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  1. Tibetan Zen

    Tibetan Zen

    Discovering a Lost Tradition

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    • Sam van Schaik
    Banned in Tibet and forgotten in China, the Tibetan tradition of Zen was almost completely lost to us. According to Tibetan histories, Zen teachers were invited to Tibet from China in the eighth century, at the height of the Tibetan Empire. When doctrinal disagreements developed between Indian and Chinese Buddhists at the Tibetan court, the Tibetan emperor called for a formal debate. When the debate resulted in a decisive win… Read More

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  2. The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship

    The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship

    Manual of Taiji Jian

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    • Zhang Yun
    Most Westerners are familiar with Taiji Quan (often spelled T'ai Chi Ch'uan), the graceful, dancelike exercise movements practiced by the Chinese to promote health and longevity. However, many do not realize that Taiji is also a martial art, and that it includes practice with weapons, including the ancient sword called jian. As with Taiji Quan, the practice ofTaiji Jian is based on Chinese yin-yang, five-elements, and Daoist philosophical concepts,… Read More

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  3. City of Lingering Splendor

    City of Lingering Splendor

    A Frank Account of Old Peking's Exotic Pleasures

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    • John Blofeld
    In his early twenties, John Blofeld spent what he describes as "three exquisitely happy years" in Peking during the era of the last emperor, when the breathtaking greatness of China's ancient traditions was still everywhere evident. Arriving in 1934, he found a city imbued with the atmosphere of the recent imperial past and haunted by the powerful spirit of the late Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi. He entered a world of… Read More

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