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The Immortal - True Accounts of the ?250-Year-Old Man, Li Qingyun (Paperback): Yang Sen, Stuart Alve Olson The Immortal - True Accounts of the 
250-Year-Old Man, Li Qingyun (Paperback)
Yang Sen, Stuart Alve Olson
R812 Discovery Miles 8 120 In stock
History and Will - Philosophical Perspectives of Mao Tse-Tung's Thought (Paperback): Frederic Wakeman History and Will - Philosophical Perspectives of Mao Tse-Tung's Thought (Paperback)
Frederic Wakeman
R858 Discovery Miles 8 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1973.

The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin - Pointers to Non-Duality in Five Volumes (Paperback): Roy Melvyn The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin - Pointers to Non-Duality in Five Volumes (Paperback)
Roy Melvyn; Wu Hsin
R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Fifth Corner of Four - An Essay on Buddhist Metaphysics and the Catuskoti (Paperback): Graham Priest The Fifth Corner of Four - An Essay on Buddhist Metaphysics and the Catuskoti (Paperback)
Graham Priest
R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Graham Priest presents an exploration of Buddhist metaphysics, drawing on texts which include those of Nagarjuna and Dogen. The development of Buddhist metaphysics is viewed through the lens of the catuskoti. At its simplest, and as it appears in the earliest texts, this is a logical/ metaphysical principle which says that every claim is true, false, both, or neither; but the principle itself evolves, assuming new forms, as the metaphysics develops. An important step in the evolution incorporates ineffability. Such things make no sense from the perspective of a logic which endorses the principles of excluded middle and non-contradiction, which are standard fare in Western logic. However, the book shows how one can make sense of them by applying the techniques of contemporary non-classical logic, such as those of First Degree Entailment, and Plurivalent Logic. An important issue that emerges as the book develops is the notion of non-duality and its transcendence. This allows many of the threads of the book to be drawn together at its end. All matters are explained, in as far as possible, in a way that is accessible to those with no knowledge of Buddhist philosophy or contemporary non-classical logic.

Embrace Yoga's Roots - Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice (Paperback): Susanna Barkataki Embrace Yoga's Roots - Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice (Paperback)
Susanna Barkataki; Foreword by Sonali Fiske
R548 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R84 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Voice of the Silence by H.P. Blavatsky - From the Book of the Golden Precepts (Paperback): The Editorial Board of Theosophy... The Voice of the Silence by H.P. Blavatsky - From the Book of the Golden Precepts (Paperback)
The Editorial Board of Theosophy Trust; H. P Blavatsky
R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The following pages are derived from "The Book of the Golden Precepts," one of the works put into the hands of mystic students in the East. The knowledge of them is obligatory in that school, the teachings of which are accepted by many Theosophists. Therefore, . . ., the work of translating has been relatively an easy task. It is well known that, in India, the methods of psychic development differ with the Gurus (teachers or masters), not only because of their belonging to different schools of philosophy, of which there are six, but because every Guru has his own system, which he generally keeps very secret. But beyond the Himalayas the method in the Esoteric Schools does not differ, unless the Guru is simply a Lama, but little more learned than those he teaches. The work from which from which this book is translated] forms part of the same series as that from which the "Stanzas" of the Book of Dzyan were taken, on which The Secret Doctrine is based. Together with the great mystic work called Paramartha, which, the legend of Nagarjuna tells us, was delivered to the great Arhat by the Nagas or "Serpents" (in truth a name given to the ancient Initiates), the Book of the Golden Precepts claims the same origin. Yet its maxims and ideas, however noble and original, are often found under different forms in Sanskrit works, such as the Dnyaneshvari, that superb mystic treatise in which Krishna describes to Arjuna in glowing colors the condition of a fully illumined Yogi; and again in certain Upanishads. This is but natural, since most, if not all, of the greatest Arhats, the first followers of Gautama Buddha were Hindus and Aryans, not Mongolians, especially those who emigrated into Tibet. The works left by Aryasanga alone are very numerous. The original Precepts are engraved on thin oblongs (squares); copies very often on discs. These discs, or plates, are generally preserved on the altars of the temples attached to centres where the so-called "contemplative" or Mahayana (Yogacharya) schools are established. They are written variously, sometimes in Tibetan but mostly in ideographs. The sacerdotal language (Senzar), besides an alphabet of its own, may be rendered in several modes of writing in cypher characters, which partake more of the nature of ideographs than of syllables.

