnie the Pooh collections called The Tao of Pooh. This book was great as it provided humorous yet instructive teachings of Taoism through Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. It is a great book for anyone of all ages as it uses simple stories that are easy to understand while incorporating the teachings of Taoism.In The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff uses the characters from Winnie the Pooh to explain the fundamentals of Taoism. By observing the actions of Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Tigger, and Pooh, he decides that the action of the character Pooh best describes Taoism. The most important principle of Taoism is the Uncarved Block. Hoff uses Pooh to best explain the Uncarved Block. The principle of the Uncarved Block is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed. He uses these characters to show how things can be spoiled and lost and also how things can just work out. Hoff uses Rabbit to show that when you always have to be on the run doing something and being busy, usually you miss things and you do not enjoy life. It can often screw up things to always have to figure things out and always feel like you are important. He uses Owl to show that when you are always looking for a reason for something then it often makes things too complicated. Hoff uses Piglet in the sense that Piglet is always scared and hesitating things, if Piglet would not hesitate, he would get things done in a much more efficient way. He should just do, not think. Hoff explains the character of Eeyore by showing how he is always worried about things; he frets a lot. If he would not do that, then life would be much easier for Eeyore. And finally, there is Pooh. Hoff shows how Pooh does not think or ponder about things; he just does them. Things always work out for Pooh because of this. Pooh works along with nature and he does not try to interfere. Pooh leads a simple life. This can also be explained as the life and actions of a Taoist.Hoff's purpose of this book is educational. He wrote the book to inform people of Taoism. He wanted to teach the ways and beliefs of a Taoist. He wanted to teach in a way that everyone could understand or relate too, that is why he used Winnie the Pooh. Everybody understands...

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