by Gia-Fu Feng
and Jane English
This twenty-seventh in a series of calendars uses selections from the best-selling translation of Tao Te Ching, by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English, and from their edition of Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters. Both books are illustrated with his calligraphy and her photographs.
Re-designed in 2012, the calendar now uses horizontal as well as vertical large photos, and features a brief quote on the upper page.
The Tao Te Ching, the esoteric but infinitely
practical book written most probably in the sixth century B.C.
by Lao Tsu, has been translated more frequently than any work
except the Bible. Lao Tsu, an older contemporary of Confucius,
was keeper of the imperial archives at Loyang in the province
of Honan. All his life he taught that "the Tao that can be
told is not the eternal Tao;" but, according to ancient legend,
as he was riding off into the desert to die sick at heart
at the ways of men he was persuaded by a gatekeeper in northwestern
China to write down his teaching for posterity.
The essence of Taoism is contained in the eighty-one chapters of the book roughly 5,000 words which have for 2,500 years provided one of the major underlying influences in Chinese thought and culture, emerging also in proverbs and folklore. Whereas Confucianism is concerned with day-to-day rules of conduct, Taoism is concerned with a more spiritual level of being.
Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters is a companion volume
to the Tao Te Ching. Very little is known about Chuang
Tsu and that little is inextricably woven into legend. It is said
that he was a contemporary of Mencius, an official in the Lacquer
Garden of Meng in Honan Province around the fourth century B.C.
Chuang Tsu was to Lao Tsu as Saint Paul was to Jesus and Plato
While the other philosophers were busying themselves with the practical matters of government and rules of conduct, Chuang Tsu transcended the whang cheng, the illusory dust of the world-thus anticipating Zen Buddhism's emphasis on a state of emptiness or ego transcendence. With humor, imagery and fantasy, he captures the depth of Chinese thinking. The seven "Inner Chapters" presented in this translation are accepted by scholars as being definitely the work of Chuang Tsu. Another twenty-six chapters are of questionable origin; they are interpretations of his teaching and may have been added by later commentators.
24 black and white photos of nature,
12 with Chinese calligraphy
12" x 12" wall calendar (24" tall open)
Published by Amber Lotus
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