541 books for genre «Eastern»

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The Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi’s classic The Book of Five Rings, translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master, Kenji Tokitsu. Tokitsu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works, and in this book he illuminates this seminal text, along with several other works by Musashi. These include “The Mirror of the Way of Strategy,­” which Musashi wrote when he was in his twenties; “Thirty-­five Instructions on Strategy,­” and “Forty-­two Instructions on Strategy,­” which were precursors to The Book of Five Rings; and “The Way to Be Followed Alone,­” which Musashi wrote just days before his death. Read together, these five texts give readers an unusually detailed, nuanced view of Musashi’s ideas on swordsmanship, strategy, and self-­cultivation. Tokitsu puts all these writings into historical and philosophical context and makes them accessible and relevant to today’s readers and martial arts students. . . .

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The most widely translated book in world literature after the Bible, Lao-­tzu's, or, is the classic manual on the art of living. Following the phenomenal success of his own version of the, renowned scholar and translator Stephen Mitchell has composed the innovative. Drawn from the work of Lao-­tzu's disciple Chuang- tzu and Confucius's grandson Tzu-­ssu, collects the freshest, most profound teachings from these two great students of the Tao to offer Western readers a path into reality that has nothing to do with east or west, but everything to do with truth. With his own illuminating commentary alongside each adapta­tion, at once explicating and complementing the text, Mitchell makes the ancient teachings at once modern, relevant, and timeless.

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This is the story of love, deception, and justice.

This book is dedicated to my wife, Sita, and my daughters, Marie and Sherry.

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Boat People is a panoramic novel of greed and compassion, violence and family love, desperation and hope. It is September 1981, the high tide of boat people flight from Vietnam. From the Mekong Delta port of Rach Gia, one boat, crammed with fishermen, farmers, political refugees, and urban hustlers, runs a 300-­mile gauntlet of pirates and storms for the safe haven of Songkhla Refugee Camp.

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Written by the greatest of the ancient Indian playwrights, this 5th-­century work of Sanskrit drama offers a classic introduction to Indian theater and aesthetics. A king encounters a lovely maiden by chance, and the course of their passionate love sweeps the audience from a forest hermitage to a dazzling palace to ethereal celestial realms.

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According to Wikipedia: "The Analects, or Lunyu, also known as the Analects of Confucius, are the collection of sayings and ideas of central Chinese thinker and philosopher Confucius, written by his followers. Written during the Spring and Autumn Period through the Warring States Period (ca. 475 BC - 221 BC), the Analects is the representative work of Confucianism and continues to have a substantial influence on Chinese and East Asian thought and values today.­"

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Today, yoga is the province of trendy spas, suburban recreation centers, and personal trainers. However, in the early twentieth century, it was regarded as a serious spiritual practice reserved for those who were dedicated to the life of the mind. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you can get back to basics and enrich your practice with this comprehensive guide from yoga expert Annie Wood Besant.

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You′­ve probably heard about the benefits of meditation: Sharper thinking, reduced stress, improved concentration, lower blood pressure, even increased sexual pleasure , all of these positive effects have been confirmed by science. In this uniquely accessible guide, Lorin Roche shows that meditation is that easy , and pleasurable. Roche answers questions and debunks meditation myths, and gives three easy-­to-­follow techniques for getting started 塴­he Do Nothing Technique,­" "­Salute Each of the Senses,­" and "­Feeling at Home Exercise". He and shows you how to integrate "­mini meditations" into spare moments of the day, from savouring morning coffee to taking advantage of the five minutes before a meeting. He explains how to overcome meditation obstacles, customise meditation to your own needs, and use your breath, voice, and attention as meditation aids. And he shows...

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Here is a unique approach to the teachings of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, as interpreted by his direct student of fifteen years. Mitsugi Saotome examines the spiritual philosophy of the Founder, the warrior ideals of feudal Japan as the basis of his martial arts philosophy, and the scientific principles underlying the philosophy of Aikido technique. The author shows that the physical movement of Aikido is the embodiment of principles of the spirit. Negative force is not countered with aggression but is controlled and redirected through the power and balance of spiral movement. This is the shape of Aikido and the dynamic shape at the foundation of all energies of existence. Aikido movement can only be understood from its roots in universal law and the processes of nature. The sincere practice and study of Aikido deepens our appreciation for the perfection of nature's balance and brings us back into harmony with our environment, other people, and ourselves. Abundantly . . .

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Bushido, often translated as Way of the Warrior, came from the Samurai way of life and moral code. It emphasized loyalty, skill, moderation and honor, and became a widespread influence throughout Japan. In Shogakukan Kokugo Daijiten, the Japanese dictionary, "Bushido is defined as a unique philosophy (ronri) that spread through the warrior class from the Muromachi (chusei) period.­" Nitobe Inazo, in his book Bushido: The Soul of Japan, described it in this way. "...­Bushido, then, is the code of moral principles which the samurai were required or instructed to observe... More frequently it is a code unuttered and unwritten... It was an organic growth of decades and centuries of military career.­"

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