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Neo-Confucianism is a philosophically sophisticated tradition weaving classical Confucianism together with themes from Buddhism and Daoism. It began in China around the eleventh century CE, played a leading role in East Asian cultures over the last millennium, and has had a profound influence on modern Chinese society. Based on the latest scholarship but presented in accessible language, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction is organized around themes that are central in Neo-Confucian philosophy, including the structure of the cosmos, human nature, ways of knowing, personal cultivation, and approaches to governance. The authors thus accomplish two things at once: they present the Neo-Confucians in their own, distinctive terms; and they enable contemporary readers to grasp what is at stake in the great Neo-Confucian debates. This novel structure gives both students and scholars in philosophy, religion, history, and cultural studies a new window into one of the world's most important philosophical traditions.
You will find easy-to-learn meditations, prayers, teaching stories from the world's great spiritual traditions, breathing practices, a user's guide for the mind, techniques for accessing intuitive wisdom, an introduction to ancient Ayurvedic health principles and a holistic program of easy, gentle exercise. Whether you are a beginner or a long-time student, Leonard provides loving support and valuable insights to advance your understanding, deepen your practice and nurture your Self-transformation. The Heart and Science of Yoga is the perfect companion and guide on the greatest adventure you will ever have -- your personal journey to peace, happiness and freedom from fear.
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.
The books collected in this volume represent the first time since the mid-nineteenth century that the four seminal masterworks of ancient Chinese thought have been translated as a unified series by a single translator. Hinton's award-winning experience translating a wide range of ancient Chinese poets makes these books sing in English as never before. But these new versions are not only inviting and immensely readable, they also apply much-needed consistency to key philosophical terms in these texts, lending structural links and philosophical rigor heretofore unavailable in English. Breathing new life into these originary classics, Hinton's new translations will stand as the definitive texts for our era. Perhaps the most broadly influential spiritual text in human history, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is the source of Taoist philosophy, which eventually developed into Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. Equally influential in the social sphere, Confucious' Analects is the source of social wisdom in China. The Chuang Tzu is the wild and wacky prose complement to the Tao Te Ching. And with its philosophical story-telling, the Menicius adds depth and complexity to Confucius' vision.
The noted critic and a Palestinian now teaching at Columbia University, examines the way in which the West observes the Arabs.
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:
John Levy was an Englishman who spent many years in India with his guru, Krishna Menon, and brought his knowledge of Advaita Vedanta to the west in an accessible form. In this book, he makes the classic argument against subject-object duality and determines that the true Self cannot be known (as to know it would be to objectify it). Oddly enough, this is a liberating discovery, as we see that our essence cannot be altered by anything we do or anything that happens to us. This frees us to tackle anything, to jump in to the stream of life and enjoy the experience, because at the core of our existence is an untouchable reality.
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.
We simply have too much stuff in our lives. Burdened by our heavy consumerist culture to continually own and consume without purpose, we lose ourselves to debt, dissatisfaction, and despair. If having more, doing more, and being more does not allow us to live abundantly, what can? Minimalism can make all the difference. A minimalist life removes non-essentials and clutter-whether it's physical clutter in your home or a cluttered mental state that holds you back from your goals- and makes space for only the most important things that truly add value and joy. Make Space offers you the tools to achieve this transformative mindset shift by marrying minimalist philosophy and principles with practical tips, activities, and action points that will unlock truly simple living. Among others, learn how to: * Avoid "Stuffocation" by reducing unnecessary possessions * Declutter your home to create an ideal living space * Design and efficiently maximize minimalist budgets * Clear the mind of negative distractions and be intentional * Avoid emotional drains to be empowered The art of minimalism requires intentionally purging, building, crafting, and curating the type of life you've always wished you lived. And when you've finally removed all forms of clutter, you'll invite all things good and extraordinary into your most intimate spaces.
Graham Priest presents an exploration of Buddhist metaphysics, drawing on texts which include those of Nagarjuna and Dogen. The development of Buddhist metaphysics is viewed through the lens of the catuskoti. At its simplest, and as it appears in the earliest texts, this is a logical/ metaphysical principle which says that every claim is true, false, both, or neither; but the principle itself evolves, assuming new forms, as the metaphysics develops. An important step in the evolution incorporates ineffability. Such things make no sense from the perspective of a logic which endorses the principles of excluded middle and non-contradiction, which are standard fare in Western logic. However, the book shows how one can make sense of them by applying the techniques of contemporary non-classical logic, such as those of First Degree Entailment, and Plurivalent Logic. An important issue that emerges as the book develops is the notion of non-duality and its transcendence. This allows many of the threads of the book to be drawn together at its end. All matters are explained, in as far as possible, in a way that is accessible to those with no knowledge of Buddhist philosophy or contemporary non-classical logic.
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.
El Bushido es el codigo de los principios morales ensenados a los caballeros en el Japon antiguo, el codigo de los Samurai. Apoyandose en un etica profunda, esta influido por filosofos de la talla de Confucio o Mencio.
Sri Aurobindo introduces his theme of the evolution of consciousness as the centerpiece of his vision of man's meaning and purpose on earth. This is the best introduction available to the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo.
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