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What Are You Looking For? (Paperback): J. Krishnamurti What Are You Looking For? (Paperback)
J. Krishnamurti
R240 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R65 (27%) In stock

Meditations, reflections and lessons on relationships from one of the 20th century's greatest spiritual thinkers.

What is love? Who am I without my relationships? What is the relationship between myself and society?

One of the world's greatest philosophical teachers, Krishnamurti, offers his inspiring wisdom on a core feature of life: our relationships. From parents to partners and colleagues to friends, Krishnamurti answers our deepest defining questions and reveals a path to truly loving yourself, others and the world around you.

The Art of War (Paperback): Sun Tzu The Art of War (Paperback)
Sun Tzu 3
R70 R56 Discovery Miles 560 Save R14 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.`Opportunities multiply as they are seized.'Written in the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that is still revered today as the ultimate commentary on war and military strategy. Focussing on the principle that one can outsmart your foe mentally by thinking very carefully about strategy before resorting to physical battle, this philosophy continues to be applied to the corporate and business world.Sun Tzu's timeless appraisal of the different aspects of warfare are laid out in 13 chapters, including sections on `Laying Plans', `Waging War' and `Terrain'. Words that are as resonant today in every aspect of our lives as they were when he wrote them.

The Art of War (Hardcover): Sun Tzu The Art of War (Hardcover)
Sun Tzu; Translated by Lionel Giles
R239 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet (Paperback, New Edition): Benjamin Hoff The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet (Paperback, New Edition)
Benjamin Hoff; Illustrated by E.H. Shepard 1
R298 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R48 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

An utterly unique and accessible introduction to the ancient principles of Taoism with the world's favourite bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friend Piglet.

Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear, and Pooh's Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism. And as for Piglet, he embodies the very important principle of Te, meaning Virtue of the Small.

"It's hard to be brave,' said Piglet, sniffing slightly, "when you're only a Very Small Animal."
Rabbit, who had begun to write very busily, looked up and said: "It is because you are a very small animal that you will be useful in the adventure before us."

Benjamin Hoff's explanations of Taoism and Te through Pooh and Piglet show that this is not an ancient and remote philosophy but something that you can use, here and now. Beautifully illustrated by E H Shepard.

The Prophet (Paperback): Kahlil Gibran The Prophet (Paperback)
Kahlil Gibran
R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Book of Five Rings - The Strategy of the Samurai (Hardcover): Miyamoto Musashi The Book of Five Rings - The Strategy of the Samurai (Hardcover)
Miyamoto Musashi; Translated by Victor Harris
R413 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R64 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Our Only Home - A Climate Appeal to the World (Hardcover, Original ed.): His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso the Dalai Lama Our Only Home - A Climate Appeal to the World (Hardcover, Original ed.)
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso the Dalai Lama
R404 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Philosophy in 40 ideas: From Aristotle to Zhong (Hardcover): The School of Life Philosophy in 40 ideas: From Aristotle to Zhong (Hardcover)
The School of Life
R264 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R37 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Philosophy is a discipline committed to helping us live wiser and less sorrowful lives. This book artfully draws together forty of the greatest and most useful ideas found in philosophy, taking us on a journey around key concepts from both Eastern and Western cultures. We are invited to sample the distinctive wisdom of Eastern philosophy via tea drinking ceremonies, walks in bamboo forests, contemplations of rivers and ritualised flower arranging sessions. From Western culture we seek the teachings of some of the greatest minds throughout history including Machiavellianism and Stoicism. This essential guide to philosophy reminds us of the wit, humanity and relevance of a number of great philosophers including Nietzsche, Heidegger, Confucius, Lao Tzu and Buddha. Essential thoughts about love, work, anxiety, self-knowledge and happiness are examined, highlighted and inspiringly presented here so they can work their consoling effect where it is most needed: in our daily lives.

