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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Watching the Tree

Watching the Tree, by Adeline Yen Mah, is a book of Chinese philosophy and thought. "It is said the every Chinese wears a Confucian thinking cap, a Taoist robe, and Buddhist sandals", and in Watching the tree, Adeline Mah reflects on the various influences, both religious and personal. She speaks about various topics, from religion and philosophy, to basic Chinese proverbs and wisdom passed down to her from her grandfather. Almost like an introduction to Eastern thought, Watching the Tree brings together the various influences on Chinese culture in a way that allows both those who are inexperienced and experienced in Chinese thought to receive something from the book.

Watching the Tree was the first book to fully immerse me in a thought process other than the one that I was brought up in. Though I have always been fascinated by Eastern living, I never understood the depth and breadth of idea that many of these ancient ways of thought could bring to light. I received something special from the book, and it is not a stretch to say that others could receive the same. Even if you are not looking for a change in your basic philosophy, it is always good to broaden your horizons, and this book is a great way to do that. For those looking for new ways of thinking, the topics discussed are interesting, but the book does not go into depth which leaves you with a strong sense of curiosity that will help you precede in your search. All in all, Watching the Tree is a great introduction to Chinese philosophy, religion, and wisdom that will give you a new perspective on the East.

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