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On Social Interests and Conflict - A Socialist Analysis of Contemporary China (Hardcover, New): Weiguang Wang On Social Interests and Conflict - A Socialist Analysis of Contemporary China (Hardcover, New)
Weiguang Wang
R2,320 R1,103 Discovery Miles 11 030 Save R1,217 (52%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The author of this major work is Wang Weiguang a leading academic in China. The book is a theoretical innovation which combines theory with practical issues in examining social interests and conflict. It uses the basic principles of Marx as a foundation for the study. In looking at conflict it incorporates sociology, ethics and other disciplines. Social interests and conflict is examined through the prism of contemporary Chinese socialist construction. The author argues that understanding the real problems of conflict in modern China can is enhanced using a Marxist perspective. The book has three main themes in understanding this subject: History, Theory and Reality. This work helps give an appreciation of the deep rooted historical origins of the rise of China and the benefits and challenges of change. It is an important contribution to the understanding of modern China by a leading Chinese academic.

The Path - A New Way to Think About Everything (Paperback): Christine Gross-Loh, Michael Puett The Path - A New Way to Think About Everything (Paperback)
Christine Gross-Loh, Michael Puett 1
R296 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R92 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Sunday Times Top 10 and International Bestseller: Ancient Chinese philosophy for modern life from Harvard's most popular professor The first book of its kind, The Path offers a profound guide to living well through making small changes to our everyday routines. Covering subjects from decision-making to relationships, it shows how actions from greeting others and playing with children to running meetings can be opportunities to become happier and more productive. The authors show that we live well not by "finding" ourselves and slavishly following a grand plan, as so much of Western thought would have us believe, but rather through a path of self-cultivation and engagement with the world. Believing in a "true self" only restricts what we can become - and tiny changes, from how we think about careers to how we talk to our family, can start to have powerful effects that will open up constellations of new possibilities. Professor Michael Puett's course in Chinese philosophy has taken Harvard by storm. In The Path, he and journalist Christine Gross-Loh make this timeless wisdom accessible to everyone for the first time.

Paradisal Plums -- Peaceful Ponderings from a (Rebel) Pandit's Puce Palm, Volumes 1 & 2 - Aphorisms, Adages, & Analects of... Paradisal Plums -- Peaceful Ponderings from a (Rebel) Pandit's Puce Palm, Volumes 1 & 2 - Aphorisms, Adages, & Analects of Sri Adi Dadi (Hardcover)
Etobnan Karta
R1,942 R1,136 Discovery Miles 11 360 Save R806 (42%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Book & Slipcase. The reader's regular perusal, and intelligent contemplation of the spiritual 'Plums' that are strewn about in these books, promises to help the spiritualising process in all serious students of esoteric lore, as well as all seekers of God, to become ever more firmly rooted (mind and heart) in the Divine.

The Martial Arts Studies Reader (Paperback): Paul Bowman The Martial Arts Studies Reader (Paperback)
Paul Bowman
R893 Discovery Miles 8 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A decade ago, the question was 'could martial arts ever be studied academically?' Today we are witnessing the global emergence and rapid proliferation of Martial Arts Studies - an exciting and dynamic new field that studies all aspects of martial arts in culture, history, and society. In recent years there have been a proliferation of studies of martial arts and race, gender, class, nation, ethnicity, identity, culture, politics, history, economics, film, media, art, philosophy, gaming, education, embodiment, performance, technology and many other matters. Given the diversity of topics and approaches, the question for new students and researchers is one of how to orientate oneself and gain awareness of the richness and diversity of the field, make sense of different styles of academic approach, and organise one's own study, research and writing. The Martial Arts Studies Reader answers this need, by bringing together pioneers of the field and scholars at its cutting edges to offer authoritative and accessible insights into its key concerns and areas. Each chapter introduces and sets out an approach to and a route through a key issue in a specific area of martial arts studies. Taken together or in isolation, the chapters offer stimulating and exciting insights into this fascinating research area. In this way, The Martial Arts Studies Reader offers the first authoritative field-defining overview of the global and multidisciplinary phenomena of martial arts and martial arts studies.

