The Most Venerable Book (Shang Shu)


Author: Confucius
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141970405
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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A wonderfully enjoyable storehouse of ancient Chinese history and legends, which also has an important role in understanding 21st-century China 'And remember: Heaven's blessing will cease forever if there's despair and poverty in your lands' The Most Venerable Book (also known as The Book of History) is one of the Five Classics, a key work of Chinese literature which preserves some of the most ancient and dramatic chronicles of the history, both real and mythological, of the Chinese state. For many centuries it was a central work for anyone wishing to work for the Imperial administration, preserving as it does a fascinating mixture of key Confucian concepts as well as page after page of heroes, benevolent rulers, sagacious ministers, and struggles against flood, corruption and vicious, despotic rulers. The First Emperor tried in 213 BC to have all copies of the book destroyed because of its subversive implication that 'the Mandate of Heaven' could be withdrawn from rulers who failed their people. For similar reasons it was also banned by Chairman Mao. Extraordinarily, the values of The Most Venerable Book have been revived by the Chinese government of the 2010s.

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms


Author: Luo Guanzhong
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141197447
Category: Fiction
Page: 600
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A new translation and abridgement of one of the four classical Chinese novels - an epic story of warring factions in the era of China's Han dynasty Part historical and part legend, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms dramatizes the lives of feudal lords and their retainers, recounting their personal and military battles, intrigues, and struggles to achieve dominance for almost a hundred years. It is one of the most beloved works of East Asian literature, and the most famous historical novel in China.

Sacred Mountains

How the Revival of Daoism Is Turning China's Ecological Recovery Around
Author: Allerd Stikker
Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing
ISBN: 1909657573
Category: Religion
Page: 192
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From a pioneer in the ecological side of business strategy, a look at the effect Daoism is having on China's ecologyAuthor Allerd Stikker witnessed and actively participated in the Daoist resurgence in China, together with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC). Here Stikker shares his fascination for Daoism, and explains how nature conservation is deeply rooted in its philosophy and practice. He tells the story of his cooperation with the ARC in helping Daoist masters build the first Daoist Ecology Temple in China, and how this ecology movement has spread throughout China in recent years. He shares the joy he felt when the Chinese government picked up on this success and officially declared that Daoism should be restored as the heart of Chinese culture. This book is accompanied by a rich variety of unique photos, beautiful color illustrations by Dutch artist Rosa Vitalie, and contributions from renowned Western and Chinese scholars, including Martin Palmer, head of ARC.

Advanced Introduction to Public Management and Administration


Author: Christopher Pollitt
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1784712329
Category: Political Science
Page: 192
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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas. In this Advanced Introduction, Christopher Pollitt starts a penetrating account of the theories, methods and possible trajectories of the study of public management, also examining the academic community itself, and its relationship to the world of practice. There is no more authoritative – or lively – text of such scope and focus. This is a stimulating analysis by a leading international scholar. It includes: · a global overview · a critical and authoritative analysis of the current state of the field · the location of academic research firmly in the real world context of austerity, climate and demographic change, and technological transformation · an examination of the relationship between academic study and the practice of public management · a look inside the ‘ivory tower’, at the forces changing the way the subject is studied and practised This truly unique work will be of particular interest to graduate students, advanced scholars, lecturers and trainers in public administration, public management, government, public policy, political science and development administration. Middle level and senior practitioners in public administration and public management will also find this an invaluable and sophisticated introduction.

Penguin Classics: Catalogue


Author: N.A
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141398841
Category: Reference
Page: 192
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In 1946, E. V. Rieu's groundbreaking translation of The Odyssey established a cultural legacy that would bring the world's most compelling and influential literature to millions of readers around the globe. For over sixty-five years, Penguin Classics have been making works that were once the sole preserve of academics accessible to everyone; this catalogue offers a complete list of all titles in print across the list - more than 1,200 books, from Aristotle and Austen, to Zola and Zamyatin. 'The Penguin Classics, though I designed them to give pleasure even more than instruction, have been hailed as the greatest educative force of the twentieth century. And far be it for me to quarrel with that encomium, for there is no one whom they have educated more than myself' E. V. Rieu

