The Te Of Piglet

The Te Of Piglet

The Te Of Piglet It is hard to be brave said Piglet sniffing slightly when you re only a very small animal Yet Piglet with his keen eye for every pitfall is asked to be brave again and again When it comes to proble

  • Title: The Te Of Piglet
  • Author: Benjamin Hoff
  • ISBN: 9780749315146
  • Page: 217
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  • It is hard to be brave, said Piglet, sniffing slightly, when you re only a very small animal Yet Piglet with his keen eye for every pitfall is asked to be brave again and again When it comes to problems or facing any Major Danger, one can always count on Piglet Which brings us to the wisdom of the Taoist masters as revealed in the The Te of Piglet The Virtue of It is hard to be brave, said Piglet, sniffing slightly, when you re only a very small animal Yet Piglet with his keen eye for every pitfall is asked to be brave again and again When it comes to problems or facing any Major Danger, one can always count on Piglet Which brings us to the wisdom of the Taoist masters as revealed in the The Te of Piglet The Virtue of the Small.

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    I only made it about half-way through this book and that was a struggle--I continued only because I had such fond memories of "The Tao of Pooh." In my opinion, this is not a worthy sequel. All the sweetness and warmth of the first book, the Mile-esque style of writing, is gone. So, too, is much discussion of Taoism--and even of Piglet, for that matter. Rather, it seems a soapbox for the author's disillusionment/disgust with Western culture. Would have been much more effective if he kept the focu [...]

    The Fèn of Eeyore.One day I was walking through the bog, gazing wistfully at the muddy water, when I came across Eeyore in his den. A lovely smell was coming out of the crumbling donkey shelter."Hallo old friend. What's cooking?""Hola, amigo. Why this is just a simple zuppa verde. Thistles and nettles from the bog you know, but quite good when cooked in buttered broth. Farina grains add bulk and thickness, what what. Ho ho! But what's this, you're looking a bit doom-and-gloom, my friend. What h [...]

    After enjoying Benjamin Hoff's Tao of Pooh, with its delightful introduction of Taoist ideas using the classic A.A. Milne characters, I approached the rather thicker Te of Piglet with gleeful anticipation. Alas, if only the book were thinner.There are still the interactions, albeit somewhat less adorable, with the denizens of the Hundred-Acre Wood, but they are nearly suffocated by lengthy broadsides against all sorts of political targets, from anti-Environmental Business to Technology, from Sci [...]

    I wanted to like this book. I remember enjoying "The Tao of Pooh" and I naturally figured this would be a companion piece in the same vein. However, in the ten years that passed between that publication and this one, Benjamin Hoff seems to have grown into a grouchy, cantankerous old man decrying the youth of America and using this book as a soapbox for his own political rants that have naught to do with Taoism, Te, Piglet or Pooh.The book starts off fine, with some basic introductions of Taoism [...]

    This is like night and day compared to the Tao of Pooh.Tao of Pooh alternated between scenes from Pooh and Hoff's explanation of what that meant in Taoist terms. The Pooh scenes really helped illustrate what he was discussing. The Te of Piglet consists more of exposition about the concept of Te and Taoism in general. There's very little effort made to tie it back to Piglet and the other Pooh characters and quite a bit of political ranting.The few points he tried to make about Piglet he'd already [...]

    2.5 starsI don't know, this sequel just didn't do it for me. I loved the first book, absolutely loved it, but this one seemedcking somehow.

    At first I enjoyed it for what I was learning about Chinese philosophy. But then he gets very political about current events in 1992, which, while also being outdated now, are not as relevant to the timeless themes he is discussing as he would think. He gets on his soapbox about his personal views, which I also see as off target and an annoyance. I wanted to read about Te and it’s relationship to Piglet, not on how he feels all the past presidents have overlooked environmental protection. Act [...]

