The Art of War

The Art of War

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War, the oldest military treatise in the world, translated from the Chinese, with introduction and critical notes by Lionel Giles. Chapters; Laying Plans, Waging War, Attack By Stratagem, Tactical Dispositions, Energy, Weak Points And Strong, Maneuvering, Variation In Tactics, The Army On The March, Terrain, The Nine Situations, The…

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The Book of Odes

The Book of Odes

L. Cranmer-Byng

This selection of poems from the Chinese Book of Odes appeared in the Wisdom of the East series. The Book of Odes, or Shih Ching, is one of the Five Classics from ancient China.

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The Book Of Poetry

The Book Of Poetry

James Legge

This is the unabridged translation of the Book of Odes (the Shih Ching) by James Legge. Legge translated the Chinese Book of Odes, one of the Five Chinese Classics, in 1876. This edition, from a reprint published in Shanghai in 1931, includes all of the English translations, but omits the Chinese text found in the original publications.

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A Brief History Of Early Chinese Philosophy

A Brief History Of Early Chinese Philosophy

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Since the last political revolution, China has become the cynosure of all the world. But, unfortunately, there are only a few scholars who really understand its people and their ways of thinking. If this first humble attempt to expound, more or less systematically, some of the fundamental features of their thought, which were manifested during the Ante-Ch’in period, will contribute somewhat to the interpretation of this long-misunderstood…

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Buddhism and Buddhists in China

Lewis Hodus

From the Preface: ‘Buddhism is a religion which must be viewed from many angles. Its original form, as preached by Gautama in India and developed in the early years succeeding, and as embodied in the sacred literature of early Buddhism, is not representative of the actual Buddhism of any land today. The faithful student of Buddhist literature…

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China and the Manchus

China and the Manchus

Herbert A. Giles

China and the Manchus by Herbert A. Giles was first published as part of the Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature series. The volume presents a historical account of the Manchu people and the Qing Dynasty.

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Chinese Buddhism

Chinese Buddhism

Joseph Edkins

Includes the life of Buddha in four chapters, the Patriarchs of the Northern Buddhists, a sketch of the history of Buddhism in China, the Schools of Chinese Buddhism, the Buddhist Moral System, relation of Buddhism to Hindu Mythology, Buddhist Literature and the Buddhist Universe.

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Chinese Occultism

Chinese Occultism

Paul Carus

Fully illustrated. This is an extended excerpt from a collection of essays by Paul Carus on Chinese topics. Carus discusses the I Ching and other methods of divination, the five Chinese elements (water, fire, wood, metal and earth); the Chinese Zodiac, Fung-shui, the Lo-pan, the Chinese invention of the magnetic compass, and the…

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Confucianism and its Rivals

Confucianism and its Rivals

Herbert A. Giles

Originally delivered as part of the Hibbert Lectures, this book consists of 8 lectures that cover the history of religion in China, from 3000 BC right up to 1915. ‘The Chinese are not, and, so far as we can judge from their history, never have been, what we understand by the term “a religious people.” Consequently, we find in their biographical records extraordinarily few instances of religious fanaticism, bigotry, and persecution…

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A Description of the Empire of China, Volume 1

A Description of the Empire of China, Volume 1

J. B. Du Halde

‘A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary: together with the kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries. Enrich’d with general and particular maps, and adorned with a great number of cuts.’ This book is quite large in size (123MB), but contains a wealth of information, so well worth downloading if you are able.

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A Description of the Empire of China, Volume 2

A Description of the Empire of China, Volume 2

J. B. Du Halde

This is Volume 2 of 2. ‘A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary: together with the kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries. Enrich’d with general and particular maps, and adorned with a great number of cuts.’

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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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A Feast of Lanterns

A Feast of Lanterns

L. Cranmer-Byng

This is a short anthology of translations of classic Chinese poetry, including such favorites as Tu Fu, Wang Po, Ch’Ang Ch’ien, Ou-Yang Hsiu, Su Tung-P’o, Yuan Mei, and Li Po. The introduction discusses some of the cultural background of the symbolism in these poems, including such symbols as the moon, flowers and dragons.

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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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