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Writing Process and the Ideological Values of The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton

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DOI: 10.38007/Proceedings.0000268


Li Xia

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Li Xia


The Way of Chuang Tzu is the result of intercultural communication between Thomas Merton and John C. H. Wu. As the first co-translated version of Chuang Tzu in English, The Way of Chuang Tzu adopts the structure of poetry and expression of intentionality, conveying the aesthetic characteristics of Chuang Tzu to western readers. By an exchange of letters with John C. H. Wu for years, Thomas Merton has acquired more objective and comprehensive knowledge about Chuang Tzu’s thoughts. This book marks the transition of English version of Chuang Tzu from missionary spreading to modern spreading.


The Way of Chuang Tzu; Thomas Merton; John C H Wu; writing process; thoughts of Chuang Tzu