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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Flower of Chinese Buddhism
    The 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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  • The Lotus Sutra
    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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  • For All My Walking
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ryokan
    Ryokan (Multiple languages, Paperback) Burton Watson

    An anthology of the verse of Ryokan (1758-1831), a Buddhist monk of the Zen sect, who was a major figure in Tokugawa poetry. It contains not only representative works influenced by poets of the 8th-century, but also a number of Chinese poems (kanshi) which are doctrinal in nature.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Essential Lotus
    The Essential Lotus (English, Paperback) Burton Watson

    "The Lotus Sutra" is considered to be the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist sutra and has had a profound impact on Chinese and Japanese literature. This abridged edition condenses the sutra from the most authoratative version, translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in 406 by the scholar Kumarajiva.

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  • Four Huts
    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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