The Moon Points Back (Paperback): K oji Tanaka, Yasuo Deguchi, Jay Garfield, Graham Priest The Moon Points Back (Paperback)
K oji Tanaka, Yasuo Deguchi, Jay Garfield, Graham Priest
R1,003 Discovery Miles 10 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Moon Points Back comprises essays by both established scholars in Buddhist and Western philosophy and young scholars contributing to cross-cultural philosophy. It continues the program of Pointing at the Moon (Oxford University Press, 2009), integrating the approaches and insights of contemporary logic and analytic philosophy and those of Buddhist Studies to engage with Buddhist ideas in a contemporary voice. This volume demonstrates convincingly that integration of Buddhist philosophy with contemporary analytic philosophy and logic allows for novel understandings of and insights into Buddhist philosophical thought. It also shows how Buddhist philosophers can contribute to debates in contemporary Western philosophy and how contemporary philosophers and logicians can engage with Buddhist material. The essays in the volume focus on the Buddhist notion of emptiness (sunyata), exploring its relationship to core philosophical issues concerning the self, the nature of reality, logic, and epistemology. The volume closes with reflections on methodological issues raised by bringing together traditional Buddhist philosophy and contemporary analytic philosophy. This volume will be of interest to anyone interested in Buddhist philosophy or contemporary analytic philosophy and logic. But it will also be of interest to those who wish to learn how to bring together the insights and techniques of different philosophical traditions.

Ikigai (Hardcover): Hector Garcia, Francesc Miralles Ikigai (Hardcover)
Hector Garcia, Francesc Miralles 2
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days


We all have an ikigai.

It's the Japanese word for a reason to live or a reason to jump out of bed in the morning .

It s the place where your needs, desires, ambitions, and satisfaction meet. A place of balance. Small wonder that finding your ikigai is closely linked to living longer.

Finding your ikigai is easier than you might think. This book will help you work out what your own ikigai really is, and equip you to change your life. You have a purpose in this world: your skills, your interests, your desires and your history have made you the perfect candidate for something. All you have to do is find it.

Do that, and you can make every single day of your life joyful and meaningful.

Discover Your Dharma - A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose (Paperback): Sahara Rose Discover Your Dharma - A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose (Paperback)
Sahara Rose
R348 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Your soul is calling you to step fully into your purpose, your truth, the reason why you're here: your dharma. This book will guide you through the journey and lead you to a life of happiness, abundance, joyful service and fulfilment. Sahara Rose shares her unique approach to discovering your dharma through the Doshas (the Ayurvedic mind-body types) and the chakras (energy centres of the body). Take the 'What's Your Dharma Archetype?' quiz and use your Dharma Blueprint to unlock the code of what you're meant to do next, in your relationships, business and every facet of your life. Discovering your dharma is the most important work you can do. This is the perfect introduction to living in alignment for all spiritual seekers and anyone looking to become more self-aware.

Sacred Mountains (Hardcover, New): Stikker Allerd Sacred Mountains (Hardcover, New)
Stikker Allerd
R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Allerd Stikker witnessed and actively participated in the Daoist resurgence, together with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. Strikker 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 ARC in assisting Daoist masters to build the first Daoist Ecology Temple in China, and how this ecology movement has spread throughout China in recent years. He shares his joy when the Chinese government picked up on this success and officially declared that Daoism should be restored as the heart of Chinese culture, in order to overcome the ecological and societal problems that China is facing - thereby putting Daoism officially back on the map.

Letters from a Stoic - The Ancient Classic (Hardcover): Seneca Letters from a Stoic - The Ancient Classic (Hardcover)
Seneca; Series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon
R275 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R42 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Throughout the centuries, Seneca has been admired as one of the greatest writers of antiquity. He has a way of expressing Stoic philosophy that makes it seem just as relevant to life today as it was two thousand years ago. Seneca taught that we should remain grounded in the present moment by being fully aware of the impermanence of life. In being clear-sighted and dealing with adversity head-on, it's possible to live a life of meaning and contentment in the here and now, truly enjoying nature, art, friends and loved ones. The rise and rise in popularity of Stoic philosophy has made Seneca's letters bedside reading for many. This collectible, hard-back edition of Letters from a Stoic includes an insightful introduction by series editor and self-help expert Tom Butler-Bowdon. Tom is an authority on classic self-help texts and connects the content of this book with the concerns of modern readers.

