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The Tao of Pooh written by Benjamin Hoff is an excellent book because it teaches how to stay happy and calm under all circumstances The idea was to write a book explaining the principles of Taoism using Winnie the Pooh and to explain Winnie the Pooh through the principles of TaoismHoff tells the story about the Three Teachings of China that represents the Essence of Life The first teaching thought that life was bitter and believed that the present was out of step with the past so people should honor their ancestors and the ancient rituals The second teaching thought that the earth was a setter of traps that caused much pain for all creatures The third teaching was Lao-tse who felt that the natural harmony exists between heaven and earth He taught that earth was a refection of heaven and the more man interfered with the way the universe ran the less harmony he would have Lao-tse thought the world was not a setter of traps but a teacher of lessons These teachings became the beginning of TaoismThe most important principle of Taoism is the Uncarved Block The principle of the Uncarved Block is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power This power is easily spoiled and lost when the simplicity is changed10 Hoff uses the characters of Winnie the Pooh and friends to teach about how things can be made complicated and how they sometimes can just work out Each character teaches a lesson Rabbit is very clever and is always in a hurry with important dates Piglet says Rabbit has a brain I suppose said Pooh that is why he never understands anything This shows that it is not always best to have knowledge for the sake of being clever14 Eyore was an old gray Donkey whose attitude got in his way He was always complaining and is simply not that much fun When you discard arrogance
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