The Tao of Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is one of my favorite bears.  (OK – so I don’t know many bears, that doesn’t make Pooh Bear any less favorite.)  Pooh Bear was wise – as anyone that knows him knows.  In fact, it has been said that:

The European philosophical tradition consists of a series of introductions to Winnie-the-Pooh. And that beyond all reasonable doubt the whole of Western philosophy – including, of course, Plato himself – is best considered as a long preparation for Winnie-the-Pooh. Philosophy since Winnie-the-Pooh does naturally consist of footnotes to ‘that sort of Bear.'”


Pooh and the Philosophers : In Which It Is Shown That All of Western Philosophy Is Merely a Preamble to Winnie-The-Pooh: John Tyerman Williams, Ernest H. Shepard​, p. 1.

One of my favorite discussions of the Wisdom of Pooh can be found in The Tao of Pooh.  I attach a copy – which happens to be in Russian – oops, not Russian – Bulgarian (just to keep things simple).  Enjoy.

So what’s the book about?
The how of Pooh?
The Tao of who?
The Tao of Pooh!?!
In which it is revealed that one of the world’s great Taoist masters isn’t Chinese–or a venerable philosopher–but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

And that’s a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

The Tao of Pooh, Back Cover
The Tao of Pooh – Back Cover

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