Yoga in Transformation - Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Hardcover): Karl Baier, Philipp A Maas, Karin Preisendanz Yoga in Transformation - Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Hardcover)
Karl Baier, Philipp A Maas, Karin Preisendanz
R2,102 R1,787 Discovery Miles 17 870 Save R315 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies (Hardcover, New): Steve Coutinho An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies (Hardcover, New)
Steve Coutinho
R1,778 R1,554 Discovery Miles 15 540 Save R224 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Steve Coutinho explores in detail the fundamental concepts of Daoist thought as represented in three early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers interested in philosophy yet unfamiliar with Daoism will gain a comprehensive understanding of these works from this analysis, and readers fascinated by ancient China who also wish to grasp its philosophical foundations will appreciate the clarity and depth of Coutinho's explanations. Coutinho writes a volume for all readers, whether or not they have a background in philosophy or Chinese studies. A work of comparative philosophy, this volume also integrates the concepts and methods of contemporary philosophical discourse into a discussion of early Chinese thought. The resulting dialogue relates ancient Chinese thought to contemporary philosophical issues and uses modern Western ideas and approaches to throw new interpretive light on classical texts. Rather than function as historical curiosities, these works act as living philosophies in conversation with contemporary thought and experience. Coutinho respects the multiplicity of Daoist philosophies while also revealing a distinctive philosophical sensibility, and he provides clear explanations of these complex texts without resorting to oversimplification.

History of Zen (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Yu-hisu Ku History of Zen (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Yu-hisu Ku
R2,555 R2,233 Discovery Miles 22 330 Save R322 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book tells about the "History of Zen" in China and Japan. It has altogether 16 chapters. The first eight chapters are about Zen in China and the later eight chapters about Zen in Japan. It is mainly concerned with a detailed account of inheriting lineage and sermons of different Zen schools and sects in China and Japan as well as the specific facts of Chinese monks crossing over to Japan for preaching and Japanese monks coming to China for studying. Chan (Zen) Buddhism first arose in China some fifteen hundred years ago, with Bodhidarma or Daruma being the First Patriarch. It would go on to become the dominant form of Buddhism in China in the late Tang Dynasty, absorbing China's local culture to form a kind of Zen Buddhism with Chinese characteristics. Zen Buddhism has not only exerted considerable influence on Chinese society and culture throughout its history, but has also found its way into Japan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The lineage charts at the end of the book, collected by the author from different corners of the world, represent an invaluable resource. Further, the works and views on Zen of Western scholars introduced in this book are of great reference value for the Zen world.

The Eternal Wisdom of Dnyaneshwari (Paperback): Vassant Shirvaikar The Eternal Wisdom of Dnyaneshwari (Paperback)
Vassant Shirvaikar
R439 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R28 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Buried Ideas - Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts (Paperback): Sarah Allan Buried Ideas - Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts (Paperback)
Sarah Allan
R693 Discovery Miles 6 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity - From the Latter Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907)... Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity - From the Latter Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) (Paperback)
Stephen Eskildsen
R690 Discovery Miles 6 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Kriya Yoga - Continuing the Lineage of Enlightenment (Paperback): Ryan Kurczak Kriya Yoga - Continuing the Lineage of Enlightenment (Paperback)
Ryan Kurczak
R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Book of Five Rings (Paperback): Miyamoto Musashi The Book of Five Rings (Paperback)
Miyamoto Musashi
R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In "A Book of Five Rings," Miyamoto Musashi takes the reader into a world filled to the brim with devotion, self-respect, discipline, honesty and purity of thought. Written originally for warriors and samurai in a completely different time and culture, Musashi's book provides a remarkable source of inspiration for self-development today. His teachings are concise and to the point. He uses phrases like "you must understand this" and "you must practice diligently" and explains only general, but unquestionable and fundamental, concepts of the Way of the Warrior. While some of his guidelines are are not directly applicable in our time and age, those about striving to achieve improvement on the inside as well as the outside couldn't be more on target. Taken literally this book is about how to become an efficient, albeit enlightened, killer. It's value comes from reading between the lines--lines which speak volumes.

