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The Secret Lore of India (Hardcover): W.M. Teape The Secret Lore of India (Hardcover)
W.M. Teape
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

It was only towards the close of the 18th century that Sir William Jones rendered the Sanskrit language and literature into a form which was accessible to European scholars and it was only at the close of the 19th century that the documents began to be published in European languages. The most wonderful portion of this book consists of the 'selections from the secret lore', which is the piece de resistance of this volume.

Rubayats (English, Spanish, Paperback): Djalal Un Din Rumi, Djalal Ad-Din Rumi Rubayats (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Djalal Un Din Rumi, Djalal Ad-Din Rumi
R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Una serie de bellos poemas de amor mistico en los que se nos habla esencialmente de tres cosas: la sabiduria, el amor y ese vino espiritual anterior a la creacion de la vina. Un texto poco conocido del famoso Sufi.

Love, Kindness and Universal Responsibility (Paperback): Dalai Lama XIV Love, Kindness and Universal Responsibility (Paperback)
Dalai Lama XIV
R137 Discovery Miles 1 370 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Crime In Glasgow's Underworld - How A Criminal Survived Gangland Warfare And Stabbings: Scotland'S Wildest Bank... Crime In Glasgow's Underworld - How A Criminal Survived Gangland Warfare And Stabbings: Scotland'S Wildest Bank Robber (Paperback)
Ha Eakes
R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Maestro's Lesson - The Morals, Aesthetics And Ethics Of Art: Maestros And Their Music (Paperback): Isiah Carsen The Maestro's Lesson - The Morals, Aesthetics And Ethics Of Art: Maestros And Their Music (Paperback)
Isiah Carsen
R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Corrosive Effects Of Greed - The Social And Economic Forces Of The Last Few Decades: The Effects Of Greed On Society... The Corrosive Effects Of Greed - The Social And Economic Forces Of The Last Few Decades: The Effects Of Greed On Society (Paperback)
Orpha Unrau
R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Violent Lifestyle Of A Criminal - A Journey Through Gangland Mayhem: Drug-Fuelled Violent Lifestyle Conflict With The... The Violent Lifestyle Of A Criminal - A Journey Through Gangland Mayhem: Drug-Fuelled Violent Lifestyle Conflict With The Police And Rival Gangsters (Paperback)
Kendall Sinsabaugh
R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Enigmatic Art Of Maestro - Art, Memory, And The Cultivation Of Virtue: Ethical Approach (Paperback): Dorian Erne The Enigmatic Art Of Maestro - Art, Memory, And The Cultivation Of Virtue: Ethical Approach (Paperback)
Dorian Erne
R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Ugly Side Of The Glasgow - Typical Glasgow Gangster Story: Scotland'S Wildest Bank Robber (Paperback): Gillian Langille The Ugly Side Of The Glasgow - Typical Glasgow Gangster Story: Scotland'S Wildest Bank Robber (Paperback)
Gillian Langille
R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Art Of Consciousness - How To Discover The Mystery Of Life: Spiritual Guide For Secularists (Paperback): Jan Schultze Art Of Consciousness - How To Discover The Mystery Of Life: Spiritual Guide For Secularists (Paperback)
Jan Schultze
R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Hindoo Stories (Paperback): Anaryan Hindoo Stories (Paperback)
Anaryan
R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Since the beginning of humanity, fables and stories have been the means of imparting instruction and amusement to man. The stories were designed to illustrate and exemplify precept for human conduct. After centuries, these stories eventually found themselves in print. They are divided into four groups: Sanskrit or Hindoo, Arabic or Persian, Western or European, and American. Of these, Sanskrit or Hindoo groups of stories are the oldest and probably served as the basis of Arabic or Persian fables, which again serve as the source for many European storytellers.

