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  • The Complete Works of Zhuangzi
    The Complete Works of Zhuangzi (English, Hardback) Burton Watson

    "Columbia University Press first published Watson's translation as The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu in 1968"--ECIP data view.

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  • Chuang Tzu
    Chuang Tzu (English, Paperback) Zi Zhuang

    Chuang Tzu (369?-286? BC) was a leading Taoist philosopher. Using parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set forth in this book the early ideas of what was to become the Taoist school. This collection includes the seven "inner chapters," three of the "outer chapters," and one of the "miscellaneous chapters."

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  • Flower of Chinese Buddhism
    Flower of Chinese Buddhism (English, Paperback) Daisaku Ikeda, Burton Watson

    Beginning with the introduction of the religion into China, this chronicle depicts the evolution of Buddhism. The career and achievements of the great Kumarajiva are investigated, exploring the famed philosophical treatises that form the core of East Asian Buddhist literature. Providing a useful and accessible introduction to the influential Tien-t'ai school of Buddhism in Japan as well as the...

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  • The Analects of Confucius
    The Analects of Confucius (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    Compiled by disciples of Confucius in the centuries following his death in 479 B.C.E.,The Analects of Confucius is a collection of aphorisms and historical anecdotes embodying the basic values of the Confucian tradition: learning, morality, ritual decorum, and filial piety. Reflecting the model eras of Chinese antiquity, the Analects offers valuable insights into successful governance and the...

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  • Zhuangzi: Basic Writings
    Zhuangzi: Basic Writings (English, Paperback) Zhuangzi

    A leading philosopher of the Daoist strain, Zhuangzi used parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, to set forth the early ideas of what was to become the Daoist school. This is his classic work making sportive use of both mythological and historical personages.

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  • The Tales of the Heike
    The Tales of the Heike (English, Paperback) Burton Watson, Haruo Shirane

    Written in the mid-thirteenth century, this book chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike clan and changed the course of Japanese history. It depicts the emerging world of the medieval samurai.

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  • Selected Poems of Su Tung-Po
    Selected Poems of Su Tung-Po (English, Paperback) Su, Shih, Su Tung-Po

    Gathers poems about travel, nature, daily life, friendship, and exile by the eleventh-century Chinese poet, who wrote under the name Su Tung-p'o

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  • Early Chinese Literature
    Early Chinese Literature (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    Watson's account of Chinese writing from the time of the Chou dynasty (1100--249 B.C.) to the Latter Han (25-220) is accompanied by a chronology, biographical information, and a selected list of translations.

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  • Record of Miraculous Events in Japan
    Record of Miraculous Events in Japan (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    Classic setsuwa tales describing Buddhism's emergence in eighth-century Japan.

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  • Saigyo
    Saigyo (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    Contains the translations of over 200 poems written by Saigyo (1118-1190), one of Japan's most influential traditional poets. The majority of the poetry is written in the 31-syllable "tanka" form, which was most favoured by the Japanese Royal Court.

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  • Mo Tzu
    Mo Tzu (English, Paperback) Mo-tzu, Hsun Tzu

    The thoughts and writings of this important fifth century B.C. political and social thinker -- and formidable rival of the Confucianists -- are presented here in English translation.

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  • Selected Poems of Du Fu
    Selected Poems of Du Fu (English, Paperback) Du Fu

    The poems of Du Fu (712-77) had a diverse range of subject matter, from personal detail to historical fact, expressed with a richness of language that stretched from the elegant to the colloquial, and from the allusive to the direct. This selection includes both famous and lesser-known works.

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  • Records of the Grand Historian
    Records of the Grand Historian (English, Paperback) Sima Qian

    This second volume of the history of the Han dynasty consists of chapters dealing principally with the reign of Emperor Wu, one of the most energetic and strong-willed of China's Rulers. Here the historian is chronicling events he has witnessed and writing of the men he personally knows or has known. In Nagano Hozan's (1783-1837) words, "He makes us see in our minds the character of the men of the time, and this is why he is a great historian.:

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  • Cold Mountain
    Cold Mountain (Multiple languages, Paperback) Han-Shan

    This collection is one of the earliest and most important works of Chinese Buddhist poetry and is especially influential in the later literature of the Zen Sect of Buddhism, which looked back to these poems as a classic of Zen literature. The poems cover a wide range of subjects: the conventional lament on the shortness of life, bitter complaints about poverty, avarice, and pride, accounts of the...

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  • From the Country of Eight Islands
    From the Country of Eight Islands (English, Paperback) Hiroaki Sato

    A survey of Japanese poetry contains the works of over one hundred poets from the eighth century to the present.

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  • The Tso Chuan
    The Tso Chuan (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    A classic of China's early prose tradition. This title provides an account of events during the crucial period from 722 to 468. It focuses on political, diplomatic, and military affairs, and reveals about economic and cultural developments during the turbulent era when China's warring feudal states were gradually working toward unification.

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  • Records of the Grand Historian
    Records of the Grand Historian (English, Paperback) Sima Qian

    Sima Qian (145?-90? BCE) was the first major Chinese historian. His "Shiji," or "Records of the Grand Historian," documents the history of China and its neighboring countries from the ancient past to his own time. These three volumes cover the Qin and Han dynasties.

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  • The Vimalakirti Sutra
    The Vimalakirti Sutra (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    This text is a translation of one of the most influential works of the Mahayana Buddhist canon, and is of particular importance to the Ch'an or Zen sect. Written in the first century BC, it claims to record events from the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, over 400 years earlier.

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  • Po Chu-i
    Po Chu-i (English, Hardback) Burton Watson

    The T'ang dynasty was the great age of Chinese poetry, and Po Chu-i (772-846) was one of that era's most prolific major poets. This text brings together 128 of Po Chu-i's poems and one short prose piece that exemplify the earthly grace and deceptive simplicity of this master poet.

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  • Buddhism: The First Millennium
    Buddhism: The First Millennium (English, Paperback) Daisaku Ikeda, Burton Watson

    Beginning with the events immediately following the dark days after the death of Shakyamuni and continuing over a period of 1,000 years, this dynamic tome covers a vast and complex series of events and developments in the history of Buddhism. Through a thorough examination of its early development in India, a new light is cast on little-known aspects of Buddhist history and its relevance to the...

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