When Indus valley civilization was booming, there bloomed another counterpart in the very valleys of the Yellow river. There flourished the ancient Chinese culture which produced many schools of thoughts like Taoism, Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, Mohism, Yangism, Legalism, School of Yin-yang, Logicians, Neo-Confucianism, etc which shaped China as a distinct nation. These schools of thoughts are the core of Chinese philosophical wisdom and without which is there is no Chinese identity.
This book, Ancient Chinese Wisdom contains the collective wisdom of Chinese philosophical intellectuals like Lao Tzu, Confucius, Bodhidharma, Zhuang Zhou, Mencius, Han Fei, Xun Kuang, Guo Xing, Wu Cheng’en, Zeng Zi, Cheng Yi, and other notable personalities.
You may be in line of philosophy or sinology, cultural lover, enthusiast, or anything; this book should be added as a precious entity to your valuable collection. This extract is thousands of years of combined accumulated wisdom of one of the earliest human civilization which is still alive and progressing.
The Ancient History of the Near East by Henry R. Hall
The Egyptian empire, the Babylonians and the Assyrians, the Hittite kingdom, the Minoans and Mycenaens, the later Greek city states, the ancient Israelite civilization of the Old Testament, as well as many more.
All of these emerged in the ancient near east; this was truly the crucible of civilization.
Henry R. Hall’s brilliant study of the ancient near east uncovers how these civilizations developed, what they believed in, how they survived, adapted and changed to differing pressures, and how some of them eventually crumbled.
Hall begins with a study of the area as the early Bronze age...
Confucius lived from 551–479 BC. The principles he espoused largely reflected the values and traditions in China at the time. Rather than create a formal theory, Confucius desired that his disciples study, learning and mastering the classic older texts, and affirmed...
Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada (Dover Thrift Editions) by F. Max Müller
Few of the sacred texts of the world's great religions present their wisdom with the clear simplicity of the verses of the Buddhist Dhammapada, or Path to Virtue. Its direct style, clarity, and beauty place it at the forefront of Buddhist sacred literature, and its noble intent raises it to the highest level of humanity's spiritual guides. Easily accessible to any reader, the Dhammapada offers a wealth of wisdom for the novice, as well as the most ardent and experienced of spiritual seekers. Gathered by Buddhist masters into related groups — "On Earnestness," "Flowers," "The Fool," "The...
The Original Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
The Tao Te Ching is one of the most beloved books of Eastern wisdom. It is ascribed to Lao Tzu, “Master Lao,” identified as Lao Tan, an archivist of the Chou dynasty in pre-imperial China. The book was reorganized several centuries later, and thousands of commentaries were written on it. Ancient versions discovered in the twentieth century follow the old order as confirmed by the earliest extant commentary, Interpreting Lao, written by the famous philosopher Han Fei in the third century BC. The present translation is based on these ancient texts.
1. Amitayurdhyana Sutra One of the three major Buddhist sutras found within the Pure Land branch of Mahayana Buddhism. Amitayus is another name for the buddha Amitabha, the preeminent figure in Pure Land Buddhism, and this sutra focuses mainly on meditations involving complex visualization. Translated by Takakusu Junjiro, a Japanese academic, an advocate for expanding higher education opportunities, and an internationally known Buddhist scholar.
2. THE HEART SUTRA Literally translates to "Heart of the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom." The Heart Sutra is...
The Sayings of Lao Tzu by Lao Tzu
THE object of the Editors of this series is a very definite one. They desire above all things that, in their humble way, these books shall be the ambassadors of good-will and understanding between East and West--the old world of Thought and the new of Action. In this endeavour, and in their own sphere, they are but followers of the highest example in the land. They are confident that a deeper knowledge of the great ideals and lofty philosophy of Oriental thought may help to a revival of that true spirit of Charity which neither despises nor fears the nation of another creed and colour. THE...
EPICURUS and THE PLEASANT LIFE: A Philosophy of Nature by Haris Dimitriadis
The idea that happiness is a choice accessible to all is far from new; the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus developed the Natural Philosophy of life over two thousand years ago, providing practical, contemporary guidelines to finding meaning and happiness. Unlike Plato, who valued the divine logic above all, Epicurus argued that the pursuit of ideals produced by logic alone leads to inner conflict, cognitive dissonance, dissatisfaction, and even depression. He suggested that by first embracing our natural desires, then using logic to determine which choices will increase pleasure over...
Plato: The Complete Works (31 Books) by Plato
Plato was a philosopher in Ancient Greece. He was an essential figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition, and he founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.
Plato's dialogues have been used (and are still used) to teach a range of subjects, including philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion and mathematics. His lasting themes include Platonic love, the theory of forms, the five regimes, innate knowledge, among others. His theory of forms launched a unique perspective on abstract objects, and led to a...
These are the words of Socrates, one of the pioneers of Greek Philosophy. Philosophy comes from the Greek words “Phylos” meaning - to love and “Sophie” meaning - wisdom, thus literally meaning “to love wisdom”. Origin of Philosophy can be traced back to Ancient Egyptian and Indian Civilizations. Even before Greek Philosophy evolved, Indian Philosophy had taken shape and flourished widely. Ancient India, once a commercial hub, had trade connections with many other countries. Ideas and thoughts were also traded and had influenced much in Greek...
The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master by
Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to offer the great master’s incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works. The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogen—and inspire spiritual practice in people of all traditions.