Confucian Pragmatism as the Art of Contextualizing Personal Experience and World (Hardcover, New): Haiming Wen Confucian Pragmatism as the Art of Contextualizing Personal Experience and World (Hardcover, New)
Haiming Wen
R2,510 Discovery Miles 25 100 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This engaging work of comparative philosophy brings together American pragmatism and Chinese philosophy in a way that generates new interpretations of Chinese philosophy and a fresh perspective on issues in process philosophy. Through an analysis of key terms, Haiming Wen argues that Chinese philosophical terminology is not simply a retrospective language that through a process of stipulation promises us knowledge of an existing world, but is also an open, prospective vocabulary that through productive associations allows philosophers to realize a desired world. Relying on this productive power of Chinese terminology, Wen introduces a new term: 'Confucian pragmatism.' Wen convincingly shows that although there is much that distinguishes American pragmatism from Confucian philosophy, there is enough conceptual overlap to make Confucian pragmatism a viable and exciting field of study.

An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies (Paperback): Steve Coutinho An Introduction to Daoist Philosophies (Paperback)
Steve Coutinho
R572 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R83 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Steve Coutinho explores in detail the fundamental concepts of Daoist thought as represented in three early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers interested in philosophy yet unfamiliar with Daoism will gain a comprehensive understanding of these works from this analysis, and readers fascinated by ancient China who also wish to grasp its philosophical foundations will appreciate the clarity and depth of Coutinho's explanations. Coutinho writes a volume for all readers, whether or not they have a background in philosophy or Chinese studies. A work of comparative philosophy, this volume also integrates the concepts and methods of contemporary philosophical discourse into a discussion of early Chinese thought. The resulting dialogue relates ancient Chinese thought to contemporary philosophical issues and uses modern Western ideas and approaches to throw new interpretive light on classical texts. Rather than function as historical curiosities, these works act as living philosophies in conversation with contemporary thought and experience. Coutinho respects the multiplicity of Daoist philosophies while also revealing a distinctive philosophical sensibility, and he provides clear explanations of these complex texts without resorting to oversimplification.

Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy - A Comparative Approach (Hardcover): Alexus McLeod Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy - A Comparative Approach (Hardcover)
Alexus McLeod
R2,726 Discovery Miles 27 260 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy deals with debates surrounding the concept of truth in early Chinese thought, from the earliest periods through to the Han dynasty. Alexus McLeod focuses first on the question of whether there is a concept of truth in early Chinese thought, giving a critical overview of the positions of contemporary scholars on this issue, outlining their arguments and considering objections and possible problems and alternatives. McLeod then goes on to consider a number of possible theories of truth in early Chinese philosophy, giving an overview of what he takes to be the main contenders for truth concepts in the early material, and surrounding concepts and positions. In addition, the author considers how these theories of truth might be relevant in contemporary debates surrounding truth, as well as in the context of theories of truth in the history of philosophy, both in Western and Indian thought.

The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy (Hardcover): Curie Virag The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy (Hardcover)
Curie Virag
R2,078 Discovery Miles 20 780 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In China, the debate over the moral status of emotions began around the 4th century BCE, when early philosophers first began to invoke psychological categories such as the mind (xin), human nature (xing), and emotions (qing) to explain the sources of ethical authority and the foundations of our knowledge about the world. Although some thinkers during this period proposed that human emotions and desires were temporary physiological disturbances in the mind caused by the impact of things in the world, this was not the account that would eventually gain currency. The consensus among those thinkers who would come to be recognized as the foundational figures of the Confucian and Daoist philosophical traditions was that the emotions represented the underlying, dispositional constitution of a person, and that they embodied the patterned workings of the cosmos itself. This book sets out to explain why the emotions were such a central preoccupation among early thinkers, and what was at stake in the entire discussion, situating the entire debate within developments in thinking about the self, the cosmos, and the political order. It shows that the mainstream account of emotions as patterned reality emerged as part of a major conceptual shift towards the recognition of natural reality as intelligible, orderly and coherent. And that the idea that all human beings possessed a shared, underlying, dispositional nature, was itself one of the consequences of this idea. The mainstream account of emotions thus played a crucial role in summoning the very idea of the human being as a universal category - an idea that would be of particular interest during the subsequent period of empire - and in establishing the cognitive and practical agency of human beings.