Desire - The Tantric Path to Awakening (Paperback, Original ed.): Daniel Odier Desire - The Tantric Path to Awakening (Paperback, Original ed.)
Daniel Odier
R351 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R65 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

- Explains how the primal energy generated by physical desire can be used to achieve enlightenment
- Reveals the techniques used by Tantric adepts to attain mastery over breath, thought, and all physical processes
Nothing can match the explosive energy created in the body by pure desire. For millennia, Tantric adepts have harnessed this force as a means of attaining the summits of the mystical life. The energies fueled by passion are used to nourish the inner flame that burns away the egotistical perception of the mind.
"Desire" explores the subtle techniques of Tantra that enable the seeker to attain the triple mastery of the breath, thought, and the natural processes of the body. Tantrics believe that the body is the temple and divinity lies at its heart. In order to arrive at profound awareness, the body needs to be perfectly tuned and working toward a state of perfect fluidity. "Desire" reveals many of the secret practices intended for this purpose that have been passed down in the major Tantric treatises such as the Vijnanabhariva Tantra and Ch'an master Chinul's treatise on the "Secrets of Cultivating the Mind," including the important techniques of the ritual sexual observances known as "Maithuna."

Early Buddhist Teachings (Hardcover): Y. Karunadasa Early Buddhist Teachings (Hardcover)
Y. Karunadasa
R629 R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Save R189 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought (Hardcover): Michael Ing The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought (Hardcover)
Michael Ing
R2,060 Discovery Miles 20 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought is about the necessity, and even value, of vulnerability in human experience. In this book, Michael Ing brings early Chinese texts into dialogue with questions about the ways in which meaningful things are vulnerable to powers beyond our control; and more specifically, how relationships with meaningful others might compel tragic actions. Vulnerability is often understood as an undesirable state; and as such, invulnerability is preferred over vulnerability. While recognizing the need for adopting strategies of reducing vulnerability in various situations, The Vulnerability of Integrity demonstrates that vulnerability is far more enduring in human experience, and that it enables values such as morality, trust, and maturity. Vulnerability also highlights the need for care (care for oneself and for others). The possibility of tragic loss stresses the difficulty of offering and receiving care; and thereby fosters compassion for others as we strive to care for each other. This book is structured to explore the plurality of Confucian thought as it relates to the vulnerability of integrity. The first two chapters describe traditional and contemporary views that argue for the invulnerability of integrity in early Confucian thought. The remaining five chapters investigate alternative views. In particular these later chapters give attention to neglected voices in the tradition, which argue that our concern for others can, and even should, lead to us compromise our integrity. In these cases we are compelled to do something transgressive for the sake of others; and in these situations our integrity is jeopardized in the transgressive act.

Art of War Sun Tzu - The Oldest Military Treatise in the World (Paperback): Lionel Giles Art of War Sun Tzu - The Oldest Military Treatise in the World (Paperback)
Lionel Giles
R115 R99 Discovery Miles 990 Save R16 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sun Tzu, a Chinese general, who lived around 500 BC, wrote a collection of essays on the art of war. This Chinese classic is widely regarded as the oldest military treatise in the world. The most basic Sun Tzu's principles for the conduct of war is that "All warfare is based on deception." It emphasises the unpredictability of battle, the importance of deception and surprise, the close relationship between politics and military policy, and the costs of war. The ineffectiveness of seeking hard and fast rules and the subtle paradoxes of success are important themes. The best battle, says Sun Tzu, is the battle that is won without being fought. "The Art of War "has been popularised in business and management texts on account of its amazing relevance to the world of business, sports and diplomacy as well as to personal lives.