    This book is about 100 pages, give or take, larger than the first book on the subject matter by Hoff, The Tao of Pooh. While explaining the principles of Taoism through stories from A.A. Milne and crafting new dialogue for the characters still works, it is far less a part of this book than the previous. In fact, this book tends to go off into explanation far more than crafting examples using the character.But the single unforgivable part of this book is the large amount of soap box talk the auth [...]

    The book is supposed to demonstrate how Piglet in the original A.A. Milne writings personified Te, or 'Virtue in Action'. To illustrate this the author wrote a bunch of new situations for Piglet. Which defeats the entire purpose, since it forces Piglet into the mold for the philosophy instead of showing how he already conforms to it.The author also spends a lot of time explaining how the world is in poor shape due to the "Eeyores" who complain about how the world is doomed instead of seeing thin [...]

    Yikes. I had hoped that Hoff would grow in the ten years after Tao of Pooh. He did: he grew batshit.Hoff starts with a good-old-days rant about Man living in Harmony with Nature and Spirits and whatnot before a Great Separation which caused deserts to form and violence and Confucianism. Tin foil hat territory. I had to reread parts of it to see if he really meant all that and as best I can tell, he does. Maybe in the second half of the book he goes ha-ha just kidding. I don't plan to find out.Pi [...]

    This book was originally rated at two stars by me because it really paled in comparison to the Tao of Pooh, which I still highly recommend.Why is this book one star? A few reasons.1. Hoff clearly didn't want to write it, from the way he was describing in the beginning. I don't know if there was a contractual obligation or he just realized that he liked money, but he already went into it with a little less than "pure" intent.2. While there was still some charm in the book, it wasn't as good with [...]

    After reading this book, I cannot look back at The Tao of Pooh without thinking of Pooh an unthinking dimwit. The author, Hoff, tries to explain living with virtue and in harmony with the natural world orTe. Hoff, does a good job of using previously written works to illustrate his points, but comes short when using Milne's characters. In fact as the book went on, I began to dislike the character of little Piglet.My major gripe with this book is that Ben Hoff decided to pull out his soapbox and g [...]

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    I really looked forward to this one. After just finishing the Tao of Pooh, I was in the mood, it was fresh in my mind, I was ready to put this in context with its companion. Unfortunately, the result was disappointing. The Te of Piglet began with a solid premise, however it failed to accomplish what it set out to do.The premise is that Piglet represents Te, meaning "virtue in action." To be more specific it is the virtue that arises from the inner nature of things, a hidden potential, a spiritua [...]

    All I can say is Hoff is so full of himself, and full of shit, I can't believe it. The only thing that is good in his two books is when he refers to actual stories from taoist history. Everything he fills in is half right and half wrong and as a good friend of mine always says, "If you're Buddhism (Taoism) is half right, then it's all wrong.When it comes down to it, Hoff doesn't convey the real meaning behind Taoism. He gives a watered down version of what he likes about it. He doesn't tell you [...]

    In all honesty, this book was extremely disappointing compared to the first. Instead of focusing on Taoist beliefs and how the Pooh characters exhibit them, Benjamin spent much more time talking about politics, and how our country is being run wrong. Which I normally wouldn't have minded too much, because as it turns out, Mr. Hoff and I are more or less on the same page politically, but at times you could just feel his anger at the state of the country (And considering that at this point this bo [...]

    This book purports to elucidate the meaning of Te (virtue/power) via an analysis of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. But it’s mostly just Hoff complaining about modern life, with little apparent structure or unifying theme. And he’s not very good at it: a mediocre ranter at best. Allow me to quote some of his half-assed complaints*: “Modern people bloat life with pointless complications.” “Feminists make words too complicated.” “People run on paved paths rather than on natural grass. [...]

    After reading "The Tao of Pooh," I was disappointed in "The Te of Piglet." It seemed to me that the author used this "companion" book as a way to espouse his personal opinions that may or may not be supported by Taoist thought. Although I agreed with many of them (and thought others were ignorant and ill-informed), I was not pleased that they were seemingly forced on me when I least expected it. This was not what I hoped to gain from reading this book.