The Analects (Hardcover, New Ed): Confucius The Analects (Hardcover, New Ed)
Confucius; Translated by Arthur Waley; Introduction by Sarah Allan
R304 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R48 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

No other book in history has wielded greater influence over a larger number of people over a longer period of time than "The Analects of Confucius." Since it was written about 2,500 years ago, it has been the essential text of Chinese scholarship: a man could simply not be considered enlightened if he had not read it.
The teachings of Chinese philosopher and thinker Confucius (BC 551-479) espouse the importance of education for moral development and celebrate qualities such as sincerity, piety, and virtue. It was in these pivotal writings that, for the first time, human behavior was put under the microscope.
The analects are not the work of just one man, but a collective effort; an anthology of words of and about Confucius, gathered by his loyal disciples. To this day, they remain deeply influential in shaping Eastern philosophy, politics and culture. Confucius provides a moral code by which each one of us should live, based on ideals and responsibility, respect, kindness and honesty--qualities as relevant and sought-after today as they were 2,500 years ago.

The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback, New Ed): Stephen Mitchell The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback, New Ed)
Stephen Mitchell 2
R316 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The Bhagavad Gita, or 'Song of the Spirit', is the best known book of India's national epic The Mahabharata. Based on a dialogue between Bhagavan Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the eve of a great battle, it is held to be the essence of Hindu spirituality, sacred literature and yoga, as well as exploring the great universal themes of courage, honour, death, love, virtue and fulfilment. Of interest to the large number of contemporary spiritual seekers - of any faith and none - who want to read the world's most important sacred texts, and to learn from their wisdom. Also useful for scholars of Vedic literature and students.

Confucianism, Law, and Democracy in Contemporary Korea (Paperback): Sungmoon Kim Confucianism, Law, and Democracy in Contemporary Korea (Paperback)
Sungmoon Kim
R928 Discovery Miles 9 280 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Comparative political theory has grown into a recognized discipline in its own right in the last two decades. Yet little has been done to explore how political theory engages with the actual social, legal, and political reality of a particular polity. East Asians are complexly conditioned by traditional Confucian norms and habits, despite significant social, economic, and political changes in their contemporary lives. This volume seeks to address this important issue by developing a specifically Confucian political and legal theory. The volume focuses on South Korea, whose traditional society was and remains the most Confucianized among pre-modern East Asian countries. It offers an interesting case for thinking about Confucian democracy and constitutionalism because its liberal-democratic institutions are compatible with and profoundly influenced by the Confucian habit of the heart. The book wrestles with the practical meaning of liberal rights under the Korean Confucian societal culture and illuminates a way in which traditional Confucianism can be transformed through legal and political processes into a new Confucianism relevant to democratic practices in contemporary Korea.

The Sikh View on Happiness - Guru Arjan's Sukhmani (Hardcover): Kamala Elizabeth Nayar, Jaswinder Singh Sandhu The Sikh View on Happiness - Guru Arjan's Sukhmani (Hardcover)
Kamala Elizabeth Nayar, Jaswinder Singh Sandhu
R2,390 Discovery Miles 23 900 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Sukhmani (The Pearl of Happiness) is a popular Sikh text by Guru Arjan, which inculcates the Sikh religious ethos and philosophical perspective on wellbeing and happiness. The book features a new translation of this celebrated Sikh text and provides the first in-depth analysis of it. The Sikh View on Happiness begins with an overview of the nature of suffering and the attainment of happiness in Indian religions. This provides the foundation for the examination of the historical, social, and religious context of the Sukhmani and its contribution to the development of the Sikh tradition. In addition to exploring the spiritual teachings of the Sukhmani, Nayar and Sandhu draw upon the Sikh understanding of the mind, illness, and wellbeing to both introduce key Sikh psychological concepts and illustrate the practical application of traditional healing practices in the contemporary context. In doing so, they highlight the overlap of the teachings in the Sukhmani with concepts and themes found in Western psychotherapy, such as mindfulness, meaningful living, and resilience.

