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Three Japanese Buddhist Monks (Paperback): Saigyo, Kamo-no-Chomei, Yoshida Kenko Three Japanese Buddhist Monks (Paperback)
Saigyo, Kamo-no-Chomei, Yoshida Kenko
R140 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R28 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'I have relinquished all that ties me to the world, but the one thing that still haunts me is the beauty of the sky' These simple, inspiring writings by three medieval Buddhist monks offer peace and wisdom amid the world's uncertainties, and are an invitation to relinquish earthly desires and instead taste life in the moment. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

Japonisme - Ikigai, Forest Bathing, Wabi-Sabi and More (Hardcover): Erin Niimi Longhurst Japonisme - Ikigai, Forest Bathing, Wabi-Sabi and More (Hardcover)
Erin Niimi Longhurst 1
R280 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R69 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Japanese-inspired guide to living a happier, more fulfilled life. Japonisme explores the Japanese art of finding contentment and includes practical tips and tricks to live a happier, healthier, more thoughtful life. What is your ikigai (purpose)? How do you practice mindfulness in the unpredictability and chaos of everyday life? From shinrinyoku (forest bathing), calligraphy, ikebana (fl ower arranging) to tea ceremonies and their approach to food, the Japanese have found contentment through traditions,philosophies, and the practice of art. This book shows how we can all incorporate aspects of Japonisme into our daily lives. Enhance your lifestyle and enrich your mind by looking at life through the lens of wabi-sabi (the transient nature of life), kintsugi (repairing broken ceramics with gold) or kaizen (habit-forming techniques), in an accessible, practical way.

Bushido: The Soul of Japan (Paperback): Inazo Nitobe Bushido: The Soul of Japan (Paperback)
Inazo Nitobe
R140 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R28 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'What Japan was she owed to the samurai. They were not only the flower of the nation, but its root as well.' Inazo Nitobe's book, the most influential ever written on Bushido, or the samurai Way of the Warrior, argues that the philosophy of Bushido is the true key to understanding 'the soul of Japan'. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

The Art of War (Paperback): Sun Tzu The Art of War (Paperback)
Sun Tzu 2
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 Heart of Yoga - Developing Personal Practice (Paperback, 2nd Edition, Revised Edition): T.K.V. Desikachar The Heart of Yoga - Developing Personal Practice (Paperback, 2nd Edition, Revised Edition)
T.K.V. Desikachar
R495 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R187 (38%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to viniyoga--yoga adapted to the needs of the individual.
- A contemporary classic by a world-renowned teacher.
- This new edition adds thirty-two poems by Krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings.
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. Elements of Krishnamacharya's teaching have become well known around the world through the work of B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi, who all studied with Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya's son T. K. V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his life and now teaches the full spectrum of Krishnamacharya's yoga. Desikachar has based his method on Krishnamacharya's fundamental concept of "viniyoga," which maintains that practices must be continually adapted to the individual's changing needs to achieve the maximum therapeutic value.
In "The Heart of Yoga" Desikachar offers a distillation of his father's system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as "a program for the spine at every level--physical, mental, and spiritual." This is the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga--poses and counterposes, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy--and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of health, age, occupation, and lifestyle.
This is a revised edition of "The Heart of Yoga."

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
R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Light On Yoga - The Definitive Guide To Yoga Practice (Paperback, Thorsons Classics edition): B. K. S. Iyengar Light On Yoga - The Definitive Guide To Yoga Practice (Paperback, Thorsons Classics edition)
B. K. S. Iyengar
R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The definitive work by B.K.S. Iyengar, the world's most respected yoga teacher. B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was B.K.S. Iyengar's unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of ‘yoga for all', which has made it into the worldwide phenomenon it is today.

Light on Yoga is widely called ‘the bible of yoga' and has served as the source book for generations of yoga students around the world. It is the classic text for all serious students of yoga.

  • B.K.S. Iyengar's own photo-illustrated, step-by-step guides to every yoga routine.
  • Week-by-week development plan – with a total of 300 weeks to allow gradual progression from novice to advanced technique.
  • B.K.S. Iyengar's unique and inspired guide to Pranayama – yoga breathing techniques.
  • B.K.S. Iyengar's yoga philosophy for life and an introduction to the spiritual aspects of yoga.
  • Yoga sequences and asanas to help heal a range of specific illnesses and conditions.
The Art of War (Hardcover): Sun Tzu The Art of War (Hardcover)
Sun Tzu; Translated by Lionel Giles
R514 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Tao of Pooh (Paperback): Benjamin Hoff The Tao of Pooh (Paperback)
Benjamin Hoff; Illustrated by E.H. Shepard 1
R225 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R45 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

"What's this you're writing?" asked Pooh, climbing onto the writing table. "The Tao of Pooh," I replied. "The how of Pooh?" asked Pooh, smudging one of the words I had just written. "The Tao of Pooh," I replied, poking his paw away with my pencil. "It seems more like ow! of Pooh," said Pooh, rubbing his paw. "Well, it's not," I replied huffily. "What's it about?" asked Pooh, leaning forward and smearing another word. "It's about how to stay happy and calm under all circumstances!" I yelled. "Have you read it?" asked Pooh... ...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. Follow the Pooh Way in this humorous and enlightening introduction to Taoism, with classic illustrations from E.H. Shepard throughout.