Fortune and the Dao - A Comparative Study of Machiavelli, the Daodejing, and the Han Feizi (Hardcover): Jason P. Blahuta Fortune and the Dao - A Comparative Study of Machiavelli, the Daodejing, and the Han Feizi (Hardcover)
Jason P. Blahuta
R1,956 Discovery Miles 19 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Times of prolonged conflict spur great minds to seek a lasting peace. Thus was the case of Warring States China, which saw the rise of the Hundred Schools of Thought, including the Doadejing and the Han Feizi, and Renaissance Italy, which produced Niccolo Machiavelli. Witnessing their respective societies fall prey to internal corruption and external aggression, all three thinkers sought ways to produce a strong, stable state that would allow both the leader and the populace to endure. Fortune and the Dao: A Comparative Study of Machiavelli, the Daodejing, and the Han Feizi demonstrates where the shortcomings of each theory lie, with emphasis on the similarities among Machiavelli, Laozi, and Han Feizi. Jason P. Blahuta ultimately argues that if Machiavelli's philosophy, the most comprehensive of the three theories, were supplemented by aspects of the Daodejing, the revision would potentially overcome the deficiencies of the original.

The Book of Five Rings (Paperback): Musashi, Miyamoto The Book of Five Rings (Paperback)
Musashi, Miyamoto
R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Even if a man has no natural ability he can be a warrior by sticking assiduously to both divisions of the Way. Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death. Although not only warriors but priests, women, peasants and lowlier folk have been known to die readily in the cause of duty or out of shame, this is a different thing. The warrior is different in that studying the Way of Strategy is based on overcoming men. By victory gained in crossing swords with individuals, or enjoining battle with large numbers, we can attain power and fame for ourselves or our lord. This is the virtue of strategy." - Miyamoto

A Force for Good - The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World (Paperback): Daniel Goleman A Force for Good - The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World (Paperback)
Daniel Goleman 1
R260 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'It is not enough merely to espouse a noble vision, the Dalai Lama tells us - we need to move toward it. The Dalai Lama's vision beckons us all. Every one of us can be a force for good' The Dalai Lama has for decades travelled the world, meeting people from all backgrounds and sharing with them his wisdom and compassion. In his encounters with everyone, from heads to state to inhabitants of shanty towns, he has come across similar problems: values that help the wealthy to advance beyond the poor, an environmental disregard that could lead to global catastrophe and governments in paralysis, bereft of any positive, progressive policies. The Dalai Lama offers here his unique vision for a global economic system, one that applies principals of fairness and which values fulfilment, focusing on what is truly urgent and why. It is a manifesto that has the potential to reshape humanity as we know it and bring hope to millions.

The Yoga of Divine Works - The Synthesis of Yoga (Hardcover): Sri Aurobindo The Yoga of Divine Works - The Synthesis of Yoga (Hardcover)
Sri Aurobindo
R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
I and Thou (Paperback): Martin Buber I and Thou (Paperback)
Martin Buber
R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (Abridged, Paperback, Abridged edition): Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (Abridged, Paperback, Abridged edition)
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Arminius Vambery and the British Empire - Between East and West (Hardcover): David Mandler Arminius Vambery and the British Empire - Between East and West (Hardcover)
David Mandler
R1,597 Discovery Miles 15 970 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book frames the fascinating life and influential works of the Hungarian Orientalist, Arminius Vambery (1832-1913), within the context of nineteenth century identity politics and contemporary criticisms of Orientalism. Based on extensive research, the book authoritatively presents a comprehensive narrative of Arminius Vambery's multiple identities as represented in Hungary and in Great Britain. The author traces Vambery's development from a marginalized Jewish child to a recognized authority on Hungarian ethnogenesis as well as on Central Asian and Turkish geopolitical developments. Throughout the book, the reader meets Vambery as the Hungarian traveler to Central Asia, the British and Ottoman secret agent, the mostly self-taught professor of Oriental languages, the political pundit, and the highly sought after guest lecturer in Great Britain known for his fierce Russophobe pronouncements. The author devotes special attention to the period that transformed Vambery from a linguistically talented but penniless Hungarian Jewish youth into a pioneering traveler in the double-disguise of a Turkish effendi masquerading as a dervish to Central Asia in 1863-64. He does so because Vambery's published observations of an arena still closed to Europeans facilitated his emergence as a colorful personality and a significant authority on Central Asia and Turkey in Great Britain for the next fifty years. In addition, the book also devotes significant space to Vambery's dynamic relationship to his most famous student, Ignac Goldziher (1850-1921), who is considered to be one of the founders of modern Islamic Studies. Lastly, Vambery's impact on Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, is also explored. Original Language: English

