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Yang Chu's Garden of Pleasure

Description: Yang Chu was a philosopher of the classic age of Chinese thought who probably lived in the 300's B.C.E. He has been associated with the Taoists since the rise of official Confucianism and the consolidation of what we now call 'Taoism', although this term is problematic, as thinkers like Yang Chu, Chuang Tzu, and Lao Tzu are quite different and were not considered to be members of a single school in ancient times. In addition, the text that we still have whic...

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The Texts of Taoism, Vol. XXXIX

By: Legge, James

Description: writings of mystical Chinese religion reveal Tao, the way ? the key to living an obstacle-free life. Based on wu-wei, taking no unnatural action, it would make individual existence like the flow of water with no obstacles to impede. Famed Sinologist here offers standard English version of major Taoist writings.

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The Canon of Reason and Virtue

By: Suzuki, D.T.

Description: This booklet, Tbe Canon of Reason alld Vjrtue, is an extract from the author's larger work, Lao-Tze's Tao Teh King, and has been published for the purpose of making our reading public more familiar with that grand and imposing figure Li Er, who was honored with the posthumous title Poh-Yang, i. e., Prince Positive (representing the male or strong principle); but whom his countrymen simply call Lao-tze, the Old Philosopher.

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Taoist Teachings

Description: Lieh-Tzü was major Taoist sage who lived c. 350 BCE. His writings use stories and fables to elucidate the Taoist philosophy of cooperating with nature; they illustrate the magical powers of the ancient sages who were so 'in the Tao' that they were able to prolong life, walk through solid rock, and levitate.

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Yin Chin Wen

By: Carus, Paul

Description: The publisher of this book utilises modern printing technologies as well as photocopying processes for reprinting and preserving rare works of literature that are out-of-print or on the verge of becoming lost. This book is one such reprint.

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The Sayings of Lao-Tzu

By: Giles, Lionel

Description: This is Lionel Giles' translation of the Tao te Ching. Giles (1875-1958) was Keeper of the Department of Oriental Books and Manuscripts at the British Museum. He also translated Sun Tzu's Art of War. This translation is long out of print, which is a shame, because it is a very clear English rendition of this very difficult and profund text.

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Musings of a Chinese Mystic, First edition, 1906

By: Giles, Lionel

Description: This short collection of texts featuring Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi), the Taoist sage, is a good introduction to the core concepts of the Taoist worldview. The author, Lionel Giles, was an eminent Victorian scholar of Chinese society, who, most notably, also translated Sun Tsu's Art of War.

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Sacred Books of the East, Vol. XL

By: Müller, F. Max

Description: writings of mystical Chinese religion reveal Tao, the way ? the key to living an obstacle-free life. Based on wu-wei, taking no unnatural action, it would make individual existence like the flow of water with no obstacles to impede. Famed Sinologist here offers standard English version of major Taoist writings.

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The Tao Teh King, A Short Study in Comparative Religion

By: Medhurst, C. Spurgeon

Description: There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of translations of the Tao te Ching, the root sacred text of Taoism, one of the three traditional religions of China. This one, written by an ex-missionary who appears to have had Theosophical leanings, includes extensive notes on similarities with other religions, primarily Christianity, but also Buddhism and Hinduism. This gives a new way of looking at this multi-faceted text, which has always had appeal to mystics of all persuasions.

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Tao Te Ching

By: Legge, J.

Description: The Tao Te Ching is a spiritual, inspirational work that guides us through life, helping us to live within each moment and find the beauty that is all around each of us. Simple, beautiful, and life changing. The Tao Te Ching is fundamental to the Taoist school of Chinese philosophy (Dàojia), and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism and Neo-Confucianism. This ancient book is also central in Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into Chi...

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T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien

By: Carus, Dr. Paul

Description: This work is a key text about Taoist morality and ethics. It is also translated in the Sacred Books of the East, Volume 40 as the Tai Shang Tractate, albeit without the wonderful fables included in this edition. The translators, Paul Carus and Teitaro Suzuki, also have other works at sacred texts: Paul Carus' Buddha, the Gospel, and Buddha, the Word, and Suzukis' Manual of Zen Buddhism.

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Laotzu's Tao and Wu-Wei

By: Wai-Tao, Bhikshu

Description: This is the second edition of Dwight Goddard's Tao te Ching translation. This is very different than the first edition. Goddard, the author of The Buddhist Bible, in the interim between the first and second edition of this book converted to Buddhism from Christianity. The core of the book, the Tao te Ching translation, is radically different than the first edition. This is apparently the translation included in successive versions of the Buddhist Bible (it i...

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Taoist Texts, Ethical Political and Speculative

By: Balfour, Frederic Henry

Description: This is a small selection of varied texts from the Taoist Canon, including yet another translation of the Tao Te Ching. As intimated in the subtitle, some of the books relate to ethics, some to politics, and some to internal alchemy. Selections marked with an * are not translated in Legge's Texts of Taoism, and are thus believed to be new to the internet here. The English translations of the titles shown below are given in the text, but only on the headers o...

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Buddhist Mahâyâna Texts

By: E. B. Cowell

Description: Excellent translations of basic works in later Buddhism feature the Buddha-Karita of Asvaghosha, concerning the life and teachings of the Buddha. Additional documents include the Larger and Smaller Sukhavati-vyuha, describing the Land of Bliss, the Vagrakkhedika, the Larger and Smaller Pragna, two kernel statements of the Mahayana, and the Meditation Sutra of Amida Buddhism.

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The Corpus Hermeticum

By: Classic Sacred Texts

Description: It seems that the Corpus Hermeticum's text was written between 1st century and 3rd century AD. The text consists of a set of writings that arrived to us in Greek and Latin. The Latin translation of the text, was done by Marsilio Ficino as an incunable, and was printed for the first time in 1471. This work was attributed to mythical Hermes Trismegistus (meaning Hermes three times big). This text had a certain importance in the first centuries of the Church an...

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Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire

By: Houston, D. D.

Description: Houston describes the origin or civilization and establishes links among the ancient Black populations of Arabia, Persia, Babylonia, and India. In each case, she concludes that the Blacks who inhabited these areas were all culturally related.

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Sacred Text : Glory of the World

By: Basil Valentine
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Sumerian Mythology

By: Kramer, S. N.

Description: The Sumerians were a non-Semitic, non-Indo-European people who flourished in southern Babylonia from the beginning of the fourth to the end of the third millennium B. C. During this long stretch of time the Sumerians, whose racial and linguistic affiliations are still unclassifiable, represented the dominant cultural group of the entire Near East.

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The Man of Sorrows, Score Chr Mos

By: John Nelson Darby

Description: Scanned at sacred-texts.com, February, 2005. Proofed by John Bruno Hare. This text is in the public domain in the US because it was published prior to 1922. These files may be used for any non-commercial purpose, provided this notice of attri

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Religious Cults Associated with the Amazons

By: Bennett, .Florence Mary

Description: After I finished the etext of The Amazons, I did a search to see if there was any other material on the same subject in the public domain. This dissertation is the only other item that turned up. Bennett's thesis explores the possible religious beliefs of the Amazons. She examines the legend of the Amazons and many of the goddess cults of ancient Greece and Asia Minor (Turkey). Her research is, as befits a scholarly paper, extensively documented. The footnot...

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