Analyze the theory of regimen in Chuang tzu
Chuang tzu is an important classic in the history of Chinese philosophy, it represents the Tao spirit for the descendants who study Tao. The main point of this thesis is to discuss the theory of regimen.
The main point in Chuang tzu is to raise your own spirit, maintain the natural instincts, and to abandon restricts in reality in order to reach spiritual freedom. Chuang tzu used the idea of “Qi”（氣） to explain the life circle for all creatures that live in the world. It is also used as a foundation to develop the idea of all creatures die so as to eliminate the stubborn thoughts about life and death for all human beings. Moreover, the reason for arguments and desire that exist among human beings is because our cognitive center is too easily affected by the outside materials. Therefore “Discard”（忘） and “Clear”（明） was mentioned by Chuang tzu in order to get rid of troubles and bindings which came from outside materials. Further more, Chuang tzu mentioned that only by using “Discard” and “Clear” can clear our soul,and than we can understand the truth. With the change of the time the idea of “Bian Hou”（鞭後） was mentioned by Chuang tzu and reinforced the importance of the human body. In conclusion, the foundation of the theory of regimen in Chuang tzu was to preserve your spirit in mind and to maintain the body outside. Besides, the theory also reinforced the idea of “Sheng”（神）, which was treated as an important guidance for “Shin”（形）, to eliminate all the barriers in our spirit in order to reach spiritual freedom.
This thesis is divided into five chapters and the followings are the main idea of each chapter.
Chapter 1 Introduction.
The main point in this chapter is to describe the reason for the author to do this research and to confirm the research areas for this thesis. Also, the author tries to explain and analyze the theory of regimen by using a lot of fables in Chuang tzu
Chapter 2. Analyzing the meaning of terms in the theory of regimen
In this chapter, the author chooses nine important terms that are related to the theory of regimen in Chuang tzu including “Shin”（形）; “Qi”（氣）;” Xin”（心）; “Sheng”（神）;” Instinct”（性）; “Virtue”（德）;” Destiny”（命）; “Emotions”（情） and” Knowledge”（知）. Besides, the author interprets the meaning of each term and the relationship between terms and the theory of regimen in Chuang tzu
Chapter 3. The theory of regimen in Chuang tzu
To explain the notion that comes from the concept of “Shin” and “Sheng” in the regimen theory that spirit is more important than the body and the idea of human beings should train their spirit and body at the same time. Furthermore, the author will discuss the idea of spirit training, which was the most important concept in the regimen theory, and provide some concrete ways including “Discard”,” Clear”, and “Bian Hou” to keep human beings in good health.
Chapter 4. The attitude toward the appreciation of the beauty
The main point in this chapter is to try to create a positive attitude toward the appreciation of the beauty for the readers so as to understand the connotation of the theory of regimen in Chuang tzu First, described the ideal personality in Chuang tzu. Second, the author presented the beauty which beyond the ken of man by using questions about life and death. Finally, the author explained the main goal in the regimen theory “ Spiritual Freedom”.
Chapter 5. Conclusion.
First, make a summery to this thesis and discusses the influences that come from the theory of regimen to the modern world. Second, offers a concrete concept for the moderns about how to apply and get self-reflection from the theory of regimen in Chuang tzu.
Key words.： Chuang tzu; Regimen; Qi; Xin; Sheng; Spiritual Freedom.