    A distinctly less enjoyable sequel to the Tao of Pooh. The book is light on Taoism and Pooh and heavy on criticism of America. Hoff makes statements that he has no interest in backing up at any point and appears to have only wanted to do a sequel so that he could criticize the West. I hated this book.

    I threw this book across the room. Didactic and annoying. You'd do much better to read Winnie the Pooh in the original.

    While the supplementary materials (included Taoist texts and large blocks of A. A. Milne's original text) are brief oases in this book, the rest of is is an overgeneralized tirade which seeks to make use of the Tao of Pooh structure without really having anything else to say. I was really disappointed as we spent most of the time comparing every character but Piglet and Pooh to some kind of vague archetype of bad/harmful behavior. Additionally, the interrupting animal trope is incredibly disrupt [...]

    I would like to know how Hoff got permission to commandeer all the Ernest K. Shepherd illustrations, and use Milne's characters for a book that has really nothing to do with the work of either artist. Obviously he must have paid for the privilege; but why was his money accepted? Perhaps because the heirs of Shepherd and Milne no longer care (there is, after all, the whole Disney thing) or because it's no longer about the people, but the corporate interests. (There is, after all, the whole Disney [...]

    What an unfortunate book. It has a few gems, but the author regularly gets distracted by their own eccentric and traditionalist worldview. For example, he freaks out by the thought of language adapting to become more inclusive towards oppressed populations.The author is one of those western folks who is quite taken with stereotypes of east vs. west; while also simultaneously being ignorant of non-white cultures within the western world. For example, on page 78 he goes into a rather strange tange [...]

    PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. This was a huge disappointment. I loved The Tao of Pooh. It was heartfelt and endearing,while also clearly explaining Taoist philosphy. This book is not that. The author is, as he would say, an Eeyore. He complains constantly, and is a huge downer - though I disagree with his ideas about Eeyore, there are so many worse things in this book. At one point he goes on a rant about feminists - Eeyores, yes this is a thing - killing feminine energy and wanting to be men. [...]

    Another average read by Hoff. He really lets loose against the academics and all of Western civilization in this one, while drooling and playing the sycophant for everything Chinese, even the current regime who he brags has young children planting trees and plants (bizarre!). Does he not remember Tiananmen square in 1989? This book was written in 1992, yet he seems to gloss over that, if not outright ignore it completely. He rips all of Western science in one paragraph, and praises all Chinese i [...]

    Unreasonably popular in Sweden at the time, it's a kind of "philosophy light", which probably could be expected. Spiced with a few eyebrow-raising quotes and opinions from the author. Nice illustrations.

    In truth, I only read the first half of the book and skimmed the other half. It has nuggets of wisdom sparsely scattered throughout, but it's nothing like The Tao of Pooh. Rather than explaining characteristics of Piglet we should emulate, he pulls an Eeyore himself and preaches doom and gloom most of the book. I find it especially funny that one portion of the book is dedicated to Tiggers who have no perseverance and Hoff himself resigned from writing. Furthermore, for someone who seemed to hat [...]

    I loved "The Tao of Pooh" since I felt like I was being taught Taoist philosophy from a new perspective. A refreshing perspective that I have never felt when studying Chinese Philosophy in college. That's what I naturally thought that I was getting into with the "The Te of Piglet." But I was quite disappointed to find out that there's much more ranting than philosophy in this book. Hoff flirts with the idea briefly, but instead uses Piglet as a soap box to attack the Eeyores of the world. But wh [...]

    From the outsetBenjamin Hoff makes it clear that this is not so much a sequel toThe Tao of Pooh as it is a companion book to the first. What this means, essentially, is that this exists to further expound upon the contents ofThe Tao of Pooh rather than complement them exactly. The result of which is a book that goes much more in depth thanThe Tao of Pooh and comes across as considerably less charming than the first. It is what it is.I first heard about this book from a friend's mom, a former tea [...]

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