Critical Humanities from India - Contexts, Issues, Futures (Hardcover): D. Venkat Rao Critical Humanities from India - Contexts, Issues, Futures (Hardcover)
D. Venkat Rao
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The field of humanities generates a discourse that traditionally addressed the questions of what is proper to man, rights of man, crimes against humanity, human creativity and action, human reflection and performance, human utterance and artefact. The university as a philosophical-political institution transmits this humanist account. This European humanistic legacy, which is little more than Christian anthropology, barely received any questioning from cultures that faced colonialism. In such a context, this volume attempts to unravel the 'barely secularized heritage' of Europe (Derrida's phrase) and its fatal consequences in other cultures. The task of Critical Humanities is to explore the ways in which the question of being human (along with non-human others) today from heterogeneous cultural 'backgrounds' can be undertaken. The future of the humanities teaching and research is contingent upon the risky task of configuring cultural difference from non-European locations. Such a task is inescapable and urgently needed when tectonic cultural upheavals have begun to show devastating effect on planetary coexistence today. It is precisely in such a context that this collection of essays on critical humanities affirms, 'without alibi', the urgency of collective reflection and innovative research across the traditional disciplinary and institutional borders and communication systems on the one hand and Asian, African and European cultural formations on the other. Critical Humanities are at one level little more than communities on the verge (critical) but whose centuries long survival and resilient creations of cultural (and /as natural) habitats are of deeply enduring significance to affirm the biocultural diversities of living that compose the planet. Topical and timely, this book will be useful to scholars, researchers and teachers of cultural theory, literary studies, philosophy, cultural geography, legal studies, sociology, history, performance studies, environmental studies, caste and communalism studies, postcolonial theory, India studies, and education.

Gandhi and the World (Hardcover): Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, Yashwant Pathak Gandhi and the World (Hardcover)
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, Yashwant Pathak; Contributions by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, Yashwant Pathak, Johan Galtung, …
R1,706 Discovery Miles 17 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The book revisits Gandhi in this era of turbulence. As rigidly held notions and practices fall to pieces, and as mechanisms of violence and politicking fail, Gandhi comes to picture. If Gandhi could change the course of history, there must be elements in his thought and action, which need re-examination for the benefit of human society. This collection of essays seeks to address the question: Is it possible to generate Gandhian optimism and faith in truth and nonviolence in the contemporary world? It argues that there is a need for sustained efforts to make an in-depth study of Gandhian principles to address global problems. The book is a useful addition to the literature in political science and international relations, economics, history, sociology, conflict and peace studies, and a guide for the advocates of peaceful means of conflict resolution.

Gandhi and the Contemporary World (Hardcover): Sanjeev Kumar Gandhi and the Contemporary World (Hardcover)
Sanjeev Kumar
R3,083 Discovery Miles 30 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book develops a critical understanding of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy and practice in the context of contemporary challenges and engages with some of his key work and ideas. It highlights the relevance of Gandhi's legacy in the quest towards peace-building, equity and global justice. The volume examines diverse facets of Gandhi's holistic view of human life - social, economic and political - for the creation of a just society. Bringing together expert analyses and reflections, the chapters here emphasise the philosophical and practical urgency of Gandhi's thought and action. They explore the significance of his concepts of truth and nonviolence to address moral, spiritual and ethical issues, growing intolerance, conflict and violence, poverty and hunger, and environmental crisis for the present world. The volume serves as a platform for constructive dialogue for academics, researchers, policymakers and students to re-imagine Gandhi and his moral and political principles. It will be of great interest to those in philosophy, political studies, Gandhi studies, history, cultural studies, peace studies and sociology.