Dr. Ambedkar and Democracy - An Anthology (Hardcover): Christophe Jaffrelot, Narender Kumar Dr. Ambedkar and Democracy - An Anthology (Hardcover)
Christophe Jaffrelot, Narender Kumar
R955 Discovery Miles 9 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This anthology brings together Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar's works on the theme of Democracy. The editors of this volume have assembled Ambedkar's original writings including his memorandums, speeches, lectures, and talks from 1919-1956 to understand his contribution to Indian political thought and history. An introductory chapter binds the anthology together by helping put in context Ambedkar's arguments and perceptions within contemporary debates on Democracy. It captures Ambedkar's political trajectory and addresses how his idea of Democracy is deeply embedded in both the colonial and the post-colonial context. The editors argue that Democracy is not merely a procedural and substantive idea, but relational as well and in Ambedkar it is deeply caught with ideas of state, power, nationalism, constitutionalism, equality, and liberty, thus emphasizing its societal and as well as political dimensions. The anthology therefore helps readers think through contemporary political debates in the country within the context of a critical overview of Ambedkar's thoughts on Democracy.

Engaging Buddhism - Why It Matters to Philosophy (Paperback): Jay L. Garfield Engaging Buddhism - Why It Matters to Philosophy (Paperback)
Jay L. Garfield
R954 Discovery Miles 9 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a book for scholars of Western philosophy who wish to engage with Buddhist philosophy, or who simply want to extend their philosophical horizons. It is also a book for scholars of Buddhist studies who want to see how Buddhist theory articulates with contemporary philosophy. Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy articulates the basic metaphysical framework common to Buddhist traditions. It then explores questions in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, phenomenology, epistemology, the philosophy of language and ethics as they are raised and addressed in a variety of Asian Buddhist traditions. In each case the focus is on philosophical problems; in each case the connections between Buddhist and contemporary Western debates are addressed, as are the distinctive contributions that the Buddhist tradition can make to Western discussions. Engaging Buddhism is not an introduction to Buddhist philosophy, but an engagement with it, and an argument for the importance of that engagement. It does not pretend to comprehensiveness, but it does address a wide range of Buddhist traditions, emphasizing the heterogeneity and the richness of those traditions. The book concludes with methodological reflections on how to prosecute dialogue between Buddhist and Western traditions. "Garfield has a unique talent for rendering abstruse philosophical concepts in ways that make them easy to grasp. This is an important book, one that can profitably be read by scholars of Western and non-Western philosophy, including specialists in Buddhist philosophy. This is in my estimation the most important work on Buddhist philosophy in recent memory. It covers a wide range of topics and provides perhaps the clearest analysis of some core Buddhist ideas to date. This is landmark work. I think it's the best cross-cultural analysis of the relevance of Buddhist thought for contemporary philosophy in the present literature. "-C. John Powers, Professor, School of Culture, History & Language, Australian National University

Master Sun's Art of War (Hardcover): Sun Tzu Master Sun's Art of War (Hardcover)
Sun Tzu; Translated by Philip J. Ivanhoe; Introduction by Philip J. Ivanhoe
R789 R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Save R113 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"P. J. Ivanhoe is one of the English-speaking world's foremost translators and interpreters of classical Chinese philosophical texts. His translation of the Sunzi Bingfa reads beautifully, adorned only by sobering photographic plates of the famed terracotta army of the first Qin emperor that turn one back to the text in a properly reflective mood. The Introduction and endnotes are blessedly spare, providing just the right amount of interpretive scholarship to assist comprehension of the text, while not interfering with its intrinsic simplicity, clarity, and profundity." -Sumner B. Twiss, Distinguished Professor of Human Rights, Ethics, and Religion, Florida State University

The Art of Attainment - Quotes from Chinese Wisdom (Hardcover): Tony Blishen The Art of Attainment - Quotes from Chinese Wisdom (Hardcover)
Tony Blishen
R300 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The Art of Self Cultivation" and "The Art of Attainment, " contain some 500 individual quotations respectively, drawn from over 2,000 years of Chinese history, ranging from the early philosophers such as Confucius and the Daoist philosopher Li Er, to early historians like Ban Gu and Sima Qian, through the poets and officials of the brilliant Tang and Song dynasties and on to the writers that flourished in the 17th to 19th centuries.
The quotations found in, "The Art of Attainment, " cover almost any wider action undertaken in pursuit of an aim, such as the conduct of government, management and warfare. This volume includes quotes from "The Art of War" and "The Six Bow-Cases of Duke Tai."

