Across Asia On A Bicycle

Across Asia On A Bicycle

Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben

In 1890, two American college graduates set out to travel around the world on a then-new invention, the bicycle. In 1893 they returned, having covered over 15,000 miles, at that time the “longest continuous land journey ever made around the world.” This is their account of the trip across Turkey, Persia, Turkestan and northern China.

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The Ethics of Confucius

The Ethics of Confucius

Miles Menander Dawson

This is a study of the ethical system presented in the Confucian texts, organized by topics, such as What Constitutes The Superior Man, Self-Development, General Human Relations, The Family, The State, Cultivation Of The Fine Arts, and Universal Relations.

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Feng Shui

Feng Shui

Ernest J. Eitel

This is a short work on Feng Shui. Feng Shui is an ancient form of geomancy, with roots in Animism, Taoism and Confucianism. Chapters in this book include, The Laws Of Nature, The Numerical Proportions Of Nature, The Breath Of Nature, The Forms And Outlines Of Nature, and The History And Literature Of Feng-Shui.

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Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 1

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 1

Lafcadio Hearn

Chapters include, My First Day In The Orient; The Writing Of Kobodaishi; Jizo; A Pilgrimage To Enoshima; At The Market Of The Dead; Bon-Odori; The Chief City Of The Province Of The Gods; Kitzuki: The Most Ancient Shrine In Japan; In The Cave Of The Children’s Ghosts; At Mionoseki; Notes On Kitzuki; At Hinomisaki; Shinju; Yaegaki-Jinja, and Kitsune.

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Principal Teachings of the True Sect of Pure Land

Principal Teachings of the True Sect of Pure Land

Yejitsu Okusa

This is a short book about the Pure Land Sect of Buddhism, specifically the Japanese Jodo Shinshui sect. It includes an historical account of the group, starting with the founder, Shinran Shonin, a 10th century CE Japanese monk. There are descriptions of the sacred texts of the group, as well as their theology, a doctrine of salvation through devotion to Amida, ‘the leader of all the Buddhas’ (Amitabha in Sanskrit). Pure…

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A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

Fa-Hsien

A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms–Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hien of Travels in India and Ceylon (Ad 399-414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline, is one of the most important source for reconstructing the life and conditions of the times. Though brief, his account of the general characteristics and tendencies of Gupta imperial administration is very valuable. Likewise, the account also gives a fair deal of…

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The Religion of the Samurai

The Religion of the Samurai

Kaiten Nukariya

Kaiten Nukariya’s 1913 Religion of the Samurai focuses on Northern (Mahayana) Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism in particular. This short book contains a wealth of detail, as well as very lucid explanations of seemingly elusive Zen Buddhist concepts. It includes a text on the ‘Origin of Man’ by Kwei Fung Tsung Mih, a notable Chinese scholar who was the seventh Patriarch of the Kegon sect. With extensive footnotes.

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Religious Cults Associated With the Amazons

Florence Mary Bennett

Explores the possible religious beliefs and the legends of the Amazons as well as the goddess cults of ancient Greece and Asia Minor. The author describes in great detail what is known about ancient goddess worship through primary documents. She describes many details that are taken for granted today, such as the double axe symbol…

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Tibetan Folk Tales

A. L. Shelton

Fully illustrated. A collection of 49 folk-tales and proverbs from Tibet. Includes: How the King Lost His Great Jewel; The Story of the Three Hunters; The Hunter and the Unicorn; The Decision of the Official as to Who Owned the One Hundred Ounces of Silver; Story of the Prince’s Friend; How the Raven Saved the Hunter; The Two Thieves…

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The Travels of Marco Polo

The Travels of Marco Polo

Hugh Murray

‘The Travels of Marco Polo, from valuable early manuscripts recently published by the French Society of Geography and in Italy by Count Baldelli Bone. With copious notes, illustrating the route and observations of the author, and comparing them with those of more recent travellers.’

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