The Essentials of Governance (Paperback): Wu Jing The Essentials of Governance (Paperback)
Wu Jing; Edited by Hilde De Weerdt, Glen Dudbridge, Gabe van Beijeren
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In the eighth century, Wu Jing selected exchanges between Emperor Taizong and his ministers that he deemed key to good governance. This collection of dialogues has been used for the education of emperors, political elites and general readers ever since, and is a standard reference work in East Asian political thought. Consisting of ten volumes, subdivided into forty topics, The Essentials of Governance addresses core themes of Chinese thinking about the politics of power, from the body politic, presenting and receiving criticism, recruitment, the education of the imperial clan, political virtues and vices, to cultural policy, agriculture, law, taxation, border policy, and how to avoid disaster and dynastic fall. Presented with introductory commentary that offers insights into its historical context and global reception, this accessible and reliable translation brings together ten scholars of Chinese intellectual history to offer a nuanced edition that preserves the organisation, tone and flow of the original.

On the Heights of Despair (Paperback, New Ed): E.M Cioran, Ilinca Zarifopol-johns On the Heights of Despair (Paperback, New Ed)
E.M Cioran, Ilinca Zarifopol-johns
R711 Discovery Miles 7 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Born of a terrible insomnia--"a dizzying lucidity which would turn even paradise into hell"--this book presents the youthful Cioran, a self-described "Nietzsche still complete with his Zarathustra, his poses, his mystical clown's tricks, a whole circus of the heights."
"On the Heights of Despair" shows Cioran's first grappling with themes he would return to in his mature works: despair and decay, absurdity and alienation, futility and the irrationality of existence. It also presents Cioran as a connoisseur of apocalypse, a theoretician of despair, for whom writing and philosophy both share the "lyrical virtues" that alone lead to a metaphysical revelation.
"No modern writer twists the knife with Cioran's dexterity. . . . His writing . . . is informed with the bitterness of genuine compassion."--Bill Marx, "Boston Phoenix
""The dark, existential despair of Romanian philosopher Cioran's short meditations is paradoxically bracing and life-affirming. . . . Puts him in the company of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard."--"Publishers Weekly, " starred review
"This is self-pity as epigram, the sort of dyspeptic pronouncement that gets most people kicked out of bed but that has kept Mr. Cioran going for the rest of his life."--Judith Shulevitz, "New York Times Book ""Review"

Magical Arrows - Maori, the Greeks and the Folklore of the Universe (Paperback): Gregory Schrempp Magical Arrows - Maori, the Greeks and the Folklore of the Universe (Paperback)
Gregory Schrempp; Foreword by Marshall Sahlins
R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A fascinating and sophisticated exploration of cosmology, Magical Arrows connects the Western philosophical tradition with the cosmological traditions of non-Western societies, particularly those of Polynesia. Using the mythology and philosophy of the Maori of New Zealand as a counterpoint to Western thought, Schrempp finds a philosophical common denominator in the thought of the pre-Socratic philosopher, Zeno of Elea. Schrempp suggests that the paradoxes of Zeno, together with the philosophical speculations that they have historically inspired, contain sophisticated insights which are nevertheless general enough to form the foundations of a comparative cosmology. Schrempp suggests that perhaps the most noteworthy Zenoian insight is that paradox is intrinsic to cosmological speculation. But he points out that there are many other characteristics of Zeno's approach, including the strategy of juxtaposing concrete images to mathematical forms of representation, that reappear persistently in Western intellectual history. Schrempp proceeds through a series of juxtapositions--between Zeno, Kant, Lovejoy, and Levi-Strauss, and between Western cosmologists and those from other cultures--to highlight subtle similarities and differences among intellectual traditions and to examine the conceptual apparatus of Western social science. Schrempp concludes that a meaningful comparative cosmology is possible and that the tradition of Zeno provides a propitious starting point for such a perspective.

Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works - Definitive New Translations of the Writings of Miyamoto Musashi -... Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works - Definitive New Translations of the Writings of Miyamoto Musashi - Japan's Greatest Samurai! (Paperback, Ed)
Musashi, Alexander Bennett
R290 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The culmination of 25 years of research, Alex Bennett's groundbreaking English translation of Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings reveals the true meaning of the original work. This piece of writing by famed samurai Musashi (1584-1645) is the single-most influential work on samurai swordsmanship, offering insights into samurai history, the Zen Buddhist state of "no-mind" that enables warriors to triumph and the philosophical meaning of Bushido-"the way of the warrior." Until now, English translations of The Book of Five Rings have been based on inaccurate copies of Musashi's long-lost original manuscript. Bennett's translation is the first to be based on a careful reconstruction of the original text by Japan's foremost Musashi scholar. By identifying discrepancies among the existing copies, adding missing texts and correcting over 150 incorrect characters, this source is the closest representation of Musashi's original work possible. Utilizing this new source, Bennett captures the subtle nuance of the classic Japanese text, resulting in the most accurate English translation of The Book of Five Rings available. This book also includes translations of five other known works by Musashi-three of them translated for the first time. The texts are richly annotated by Bennett, who includes an extensive introduction on Musashi's life and legacy. The Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works will be widely read by those interested in Japanese culture, Samurai history and martial arts-setting a new standard against which all other translations will be measured.

Happiness Becomes You (Standard format, CD): Tina Turner Happiness Becomes You (Standard format, CD)
Tina Turner; Read by Adrienne Warren
R632 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R153 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Meditations - The Philosophy Classic (Hardcover): Marcus Aurelius Meditations - The Philosophy Classic (Hardcover)
Marcus Aurelius; Series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon; Introduction by Donald Robertson 1
R266 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A deluxe special edition of the ancient classic written by the Roman Emperor known as "The Philosopher" Meditations is a series of personal journals written by Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome from 169 to 180 AD. The last of the "Five Good Emperors," he was the most powerful and influential man in the Western world at the time. Marcus was one of the leaders of Stoicism, a philosophy of personal ethics which sought resilience and virtue through personal action and responsibility. Stoicism, viewed as a foundation of modern self-help, has inspired many personal development and psychotherapy approaches through to the present day. Meditations is perhaps the most important source of our modern understanding of Stoic philosophy. Its twelve books chronicle different stages of Marcus Aurelius' life and ideas. Although he ruled during the Pax Romana, the age of relative peace and stability throughout the empire, his reign was marked by near-constant military conflict and a devastating plague which killed upwards of five million people. Aurelius' writings give modern readers an unprecedented look into the "spiritual exercises" which helped him through his tumultuous life and strengthened his patience, empathy, generosity, self-knowledge and emotional health. The private reflections recorded in the Meditations were never meant to be published, rather they were a source for Marcus' own guidance and self-improvement, and jotted down by campfires or in military tents on the Roman front. The lessons, insights and perspectives contained within this remarkable work are just as relevant today as they were two millennia ago. This volume: Presents the timeless wisdom of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his Stoic philosophy, with new research on his life and times Contains valuable insights on topics such as resilience, moderation and emotional control Discusses how to live "in agreement with nature" and abide by strong ethical principles Part of the bestselling Capstone Classics Series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon, this attractive, high-quality hardcover volume includes: An original Introduction by Marcus Aurelius authority and Stoicism expert Donald Robertson, author of How To Think Like A Roman Emperor. A modernised, up to date version of the classic George Long translation. Meditations: The Philosophy Classic is a volume which will occupy a prominent place in any library for years to come.

Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg and the Foundation of Jewish Political Thought (Hardcover): Joseph Isaac Lifshitz Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg and the Foundation of Jewish Political Thought (Hardcover)
Joseph Isaac Lifshitz
R1,891 Discovery Miles 18 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is a scholarly examination of the political thought of Rabbi Meir (Maharam) of Rothenburg, the most important thirteenth century German Rabbi who was associated with the Pietist movement of the period. From the Maharam's responsa on community matters, a coherent political thought emerges that exercised nearly unprecedented influence on European Jewish communities up to the Jewish Emancipation. Rabbi Meir's extremely sophisticated attempt to balance the demands of the community against those of the individual was facilitated by a characteristic three-tiered structure to his political thought: concrete legal rules supported by value-laden legal principles built upon his general religious ideology. Through a systematic analysis of the Maharam's political thought, Isaac Lifshitz offers an original contribution to Jewish studies, political theory, and the study of legal philosophy. By considering the legal and theological underpinnings of one of Medieval Jewry's most influential figures, it also makes a contribution to the history of ideas in the Medieval period.