The Buddhist on Death Row - How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place (Hardcover): David Sheff The Buddhist on Death Row - How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place (Hardcover)
David Sheff
R542 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R109 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Finding the Heart Sutra - Guided by a Magician, an Art Collector and Buddhist Sages from Tibet to Japan (Hardcover): Alex Kerr Finding the Heart Sutra - Guided by a Magician, an Art Collector and Buddhist Sages from Tibet to Japan (Hardcover)
Alex Kerr
R427 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R84 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The material world is itself emptiness. Emptiness is itself the material world. Powerful, mystical and concise, the Heart Sutra is believed to contain the condensed essence of all Buddhist wisdom. This brief poem on emptiness has exerted immense influence throughout Asia since the seventh century and is woven into the fabric of daily life. Yet even though it rivals the teachings of Laozi and Confucius in importance, this ancient Buddhist scripture remains barely known in the West. During the many years he has spent living in Japan, Alex Kerr has been on a quest after the secrets of the Heart Sutra. Travelling from Japan, Korea, and China, to India, Mongolia, Tibet and Vietnam, this book brings together Buddhist teaching, talks with friends and mentors, and acute cultural insights to probe the universe of thought contained within this short but intense philosophical work. 'Marvellous ... a life's work ... a brilliant literary form, weaving reflections of the sutra with those on Alex's own magical mystery tour' Alexandra Munroe, Asian Art scholar and curator

Confucian Role Ethics - A Vocabulary (Paperback): Roger T. Ames Confucian Role Ethics - A Vocabulary (Paperback)
Roger T. Ames
R779 Discovery Miles 7 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tao Te Ching (Hardcover): Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching (Hardcover)
Lao Tzu
R267 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R50 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Heart of the Buddha's Path (Paperback): Dalai Lama XIV The Heart of the Buddha's Path (Paperback)
Dalai Lama XIV
R230 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R53 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Tao Te Ching - The Ancient Classic (Hardcover): Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching - The Ancient Classic (Hardcover)
Lao Tzu; Introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon 1
R269 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R63 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A luxury, keep-sake edition of an ancient Chinese scripture

This ancient text, fundamental to Taoism, has become a source of inspiration and guidance for millions in modern society. It's focus on attunement, rather than mindless striving, offers an alternative to command-and-control leadership and a different way of seeing personal success - a position that has led to this ancient Chinese text becoming an internationally bestselling personal development guide. Now the text has been given a makeover and this deluxe, gift edition is set to become the market leader, following in the footsteps of the other bestselling Capstone Classic editions.

Includes: Paints a picture of a person in full attunementIllustrates how fulfillment and peace, without struggle, can deliver to us what we need and desireAn alternative way to view personal successA new introduction by Tom Butler Bowdon, the classic personal development expert

The Art of War (Paperback, Edition): Sun Tzu The Art of War (Paperback, Edition)
Sun Tzu
R177 R130 Discovery Miles 1 300 Save R47 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. The ancient Chinese art of warfare written by military strategist Sun Tzu in the 5th century BC.

Dignaga's Investigation of the Percept - A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet (Paperback): Douglas Duckworth, Malcolm... Dignaga's Investigation of the Percept - A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet (Paperback)
Douglas Duckworth, Malcolm David Eckel, Jay L. Garfield, John Powers, Yeshes Thabkhas, …
R942 Discovery Miles 9 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Investigation of the Percept is a short (eight verses and a three page autocommentary) work that focuses on issues of perception and epistemology. Its author, Dignaga, was one of the most influential figures in the Indian Buddhist epistemological tradition, and his ideas had a profound and wide-ranging impact in India, Tibet, and China. The work inspired more than twenty commentaries throughout East Asia and three in Tibet, the most recent in 2014. This book is the first of its kind in Buddhist studies: a comprehensive history of a text and its commentarial tradition. The volume editors translate the root text and commentary, along with Indian and Tibetan commentaries, providing detailed analyses of the commentarial innovations of each author, as well as critically edited versions of all texts and extant Sanskrit fragments of passages. The team-based approach made it possible to study and translate a corpus of treatises in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese and to employ the methods of critical philology and cross-cultural philosophy to provide readers with a rich collection of studies and translations, along with detailed philosophical analyses that open up the intriguing implications of Dignaga's thought and demonstrate the diversity of commentarial approaches to his text. This rich text has inspired some of the greatest minds in India and Tibet. It explores some of the key issues of Buddhist epistemology: the relationship between minds and their percepts, the problems of idealism and realism, and error and misperception.

Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings - With Selections from Traditional Commentaries (Paperback): Zhuang zi Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings - With Selections from Traditional Commentaries (Paperback)
Zhuang zi; Translated by Brook Ziporyn
R464 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R70 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes the complete Inner Chapters, extensive selections from the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters, and judicious selections from two thousand years of traditional Chinese commentaries, which provide the reader access to the text as well as to its reception and interpretation. A glossary, brief biographies of the commentators, a bibliography, and an index are also included.

