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Tao Te Ching

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The Tao Te Ching Oral Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fish can’t whistle and neither can I.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken? I don’t know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie. The End Paradoxes Similes Tao Te Ching - Chapter 59 Symbols How do Lao Tzu and Benjamin Hoff use literary devices to explore the presentation of self limitation in their respective texts "Tao Te Ching" and "The Tao of Pooh?" Is a classic Chinese text originally written by Lao Tzu in Chinese around the 6th century BC but has since been translated many times over. Is an original English book written by Benjamin Hoff in 1982 to further explain and delve into the Western ideology system known as the Tao. The Tao of Pooh The Tao Te Ching ... In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present. Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench
Care about peoples approval
and you wil be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The onle path to serenity. Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay in the center
and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever. Tao Te Ching - Chapter #8 - One must do the opposite of what is desired in order to achieve an end.

- The line "in thinking keep to the simple" refers to the fact that over thinking is usually bad. Tao of Pooh - First Stanza in Cottlestone Pie Poem "Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie." - First thing cannot do the second, but the second can do the first.

- You cannot pretend to be something you are not. The Result? - Ignorance of the universal laws or the Tao.

as Hoff put it: Very simple. It’s obvious, isn’t it? And yet, you’d be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are. Both authors use philosophical paradoxes to emphasis the limitations that arise when trying to go against the Tao.

One will never achieve the goal if the current is constantly being pushed against. Explanation Explanation The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,
all pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in
view and makes use of anything
life happens to bring in his was

Nothing is impossible for him.
Because he as let go,
he can care for the peoples welfare
as a mother cares for her child. Explanation - In this case man is limited by his own ideas and thoughts.

- Lao Tzu uses environmental similes in the lines,
"Tolerant like the sky,
all pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,"
to further the description of a moderate man. Tao Te Ching - Chapter #9 - Lao Tzu is using multiple domestic symbols in this case to talk about multiple life issues.

- In the lines
Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
the metaphors are the bowl and the knife. The Tao of Pooh - 3rd stanza of Cottleston Pie Poem Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken? I don’t know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie. Explanation - Here, Hoff uses the chicken as a symbol for unresolved problems in life.

- why does a chicken, I don't know why?
means that sometimes you wont know the answers to problems or situations. The Result? Both authors use domestic symbols to represent something bigger in life in order to make the reader aware of some possible limitations and the solution to all problems: Cottlestone Pie As Hoff wrote, "The important thing is that we don’t really need to know. We don’t need to play Abstract Philosopher, asking unnecessary questions and coming up with meaningless answers." Further Explanation Explanation - some things are irrelevant The Tao of Pooh - 2nd Stanza of the Cottleston Pie Poem Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fish can’t whistle and neither can I.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie. Explanation -A simile in this instance is not obvious.
'A fish can't whistle and I am like fish.'

- This simile is to show that 'I' is aware of they cannot whistle, just as a fish cannot. The Result The authors are using environmental similes to further explain the process and goals of man. Hoff wrote, "There’s nothing wrong with not being able to whistle, especially if you’re a fish. But there can be lots of things wrong with blindly trying to do what you aren’t designed for. Further Explanation The authors use different methods to achieve a goal: To make the readers realize the everyone has limitations.
- normal
- must be worked out

Ultimate goal has been reached:
- Reflection
- Freedom
- Betterment of Inner Nature What Does this Mean? Another One? There is another symbol in Hoff's poem: The Cottlestone Pie itself.

What does Cottlestone Pie mean?
Its simple. It is a symbol for Inner Nature. Explanation Bibliography
"Cottleston Pie. The Cottleston Pie." Cottleston Pie. N.p, n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2012. <http://www.thecottlestonpie.com/whythecottlestonpie>.

Mitchell, Stephen. Tao te ching: a new English version. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. Print.

"Quotes from the Tao of Pooh." Tao of Pooh. N.p, n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2012. <http://webpages.charter.net/sn9/literature/pooh.html>.

"Tao Te Ching Summary." Taoism Initiation Page - Online Teachings for Home Study and Practice. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2012. <http://www.taopage.org/taoteching/summary.html>.

"The Tao of Pooh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tao_of_Pooh>.

"Vinegar Tasters." Taoism.net / TrueTao.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2012. <http://www.taoism.net/sanctuary/books/vintaste.htm>. The Tao of Pooh: Cottleston Pie Principle Poem The Tao Te Ching: Chapter 33 Through the use of philosophical paradoxes, enviromental similes and domestic symbols, the authors, Lao Tzu and Benjamin Hoff, who wrote "The Tao Te Ching" and "The Tao of Pooh" are able to address and as a result teach about the limitations within beings and the solutions that result from self realization. Main Question While Eeyore frets ...
... and Piglet hesitates
... and Rabbit calculates
... and Owl pontificates
...Pooh just is. (cover)" The Tao that can be spoken of
Is not the Everlasting Tao
The name that can be named
Is not the Everlasting name
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth
The named is the mother of ten thousand things
Therefore, ever desireless
One can observe the hidden mystery;
Ever desiring
One can observe the manifestations.
These two issue from the same origin,
Though named differently.
Both are called the dark.
Dark and even darker,
The door to all hidden mysteries. (Chapter #1) Intro Intro Thesis
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