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  • Han Feiziby Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 24.99

    Trenchant, sophisticated, and cynical, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power. Han Feizi (280?-233 B.C.), a prince of Han, was a representative of the Fa-chia, or Legalist, school of philosophy and produced the final and most readable exposition... more...

  • Selected Poems of Du Fuby Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 24.99

    The great Buddhist priest Kûkai (774-835) is credited with the introduction and establishment of tantric -or esoteric -Buddhism in early ninth-century Japan. In Ryûichi Abé examines this important religious figure -neglected in modern academic literatu more...

  • The Analects of Confuciusby Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2007; US$ 16.99

    Compiled by disciples of Confucius in the centuries following his death in 479 B.C.E., The Analects of Confucius is a collection of aphorisms and historical anecdotes embodying the basic values of the Confucian tradition: learning, morality, ritual decorum, and filial piety. Reflecting the model eras of Chinese antiquity, the Analects offers valuable... more...

  • Zhuangziby Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2003; US$ 25.99

    Only by understanding Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is the central tenet of the philosophy that was to become Daoism, espoused by the person -- or group of people -- known as Zhuanzi (369?-286? B.C.), in the text of the same name. In order to be free,... more...

  • Xunziby Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 24.99

    Xunzi asserted that the original nature of man is evil, differing on this point from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school. In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical system of his day, Xunzi advocated the counteraction of man's evil through self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and observance... more...

  • For All My Walkingby Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 24.99

    Taneda Santoka's poetry attracted limited notice during his lifetime (1882--1940), but there has been a remarkable upsurge of interest in his life and writings. Including 245 poems and selected diary excerpts, For All My Walking makes Santoka's work available to English-speaking readers. more...

  • The Complete Works of Zhuangziby Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2013; US$ 49.99

    Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is Daoist philosophy?s central tenet, espoused by the person—or group of people—known as Zhuangzi (369?-286? B.C.E.) in a text by the same name. To be free, individuals must discard rigid distinctions... more...

  • The Living Buddhaby Daisaku Ikeda; Burton Watson

    Middleway Press 2012; US$ 11.99

    An intimate portrayal of one of history's most important and obscure figures, the Buddha, this chronicle reveals him not as a mystic, but a warm and engaged human being that was very much the product of his turbulent times. This biographical account traces the path of Siddhartha Gautama as he walked away from the pleasure palace that had been his home... more...

  • Buddhismby Daisaku Ikeda; Burton Watson

    Middleway Press 2012; US$ 11.99

    Beginning with the events immediately following the dark days after the death of Shakyamuni and continuing over a period of 1,000 years, this dynamic tome covers a vast and complex series of events and developments in the history of Buddhism. Through a thorough examination of its early development in India, a new light is cast on little-known aspects... more...

  • The Flower of Chinese Buddhismby Daisaku Ikeda; Burton Watson

    Middleway Press 2012; US$ 11.99

    Beginning with the introduction of the religion into China, this chronicle depicts the evolution of Buddhism. The career and achievements of the great Kumarajiva are investigated, exploring the famed philosophical treatises that form the core of East Asian Buddhist literature. Providing a useful and accessible introduction to the influential Tien-t?ai... more...