Butterfly Dream – the wisdom of Zhuang Zi 庄子

Somewhere on ZhongNan Mountain ...


[640],shadow=true,start=,stop=

"Once, ZhuangZi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was ZhuangZi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable ZhuangZi. But he didn't know if he was ZhuangZi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was ZhuangZi."


This hints at many questions regarding the philosophy of mind, language, epistemology (knowledge and belief), and the nature of time.


The wisdom of Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu / Chuang Tse); 369 BC - 286 BC, a contemporary of Mencius (a disciple of Confucius). Zhuang Zi had a significant impact on Chinese Buddhism - particularly the type that is best known by its Japanese name: Zen Buddhism. Zhuang Zi is, however, essentially a key figure in Taoism, following Lao Zi (Lao Tse). A good read is 'The Way of Zen' by Alan Watts.

Related Videos

 

Featured Videos

A beautiful performance at the NanJing 南京 Youth Olympics 2014
500 performers dancing in the sky ... The poster thumbnail is blurred but the video is clear : )
ChongZuo and DeTian waterfalls GuangXi province
With Walk East ...
Stress and health (don’t miss this)
With doctors Mark Hyman and Rangan Chatterjee. Of all the four pillars of health - diet, exercise, sleep and relaxation - the last is often the hardest to improve. Mindfulness, mindset, and the importance of 'downtime' and 'digital detox' ... And always take time to appreciate what you have, above worrying about what you don't have. Bonus film - the BIG epidemic that is ignored; chronic disease and the 'healthcare' system - don't miss it ...
Beautiful scenic areas in GuiZhou province
Bonus films - WuJiang Village ... WanFeng Forest ... FanJing Mountain ...
Peppered beef stir fry
A cuisine masterclass for cooking this classic Chinese food dish ...
Planning war on China – part 15
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” ― John Steinbeck On the 'China threat' scam - with The Geopolitics In Conflict Show ... A talk with historian Alfred McCoy - don't miss it (though he seems not seem to realize that China's South China Sea actions are defensive, countering Western aggression and encirclement) ... With Professor Richard Wolff (exaggerates China's problems but otherwise worth a listen) ... On the BBC's Uyghur propaganda BS ... US semi-boycott of the BeiJing Winter Olympics ? Infantile ? Xi (and Putin) outclass Biden again and again ... Just 90 seconds to THE END (doomsday clock) - can we stop the madness - not sure, but we must try - (musical interlude, with Roger Walters and band) ... There is no 'them'. It is only a scam that the elite uses to convince you of your subservience.
Chinese New Year CCTV Festival Flashback 2017
Yes, we're still alive ; )
US technology sanctions and China’s response
With Barrett ... With Ben Norton ...
The SkyShuttle in ChongQing
With Walk For You ...

Tag search ?