The Book of Master Mo


Author: Mo Zi
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141392118
Category: Philosophy
Page: 512
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A key work of ancient Chinese philosophy is brought back to life in Ian Johnston's compelling and definitive translation, new to Penguin Classics. Very little is known about Master Mo, or the school he founded. However, the book containing his philosphical ideas has survived centuries of neglect and is today recognised as a fundamental work of ancient Chinese philosophy. The book contains sections explaining the ten key doctrines of Mohism; lively dialogues between Master Mo and his followers; discussion of ancient warfare; and an extraordinary series of chapters that include the first examples of logic, dialectics and epistemology in Chinese philosophy. The ideas discussed in The Book of Master Mo - ethics, anti-imperalism, and a political hierarchy based on merit - remain as relevant as ever, and the work is vital to understanding ancient Chinese philosophy. Translator Ian Johnston has an MA in Latin, a PhD in Greek and a PhD in Chinese, and was Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Sydney University until his retirement. He has published translations of Galen's medical writings, early Chinese poetry (Singing of Scented Grass and Waiting for the Owl), and early Chinese philosophical works (the Mozi and - with Wang Ping - the Daxue and Zhongyong). In 2011 he was awarded the NSW Premier's Prize and the PEN medallion for translation. Unlike previous translations, this version includes the complete text. It also includes an introduction and explanatory end notes. 'A landmark endeavour' Asia Times 'A magnificent and valuable achievement' Journal of Chinese Studies 'Eminently readable and at the same time remarkably accurate...Johnston's work will be the standard for a long time' China Review International 'Compelling and engaging reading...while at the same time preserving the diction and rhetorical style of the original Chinese' New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

A History of Chinese Civilization


Author: Jacques Gernet
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521497817
Category: History
Page: 801
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An overview of the Chinese world from prehistoric times to the 1970s emphasizes major trends in society, politics, culture, and intellectual life, and the interaction of China with the other civilizations of Eurasia.

The Taoist I Ching


Author: Lui I-Ming
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834825481
Category: Philosophy
Page: 352
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The I Ching , or "Book of Change," is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics and has throughout history commanded unsurpassed prestige and popularity. Containing several layers of text and given numerous levels of interpretation, it has captured continuous attention for well over two thousand years. It has been considered a book of fundamental principles by philosophers, politicians, mystics, alchemists, yogins, diviners, sorcerers, and more recently by scientists and mathematicians. This first part of the present volume is the text of the I Ching proper—the sixty-four hexagrams plus sayings on the hexagrams and their lines—with the commentary composed by Liu I-ming, a Taoist adept, in 1796. The second part is Liu I-ming's commentary on the two sections added to the I Ching by earlier commentators, believed to be members of the original Confucian school; these two sections are known as the Overall Images and the Mixed Hexagrams. In total, the book illuminates the Taoist inner teachings as practiced in the School of Complete Reality. Well versed in Buddhism and Confucianism as well as Taoism, Liu I-ming intended his work to be read as a guide to comprehensive self-realization while living an ordinary life in the world. In his attempt to lift the veil of mystery from the esoteric language of the I Ching , he employs the terminology of psychology, sociology, history, myth, and religion. This commentary on the I Ching stands as a major contribution to the elucidation of Chinese spiritual genius.

Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China

The 'Zhou Bi Suan Jing'
Author: Christopher Cullen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521035378
Category: Mathematics
Page: 256
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This is a study and translation of the Zhou bi suan jing, a Chinese work on astronomy and mathematics that reached its final form around the first century AD. The author provides the first easily accessible introduction to the developing mathematical and observational practices of ancient Chinese astronomers and shows how the generation and validation of knowledge about the heavens in Han dynasty China related closely to developments in statecraft and politics. This book will be fascinating reading for scholars in the history of science, Chinese history, and astronomy.

Understanding Reality

A Taoist Alchemical Classic
Author: Boduan Zhang,Yiming Liu
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion
Page: 203
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Lun-hêng


Author: Chong Wang
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy, Chinese
Page: N.A
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The Art of War & Other Classics of Eastern Philosophy


Author: Sun Tzu,Lao-Tzu,Confucius,Mencius
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1626868204
Category: History
Page: 592
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The words of the ancient Chinese sages are as timeless as they are wise. The words of ancient Chinese philosophers have influenced other thinkers across the world for more than 2,000 years, and continue to shape our ideas today. The Art of War & Other Classics of Eastern Philosophy includes translations of Sun Tzu's Art of War, Lao-Tzu's Tao Te Ching, the teachings of the master sage Confucius, and the writings of Mencius. From insights on warfare and diplomacy to advice on how to deal with one's neighbors and colleagues, this collection of classical Eastern philosophy will provide readers with countless nuggets of wisdom. IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award Winner 2017!

