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A Catalogue of Vaishnava Literature (Hardcover): Charles S.J. White A Catalogue of Vaishnava Literature (Hardcover)
Charles S.J. White
R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This useful reference book work on vaishnava literature is the result of a team of photographers and researchers who spent 18 months in India locating, identifying and photographing numerous hand printed paper and pal leaf manuscripts as well as some printed editions from the Vaishnava tradition.

Embodied Moral Psychology and Confucian Philosophy (Paperback): Bongrae Seok Embodied Moral Psychology and Confucian Philosophy (Paperback)
Bongrae Seok
R905 Discovery Miles 9 050 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This is a book about the body and its amazing contribution to the moral mind. The author focuses on the important roles the body plays in moral cognition. What happens to us when we observe moral violations, make moral judgments and engage in moral actions? How does the body affect our moral decisions and shape our moral dispositions? Can embodied moral psychology be consistently pursued as a viable alternative to disembodied traditions of moral philosophy? Is there any school of philosophy where the body is discussed as the underlying foundation of moral judgment and action? To answer these questions, the author analyzes Confucian philosophy as an intriguing and insightful example of embodied moral psychology.

The Philosophy of Illumination (Hardcover, 1st ed): Shihab Al-Din Suhrawardi The Philosophy of Illumination (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Shihab Al-Din Suhrawardi; Translated by John Walbridge, Hossein Ziai
R1,121 Discovery Miles 11 210 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Shihab al-Din al-Suhrawardi was born around 1154, probably in northwestern Iran. Spurred by a dream in which Aristotle appeared to him, he rejected the Avicennan Peripatetic philosophy of his youth and undertook the task of reviving the philosophical tradition of the "Ancients."
Suhruwardi's philosophy grants an epistemological role to immediate and atemporal intuition. It is explicitly anti-Peripatetic and is identified with the pre-Aristotelian sages, particularly Plato. The subject of his "hikmat al-Ishraq"--now available for the first time in English--is the "science of lights," a science that Suhrawardi first learned through mystical exercises reinforced later by logical proofs and confirmed by what he saw as the parallel experiences of the Ancients. It was completed on 15 September 1186; and at sunset that evening, in the western sky, the sun, the moon, and the five visible planets came together in a magnificent conjunction in the constellation of Libra. The stars soon turned against Suhrawardi, however, who was reluctantly put to death by the son of Saladin, the sultan of Egypt, in 1191.

Palghat Trails - Learn about the unique blend of culture, tradition, music and food of Palghat Iyers from South India... Palghat Trails - Learn about the unique blend of culture, tradition, music and food of Palghat Iyers from South India (Paperback)
Matt Ravikumar
R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
A History of Indian Philosophy, v. 2 (Paperback): Surendranath Dasgupta A History of Indian Philosophy, v. 2 (Paperback)
Surendranath Dasgupta
R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Risalo (Hardcover): Shah Abdul Latif Risalo (Hardcover)
Shah Abdul Latif; Edited by Christopher Shackle
R782 Discovery Miles 7 820 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Shah Abdul Latif's Risalo is acknowledged across Pakistan and the wider diaspora as the greatest classic of Sindhi literature. In this collection of short Sufi verses, originally composed for musical performance, the poet creates a vast imaginative world of interlocking references to traditional Islamic themes of mystical and divine love and the scenery, society, and legends of the Sindh region. Latif (1689-1752), a contemporary of the Panjabi poet Bullhe Shah, belonged to the class of Sufi saints whose shrines remain prominent features of the Sindhi landscape. The Risalo reflects Latif's profound engagement with the fundamental literature of Islam as well as his openness to varied local traditions, including notable poems praising the spiritual devotion of local Hindu yogis. This edition presents, alongside the original text in the Sindhi Naskh script, the first translation of the Risalo into modern English prose, offering a new readership access to the writings of one of the masters of Sufi poetry.

The Purpose of Life - An Eastern Philosophical Vision (Paperback): Carlo Filice The Purpose of Life - An Eastern Philosophical Vision (Paperback)
Carlo Filice
R763 Discovery Miles 7 630 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Suppose that this world is not an accident, but an expression of a divine super-mind. What might motivate a divine super-mind to express itself? This book boldly contends that divine motives are guided by values that exist objectively. We exist to realize and enhance such values. This text defends a cosmic vision that has been prominent in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years-a vision often embraced within the New Age movement. However, its defense here is strictly philosophical. Filice argues that even as characters in an imaginative divine game we still carry independent value, that a world governed by such values should be a fair world, and that earthly moral goals cannot be our only ambition. The Purpose of Life maintains that any divine being(s) involved must be in perpetual process, that humans must not be the only embodied subjects that matter, and that each of us is destined to live many lives. Easy-to-read, the book's 73 mini-chapters are specifically tailored to fit the stop-and-go rhythm of daily life.