The Power of Hope - Thoughts on Peace and Human Rights in the Third Millennium (Hardcover): Daisaku Ikeda, Adolfo Perez Esquivel The Power of Hope - Thoughts on Peace and Human Rights in the Third Millennium (Hardcover)
Daisaku Ikeda, Adolfo Perez Esquivel
R614 Discovery Miles 6 140 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Human history has been marked by the great number of people born into conditions of war, violence, oppression and social exclusion. But at the same time, this history has been shaped by the long struggle for human rights and the people who have committed themselves to the practices of solidarity and nonviolence. The Power of Hope: Thoughts on Peace and Human Rights in the Third Millennium is a dialogue between two high-profile activists and thinkers who discuss the concrete ways we can shift to a world that prioritises justice and human dignity. Adolfo Perez Esquivel - Argentinian human rights activist and winner of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize - played a vital role in resisting military dictatorship and was arrested and tortured under the Argentine militarist government. Daisaku Ikeda is a peacebuilder, Buddhist philosopher, educator, author and poet as well as being the founding president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the world's largest Buddhist lay organisation. Their dialogue intertwines their rich personal experiences in the struggle for human rights with wider reflections on how to make the Third Millennium the millennium of peace. The book combines rich accounts of Latin America under the brutality of the 1970s military regimes; insights from the Buddhist faith on the role of meditation for human rights activists; recognition of the crucial role of women in the practice of nonviolence; thoughts on international geopolitics and the legacies of Hiroshima; and discussion of the perilous role of globalisation in the loss of identities and ethical values.

Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times (Paperback): Lama Jampa Thaye Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times (Paperback)
Lama Jampa Thaye
R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Wisdom in Exile provides a new insight into Buddhism's encounter with Western culture and the Western mind in the early 21st century. Jampa Thaye has trained for over 40 years with some of the foremost lamas of Tibetan Buddhism, yet is a Westerner, living in Britain, teaching Buddhism to students throughout Europe and North America. He draws on that knowledge and experience to explain the space that now exists for Buddhism in the West, and identifies critical conflicts and tensions that must be resolved for modern Westerners to grasp the essence of the Buddhist teachings. The book culminates with detailed instructions in the meditation system of 'The Four Immeasurables', allowing the reader to properly orientate themselves within the world of Buddhism and learn how to practice. "Wisdom in Exile proposes a fresh approach to Buddhism, one in which the fundamental tenets of the Buddha's teachings are rediscovered." His Holiness Sakya Trichen, 41st Head of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism

I Ching Companion - An Answer for Every Question (Paperback): I Ching Companion - An Answer for Every Question (Paperback)
R257 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R25 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Millions of people who cast the I Ching to find answers to their deepest questions refer to the classic Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the ancient Chinese divinatory text, The I Ching or Book of Changes, published by Princeton University Press. The I Ching Companion: An Answer for Every Question is a study guide to be used in conjunction with the Wilhelm/Baynes translation. The I Ching oracle has survived millennia exactly because of its elusive nature. It is replete with phrases and imagery that are unfamiliar to the Western mind. The text in itself tells many stories from ancient China, when the Chou overthrew the Shang dynasty, and contains every aspect of the human experience, both secular and spiritual. Richards has compiled a concordance of the primary symbols in the Wilhelm/Baynes text -- such as "to cross the great water", "furthering", the four directions, colors, "the great man", "the inferior man", and the "superior man" -- so that students of the I Ching can conduct their own study and gain their own understanding of how the changes described by the I Ching are connected in an eternal cycle of beginning, conflict, and resolution.

Richards offers detailed, yet easy-to-follow instructions for consulting the oracle. Drawing parallels between the body's chakras and the lines of a hexagram, she reveals an entirely new way in which the I Ching can be used as a tool for achieving emotional balance. The I Ching answers questions, and in so doing, peace of mind -- our life's quest -- is attained. This guide can help facilitate that quest.