Astrology and Cosmology in Early China

Conforming Earth to Heaven
Author: David W. Pankenier
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107292247
Category: Science
Page: 530
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The ancient Chinese were profoundly influenced by the Sun, Moon and stars, making persistent efforts to mirror astral phenomena in shaping their civilization. In this pioneering text, David W. Pankenier introduces readers to a seriously understudied field, illustrating how astronomy shaped the culture of China from the very beginning and how it influenced areas as disparate as art, architecture, calendrical science, myth, technology, and political and military decision-making. As elsewhere in the ancient world, there was no positive distinction between astronomy and astrology in ancient China, and so astrology, or more precisely, astral omenology, is a principal focus of the book. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including archaeological discoveries, classical texts, inscriptions and paleography, this thought-provoking book documents the role of astronomical phenomena in the development of the 'Celestial Empire' from the late Neolithic through the late imperial period.

Forgotten Disease

Illnesses Transformed in Chinese Medicine
Author: Hilary A. Smith
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 1503603504
Category: History
Page: 248
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Around the turn of the twentieth century, disorders that Chinese physicians had been writing about for over a millennium acquired new identities in Western medicine—sudden turmoil became cholera; flowers of heaven became smallpox; and foot qi became beriberi. Historians have tended to present these new identities as revelations, overlooking evidence that challenges Western ideas about these conditions. In Forgotten Disease, Hilary A. Smith argues that, by privileging nineteenth century sources, we misrepresent what traditional Chinese doctors were seeing and doing, therefore unfairly viewing their medicine as inferior. Drawing on a wide array of sources, ranging from early Chinese classics to modern scientific research, Smith traces the history of one representative case, foot qi, from the fourth century to the present day. She examines the shifting meanings of disease over time, showing that each transformation reflects the social, political, intellectual, and economic environment. The breathtaking scope of this story offers insights into the world of early Chinese doctors and how their ideas about health, illness, and the body were developing far before the advent of modern medicine. Smith highlights the fact that modern conceptions of these ancient diseases create the impression that the West saved the Chinese from age-old afflictions, when the reality is that many prominent diseases in China were actually brought over as a result of imperialism. She invites the reader to reimagine a history of Chinese medicine that celebrates its complexity and nuance, rather than uncritically disdaining this dynamic form of healing.

The Religion Of The Samurai (Annotated Edition)


Author: Kaiten Nukariya
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849622037
Category:
Page: 205
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This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids * an interactive table-of-contents * perfect formatting for electronic reading devices This study of Zen philosophy and the disciples in China and Japan elaborates on the differences between Mahayana Buddhism and Theraveda. The Zen sect is one of many Buddhist sects and has millions of followers worldwide. Contents: Preface To Second Edition. Preface. Introduction. Chapter I. Life Of Shakyamuni Till His Appearance At Benares As A Teacher. Chapter Ii. Life Of Buddha From His Appearance As A Teacher At Benares To The Conversion Of Rahula. Chapter Iii. From The Commencement Of Rahula's Religious Life Till The Near Approach Of The Nirvana. Chapter Iv. Last Discourses And Death Of Buddha. Chapter V. The Patriarchs Of The Northern Buddhists. Chapter Vi. Sketch Of The History Of Buddhism In China. Chapter Vii. The Schools Of Chinese Buddhism. Chapter Viii. On Chi-K'ai And The T'ien-T'ai School Of Buddhism. Chapter Ix. The Buddhist Moral System. Chapter X. The Buddhist Calendar. Chapter Xi. Relation Of Buddhism To The Older Hindoo Mythology. Chapter Xii. The Buddhist Universe. Chapter Xiii. The Extended Universe Of The Northern Buddhists. Chapter Xiv. Buddhist Images And Image Worship. Chapter Xv. Monasteries At P'u-To. Chapter Xvi. Buddhist Processions, Associations, Pilgrimages, And Ceremonies For The Dead. Chapter Xvii. Buddhist Literature. Chapter Xviii. The Leng-Yen-King.--First Chapter. Chapter Xix. The Ekashloka Shastra. Chapter Xx. Effect Of Buddhism On The Philosophy Of The Sung Dynasty. Chapter Xxi. Feng-Shui; Or, The Wind And Water Superstition Of The Chinese. Chapter Xxii. Buddhist Phraseology In Relation To Christian Teaching. Chapter Xxiii. Notice Of The Wu-Wei-Kiau, A Reformed Buddhist Sect. Chapter Xxiv. Buddhism And Tauism In Their Popular Aspects. Chapter Xxvi. Books And Papers That May Be Consulted For The Study Of Chinese Buddhism.