China - Confucius in the Shadows (Hardcover): Poonam Surie China - Confucius in the Shadows (Hardcover)
Poonam Surie
R3,084 Discovery Miles 30 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The book is a study of Confucius and the Confucian philosophy of being non-confrontationist, benevolent and with values such as filial piety and harmony. It covers an array of themes including Qufu: Confucius Country, Music and Poetry across China, Chinese Foreign Policy, Philosophy and China's Legal System. The book is beautifully illustrated as well as includes some enlightening photographs from the Confucius Museum in Qufu. It would be of direct interest to a variety of readers from Political /History/Sociology departments as well as the avid readers. Please note: This book is co-published with KW Publishers, New Delhi. Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East: Volume 2 (Paperback, New edition): Baird T. Spalding Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East: Volume 2 (Paperback, New edition)
Baird T. Spalding
R237 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Beauty and Human Existence in Chinese Philosophy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021): Keping Wang Beauty and Human Existence in Chinese Philosophy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021)
Keping Wang
R2,501 Discovery Miles 25 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book considers the Chinese conception of beauty from a historical perspective with regard to its significant relation to human personality and human existence. It examines the etymological implications of the pictographic character mei, the totemic symbolism of beauty, the ferocious beauty of the bronzeware. Further on, it proceeds to look into the conceptual progression of beauty in such main schools of thought as Confucianism, Daoism and Chan Buddhism. Then, it goes on to illustrate through art and literature the leading principles of equilibriumharmony, spontaneous naturalness, subtle void and synthetic possibilities. It also offers a discussion of modern change and transcultural creation conducted with particular reference to the theory of the poetic state par excellence (yi jing shuo) and that of art as sedimentation (ji dian shuo).

An Introduction to Indian Philosophy (Hardcover, New title): Roy W. Perrett An Introduction to Indian Philosophy (Hardcover, New title)
Roy W. Perrett
R1,739 Discovery Miles 17 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This wide-ranging introduction to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous without being too technical for beginners. Through detailed explorations of the full range of Indian philosophical concerns, including some metaphilosophical issues, it provides readers with non-Western perspectives on central areas of philosophy, including epistemology, logic, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. Chapters are structured thematically, with each including suggestions for further reading. This provides readers with an informed overview whilst enabling them to focus on particular topics if needed. Translated Sanskrit texts are accompanied by authorial explanations and contextualisations, giving the reader an understanding of the argumentative context and philosophical style of Indian texts. A detailed glossary and a guide to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the tools needed for reading and understanding Sanskrit terms and names. The book will be an essential resource for both beginners and advanced students of philosophy and Asian studies.