Elegant Simplicity - The Art of Living Well (Hardcover): Satish Kumar Elegant Simplicity - The Art of Living Well (Hardcover)
Satish Kumar; Foreword by Fritjof Capra; Narrated by Satish Kumar
R397 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R45 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Consume less and celebrate more for inner peace and ecological integrity Consumerism drives the pursuit of happiness in much of the world, yet as wealth grows unhappiness abounds, compounded by the grave problems of climate change, pollution, and ecological degradation. We've now reached both an environmental and spiritual dead-end that leaves us crying out for alternatives. Elegant Simplicity provides a coherent philosophy of life that weaves together simplicity of material life, thought, and spirit. In it, Satish Kumar, environmental thought leader and former monk, distills five decades of reflection and wisdom into a guide for everyone, covering: The ecological and spiritual principles of living simply Shedding both "stuff" and psychological baggage Opening your mind and heart to the deep value of relationships Embedding simplicity in all aspects of life including education and work Merging science and spirituality for a coherent world-view. Elegant Simplicity is a life guide for everyone wanting off the relentless treadmill of competition and consumption and seeking a life that prioritizes the ecological integrity of the Earth, social equity, and personal tranquility and happiness.

Aesthetics and Politics of Space in Russia and Japan - A Comparative Philosophical Study (Hardcover): Thorsten Botz-Bornstein Aesthetics and Politics of Space in Russia and Japan - A Comparative Philosophical Study (Hardcover)
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein
R1,861 Discovery Miles 18 610 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Aesthetics and Politics of Space in Russia and Japan: A Comparative Philosophical Study examines the parallels between Russian and Japanese philosophies and religions by revealing a common concept of space in Russian and Japanese aesthetics and political theories. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein shows points of convergence between the two traditions regarding the treatment of space within the realm of identity (both individual and communal), and in formulations of the relationship between regionalism, localism and globalism. Russian and Japanese philosophers like Nishida, Watsuji, Trubetzkoy, and the Eurasianists transformed the traditional notion of communal space, which has always been seen as an organic time-space unity, into a sophisticated element very well described as "time-space development." Botz-Bornstein's comparative study also leads to an analysis of contemporary themes. Reflections on Noh-plays and icons, for example, permit him to untangle the relationships between the virtual, the dream, the imaginary, and reality. Virtual reality, as an environment that pulls users into itself, makes use of strategies that are also common in Noh-plays and icons, both of which share a particular conception of space. The "non-Western" alternatives presented in Aesthetics and Politics of Space in Russia and Japan can be considered as useful additions to contemporary political and aesthetic discourses.

Skill in Ancient Ethics - The Legacy of China, Greece and Rome (Hardcover): Tom Angier, Lisa Raphals Skill in Ancient Ethics - The Legacy of China, Greece and Rome (Hardcover)
Tom Angier, Lisa Raphals
R4,172 Discovery Miles 41 720 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Illustrating the centrality of skill within ancient ethics, including Socrates' search for expertise in virtue, the Republic's 'craft of justice', Aristotle's delineation of the politike techne, the Stoics' 'art of life' and ancient Chinese ethics, this collection shows how skill has been an ethical touchstone from the beginning of philosophical thought. Divided into six sections - on Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Mencius and Xunzi, the Mohists and Zhuangzi, and comparative perspectives - world-leading philosophers explore the significance of skill according to traditional figures, as well as lesser-known philosophers such as Carneades and Antipater, and texts such as the Zhuangzi. In doing so, the seventeen contributors illustrate how skill, expertise and 'know how' are essential to and foundational within ancient ethical thought. As the first collection to foreground skill as central to ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese ethics, this is an essential resource for anyone interested in the value of cross-cultural philosophy today.

To Broaden the Way - A Confucian-Jewish Dialogue (Paperback): Galia Patt-Shamir To Broaden the Way - A Confucian-Jewish Dialogue (Paperback)
Galia Patt-Shamir
R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

To Broaden the Way suggests that the texts of both the Jewish and Confucian tradition talk in riddles of a special kind: riddles, which are introduced - and answered - by religious forms of life. Using a 'dialogue of riddles,' Galia Patt-Shamir presents a comparative perspective of Confucianism and Judaism regarding the relatedness between contradictory expressions in texts and living conflicts. The Confucian riddle is characterized here as a mystery to be deciphered by self-reflection, under the assumptions of a harmonious community, and a unity of being. The Jewish riddle is characterized as a test to be responded to, under the assumption of a disharmonious community, and a necessary rapture in reality. This book expands the dialogue between traditions, and offers both a method and an implication of the question, 'what is religion about?'

