The Sayings Of Lao Tzu

The Sayings Of Lao Tzu

Lionel Giles

This is Lionel Giles’ translation of the Tao te Ching, from the Wisdom of the East series. Giles (1875-1958) was Keeper of the Department of Oriental Books and Manuscripts at the British Museum. He also translated Sun Tzu’s Art of War. A very clear English rendition of this very difficult and profound text.

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The Canon of Reason and Virtue

The Canon of Reason and Virtue

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki and Paul Carus

From the Foreword: ‘This booklet, The Canon of Reason and Virtue, is an extract from the author’s larger work, Lao-Tze’s Tao Teh King, and has been published for the purpose of making our reading public more familiar with that grand and imposing figure Li Er, who was honored with the posthumous title Poh-Yang, i. e., Prince Positive (representing the male or strong principle); but whom his countrymen…

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Kung-Fu, or Tauist Medical Gymnastics

John Dudgeon

Fully illustrated. This is an extremely rare 19th century treatise on Chinese medicine, particularly the practices of the Kung Fu school. Although best known for a fighting style, Kung Fu includes a whole range of medical practices based on late Taoist alchemy. Dudgeon describes the use of yoga-like postures, movements similar to Tai Chi…

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Chinese Occultism

Chinese Occultism

Paul Carus

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 personification of constellations. He gives ancient near eastern parallels, and proposes…

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Yin Chih Wen, The Tract of the Quiet Way

Yin Chih Wen, The Tract of the Quiet Way

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki and Paul Carus

From the Introduction: ‘THE Yin Chih Wen is a religio-ethical tract, which, in spite of its popularity all over the Middle Kingdom, has not as yet, so far as we know, been translated into any Western language. Next to the Kan-Ying P’ien it is read and studied and taught both in schools and at the home, and there is probably no family in China without it; but its contents are very little known in the. Western world…

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The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion

The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion

C. Spurgeon Medhurst

There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of translations of the Tao te Ching, the root sacred text of Taoism, one of the three traditional religions of China. This one, written by an ex-missionary who appears to have had Theosophical leanings, includes extensive notes on similarities with other religions, primarily Christianity, but also Buddhism and Hinduism. This gives a new way of looking at this multi-faceted text…

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Laotzu’s Tao and Wu Wei

Laotzu's Tao and Wu Wei

Henri Borel

This translation of Laotzu’s Tao and Wu Wei by Dwight Goddard, who was a Zen Buddhist, is very readable and comes very close to the essence of the text of the Tao te Ching. The book also includes a translation of an extended essay by Henri Borel on Taoist philosophy and aesthetics.

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Book of Odes

Book of Odes

Confucius

The Shih-ching, translated variously as the Book of Songs, Book of Odes, or simply known as the Odes or Poetry is the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, comprising 305 works dating from the 11th to 7th centuries BC. It is one of the “Five Classics” traditionally said to have been compiled by Confucius. This is a selection which appeared in the Wisdom of the East series.

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The Great Learning

The Great Learning

Confucius

The Great Learning was one of the “Four Books” in Confucianism. The Great Learning had come from a chapter in the Classic of Rites which formed one of the Five Classics. It consists of a short main text attributed to the teachings of Confucius and then ten commentary chapters accredited to one of Confucius’ disciples, Zengzi. The ideals of the book were supposedly Confucius’s; however the text…

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