Tao of the Tao Te Ching, The (S U N Y Series in Chinese by Michael Lafargue, Laozi

By Michael Lafargue, Laozi

Whereas the Tao Te Ching has been translated and commented on numerous instances, interpretations are seldom in line with systematic theoretical therapy of the issues of interpretive technique posed through this enigmatic vintage.

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Confucianism, Democratization, and Human Rights in Taiwan by Joel Fetzer, J Christopher Soper

By Joel Fetzer, J Christopher Soper

Responding to the “Asian values” debate over the compatibility of Confucianism and liberal democracy, Confucianism, Democratization, and Human Rights in Taiwan, through Joel S. Fetzer and J. Christopher Soper, bargains a rigorous, systematic research of the contributions of Confucian idea to democratization and the security of ladies, indigenous peoples, and press freedom in Taiwan. depending upon a special mixture of empirical research of public opinion surveys, legislative debates, public university textbooks, and interviews with major Taiwanese political actors, this crucial research records the altering function of Confucianism in Taiwan’s fresh political heritage. whereas the ideology mostly strengthened authoritarian rule long ago and performed little position in Taiwan’s democratization, the assumption approach is now within the strategy of remodeling itself in a pro-democratic path. not like those that argue that Confucianism is inherently authoritarian, the authors contend that Confucianism is in a position to a number of interpretations, together with ones that valid democratic kinds of executive. At either the mass and the elite degrees, Confucianism is still a robust ideology in Taiwan regardless of or maybe due to the island’s democratization. Borrowing from Max Weber’s sociology of faith, the writers supply a particular theoretical argument for the way an ideology like Confucianism can concurrently accommodate itself to modernity and stay trustworthy to its center teachings because it decouples itself from the nation. In doing so, Fetzer and Soper argue, Confucianism is behaving very similar to Catholicism, which moved from a place of ambivalence or maybe competition to democracy to 1 of complete help. the result of this learn have profound implications for different Asian nations similar to China and Singapore, that are additionally Confucian yet haven't but made an entire transition to democracy.

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Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early by Robert Ford Campany

By Robert Ford Campany

Honorable point out, Joseph Levenson Prize (pre-1900 category), Association for Asian Studies

By the center of the 3rd century B.C.E. in China there have been people who sought to develop into transcendents (xian)―deathless, godlike beings endowed with supernormal powers. This quest for transcendence grew to become an incredible type of spiritual expression and helped lay the root on which the 1st Daoist faith was once outfitted. either xian and those that aspired to this exalted prestige within the centuries major as much as 350 C.E. have typically been portrayed as secretive and hermit-like figures. This groundbreaking examine deals a truly diverse view of xian-seekers in past due classical and early medieval China. It means that transcendence didn't contain a withdrawal from society yet quite might be visible as a non secular position positioned between different social roles and conceived not like them. Robert Campany argues that the much-discussed secrecy surrounding ascetic disciplines was once truly one vital means during which practitioners provided themselves to others. He contends, additionally, that many adepts weren't socially remoted in any respect yet have been a lot wanted for his or her strength to heal the ill, divine the long run, and narrate their unique experiences.

The booklet strikes from an outline of the jobs of xian and xian-seekers to an account of the way contributors stuffed those roles, even if by means of their very own supplier or through others’―or, frequently, via either. Campany summarizes the repertoire of positive aspects that constituted xian roles and provides an in depth instance of what analyses of these cultural repertoires seem like. He charts the features of a simple dialectic within the self-presentations of adepts and examines their narratives and family members with others, together with kin and officers. eventually, he seems to be at hagiographies as makes an attempt to cajole readers as to the identities and reputations of previous participants. His interpretation of those tales permits us to determine how reputations have been formed or even co-opted―sometimes particularly surprisingly―into the ranks of xian.

Making Transcendents offers a nuanced dialogue that pulls on a cosmopolitan seize of numerous theoretical assets whereas being completely grounded in conventional chinese language hagiographical, historiographical, and scriptural texts. the image it provides of the search for transcendence as a social phenomenon in early medieval China is unique and provocative, as is the paradigm it bargains for realizing the jobs of holy individuals in different societies.