The Buddhist Coloring Book - Quotes On Meditation, Spirituality and Happiness (Paperback): Buddha Mear The Buddhist Coloring Book - Quotes On Meditation, Spirituality and Happiness (Paperback)
Buddha Mear
R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Wise Tales From the East - The Essential Collection (Paperback): Uri Kaplan Wise Tales From the East - The Essential Collection (Paperback)
Uri Kaplan
R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Dao De Jing - A Qigong Interpretation (Paperback): Lao Tzu, Jwing-Ming Yang The Dao De Jing - A Qigong Interpretation (Paperback)
Lao Tzu, Jwing-Ming Yang
R638 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R108 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This book examines one of the world's most enduring and influential literary works through the timeless art of qigong. In his words, Lao Tzu (or Laozi), author of the Dao De Jing, embodies qigong principles, advocating the cultivation of mind and body. Only when we know qigong can we know Lao Tzu-and only when we know Lao Tzu can we know the Dao De Jing. Lao Tzu's writing has been read, translated, and discussed around the globe. It deals with principles that transcend time and culture. That is why this ancient text has been reimagined countless times in books on business, relationships, and parenting-but never with a focus on the art of qigong. This makes the Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation unique and indispensible. Many chapters in the Dao De Jing purely talk about qigong, especially the practices of regulating the body, breathing, mind, qi, and spirit. Dr. Yang, a renowned author, scholar, and martial artist, devoted decades to researching and writing this book. He interprets and analyzes the 81 chapters of the Dao De Jing. His commentary will bring new insight, inspiration, and depth to your understanding of Lao Tzu's words-and to your qigong practice. This book includes The complete Dao De Jing in English and its original Chinese text Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's commentary and analysis of each chapter Numerous illustrations and diagrams The Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation is not a book of instruction. It is about the Way-the path before us, in qigong and in life, where what you achieve comes through your own understanding.

The Tao Teh King (Paperback): Lao Tse The Tao Teh King (Paperback)
Lao Tse
R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
ZEN Effects - The Life of Alan Watts (Paperback): Monica Furlong ZEN Effects - The Life of Alan Watts (Paperback)
Monica Furlong
R379 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R41 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The first and only full-length biography of one ofthe most charismatic spiritual innovators of the twentieth century.

Through his widely popular books and lectures, Alan Watts (1915-1973) did more to introduce Eastern philosophy and religion to Western minds than any figure before or since. Watts touched the lives of many. He was a renegade Zen teacher, an Anglican priest, a lecturer, an academic, an entertainer, a leader of the San Francisco renaissance, and the author of more than thirty books, including The Way of Zen, Psychotherapy East and West and The Spirit of Zen.

Monica Furlong followed Watts's travels from his birthplace in England to the San Francisco Bay Area where he ultimately settled, conducting in-depth interviews with his family, colleagues, and intimate friends, to provide an analysis of the intellectual, cultural, and deeply personal influences behind this truly extraordinary life.

The Religious Philosophy of Tanabe Hajime - The Metanoetic Imperative (Paperback): James W. Heisig The Religious Philosophy of Tanabe Hajime - The Metanoetic Imperative (Paperback)
James W. Heisig; Taitetsu Unno
R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Encyclopaedia of Indian Philosophies, v. 5 - Philosophy of the Grammarians (Hardcover, New edition): Harold G Coward,... Encyclopaedia of Indian Philosophies, v. 5 - Philosophy of the Grammarians (Hardcover, New edition)
Harold G Coward, K.Kunjunni Raja; Edited by Karl H. Potter
R1,639 Discovery Miles 16 390 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Divine Healing Hands - Experience Divine Power to Heal You, Animals, and Nature, and to Transform All Life (Paperback): Zhi... Divine Healing Hands - Experience Divine Power to Heal You, Animals, and Nature, and to Transform All Life (Paperback)
Zhi Gang Sha
R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Dao Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Gereon Kopf The Dao Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Gereon Kopf
R4,368 Discovery Miles 43 680 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The volume introduces the central themes in and the main figures of Japanese Buddhist philosophy. It will have two sections, one that discusses general topics relevant to Japanese Buddhist philosophy and one that reads the work of the main Japanese Buddhist philosophers in the context of comparative philosophy. It combines basic information with cutting edge scholarship considering recent publications in Japanese, Chinese, English, and other European languages. As such, it will be an invaluable tool for professors teaching courses in Asian and global philosophy, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the people generally interested in philosophy and/or Buddhism.