The Book of Five Rings (Illustrated) - The Translated Work of Japan's Greatest Samurai (Paperback): Miyamoto Musashi The Book of Five Rings (Illustrated) - The Translated Work of Japan's Greatest Samurai (Paperback)
Miyamoto Musashi
R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Serpent Power (Paperback): Arthur Avalon, John George Woodroffe The Serpent Power (Paperback)
Arthur Avalon, John George Woodroffe
R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Autobiography of a Yogi (Paperback): Paramahansa Yogananda Autobiography of a Yogi (Paperback)
Paramahansa Yogananda
R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Autobiography of a Yogi is one of the 20th century's best-loved spiritual classics. This book is the original edition first published in 1946. It details the life of Paramahansa Yogananda - one of India's Spiritual guru's, who is often referred to particularly in the West as, the Father of Yoga. Yogananda chronicles his life's journey and his many encounters with spiritual luminaries such as Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Therese Neumann, and many more. On meeting Gandhi Yogananda observed - "The tiny 100-pound saint radiated physical, mental, and spiritual health. His soft brown eyes shone with intelligence, sincerity, and discrimination; this statesman has matched wits and emerged the victor in a thousand legal, social, and political battles. No other leader in the world has attained the secure niche in the hearts of his people that Gandhi occupies for India's millions. The result is wondrous, and profoundly inspiring." In 1935 Yogananda travelled to Bavaria to meet Therese Neumann, the famous Catholic Mystic who was also a stigmatic. It is said that Neumann survived without food or water and her only intake was one consecrated sacred Host a day. At his meeting with Neumann, Yogananda asked - "Don't you eat anything?" I wanted to hear the answer from her own lips. "No, except a consecrated rice-flour wafer, once every morning at six o'clock." "How large is the wafer?" "It is paper-thin, the size of a small coin." She added, "I take it for sacramental reasons; if it is unconsecrated, I am unable to swallow it." "Certainly you could not have lived on that, for twelve whole years?" "I live by God's light." How simple her reply, how Einsteinian! "I see you realize that energy flows to your body from the ether, sun, and air." A swift smile broke over her face. "I am so happy to know you understand how I live." "Your sacred life is a daily demonstration of the truth uttered by Christ: 'Man shall not live by bread, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.'" In his foreword, Walter Evans-Wentz, the co-editor and translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead observe; "The value of Yogananda's autobiography is greatly enhanced by the fact that it is one of the few books in English about the wise men of India which has been written, not by a journalist or foreigner, but by one of their own race and training - in short, a book about yogis by a yogi. As an eyewitness account of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has importance both timely and timeless. To its illustrious author, whom I have had the pleasure of knowing both in India and America, may every reader render due appreciation and gratitude. His unusual life-document is certainly one of the most revealing of the depths of the Hindu mind and heart, and of the spiritual wealth of India, ever to be published in the West.

The Chakras in Shamanic Practice - Eight Stages of Healing and Transformation (Paperback): Susan Wright The Chakras in Shamanic Practice - Eight Stages of Healing and Transformation (Paperback)
Susan Wright
R416 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R57 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

NEW AGE / PERSONAL GROWTH "Susan Wright's creations epitomize the true meaning of magic. They take us to new levels of consciousness, empowering us to accomplish goals we previously only imagined, to realize our deepest dreams. Read, learn, enjoy--and shapeshift yourself and the world." --From the foreword by John Perkins, bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Shapeshifting, and The World Is As You Dream It The chakra system identifies eight centers in the psycho-anatomy of humans, each one associated with a different part of the physical or energy body. Susan J. Wright, a practicing shaman and Gestalt psychotherapist, uses her own life journey to show that each chakra also is linked to a different stage of emotional and spiritual development. In The Chakras in Shamanic Practice, she identifies eight key developmental stages of life, from birth to old age/death. Each of these life stages has various developmental challenges and potential traumatic events that will likely occur within our culture and affect the health and well-being of the individual. Wright explains that life traumas experienced in particular developmental stages become lodged within the energy body as they cling to their corresponding chakra. By identifying and working with the chakra involved, a doorway can be opened to a world of transformative images, allowing powerful shamanic techniques to heal these psychic wounds. Providing both physical exercises and guided meditations that utilize the techniques of soul retrieval, working with power animals, and transcending trauma, Wright offers practitioners a way to gather and nurture the fragmented parts of their energy body and lead themselves tophysical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. SUSAN J. WRIGHT, a practicing shaman and licensed massage therapist since 1981, is also certified as both a Gestalt psychotherapist and yoga teacher and is a licensed clinical social worker. She created and facilitates a shamanic training program at her healing center, Birth of Venus, in Mamaroneck, New York, where she integrates social work, psychotherapy, and shamanism with yoga, belly dancing, and craniosacral therapy and other bodywork techniques. She lives in Mamaroneck, New York.

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy (Paperback): Steven M. Emmanuel A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy (Paperback)
Steven M. Emmanuel
R1,163 Discovery Miles 11 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject available; it offers the very latest scholarship to create a wide-ranging survey of the most important ideas, problems, and debates in the history of Buddhist philosophy. * Encompasses the broadest treatment of Buddhist philosophy available, covering social and political thought, meditation, ecology and contemporary issues and applications * Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands readers understanding of the breadth and diversity of Buddhist thought * Broad coverage of topics allows flexibility to instructors in creating a syllabus * Essays provide valuable alternative philosophical perspectives on topics to those available in Western traditions

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