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This book offers a contemporary look at the popular, 400 year-old text Vegetable Roots Discourse. Ming Dynasty scholar and philosopher Hong Yingming wrote many books, but only Vegetable Roots Discourse has survived into the 21st century-remaining a widely studied text in China, Japan and Korea. In it, Yingming offers 360 observations and proverbs about life, human nature, heaven, earth and more. These witty and timeless sentiments derive from Yingming's own informal compilation of thoughts, as well as the understandings of Buddhism, Daoism (Taoism) and Confucianism. In The Art of Living Chinese Proverbs and Wisdom, Professor Wu Yansheng and Dr. Ding Liangyan have provided original commentaries for each of the 360 snippets of wisdom. These help readers to expand their understanding of the meaning behind the original text, whilst demonstrating its significance in a contemporary context.
Jonardon Ganeri presents an account of mind in which attention, not self, explains the experiential and normative situatedness of human beings in the world. Attention consists in an organisation of awareness and action at the centre of which there is neither a practical will nor a phenomenological witness. Attention performs two roles in experience, a selective role of placing and a focal role of access. Attention improves our epistemic standing, because it is in the nature of attention to settle on what is real and to shun what is not real. When attention is informed by expertise, it is sufficient for knowledge. That gives attention a reach beyond the perceptual: for attention is a determinable whose determinates include the episodic memory from which our narrative identities are made, the empathy for others that situates us in a social world, and the introspection that makes us self-aware. Empathy is other-directed attention, placed on you and focused on your states of mind; it is akin to listening. Empathetic attention is central to a range of experiences that constitutively require a contrast between oneself and others, all of which involve an awareness of oneself as the object of another's attention. An analysis of attention as mental action gainsays authorial conceptions of self, because it is the nature of intending itself, effortful attention in action, to settle on what to do and to shun what not to do. In ethics, a conception of persons as beings with a characteristic capacity for attention offers hope for resolution in the conflict between individualism and impersonalism. Attention, Not Self is a contribution to a growing body of work that studies the nature of mind from a place at the crossroads of three disciplines: philosophy in the analytical and phenomenological traditions, contemporary cognitive science and empirical work in cognitive psychology, and Buddhist theoretical literature.
In "Yin-Yang in Tai-Chi Chuan and Daily Life," Simmone Kuo provides
the philosophical context for the practice of this popular martial
art, showing how Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions have
shaped the practice of Tai-Chi Chuan. Included here are student
accounts of the strong impressions Mme. Kuo made on her students.
Drawing on yearly research trips to China and her lecture in
Advanced Tai-Chi Chuan at San Francisco State University, Mme. Kuo
explores the application of Yin-Yang theory to:
"An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy" unlocks the mystery of
ancient Chinese philosophy and unravels the complexity of Chinese
Buddhism by placing them in the contemporary context of discourse.
With the rise of China in the 21st century, this book offers a trans-cultural and thematic study of key Chinese concepts which influence modern day Chinese thinking across the spheres of politics, economics and society. It reflects on the major schools of Chinese thought including Confucianism, Daoism and Zen Buddhism, providing a historical perspective on the ideological development of China in terms of the relationship between man and nature, social ethics, political governance, poetry education, aesthetic criticism and art theory. It also explores primary aspects of Chinese poetics and aesthetics with reference to the interaction between the endogenous theories and their western counterparts. Written by a leader in Chinese Aesthetics against the background of both globalization and glocalization at home and abroad, this is a key read for all those interested in the cultural, philosophical and aesthetic underpinnings of contemporary China.
In this classic of Chinese literature, the great warrior, thinker, and leader Sun Tzu reveals the strategies, tactics and insights that win wars and render enemies feeble and subjugated. Mastery of warfare and the maintenance of power are the most important values, without which there can be no peace of life. According to Sun Tzu, knowing your enemy, detecting his weakness, allowing him to expose himself and then acting accordingly are essential practices for any leader who aspires to success. Filled with practical wisdom, strategy and philosophy--and remarkably easy to read--Art of War is an indispensable guide and resource for people of all ages who want an edge over the competition.
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