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Chinese Philosophy

This ancient tradition encompasses the divination system of the I Ching, the social teaching of Confucius, the poetic wisdom of Lao Tzu, and so much more. Its myriad forms remain objects of fascination because they’ve turned out to be as applicable to our lives today as they have been for millennia.

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  1. The Taoist I Ching

    The Taoist I Ching

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    • Liu I-ming
    The I Ching, or "Book of Change," is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics and has throughout history commanded unsurpassed prestige and popularity. Containing several layers of text and given numerous levels of interpretation, it has captured continuous attention for well over two thousand years. It has been considered a book of fundamental principles by philosophers, politicians, mystics, alchemists, yogins, diviners, sorcerers, and more recently by scientists and mathematicians.… Read More

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  2. Monkey

    Monkey

    A Journey to the West

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    • David Kherdian
    Part spiritual pilgrimage, part historical epic, the folk novel Journey to the West , which came to be known as Monkey, is the most popular classic of Asian literature. Originally written in the sixteenth century, it is the story of the adventures of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his encounters with a bizarre cast of characters as he travels to India with the Buddhist pilgrim Tripitaka in search of… Read More

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  3. The Art of War

    The Art of War

    • by
    • Sun Tzu,
    • Thomas Cleary
    Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and… Read More

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  4. Seven Taoist Masters
  5. Nourishing the Essence of Life

    Nourishing the Essence of Life

    The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism

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    • Eva Wong
    The teachings of Taoism, China's great wisdom tradition, apply to every aspect of life, from the physical to the spiritual—and include instruction on everything from lifestyle (a life of simplicity and moderation is best) to the work of inner alchemy that is said to lead to longevity and immortality. Here, Eva Wong presents and explains three classic texts on understanding the Tao in the macrocosm of the universe and… Read More

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  6. Taoist Qigong for Health and Vitality

    Taoist Qigong for Health and Vitality

    A Complete Program of Movement, Meditation, and Healing Sounds

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    • Sat Chuen Hon
    Qigong is a traditional Chinese movement practice that is most often done to maintain health or to relieve specific illnesses. Here, Sat Chuen Hon, a master teacher and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and Taoist healing arts, presents a system of six gentle yet invigorating exercises, along with complementary meditations and vocalizations, which can improve overall health and increase energy. Hon includes both the physical exercises and the accompanying meditations… Read More

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  7. The Art of War

    The Art of War

    Complete Texts and Commentaries

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    • Thomas Cleary
    Sun Tzu's Art of War, compiled more than two thousand years ago, is a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict. It is perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world today. Now, this unique volume brings together the essential versions of Sun Tzu's text, along with illuminating commentaries and auxiliary texts written by distinguished strategists. The translations, by the renowned translator Thomas Cleary, have… Read More

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  8. Become What You Are

    Become What You Are

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    • Alan Watts
    "Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever. . . . You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now; but you cannot be, for you are life and exist Now."—from Become What You Are Read More

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  9. The Taoist Classics (Volume 1)

    The Taoist Classics (Volume 1)

    The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

    This collection of translated texts includes: Tao Te Ching: Cleary's original translations of the great classic of Taoism, accompanied by his commentary illuminating the text and its context. Chuang-tzu: The "Inner Teachings" of a widely influential compendium of wisdom stories, fables, and anecdotes. Wen-tzu: Understanding the Mysteries: Another core text of Chinese Taoism, containing teachings also attributed to the author of the … Read More

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  10. The Taoist Classics (Volume 3)

    The Taoist Classics (Volume 3)

    The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

    This collection of translated texts includes: Vitality, Energy, Spirit: A Taoist Sourcebook: An extraordinarily rich and diverse collection of Taoist writings from the fifth century BCE to modern times. The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life: Essentially a practical guide to the integration of personality—hailed by C. G. Jung as a link between the insights of the East and his own… Read More

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