The Analects

The Analects

Confucius

The Analects, or Lunyu, also known as the Analects of Confucius, is the collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and his contemporaries, traditionally believed to have been written by Confucius’ followers. It is believed to have been written during the Warring States period (475 BC–221 BC), and it achieved its final form during the mid-Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD)…

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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 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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The Canon of Reason and Virtue

The Canon of Reason and Virtue

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki and Paul Carus

Contains images of Chinese characters for each chapter. 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…

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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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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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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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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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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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The Mencius

The Mencius

James Legge

The Mencius, commonly called the Mengzi, is a collection of anecdotes and conversations of the Confucian thinker and philosopher Mencius. The work dates from the second half of the 4th century BC. It was ranked as a Confucian classic and its status was elevated in Song Dynasty. Zhu Xi, the scholar generally credited with the founding of Neo-Confucianism, included the Mengzi as one of the Four Books, and it…

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