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Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China by Fabrizio Pregadio

By Fabrizio Pregadio

This is often the 1st e-book to envision generally the spiritual facets of chinese language alchemy. Its major concentration is the relation of alchemy to the Daoist traditions of the early medieval interval (third to 6th centuries). It exhibits how alchemy contributed to and was once tightly built-in into the frilly physique of doctrines and practices that Daoists outfitted at the moment, from which Daoism as we all know it at the present time developed. The e-book additionally clarifies the origins of chinese language alchemy and the respective roles of alchemy and meditation in self-cultivation practices. It includes complete translations of 3 very important medieval texts, them all followed by way of working commentaries, making to be had for the 1st time in English the gist of the early chinese language alchemical corpus.

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The Essence of Self-Realization - The Wisdom of Paramhansa by Paramhansa Yogananda, Visit Amazon's Swami Kriyananda Page,

By Paramhansa Yogananda, Visit Amazon's Swami Kriyananda Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Swami Kriyananda,

Yogananda used to be some of the most major non secular academics of the 20 th century. considering his vintage, Autobiography of a Yogi, was once first released in 1946, its acceptance has elevated gradually through the global. The Essence of Self-Realization is full of classes and tales that Yogananda shared simply together with his closest disciples, this quantity bargains some of the most insightful and fascinating glimpses into the existence and classes of an exceptional sage. a lot of the cloth offered here's now not to be had at any place else.

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Talks with American Students by J. Krishnamurti

By J. Krishnamurti

In 1968—a time whilst younger americans have been intensely wondering the values in their society—Krishnamurti gave a sequence of talks to school scholars within the usa and Puerto Rico, exploring the real which means of freedom and uprising. gathered during this booklet, those lectures are even perhaps extra compelling this present day, whilst either adults and adolescents are looking for the main to actual swap in our global.

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The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah

By Idries Shah

This present day we discover him in a high-level physics file, illustrating phenomena that cannot be defined in traditional technical phrases. He seems to be in psychology textbooks, illuminating the workings of the brain in a manner no undemanding clarification can.

In 3 definitive volumes (The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin, The Pleasantries of the amazing Mulla Nasrudin, and The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin) Idries Shah takes us to the very center of this mysterious mentor, the Mulla Nasrudin. Skillful modern retellings of enormous quantities of amassed tales and sayings deliver the unmistakable - usually backhanded - knowledge, wit and beauty of the undying jokester to lifestyles.

The Mulla and his tales look in literature and oral traditions from the center East to Greece, Russia, France - even China. many countries declare Nasrudin as a local son, yet no one quite is aware who he was once or the place he got here from.

According to a legend relationship from at the very least the thirteenth century, Nasrudin was once snatched as a schoolboy from the clutches of the "Old Villain" - the crude process of idea that ensnares guy - to hold throughout the a while the message of the way to flee. He used to be selected simply because he can make humans snicker, and humor has a manner of slipping throughout the cracks of the main inflexible considering conduct.

Acclaimed as funny masterpieces, as collections of the best jokes, as necessary present books, and for enormous quantities "enchanted tales", this folklore figure's antics have additionally been divined as "mirroring the antics of the mind". The jokes are, as Idries Shah notes, "perfectly designed types for setting apart and maintaining distortions of the brain which so frequently go for affordable behavior". accordingly they've got a double use: while the jokes were loved, their mental importance begins to sink in.

In truth, for lots of centuries they've been studied in Sufi circles for his or her hidden knowledge. they're used as educating routines, partly to momentarily "freeze" events during which states of brain could be famous. the most important to the philosophic value of the Nasrudin jokes is given in Idries Shah's booklet "The Sufis" and a whole process of mystical education established upon them was once defined within the Hibbert magazine.

In those pleasant volumes, Shah not just supplies the Mulla a formal motor vehicle for our instances, he proves that the centuries-old tales and quips of Nasrudin are nonetheless a number of the funniest jokes on the planet.

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