The Missionary Sutras: The Forty-Two Paragraph Sutra & Eight Realizations of a Mahasattva Sutra (Paperback): Red Pine The Missionary Sutras: The Forty-Two Paragraph Sutra & Eight Realizations of a Mahasattva Sutra (Paperback)
Red Pine
R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Ancient Classics Collection: The Art of War & Tao Te Ching (Hardcover): Sun Tzu, Lao Tzu, Tom Butler-Bowdon The Ancient Classics Collection: The Art of War & Tao Te Ching (Hardcover)
Sun Tzu, Lao Tzu, Tom Butler-Bowdon
R415 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R98 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Find out how to lead without conflict with these ancient bestselling personal development guides. These luxury hardback editions are now available in a set as a keepsake for yourself or as a present for your friends and family. Containing essential advice for leaders and managers that still resonates 2,500 years later The Art of War brings a different way of seeing conflict, teaching us that with enough intelligence, it is possible to conquer with a minimum of force and little destruction to gain a win-win outcome, not just defeating a person in an argument but bringing them over to our way of thinking. Tao Te Ching focuses on attunement, rather than mindless striving, offering an alternative to command-and-control leadership and a different way of seeing personal success a position that has led to this ancient Chinese text becoming an internationally bestselling leadership guide. Sun Tzu and Lao Tzu: The Ancient Classics Collection: The Art of War and Tao Te Ching offer: * Lessons for managers and business leaders * Strategies for survival and success in difficult times * Advice on how to conquer with minimal destruction and conflict * An introduction from Tom Butler Brown, the personal development literature expert

Being Present - Cultivate a Peaceful Mind through Spiritual Practice (Paperback): Darren Cockburn Being Present - Cultivate a Peaceful Mind through Spiritual Practice (Paperback)
Darren Cockburn
R346 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R118 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Free yourself from unhelpful thoughts and emotions and learn to live peacefully in the present * Provides practical exercises, meditations, and reflections centered on mindfulness, breath, and immersion in nature to simplify your life and anchor you in the present * Learn to use your body as a tool for raising consciousness, work with occurrences like tiredness, illness, and pain as spiritual teachers, as well as identify and release addictions, including harmful thought patterns * Can be integrated with any religion or spiritual teaching with examples pertaining to everyday experiences in the Western world Offering a synthesis of spiritual teachings viewed through the lens of modern personal experiences, Darren Cockburn provides practical insight into how to cultivate a peaceful mind, live skillfully, and nurture a spiritual connection through the power of the present moment. The author shares practical exercises, meditations, and reflections, revealing how to free yourself from becoming lost in unhelpful thoughts and emotions, while bringing acceptance to what life presents you with. He explains how to generate true mindfulness through connection to your breath as well as immersion in nature. He details how to use your body as a tool for raising your level of consciousness as well as how to weave exercise, diet, breathing techniques, and sexuality into your spiritual practice. He explores how to work with occurrences like tiredness, illness, and pain as spiritual teachers for enriching your presence of mind and being.

The Chinese Dreamscape, 300 BCE-800 CE (Paperback): Robert Ford Campany The Chinese Dreamscape, 300 BCE-800 CE (Paperback)
Robert Ford Campany
R662 R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Save R89 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Dreaming is a near-universal human experience, but there is no consensus on why we dream or what dreams should be taken to mean. In this book, Robert Ford Campany investigates what people in late classical and early medieval China thought of dreams. He maps a common dreamscape-an array of ideas about what dreams are and what responses they should provoke-that underlies texts of diverse persuasions and genres over several centuries. These writings include manuals of dream interpretation, scriptural instructions, essays, treatises, poems, recovered manuscripts, histories, and anecdotes of successful dream-based predictions. In these many sources, we find culturally distinctive answers to questions peoples the world over have asked for millennia: What happens when we dream? Do dreams foretell future events? If so, how might their imagistic code be unlocked to yield predictions? Could dreams enable direct communication between the living and the dead, or between humans and nonhuman animals? The Chinese Dreamscape, 300 BCE-800 CE sheds light on how people in a distant age negotiated these mysteries and brings Chinese notions of dreaming into conversation with studies of dreams in other cultures, ancient and contemporary. Taking stock of how Chinese people wrestled with-and celebrated-the strangeness of dreams, Campany asks us to reflect on how we might reconsider our own notions of dreaming.

The Awakening of Intelligence (Paperback, New edition): J. Krishnamurti The Awakening of Intelligence (Paperback, New edition)
J. Krishnamurti
R412 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R76 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti’s teachings is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the great philosopher’s thought. With among others, Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, and Swami Venkatasananda, Krishnamurti examines such issues as the role of the teacher and tradition; the need for awareness of ‘cosmic consciousness; the problem of good and evil; and traditional Vedanta methods of help for different levels of seekers.

The Art of War (Paperback): Sun Tzu The Art of War (Paperback)
Sun Tzu
R127 R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Save R13 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Ikigai (Hardcover): Hector Garcia, Francesc Miralles Ikigai (Hardcover)
Hector Garcia, Francesc Miralles 2
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

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