Lost Maps of the Caliphs (Hardcover): Yossef Rapoport, Emilie Savage-Smith Lost Maps of the Caliphs (Hardcover)
Yossef Rapoport, Emilie Savage-Smith
R1,094 Discovery Miles 10 940 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

About a millennium ago, in Cairo, someone completed a large and richly illustrated book. In the course of thirty-five chapters, our unknown author guided the reader on a journey from the outermost cosmos and planets to Earth and its lands, islands, features and inhabitants. This treatise, known as The Book of Curiosities, was unknown to modern scholars until a remarkable manuscript copy surfaced in 2000. Lost Maps of the Caliphs provides the first general overview of The Book of Curiosities and the unique insight it offers into medieval Islamic thought. Opening with an account of the remarkable discovery of the manuscript and its purchase by the Bodleian Library, the authors use The Book of Curiosities to re-evaluate the development of astrology, geography and cartography in the first four centuries of Islam. Early astronomical 'maps' and drawings demonstrate the medieval understanding of the structure of the cosmos and illustrate the pervasive assumption that almost any visible celestial event had an effect upon life on Earth. Lost Maps of the Caliphs also reconsiders the history of global communication networks at the turn of the previous millennium. Not only is The Book of Curiosities one of the greatest achievements of medieval map-making, it is also a remarkable contribution to the story of Islamic civilization.

Asian Worldviews - Religions, Philosophies, Ideologies - An Introductory Overview (Paperback): Rein Raud Asian Worldviews - Religions, Philosophies, Ideologies - An Introductory Overview (Paperback)
Rein Raud
R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Ships in 10 - 20 working days
The Four Types Of Non-Western Thought (Paperback): Herman Johan Pietersen The Four Types Of Non-Western Thought (Paperback)
Herman Johan Pietersen
R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Ships in 20 - 25 working days

Four fundamental and interrelated intellectual orientations were found to characterize the thought of a global range of thinkers, disciplines, and cultures (Western, Eastern and African). This volume consists of a review of the four types in Non-Western thought.

Professor Pietersen has made contributions to philosophy, theology, sociology, psychology, jurisprudence, and business and human resource management.

Mountains and Rivers Sutra - Teachings by Norman Fischer / A Weekly Practice Guide (Paperback): Zoketsu Norman Fischer Mountains and Rivers Sutra - Teachings by Norman Fischer / A Weekly Practice Guide (Paperback)
Zoketsu Norman Fischer; Edited by Kuya Nora Minogue
R493 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R72 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Kumazawa Banzan: Governing the Realm and Bringing Peace to All below Heaven (Paperback): Kumazawa Banzan Kumazawa Banzan: Governing the Realm and Bringing Peace to All below Heaven (Paperback)
Kumazawa Banzan; Edited by John A. Tucker
R636 Discovery Miles 6 360 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Kumazawa Banzan's (1619-1691) Responding to the Great Learning (Daigaku wakumon) stands as the first major writing on political economy in early modern Japanese history. John A. Tucker's translation is the first English rendition of this controversial text to be published in eighty years. The introduction offers an accessible and incisive commentary, including detailed analyses of Banzan's text within the context of his life, as well as broader historical and intellectual developments in East Asian Confucian thought. Emphasizing parallels between Banzan's life events, such as his relief efforts in the Okayama domain following devastating flooding, and his later writings advocating compassionate government, environmental initiatives, and projects for growing wealth, Tucker sheds light on Banzan's main objective of 'governing the realm and bringing peace and prosperity to all below heaven'. In Responding to the Great Learning, Banzan was doing more than writing a philosophical commentary, he was advising the Tokugawa shogunate to undertake a major reorganization of the polity - or face the consequences.

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