Spiritual Compass - The Three Qualities of Life (Paperback, 2nd edition): Satish Kumar Spiritual Compass - The Three Qualities of Life (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Satish Kumar
R253 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In our modern, materialistic world it is easy to separate spirituality from everyday life. But spirituality is not just for saints, neither is it confined to the Sunday Service, Friday prayers or holy books. It must be a part of our ordinary, everyday existence: it needs to be implicitly present in business, in politics, in farming, in cooking, and in our relationships. To illustrate this, Satish Kumar draws on the Indian Ayurvedic tradition which characterises the mind as having three gunas, or primary qualities: sattva (characterised by calmness, clarity and purity), rajas (energy and passion), and tamas (dullness and ignorance). These qualities can be applied to our work and the environment: for example, there are sattvic foods, rajasic foods and tamasic foods. The Ayurvedic aim is to live a life which is simple and close to nature (sattvic), to reduce rajasic tendencies, and to avoid tamasic. When we see ourselves in the light of the three gunas, they can orient us towards the direction in which we wish to go. They can help us to recover the art of living, and lead us towards a peaceful and contented existence. Extending the meaning of spirtuality further, Satish explains that there is no dualism between spirit and matter all matter is imbued with spirit, and spirit manifests through matter. This integrated world-view forms the core of his book.

Gandhian Philosophy and Terrorism (Hardcover): U. V. Singh Gandhian Philosophy and Terrorism (Hardcover)
U. V. Singh
R1,302 R1,191 Discovery Miles 11 910 Save R111 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book takes an indepth look at the monster of terrorism beyond its normal evil manifestations. It examines terrorism with Lord Krishna's technology of handling evil and evildoers, which as per the great Lord's divine approach should include: An indepth analysis of the problem including its causatives; Intense and persuasive dialogue with evil generators-persuading them to give up the unrighteous and unsustainable path of terror; Applying swift and crushing blows with requisite multiple thrusts on those not responding positively to crush such terror perpetrators and the terror infrastructure; and Employing a suitable package of the elements of 'Gandhian Philosophy' on the hearts and minds of evil doers in order to stop regeneration and re-sprouting of roots, shoots, seeds, and braches of so crushed terror and terrorists for a permanent and satisfying change. The 'Current Fortified Strategy' of handling terrorism can be assembled to take care of the first three requirements but it remains devoid of any component efforts to effectively handle the root causes of terrorism which emerge from misguided human hearts and minds. 'Gandhian Philosophy' is rich in such 'Brahmastras', which on sustained application, can decisively and completely root out all thought formations of terror and terrorism. The reader is bound to appreciate this truth on going through the uncommon approach of this work.

Ikigai - A Reason to Get Up in the Morning and Live a Long and Happy Life. (Paperback): Kaori Gallagher Ikigai - A Reason to Get Up in the Morning and Live a Long and Happy Life. (Paperback)
Kaori Gallagher
R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mowgli's Almanac Chewed by Fire - A Hitchhiker's Account (Paperback): Isaac Layson Pottenger Mowgli's Almanac Chewed by Fire - A Hitchhiker's Account (Paperback)
Isaac Layson Pottenger
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Happiness and Goodness - Philosophical Reflections on Living Well (Hardcover): Steven M Cahn, Christine Vitrano Happiness and Goodness - Philosophical Reflections on Living Well (Hardcover)
Steven M Cahn, Christine Vitrano; Foreword by Robert Talisse
R1,345 R1,016 Discovery Miles 10 160 Save R329 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How should we evaluate the success of each person's life? Countering the prevalent philosophical perspective on the subject, Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano defend the view that our well-being is dependent not on particular activities, accomplishments, or awards but on finding personal satisfaction while treating others with due concern. The authors suggest that moral behavior is not necessary for happiness and does not ensure it. Yet they also argue that morality and happiness are needed for living well, and together suffice to achieve that goal. Cahn and Vitrano link their position to elements within both the Hellenistic and Hebraic traditions, in particular the views of Epicurus and lessons found in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Written in an accessible style and illustrated with incisive vignettes drawn from history, literature, films, and everyday life, Happiness and Goodness is a compelling work of philosophy for anyone who seeks to understand the nature of a good life.

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