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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. Tales of the Taoist Immortals

    Tales of the Taoist Immortals

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    • Eva Wong
    As a girl growing up in Hong Kong, Eva Wong heard and memorized many tales told to her by Hong Kong's finest professional storytellers, by actors on the radio, and by her grandmother. These popular tales of the Taoist immortals were also often dramatized in Chinese operas. The stories are of famous characters in Chinese history and myth: a hero's battle with the lords of evil, the founder… Read More

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  2. The Buddhist I Ching

    The Buddhist I Ching

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    • Chih-hsu Ou-i
    For centuries the I Ching has been used as a basic map of conscious development, containing the underlying principles of all religions, and highly prized by followers of Buddhism. Chih-hsu Ou-i uses the concepts of Tianti Buddhism to elucidate the I Ching —concentration and insight, calmness and wisdom, and various levels of realization. Skillfully translated by Thomas Cleary, this work presents the complete text of the … Read More

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  3. The Inner Teachings of Taoism
  4. Taoism

    Taoism

    The Road to Immortality

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    • John Blofeld
    A religion with roots stretching back nearly five thousand years, Taoism combines elements of folklore, occult sciences, cosmology, yoga, meditation, poetry, and exalted mysticism. Mysterious and charmingly poetic, it is a living remnant of a way of life which has almost vanished from the world. In this comprehensive study, John Blofeld explains the fundamental concepts of Taoism, tells many stories of ancient masters, and provides incisive reflections on Taoist… Read More

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  5. Taoist Meditation

    Taoist Meditation

    Methods for Cultivating a Healthy Mind and Body

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    • Thomas Cleary
    The ancient meditation techniques of Taoism encompass a wide range of practices—with an aim toward cultivating a healthy body as well as an enlightened mind. These selections from classic texts of Taoist meditation represent the entire range of techniques—from sitting meditation practices to internal alchemy. Most of the texts appear here in English for the first time. Selections are taken from the following classics: Anthology on Cultivation… Read More

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  6. A Complete Guide to Chi-Gung

    A Complete Guide to Chi-Gung

    Harnessing the Power of the Universe

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    • Daniel P. Reid
    Chi-gung, which literally means "energy work," is a system of cultivating health, vitality, and longevity that is based on the fundamental principles of Taoism and the laws of nature. Practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, chi-gung works with the energy found in all living things to help rid the body of the imbalances that sap our strength and give rise to disease. The simple, meditative movements, breathing… Read More

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  7. The Essential Chuang Tzu

    The Essential Chuang Tzu

    The Chuang Tzu has been translated into English numerous times, but never with the freshness, accessibility, and accuracy of this remarkable rendering. Here the immediacy of Chuang Tzu's language is restored in a idiom that is both completely fresh and true to the original text. This unique collaboration between one of America's premier poet-translators and a leading Chinese scholar presents the so-called "Inner Chapters"… Read More

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  8. Sex, Health, and Long Life

    Sex, Health, and Long Life

    Manuals of Taoist Practice

    The benefits of sexual bliss were not lost on the ancients, who knew well its powers to enhance health, concentration, and peace of mind. These ancient Chinese Taoist texts explain the transformative effects sex can have when properly and wisely practiced, demonstrating Taoism's emphasis on cultivating life's "three treasures"—vitality, energy, and spirit—in all the activities of daily life. … Read More

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  9. Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

    Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

    A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

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    • Ursula K. Le Guin
    No other English translation of this greatest of the Chinese classics can match Ursula Le Guin's striking new version. Le Guin, best known for thought-provoking science fiction novels that have helped to transform the genre, has studied the Tao Te Ching for more than forty years. She has consulted the literal translations and worked with Chinese scholars to develop a version that lets the ancient text speak in… Read More

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  10. The Spirit of Tao

    The Spirit of Tao

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    • Thomas Cleary
    Taoist teachings have arisen in many forms: abstract aphorisms, philosophical discussions, legends, fables—even jokes. All are represented here, culled from the most popular Taoist classics: the Tao-te Ching, Chuang-tzu, Huai-nan-tzu, and Wen-tzu, stories from the "Tales of Inner Meaning," and teachings of the Taoist patriarch Ancestor Lu. The spirit of the Tao manifests in myriad images, brought to life in this superb translation—from the ever-keen blade of a… Read More

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