How Buddhism Acquired a Soul on the Way to China (Paperback, New): Jungnok Park How Buddhism Acquired a Soul on the Way to China (Paperback, New)
Jungnok Park
R660 Discovery Miles 6 600 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Why did some Buddhist translators in China interpolate terms designating an agent which did not appear in the original texts? The Chinese made use of raw material imported from India; however, they added some seasoningsA" peculiar to China and developed their own recipesA" about how to construct the ideas of Buddhism. While Indian Buddhists constructed their ideas of self by means of empiricism, anti-Brahmanism and analytic reasoning, the Chinese Buddhists constructed their ideas of self by means of non-analytic insights, utilising pre-established epistemology and cosmogony. Furthermore, many of the basic renderings had specific implications that were peculiar to China. For example, while shen in philosophical Daoism originally signified an agent of thought, which disintegrates after bodily death, Buddhists added to it the property of permanent existence. Since many Buddhists in China read the reinterpreted term shen with the implications of the established epistemology and cosmogony, they came to develop their own ideas of self. After the late 6C, highly educated Buddhist theorists came to avoid including the idea of an imperishable soul in their doctrinal system. However, the idea of a permanent agent of perception remained vividly alive even during the development of Chinese Buddhism after the 7C.

Neo-Confucianism - A Philosophical Introduction (Hardcover): Stephen C. Angle, Justin Tiwald Neo-Confucianism - A Philosophical Introduction (Hardcover)
Stephen C. Angle, Justin Tiwald
R1,379 Discovery Miles 13 790 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Neo-Confucianism is a philosophically sophisticated tradition weaving classical Confucianism together with themes from Buddhism and Daoism. It began in China around the eleventh century CE, played a leading role in East Asian cultures over the last millennium, and has had a profound influence on modern Chinese society. Based on the latest scholarship but presented in accessible language, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction is organized around themes that are central in Neo-Confucian philosophy, including the structure of the cosmos, human nature, ways of knowing, personal cultivation, and approaches to governance. The authors thus accomplish two things at once: they present the Neo-Confucians in their own, distinctive terms; and they enable contemporary readers to grasp what is at stake in the great Neo-Confucian debates. This novel structure gives both students and scholars in philosophy, religion, history, and cultural studies a new window into one of the world's most important philosophical traditions.

Mastery, Dependence, and the Ethics of Authority (Hardcover): Aaron Stalnaker Mastery, Dependence, and the Ethics of Authority (Hardcover)
Aaron Stalnaker
R1,636 Discovery Miles 16 360 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Over the last few decades, skepticism about political and moral experts has grown into a serious social problem, undermining the functioning of liberal democratic regimes. Indeed, meritocracy-that is, government by hard working, public-spirited people with high levels of relevant expertise-has never looked so promising as an alternative to the dangers of know-nothing populism. One cultural tradition has devoted sustained attention to the idea of meritocracy, as well as to the cultivation of true expertise or mastery: Confucianism. Mastery, Dependence, and the Ethics of Authority presents a compelling analysis of expertise and authority, and examines classical Confucian conceptions of mastery, dependence, and human relationships in order to suggest new approaches to these issues in ethics and political theory. Contemporary Westerners are heirs to multiple traditions that are suspicious of authority, especially coercive political authority. We are also increasingly wary of dependence, which now often seems to signify weakness, neediness, and pathology. Analysts commonly presume that both authority and dependence threaten human autonomy, and are thus intrinsically problematic. But these judgments are mistaken. Our capacity for autonomy needs to be cultivated over time through deliberate practices of training, in which we depend on the guidance of virtuous and skilled teachers. Confucian thought provides a subtle and powerful analysis of one version of this training process, and of the social supports such an education in autonomy requires-as well as the social value of having virtuous and skilled leaders. Early Confucians also argue that human life is marked by numerous interacting forms of dependence, which are not only ineradicable, but in many ways good. On a Confucian view, it is natural, healthy, and good for people to be deeply dependent on others in a variety of ways across the full human lifespan. They teach us that individual autonomy only develops within a social matrix, structured by relationships of mutual dependence that can either help or hinder it, including a variety of authority relations.

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