Chuang Tzu – Butterfly Dream

Chuang Tzu – Butterfly Dream

Chuang Tzu

“Formerly, I, Kwang Kâu, dreamt that I was a butterfly, a butterfly flying about, feeling that it was enjoying itself. I did not know that it was Kâu. Suddenly I awoke, and was myself again, the veritable Kâu. I did not know whether it had formerly been Kâu dreaming that he was a butterfly, or it was now a butterfly dreaming that it was Kâu. But between Kâu and a butterfly there must be a difference. This is a case of what is called the Transformation of Things.”

Excerpt from Khî Wû Lun, or The Adjustment of Controversies, found within The Texts of Taoism, Part I of II, Sacred Books of the East, Volume 39, translated by James Legge [1891] The Texts of Taoism may be found in their entirety at:

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