Tao of Pooh Essay

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Tao of Pooh



The Tao of Nick

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 Taoism.

Hoff 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 Taoism.

The 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 changed.”(10) 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 clever.”(14) 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, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way…(copy, in Quotations,
top page 20 to end of paragraph) The Owl was used to show the wise person who was a great
thinker, but was very helpless in his daily life. He made things more complicated with his
thinking. The knowledge of the scholar is hard to understand because knowledge and
experience are different.


The poem Cottleston Pie teaches that things are as they are and not to try to fit square
pegs in round holes. Everything and everybody has a purpose. By listening to your Inner
Nature you will know where you belong. Trying to do what you are not designed to do can
cause big trouble. Tigger shows the problem of not knowing your own limitations. He
rushes off into things that he does not know how to get out of. Tigger thought he could
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