The Essential Huainanzi (Paperback): An Li King of Huainan The Essential Huainanzi (Paperback)
An Li King of Huainan; Translated by John Major, Sarah Queen, Andrew Seth Meyer, Harold Roth
R727 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R117 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Compiled in the second century B.C.E, the "Huainanzi" clarifies a crucial period in the development of Chinese conceptions of the cosmos, human nature, and the social order. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, attributing successful rule to a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and penetrating wisdom.

In 2010, the editors of this volume completed the first complete English-language translation of the "Huainanzi," opening exciting new pathways in the study of philosophy, Asian studies, political science, and Asian literature. This abridgement contains essential selections from each of the "Huainanzi"'s twenty-one chapters and adds a new introduction and chapter descriptions. The text represents a remarkable synthesis of Daoist classics, such as the "Laozi" and the "Zhuangzi"; works associated with the Confucian tradition, such as the "Changes," the "Odes," and the "Documents"; and a range of other foundational philosophical and literary works, from the "Mozi" to the "Hanfeizi." The abridgement preserves the "Huainanzi"'s special rhetorical features, such as its parallel prose, verse, and unique compositional techniques. For decades, Western scholars overlooked the "Huainanzi'"s sophisticated structure, creative content, and rich historical value, yet all that changed with the translation of the full text. Designed for classroom use and general readers, "The Essential Huainanzi" continues to increase awareness of this brilliant work and change our understanding of early Chinese history.

Budo Secreto (English, Spanish, Paperback): Michele Coquet, Carmelos H. Rios Budo Secreto (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Michele Coquet, Carmelos H. Rios
R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Las artes marciales tienen una finalidad iniciatica. Son un sendero de autodescubrimiento y de desarrollo de las posibilidades ocultas. Dos grandes especialistas nos descubren los secretos del Karate, el Ninjutsu, etc.

Reconceiving Women's Equality in China - A Critical Examination of Models of Sex Equality (Hardcover): Lijun Yuan Reconceiving Women's Equality in China - A Critical Examination of Models of Sex Equality (Hardcover)
Lijun Yuan
R1,655 Discovery Miles 16 550 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

According to the author, the subordination of Chinese women continued under different models of sex equality in China in twentieth century. In Reconceiving Women's Equality in China Lijun Yuan discusses and assesses four models of women s equality: first, the traditional Confucian view of women which advocates that women s role is to follow and support men; second, the liberal feminist idea of formal equality for women introduced into China at the beginning of the twentieth century, which is anti-Confucian and advocates women s equal rights in education, law, and employment; third, Mao s view of women s equality in production, calling for substantive equality between men and women; finally, the idea of equal opportunity in the economic transformation in the post-Mao period, the revival of Confucianism in this period and its convergence with the declining status of women. According to Yuan, each of these models has a variety of problems in dealing with women s equality. However, she sees one common thread running through all of them, namely, lack of emphasis on empowering women to develop their own visions of equality. Ideologies imposed from the top-down have rationalized the continuing subordination and exploitation of women, either blatantly (Confucianism) or more subtly (Maoism). After exposing the common feature in their failure to reach the social ideal of women s equality, the author proposes a more democratic conception of women s equality that will allow ideals to continue changing as material circumstances change in different stages of social development. This book is a seminal work of research on the status of women in China during and after Mao's cultural revolution. It is essential to studies of Chinese society, politics, and religion, as well as to women's studies and philosophy."

The Analects by Confucius - Literature Classic Edition (Paperback): S M B The Analects by Confucius - Literature Classic Edition (Paperback)
S M B; Confucius
R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Art of War - The Definitive Interpretation of Sun Tzu's Classic Book of Strategy (Hardcover): Sun Tzu The Art of War - The Definitive Interpretation of Sun Tzu's Classic Book of Strategy (Hardcover)
Sun Tzu; Translated by Stephen F. Kaufman; Foreword by Alexander Bennett
R327 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is the best known book on military strategy ever written. Although its wisdom is ancient, its principles and advice are timeless; it remains as influential as ever in military strategy, leadership roles, business tactics, legal challenges, martial arts philosophy and more. Everyone from New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick to Tupac Shakur have turned to this time tested treatise. This translation is by Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman, one of America's leading martial artists, and is specifically aimed at martial practitioners to demonstrate how Sun Tzu's strategies can be applied to martial combat. The book's thirteen sections present vital information including: Planning ahead-how a solid battle plan can help lead to victory Attacking the enemy-considerations when choosing to attack or, perhaps even more importantly, when to not attack Flexibility in combat-the importance of changing tactics as the fight evolves Exploiting weakness-how understanding your enemy's shortcomings is crucial to success This edition includes 32 pages of full color images, capturing the pageantry of ancient combat. A new foreword by martial historian and decorated martial artist Alexander Bennett explains the importance of Sun Tzu's text and the value of Kaufman's interpretation for the martial artist.

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