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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…

Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan

Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan

Richard Gordon Smith

With 62 color illustrations. This is a collection of 57 historical legends and folktales from Japan. Nearly all of them are set in a well-defined time and place, instead of ‘once upon a time.’ Themes include ghosts; unrequited love across social boundaries; Shinto landscape, tree and ocean spirits; and tales driven by Bushido and Buddhist ethics.

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…

The Book of Filial Duty

The Book of Filial Duty

Ivan Chen

Part of the Wisdom of the East series. This is a translation of the Hsio Ching, or the Book of Filial Duty. It was written about 400 BCE, about a century following the death of Confucius.

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.

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.

The Book of Tea

The Book of Tea

Kakuzo Okakura

The Book of Tea is a long essay linking the role of tea (teaism) to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of Japanese life. Addressed to a western audience, it was originally written in English and is one of the great English tea classics.

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…

Bushido, The Soul of Japan

Inazo Nitobé

Bushido: The Soul of Japan written by Inazo Nitobe is, along with the classic text Hagakure by Tsunetomo Yamamoto, a study of the way of the samurai. A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential foreigners, among them President Theodore Roosevelt, President John F. Kennedy and Robert Baden-Powell. It may well have shaped…

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…

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.

Chinese Literature

Chinese Literature

Epiphanius Wilson

Comprising The Analects Of Confucius, The Shi-King, The Sayings Of Mencius, The Sorrows Of Han, And The Travels Of Fa-Hien. With critical And biographical sketches by the author.

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…

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…

The Creed of Half Japan

The Creed of Half Japan

Arthur Lloyd

This is a scholarly study of the evolution of Mahayana Buddhism in Japan. Chapters include; Mahāyāna; The Stage on which S’akyamuni made his Appearance; The Buddha and his Greatest Disciple; The Pre-Christian Expansion of Buddhism; Pusityamitra; The New Testament in Touch with the East; Alexandria and Antioch at the Time of Christ…

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