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Zhuangzi and the butterflies
Zhuangzi and the butterflies

Musings of a Chinese Mystic

by Lionel Giles


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This short collection of texts featuring Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi), the Taoist sage, is a good introduction to the core concepts of the Taoist worldview. The author, Lionel Giles, was an eminent Victorian scholar of Chinese society, who, most notably, also translated Sun Tsu's Art of War.

Title Page and Front Matter
Editorial Note
The Doctrine of Relativity
The Identity of Contraries
The Mysterious Immanence of Tao
The Hidden Spring
Non-Interference With Nature
Passive Virtue
Self-Adaptation to Externals
Immortality of the Soul
The Sage, or Perfect Man
Random Gleanings
Personal Anecdotes