Recommended reading for the martial arts. This is my personal library list. I practice Okinawan Te or "Ryukyu Ti." My system is derived from two others, one being the main influence of Shorin-ryu and the second Goju-ryu. The branch under Shorin-ryu is Isshin-ryu as developed by Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei.

I wanted to create a library reference blog where I can provide a listing of the books I have in my library, present and past (past in that some have been lost in transit over the years). I will provide a graphic, if available, a short description, if available, and the bibliography. When possible a link to Amazon will be provided.

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Tao of Pooh

Hoff, Benjamin. "The Tao of Pooh." Dutton. New York. 1982.

Review: I was studying the various translations of the Tao Te Ching when my wife mentioned this one. I was intrigued as I assumed it would take a comical Poohish view of the Tao. I was right. I was wrong.

Mr. Benjamin Huff was a serious person who had studied the Tao Te Ching and took the opportunity to teach about it through the eyes, ears and touch of Winnie the Pooh.

This book is a must if you are studying the Chinese classics to gain insight to the culture and beliefs of both Okinawans and Japanese regarding Zen, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.  Mr. Huff through Pooh provides a perspective that enlightens and while your having fun doing it, what a combination.

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