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  • Chuang Tzu by Zi Zhuang
    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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  • The Lotus Sutra by Burton Watson
    The Lotus Sutra (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    A translation of "The Lotus Sutra" which has been regarded as one of the illustrious scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist canon.

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  • The Complete Works of Zhuangzi by Burton Watson
    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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  • Zhuangzi: Basic Writings by Zhuangzi
    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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  • Records of the Grand Historian by Burton Watson
    Records of the Grand Historian (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    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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  • Mo Tzu by 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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  • Cold Mountain by Han-Shan
    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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  • Mozi by Burton Watson
    Mozi (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    Mozi was an important fifth century BC political and social thinker and formidable rival of the Confucianists. He advocated universal love, belief in the will of Heaven and in ghosts, and firmly opposed warfare, extravagance, elaborate funerals and mourning.

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  • Xunzi by Burton Watson
    Xunzi (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical society of his day, Xunzi advocated the counteraction of man's evil through self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession and observance or ritual in life. And his ideas are still close to those of ours today.

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  • Han Feizi by Han Fei Tzu
    Han Feizi (English, Paperback) Han Fei Tzu

    Trenchant, sophisticated and cynial, Han Feizi's philosophy is still valid today when people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power. He was a representative of the Legalist school of philosophy and produced the final and most readable exposition of its theories.

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  • Early Chinese Literature by Burton Watson
    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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  • Masaoka Shiki by Masaoka Shiki
    Masaoka Shiki (English, Paperback) Masaoka Shiki

    These poems -- more than a hundred haiku, several tanka, and three kanshi -- are arranged chronologically within each genre, revealing the development of Masaoka Shiki's (1867-1902) art and the seamless way in which he wove his life and illness into his poetry. Watson's introduction deftly explores the course of Shiki's life and places him in relation to Japanese history, literature and thought.

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  • Four Huts by Burton Watson
    Four Huts (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    The short works collected in Four Huts give voice to one of the most treasured aesthetic and spiritual ideals of Asia?that of a simple life lived in a simple dwelling. The texts were written between the ninth and the seventeenth centuries and convey each author's underlying sense of the world and what is to be valued in it. Four Huts presents original translations by Burton Watson?one of the...

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  • Selected Poems of Su Tung-Po by Su, Shih
    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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  • Record of Miraculous Events in Japan by Burton Watson
    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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  • The Analects of Confucius by Burton Watson
    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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  • The Vimalakirti Sutra by Burton Watson
    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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  • For All My Walking by Taneda Santoka
    For All My Walking (English, Paperback) Taneda Santoka

    Taneda Santoka's poetry attracted limited notice during his lifetime (1882-1940), but there has been a remarkable upsurge of interest in his life and writings. Including 245 poems and selected diary excerpts, For All My Walking makes Santoka's work available to English-speaking readers.

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  • Records of the Grand Historian: Records of the Grand Historian Han Dynasty II by Sima Qian
    Records of the Grand Historian: Records of the Grand Historian Han Dynasty II (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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  • The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu by Zi Zhuang
    The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu (English, Hardback) Zi Zhuang

    This is one of the most justly celebrated texts of the Chinese tradition - impressive for both its bold philosophical imagination and its striking literary style. Accepting the challenge of translating this captivating classic in its entirety, Burton Watson has expertly rendered into English both the profound thought and the literary brilliance of the text.

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